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Archive for 2007

By Jim Smith on 23 December 2007 Comments Off

The fan-produced ‘Star Trek’ webisode ‘World Enough and Time’ far exceeds any expectations that could reasonably be placed upon it.

By Jim Smith on 19 December 2007 Comments Off

The BBC’s new adaptation of ‘Oliver Twist’ offers high production values and a cast stuffed with ‘names’.

By Jim Smith on 14 December 2007 Comments Off

‘The Mighty Boosh’ has shifted location, from Vince and Howard’s flat to Naboo’s shop, the wonderfully monikered Nabootique, this season. Of more consequence is a shift in tone.

By Lance Parkin on 07 December 2007 Comments Off

Can you see the Northern Lights still?

By Jim Smith on 07 December 2007 Comments Off

‘Blade Runner’ is easy. It’s faux complex. It’s a film which wears its supposed seriousness on its sleeve, a pouting, grunting adolescent of a motion picture, a movie for people who think that things are inherently more serious when it rains in the dark.

By Mags L Halliday on 26 November 2007 Comments Off

It’s hard to avoid Kenneth Clark’s 1969 landmark ‘Civilisation’ documentary series if you are doing a series on the history of civilisation…

By Mark Clapham on 22 November 2007 Comments Off

‘Doctor Who’ has a long history with the BBC’s ‘Children in Need’ charity telethon…

By Mark Clapham on 10 November 2007 Comments Off

Dark Horse has collected Nicholas Gurewitch’s ‘Perry Bible Fellowship’ strips into this gorgeous hardcover…

By Stephen Lavington on 31 October 2007 Comments Off

Frequently studios will let films die for want of promotion…

By Stephen Lavington on 28 October 2007 Comments Off

In the US the fourth installment in this bombs and bullets franchise is known as ‘Live Free or Die Hard’, a title which much more aptly sums up its gung-ho bombast and over-the-top exuberance…

By Mags L Halliday on 16 October 2007 Comments Off

That don’t impress me, Much.

By Abigail Twitch on 03 October 2007 Comments Off

This is the show that deserves to make Peter Serafinowicz into a household name. And rather helpfully for those households, there’s finally a definitive pronunciation of ‘Serafinowicz’.

By Mark Clapham on 02 October 2007 Comments Off

In the first three episodes of this teatime ‘Who’ spin-off the Slitheen return, the Gorgon rises, and the Sontarans get a namecheck…

By Mark Clapham on 22 September 2007 Comments Off

Ignore the ‘C’ word, this is actually good…

By Jim Smith on 21 September 2007 Comments Off

I was recently moved to get down on my knees and thank a God I don’t believe in (doesn’t matter which one it was, I disbelieve in them all equally) at the announcement that the two features of ‘Grindhouse’ would be released separately in the UK.

By Jim Smith on 21 September 2007 Comments Off

Check it out dude, it’s the Mighty Thor.

By Mark Clapham on 17 September 2007 Comments Off

All the news that counts.

By Mags L Halliday on 20 August 2007 Comments Off

There used to be a television clip series called ‘Best of British’. ‘British Film Forever’ is a modern, arch version of my old wet bank holiday friend. And that just makes it worse.

By Lance Parkin on 11 August 2007 Comments Off

After the narrow cult appeal of ‘Battlestar Galactica’, have Sci-Fi got themselves a mainstream hit with ‘Flash Gordon’?

By Mark Clapham on 11 August 2007 Comments Off

Proper boring.

By Jim Smith on 07 August 2007 Comments Off

Concorde was the great Anglo-French aviation project. It promised, nay delivered, supersonic travel for civilians and took its name from a word meaning ‘agreement’ (albeit with an unnecessary vowel appended to it to make it sound more French).

By Lance Parkin on 03 August 2007 Comments Off

The Monty Python and South Park movies demonstrated that a cult television comedy could not only distill and enhance what made the series so great, but go on to transcend that.

By Mark Clapham on 26 July 2007 Comments Off

A new ‘Transformers’ comic is available from British newsstands, with a lead strip written by Simon Furman and drawn by Geoff Senior. All is right with the world…

By Eddie Robson on 22 July 2007 Comments Off

Oddly – and, in fact, much to my delight – I found very little to get nostalgic about in this film, but thought it was terrific anyway…

By Jim Smith on 11 July 2007 Comments Off

‘Timelash’ is bad. In fact, it’s quite difficult to appreciate just how jaw-droppingly bad it is unless one is in the process of actually watching the thing.

