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Archive for May, 2010

By Alex Fitch on 31 May 2010 Comments Off

…if you have a problem, if no-one else can help and if you can find them…

By Mark Clapham on 28 May 2010 Comments Off

I only know Martin Amis’ novel ‘Money’ by reputation, but it’s a big reputation as one of the defining novels of the 1980s, with lead character John Self hailed as a scabrous avatar for the excesses of the age.

By Stephen Lavington on 27 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Credit where credit’s due – if you were running a sci-fi show featuring parallel dimensions where several of the characters in one dimension were evil counterparts to those in the other – and where Spock plays a recurring character – would you have the willpower to resist dressing one of them in a sinister goatee?

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 26 May 2010 Comments Off

‘What They Died For’ attempts to answer a question by never really doing so, or perhaps by giving the simplest explanation that we all already knew. In that sense, this episode could be viewed as the series in microcosm.

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By Shiny Shelf on 25 May 2010 3 COMMENTS

‘Heroes’ is dead. After four seasons, five ‘volumes’, and about forty seven instances of Sylar switching between good and evil for no apparent reason, US network NBC have dragged the unfortunate series, ailing from ratings deprivation, around the back of the studio lot and put seven Kryptonite bullets through its head.

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By Mags L Halliday on 24 May 2010 Comments Off

A couple of years ago Philip Glenister, TV’s Gene Hunt, swore he “wouldn’t do bloody ‘Tin Machine’” so it’s best to assume that this really is the end of the ‘Life on Mars’/'Ashes to Ashes’ franchise. Huge spoilers ahead…

By Timothy Waastermann on 24 May 2010 Comments Off

I know this is my second architecturally themed entry in a row, but WebUrbanist’s gallery of ghost towns and abandoned cities couldn’t go unmentioned.
If, like me, you take fascination in what happens to lived-in places after humanity moves on, and how more recent abandoned buildings gradually become the ancient ruins that future generations will take [...]

By Alex Fitch on 21 May 2010 Comments Off

In case you hadn’t noticed, the 80s are back again, specifically 80s style action adventures.

By Stephen Lavington on 20 May 2010 Comments Off

It’s certainly not a brave or controversial critical move to say that ‘The Hurt Locker’ is a great film. Indeed, to come out with such a statement after this year’s Oscar ceremony is conventional thinking at its most pointlessly facile.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 19 May 2010 Comments Off

I’ll come out and say it: although it may have been a matter of simply having too high expectations, ‘Across the Sea’ was a disappointment for me.

By Scott Harrison on 18 May 2010 Comments Off

It seems to be an unwritten rule in Hollywood that the second film in a major motion picture franchise has to be the darker, more introspective entry.

By Stephen Lavington on 17 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Good news, bad news, bad news and good news for this episode.

By Timothy Waastermann on 17 May 2010 1 COMMENT

BLDGBLOG is a classic of tangential timewasting: it provides so many nuggets of strangeness that I can wander off for an hour thinking about flooded cities or where a hacked lift could take me, or what the urban landscape would be like if Archigram had ever actually built some walking cities.

By Mark Clapham on 14 May 2010 1 COMMENT

‘King Tut’s Tomb’ collects three issues of ‘Batman: Confidential’, smartly re-inventing a villain from the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV show as a far more serious threat in a story well-served by the gorgeous pencils of José Luis García-López.

By Mark Clapham on 13 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Written by the highly respected Jason Aaron and drawn by superstar artist Adam Kubert, ‘Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine’ is a fun, frothy stand-alone adventure for Marvel’s two most popular heroes.

By Eddie Robson on 12 May 2010 1 COMMENT

The verdict on Paul Chambers – a £1,000 fine and a criminal record for making a joke about blowing up an airport on Twitter – is of course absurd and the CPS should be ashamed of themselves. However, the case has brought back some thoughts I’ve recently had about the nature of the internet.
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By Stephen Lavington on 11 May 2010 1 COMMENT

I hope you like novelty episodes folks, because ‘Fringe’ has gone for it big time here.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 10 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Make no mistake: ‘The Candidate’ is a sucker punch to the gut.

By Timothy Waastermann on 10 May 2010 1 COMMENT

It shouldn’t really be possible to make something as universal as stick figures your trademark, but I’ve been reading Randall Munroe’s ‘xkcd’ for so long that when I see someone else doing stick figures, I now automatically consider them to be pastiching ‘xkcd’.

By Steffan Alun on 07 May 2010 1 COMMENT

If Grant Morrison’s introduction is to be believed, the comics chosen for DC’s ‘The Black Casebook’ – a collection of Batman issues from the 50s and 60s which influenced Morrison’s run – are generally unpopular among Batman fans, owing to their supernatural and sci-fi content.

By Mark Clapham on 06 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Luther, the first British star vehicle for Idris Elba, is a combination of lightweight detective show cliches and preposterously grandiose villainy that isn’t so much bad as a bit baffling.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 May 2010 1 COMMENT

‘First Wave’ features a curious mash-up of DC heroes (including a gun-toting Batman) and pulp characters (Doc Savage), as well as throwing in the Spirit for good measure. The first issue is passable, but not terribly exciting.

By Mags L Halliday on 04 May 2010 1 COMMENT

You know what you’re going to get with Asylum. Their business model is simple: produce the kind of B-movie fun that kept Amicus, Hammer, Roger Corman and others going.

By Timothy Waastermann on 04 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Unhappy Hipsters is a great dripfeed of humorous venom to brighten up the working day.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 03 May 2010 1 COMMENT

Convergence is a theme that runs through this episode. Several characters and threads, some running for a couple of years, finally come together here, as the layers for the endgame are slowly beginning to be peeled back.

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