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Archive for August, 2004

By Mark Clapham on 25 August 2004 Comments Off

IDW is a comics publisher best known for licensed books based on unusually hard-edged properties (‘The Shield’, ‘Silent Hill’) and printing 200 titles a month by Steve Niles…

By Stephen Lavington on 25 August 2004 Comments Off

It’s taken me a while to summon up the energy to write about this film, a piece of soul-sapping Hollywood mediocrity that verges on the awful…

By J Clive Matthews on 19 August 2004 Comments Off

This is the original film version of ‘Cabaret’, in as much as it is based on the play that was based on the book on which the Liza Minelli musical classic was itself based.

By J Clive Matthews on 19 August 2004 Comments Off

Ingmar Bergman’s first film in colour, dating from 1964, is pretty much as unlike his most famous, 1957’s ‘The Seventh Seal’, as it is possible to get.

By Stephen Lavington on 18 August 2004 Comments Off

The second outing for cinema’s most deadly amnesiac (aside from Jackie Chan in ‘Who Am I?’) and, entertaining though it is, the character is already settling into formula conventions as comfortable as any seen in a Bond film.

By Jim Smith on 17 August 2004 Comments Off

Death in comic books isn’t often impressive or affecting. It’s rarely even noticeable and it’s so innately reversible, defeatable and manipulatable that it doesn’t have any meaning at all.

By J Clive Matthews on 15 August 2004 Comments Off

This is your typical story of boy meets girl; boy forcibly snogs girl in front of her boyfriend; boy is beated by police; boy sets girl up in an elaborate sting operation which leaves her being forced into prostitution…

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By J Clive Matthews on 15 August 2004 Comments Off

This is the 1955 Laurence Olivier version, the supposed classic directed by and starring the supposedly best Shakespearian actor of the twentieth century. Looking at it today, it is practically unwatchable rubbish.

By J Clive Matthews on 15 August 2004 Comments Off

The Friedmans, a respectable middle-class family from Long Island, tear themselves apart when the father and youngest son are accused of systematically abusing schoolchildren during evening computer lessons.

By Mark Clapham on 15 August 2004 Comments Off

Hulk #75 finally answers the question of who is the mouth on the monitor screen manipulating events to try and get hold of the Hulk’s blood. The answer will underwhelm you…

By Jim Smith on 15 August 2004 Comments Off

I’m not one of the those people who derides ’spandex’. I love The Flash. I love Golden Age heroes. I have no difficulty looking at pages of people wearing big collars and capes. This, however, I have a problem with.