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Archive for June, 2011

By Jonn Elledge on 30 June 2011 Comments Off

Watching the first episode of Shameless US is disarmingly like bumping into old friends.

By Mark Clapham on 28 June 2011 Comments Off

Green Lantern is a briskly entertaining and enjoyably broad superhero flick that doesn’t seem to know quite which audience it’s aiming for.

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 23 June 2011 1 COMMENT

Now this is something different- a legal drama that takes place in England… in the 18th century. A period piece based upon actual cases and drawn from the available records of that time, ‘Garrow’s Law’ is a welcome change of pace from not only the legal shows of today, but television in general.
Andrew Buchan plays [...]

By Jim Smith on 20 June 2011 Comments Off

Rowan Joffe’s ‘Brighton Rock’ is beautifully photographed and extremely well played by all involved, but..

By Julio Angel Ortiz on 13 June 2011 Comments Off

In late summer of 2003, I was laid off from my job. In-between looking for a new job, I had extra time at home to be with the family and watch television, and I got hooked on the American crime show ‘Law and Order’.
This began my interest in a genre of television that I had [...]

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By Jonn Elledge on 10 June 2011 Comments Off

It’s not a great sign when the cast list for a film makes more interesting viewing than the film itself.

By Lance Parkin on 08 June 2011 Comments Off

‘Upstairs Downstairs’ is one of the best known British TV series of the seventies, on both sides of the Atlantic (and has recently been revived). It quickly became a centerpiece of [...]

By Mark Clapham on 03 June 2011 Comments Off

Following on from INJ Culbard’s excellent graphic adaptation of Lovecraft’s ‘At the Mountains of Madness’, SelfMadeHero return to Lovecraft’s work with a selection of seven of his most famous tales, adapted by an excellent line-up of creators.
The stories adapted in this first volume (a second is promised) are those which laid the groundwork for Lovecraft’s [...]

By Stephen Lavington on 01 June 2011 Comments Off

The Hollywood career of Jason Statham is reminiscent of Jean-Claude Van Damme. Doggedly working the straight-to-DVD schlock martial-arts beat, Statham has laboriously clambered to the top-rank of action stars. Like Van Damme it’s got to the point where no-one even feels the need to hand-wave away his accent – Statham just IS.
Sadly, and also like [...]