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Archive for October, 2004

By Mark Clapham on 29 October 2004 Comments Off

Grant Morrison has a tendency to talk big about his work, but he can afford to – as a writer he has a tendency to takes comics, both mainstream superhero titles and more personal books, into new areas…

By Eddie Robson on 29 October 2004 Comments Off

1960s ‘Doctor Who’ is the bomb. ‘Lost in Time’ is therefore to be welcomed with open arms, a pleasant smile, and a round of drinks…

By Eddie Robson on 26 October 2004 Comments Off

Over the course of four series ‘Teachers’ has replaced every member of its core cast. This kind of turnover just doesn’t work, especially in such a character-driven series…

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By Jim Smith on 24 October 2004 Comments Off

I’m partially reviewing this because some of the series biggest laughs, and most spectacular gross-out moments, are still lurking near the top of my subconscious nearly a week after a single viewing.

By Eddie Robson on 21 October 2004 Comments Off

A glance at the front cover, back cover and first two pages of ‘The Timewaster Letters’ reveals that I am comfortably the least famous person ever to praise this book…

By Stephen Lavington on 15 October 2004 Comments Off

This is a quantum movie: the very act of describing it – whether in a review or to an unaware friend – effects the result…

By Stephen Lavington on 15 October 2004 Comments Off

Ooh hoo, that Lovejoy eh? Tink, Eric, Lady Jane, antiques, Suffolk. Bit of a laugh wasn’t it? All mullets, jeans and leather jackets on a fifty year-old man. What were they thinking?

By Mags L Halliday on 12 October 2004 Comments Off

For anyone whose familiarity with Chinese/HK cinema reaches as far as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan, wuxia is a slightly different form of martial arts film…

By Eddie Robson on 11 October 2004 Comments Off

Jeph Loeb continues to demonstrate his remarkable grasp of DCU characters: I’m starting to believe that he could even make ‘Wonder Woman’ work, although naturally writing ‘Wonder Woman’ is not a fate I would wish on anybody…

By Lance Parkin on 11 October 2004 Comments Off

I have a theory about good movies, which has two propositions, which run: 1) you can never have enough robots in a movie…

By Jim Smith on 10 October 2004 Comments Off

In 1970 a young film academic and teacher called George Lucas, whose previous filmwork had been restricted to documentaries and prize-winning shorts, made a very strange film about LA in sixties.

By Stephen Lavington on 09 October 2004 Comments Off

It’s easy to understand the origins of this film in a five-minute showreel dreamed up by wrtier director Kerry Conran of giant robots menacing Manhattan. It’s a classic pulp sci-fi concept…

By Mark Clapham on 09 October 2004 Comments Off

As an obsessive ‘Resident Evil’ player, I feel less like a reviewer and more like a guest academic, wheeled in to provide learned analysis on how this movie fits in with the wider context of ‘RE’ lore. Turn to page 11 in your workbook now…

By Mark Clapham on 04 October 2004 Comments Off

So what if Robert Kirkman created the Marvel Universe?

By Mark Clapham on 02 October 2004 Comments Off

The second season of ‘Millennium’ is one of my favourite seasons of any TV series, and as such its not just a pleasure to see the season released on DVD, but also to at last get an excuse to write about it…

By Eddie Robson on 01 October 2004 Comments Off

What felt a bit hit-and-miss at first is now producing far more hits than misses…

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By Mark Clapham on 01 October 2004 Comments Off

Hellraiser was an odd kind of horror film, but it was an even stranger basis for a franchise. With parts five and six on the way in the US, here’s a DVD collection of the first three instalments to remind us how it all began…