Category Archives: News

Nintendo Switch (NX)

Finally! All hail the arrival of the Nintendo Switch (AKA NX) with this ad clearly aimed at an aspirational, sophisticated, and older (but not too old) audience or, more likely, those who want to be thought of as such. Still, … Continue reading

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Backup Social Media

With constant changes in T&Cs and encroaching fees, you never quite know where you stand with “free” online services. Keep control of your social media data by exporting a copy from the cloud to your own PC. To this end … Continue reading

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Something Loud

After listening to the entirety of Royal Blood’s Reading set last night, I was in the mood for some really thumpy music and, after some surfing, found: Turbowolf – A Rose For The Crows and Eyes Like Twenty – Twenty … Continue reading

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iPhone 7

Expected Release: Autumn 2016 The strange design decisions at Apple, post-Jobs, have continued to confound even the most loyal of Apple’s customer base. Nowhere is this reflected more than in their flagship product – the iPhone. Hopefully, however, after lens-gate, … Continue reading

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Mum and Dad's Birthday Party

 

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The Shadow Hero (2014)

Currently enjoying Gene Luen and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero (2014), which reclaims him as a bona fide Chinese superhero. (I’m still waiting for a hero with whom I can culturally identify and it’s 2015!) These panels are for the … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Renegades (Official Complete Film)

This is a fan film starring many of the cast from the franchise. Official site, IMDB. Even more Star Trek than you can shake a (sadly) empty bottle of Romulan ale here.

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Roy Random: Prediction for Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale and What I Want to Watch and Read

In the Game of Thrones season 5 finale, I predict that the set-piece spectacular will be when Cersei Lannister’s creepy pet necromancer, Maester Qyburn, resurrects a Terminatorised Ser Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane to rescue her from the Sparrows. What I want … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio Meets SciFi Tech Talk

Tonight I was kindly invited by Julie Kuehl, Mike McPeek and Jeff Syer as a guest on their SciFi Tech Talk podcast. Inevitably, and in the midst of really enjoying myself, Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who were, of … Continue reading

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Year of the Sheep!

I was born in a year of the sheep, so this should be a particularly good year! Fingers crossed. Break a leg. The Scottish Play. Spinning around three times and chucking salt over my shoulder. };->

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Rider In The Mist: Latest Update

Rider In The Mist: Remember that lovely little bloody, and rather nasty, old school sword and sorcery game I made over Christmas? Well, I noticed a couple of nice things people have said about it and have decided to big … Continue reading

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Kissing the Fox

Fox: About a week ago I upgraded to FireFox 35.01. I had a fiddle, liked what I saw and have finally embraced the new Chromeified look. So that’s really it for the old FF28 classic look that I have been … Continue reading

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Sick and Now Better

Sick: I’ve been sick in bed for the last five days and have just emerged from a sloth-like slumbernation about an hour ago. So, coffee steaming in front of me, I’m now officially well. Yah!

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My Doctor Who(ish) Scarf

Made when I was still young enough, (and had the cute Puss in Boots eyes), to hypnotize my gullible cousins into knitting it for me. It’s 12ft long, though I swear it used to be longer and wider. Can age … Continue reading

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"…who reads the papers." Yes Prime Minister, BBC

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Neo Sword and Sorcery

This morning I’m pre-empting possible responses that might arise from the can of worms I may have opened in my last podcast (ep. 63), after I bemoaned the lack of sword and sorcery (a term originally coined by Michael Moorcock) … Continue reading

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Rider In The Mist (Update): Sword and Sorcery Fiction

Rider is a gamified version of an unpublished short story. The story itself is a prequel to another similarly unpublished draft. You will shortly be able to read both as short stories, or incorporated into a novel. More information to … Continue reading

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Rider In The Mist 1.0b

ABOUT: Rider In The Mist is a completely free, no-nags sword and sorcery game of interative fiction built with Twine. It requires an internet connection and will run on any device with an HTML5 capable browser. PLAY NOW! FEEDBACK: Please … Continue reading

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New Sword and Sorcery IF Game Released: Rider In The Mist 1.0b (and Happy New Year too!)

Yeah, it’s done. Sort of still beta, but I wanted to release into the wild at exactly midnight. That didn’t exactly happen, but only by twelve minutes – so still within the witching hour as befits a sword and sorcerer/horror … Continue reading

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Interactive Fiction Game: Rider In the Mist: What the Hell is It?