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 09 July 2007 Comments Off

Over the last few years Doctor Who has built a tradition of ending each season with a multi-part epic where the Doctor confronts a major enemy from his past. For the conclusion of the current season it was the turn of the Doctor’s old nemesis the Master.

By Stephen Lavington on 01 July 2007 Comments Off

Prepared to accept that not one but both the machines used to dig the Channel Tunnel could be purchased, exported and set up underneath Las Vegas in the course of a few weeks? This may be the film for you.

By Mark Clapham on 23 June 2007 Comments Off

‘Utopia’ is low on plot, but high on major developments…

By Eddie Robson on 16 June 2007 Comments Off

I have to admit that I didn’t see the first ‘Fantastic Four’ movie, mainly because when I saw the trailer it looked like the most generic superhero film ever…

By Mark Clapham on 15 June 2007 Comments Off

Following ‘The Empty Child’, ‘The Doctor Dances’ and ‘The Girl in the Fireplace’, writer Steven Moffat continues his faultless run of ‘Doctor Who’ stories with ‘Blink’…

By Mark Clapham on 13 June 2007 Comments Off

Rated Arrrr.

By Eddie Robson on 12 June 2007 Comments Off

All credit to Karen Taylor for spotting an opportunity and trying to grab it…

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By Jonn Elledge on 06 June 2007 Comments Off

‘Human Nature’ is one of the best bits of television ever broadcast under the label ‘Doctor Who’.

By Mags L Halliday on 03 June 2007 Comments Off

The history of modern Britain is a tale we think we already know…

By Mark Clapham on 29 May 2007 Comments Off

We don’t often review comics we’ve covered in single issues again when they come out in collections, but then neither do I normally buy a hardcover edition of something I’ve already bought…

By Mark Clapham on 23 May 2007 Comments Off

Fun in the sun…

By Mark Clapham on 20 May 2007 Comments Off

It’s clear from the opening of ‘The Toybox’, in which bits of East Anglian folklore are re-enacted in Flash animation, that this is a film which is willingly to be defiantly regional…

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By Jim Smith on 18 May 2007 Comments Off

‘Spider-Man 3’ does not reach the giddying heights achieved by it immediate predecessor, but nor does it crash and burn it any appreciable sense.

By Jim Smith on 12 May 2007 Comments Off

‘Doctor Who’ newcomer Stephen Greenhorn peppers his first script for the show with allusions;

By Jim Smith on 11 May 2007 Comments Off

The release of ‘Spider-Man 3’ a film described by one of Shiny’s writers as ‘an argument against unlimited free speech as compelling as ‘shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theatre’, has provoked a lot of silly comments about second sequels.

By Mark Clapham on 06 May 2007 Comments Off

Take your seats for the greatest show in comics…

By Mark Clapham on 02 May 2007 Comments Off

The 1930s are inescapably associated with a certain kind of straightforward adventure story…

By Jonn Elledge on 22 April 2007 Comments Off

If you’ve spent any time in the last two years in the festering cesspool that is ‘Doctor Who’ fandom, then you’ll know there have been two distinct reactions to Russell T Davies’ reinvention…

By Jim Smith on 09 April 2007 Comments Off

The second episode of the new series of ‘Doctor Who’ takes the Doctor and Martha Jones into an immaculately staged 1590s London and a meeting with the man the Doctor describes as both ‘the genius’ and ‘the most human human’ of all; William Shakespeare.

By Eddie Robson on 06 April 2007 Comments Off

It’s odd that new films directed by Danny Boyle aren’t bigger events in Britain…

By Mark Clapham on 03 April 2007 Comments Off

To have lost both of your original leads by the third season of a series may be considered careless, but on balance it doesn’t seem to have done ‘Doctor Who’ any real harm…


By Mark Clapham on 02 April 2007 Comments Off

As macho as drop kicking a tank to the moon, and about as believable, ‘300′ is a beautifully stupid live-action cartoon for adults…

By Stephen Lavington on 20 March 2007 Comments Off

As ‘Primeval’ demonstrates, ITV can copy the format of successful shows and this is clearly their intention here.

By Mags L Halliday on 19 March 2007 Comments Off

When a supposedly mainstream channel like ITV1 has been getting viewing figures so low a digital channel would be proud of them, they have had no option but to use the ultimate weapon: Jane Austen…

By Mark Clapham on 17 March 2007 Comments Off

As long time readers of this site will no doubt remember, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ was one of Shiny Shelf’s favourite TV shows. Now it’s back – albeit as a comic rather than a TV show…