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Archive for September, 2010

By Stephen Lavington on 30 September 2010 Comments Off

‘Good Hair’ is nominally a study of the multimillion dollar black hair industry, but has some deeply resonant things to say about the wider question of race in American society.

By Jim Smith on 29 September 2010 Comments Off

To call something “charming” is often to patronise it; but ‘Bella’ is charming. It charms you, with its warmth & its performances.

By Lance Parkin on 27 September 2010 2 COMMENTS

‘Undercovers’ is like a sexy, action-packed ‘Alias’. Which is a bit like saying something’s like a dinosaury ‘Jurassic Park’.

By Mark Clapham on 23 September 2010 Comments Off

I think the rise and fall of the WildStorm Universe titles (cancelled as of December 2010) tells us something about the role that novelty, rebellion and that nebulous, ‘Wizard’ magazine-backed idea of ‘Hotness’ plays in the comics industry.

By Stephen Lavington on 22 September 2010 Comments Off

AMC’s ‘Rubicon’ is an espionage thriller that manages to feel weightier than the escapist fare of ‘24’ or ‘Burn Notice’.

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By Mags L Halliday on 20 September 2010 1 COMMENT

It might not be a superhero film, but ‘Tamara Drewe’ is a great example of how to adapt a comic book to the screen.

By Mags L Halliday on 17 September 2010 Comments Off

The third series of ‘Merlin’ has started with grim spectacle, aside from the odd slapstick scene that’s escaped from a different tone meeting.

By Alex Fitch on 15 September 2010 Comments Off

Dawn of the dead meets La Haine as the living dead attack those with a killer instinct in a rough district of Paris.

By Jim Smith on 10 September 2010 Comments Off

Let me be clear from the off, this is a very high quality comic. It’s very well written and exceptionally well drawn.

By Matthew Badham on 09 September 2010 2 COMMENTS

Comics would be in a healthier state if more fans took a chance on something new. If you agree, then you could do worse than pick up ‘Elephantmen’…

By Jim Smith on 07 September 2010 Comments Off

One of those things that, while you’re watching it, you can’t help but be deeply suspicious of the reaction the production is trying to evoke.

By Mark Clapham on 04 September 2010 Comments Off

Comics love arbitrary numbering milestones, and if there’s one advantage of a weekly publication schedule it’s that those big numbers roll around four times as fast as they do for US monthlies.