Rider in the Mist is my foray into computer games, as both a writer and fan of good, old-fashioned sword and sorcery. Sword and sorcery, though similar in theme, is also different to the other zillion fantasy sub-genres in that: … Continue reading

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Roy's Christmas Mix Tape

This is what’s blasting out of my PC speakers at a zillion decibels right now: Alice CooperElected ABBAWaterloo Carl DouglasKung Fu Fighting Dropkick MurphysThe Warrior’s Code GoldfrappOoh La La Gowry BrothersBanane Aya Re Harry RoyMy Girl’s #*%%@ Kate BushWuthering Heights … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Christmas Podcast Schedule UK SciFi/Fantasy/Horror/Tech Podcast

Merry Eve of… Christmas Eve! Until today the needle of my Super-O-Meter™ was firmly pointed at ‘Stylish Supervillain’, while I cackled with glee at the squirming masses of humanity from my Tower of Nerditude™. Unfortunately, a last-minute dash to the … Continue reading

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Big Pics: Doctor Who 2014 Christmas Special, Wallpapers and 2014-2015 Annuals

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The Millennium Falcon from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Infinitely Looped

The #MillenniumFalcon from #StarWarsEpisodeVIII #TheForceAwakens Infinitely Looped: http://t.co/pSSxJfRgQL — The Captain! (@RoyMathur) November 30, 2014

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Website Update and Podcast: A Lot of Doctor Who, TV and Movie Talk (It's Going to be BIG!)

Website: If you have visited my main website before (RoyMathur.com) before you will notice lots of changes. This is because in the past few weeks I have submerged myself in the semantic web, HTML5 and fluid design – the result … Continue reading

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What's on Tonight's Podcast (Available Later)

I’m back again and, as well as lots of the usual weaving, tangential wittering (about games and tech etc.), I’ll also be chatting semi-coherently about: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 3, 7 The Celestial Toymaker 1-4, 1966) Doctor Who 8.8 … Continue reading

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It's My Birthday!

Mum, Dad and Me on Skype:

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#Tech #UK: Watch Via Live Stream New #Motorola Product Announcements: #MotoG2, #Moto360 etc.

This event will include, I assume, news about the new Moto G, now with 8 MP rear and 2 MP front cams, a bigger screen and a UK price of around £200 £145 (3G only – no news about LTE … Continue reading

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EMF Camp 2014!

A little west of Bletchley, Electromagnetic Field Camp 2014 kicked off today. Hackers and Makers from around the globe converged on bright, breezy, hay-threshed fields set in the gently undulating countryside south of Milton Keynes. We arrived just after ten … Continue reading

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What to Expect In the 50th Roy's Rocket Radio Show

Doctor Who is back and, very soon, so will we be! The following is a small selection of what to expect in our upcoming, and very special extra-long, 50th show: TV: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 3, 4 The Daleks’ … Continue reading

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Roy's Rocket Radio Show IS Coming Back! (SciFi, Fantasy, Horror UK)

Don’t lose faith in the podcast – it IS coming back! Next Sunday, or earlier, I’m just waiting for a new audio recorder to arrive. Please peruse the archives in the meantime. Subscribe ~ Other Options

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YouTube Trawl: First Moon Party by HelloFlo

Great filmmaking, great twist, great… ad:

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What Roy Did

So here I am, currently exiled to audio Siberia, i.e. not able to podcast. But it’s not as if I don’t have anything to do. Changes are afoot at the blog and the website, and the notes for the next … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Robin Williams Uploaded on the Pirate Bay

Last week, and one day after his death at the age of sixty-three, pirates uploaded a tribute to actor Robin Williams in the form of a giant bundle of all his movies:

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Yeah… No… Not Back This Sunday After-All

Despite forcing myself to scrutinise the multiple, malign machinations of the evil Mavic Chen (Doctor Who reference) and writing up a ton of show-notes, I still find myself unable to produce a podcast as promised. My amazing solution of plugging … Continue reading

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Alan Moore: BBC HARDtalk Interview (2012)

I completely missed this TV interview, in case you did too, here it is again via a kindly YouTuber:

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Roy's Rocket Radio: Back This Sunday!

More audio frustration today after I gave up trying to drive my new dynamic microphone from my Mac Mini’s pathetically under-powered line-in socket. Then I tried my old, cheapo netbook’s microphone socket and… hey presto! It works! Not only that, … Continue reading

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Looking for Techie Work in Vancouver? Job Agencies List

For those looking for techie work in Vancouver, here is a list and contact details of Vancouver ITC job agencies. Good luck!

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Hold Fast (2007) from #Moxie Marlinspike (@moxie) on #Vimeo (#Sailing #Documentary)

Excellent movie that we’ll talk about in the next podcast: Hold Fast from Moxie Marlinspike on Vimeo. See also – http://www.blueanarchy.org/holdfast/

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Weird Science: What the Hell is a Radiolarian?

What the Hell is a Radiolarian? While contemplating a Raspberry Pi B+ as a cheap streaming server solution, I came across this weird 3D printed case called the piLarian: Apparently its design is based on a real-world species – Radiolaria. … Continue reading

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Lota Screwdriver

Here is my lota full of icy cold vodka, orange juice and Fanta: Cheers!

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A Bit of Glub from the Captain's Tub: Guardians of the Galaxy, Jupiter Rising, Dreadstar Movie

No time for podcasting this week, as I have a couple of passengers heading for Alderaan,  but next week we’ll be talking about Guardians of the Galaxy. Huzzah! I still can’t believe the Wachowskis’ new flick Jupiter Rising is not … Continue reading

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The Captain's YouTube Trawl: Mad Max: Fury Road

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Muffed Plot Logic in SciFi Movies: Looper, After the Dark (AKA The Philosophers) and Edge of Tomorrow,

You’re going to either have watched the following movies to know what the hell I’m taking about, or be one of the idiots responsible for writing-in the following screenplay muffs in order to give each of these films a happy … Continue reading

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Electromagnetic Field, August 29th–31st 2014, Bletchley, UK

Roy’s Rocket Radio and Maybe Magazine will be podcasting (and/or vodcasting) from: About “Imagine a camping festival with a power grid and high-speed internet access; a temporary village of geeks, crafters, and technology enthusiasts that’s lit up by night, and … Continue reading

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Google Glass: Inverse Surveillance?

‘‘Wearable’ computing’ Google Glass, as a product hardly needs and introduction – a small computer, a compact camera, display and audio system built in to a lens-less pair of spectacles. What might not be so well known is that the … Continue reading

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X-Men: Days of Future Past DVD Release Autumn 2014

Months in advance of its DVD release, and an interminable time spent avoiding trailers, spoilers and reviews; I finally took myself down to budget day at the local flicks. All this, so that by the time you read this, you … Continue reading

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The Captain's YouTube Trawl: The Flash, Big Hero 6, Gotham

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YouTube Trawl: Doctor Who, Lucy, SciFi Trailers, UK

Doctor Who Series 8 2014: Lucy (2014):

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A Quick Solution To The World's Most Recent Conflicts…

…would be to send my mum, with her stick, to beat some sense into each of the world leaders, past and present, responsible the current mess dominating all our TV screens. Admittedly, sending mum in might be a little difficult … Continue reading

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Writing Progress and Unashamed Plug for My Upcoming Techno-Thriller The Horus Box

Here is a progress report, aimed primarily at interested publishers and agents. The most notable item on the list is my upcoming techno-thriller The Horus Box, the rough draft of which I will have finished next week. After that I … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Best Ever Game of Thrones Moments… EVER, EVERRR!!!

Blackwater Red Wedding The Red Viper Versus the Mountain Battle of the Wall Giants riding mammoths! GIANTS RIDING MAMMOTHS!!!

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YouTube Trawl: Capo Di Monte Goth and Spam

I’m saving the following ad for posterity as it cracks me up no end. And also in the spirit of growing older disgracefully, which is the only way to fly: The following clip is dedicated to the tireless spammers at … Continue reading

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Celebrity Frenzy: TV Fans Flock to Central Milton Keynes

Recently Central Milton Keynes has been the scene of monster crowds of excited and mostly female fans queuing for book signings outside WHSmith. First to visit was Made in Chelsea’s Lucy Watson (23) promoting her new book The Dating Game. … Continue reading

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Tired of Firefox Problems?

I’m fed up of Firefox hassles. Despite getting the latest chromified 29.0.1 looking like good old 28, I have been beset with Flash hangs* and print scaling problems. So I have taken the nuclear option and I am now running … Continue reading

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Edge of Tomorrow: Final Trailer

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Trailer for Upcoming Hieroglyph TV Series

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The Dodge Challenger SRT 2014 is Male HRT

I am a man, but one with limper wrists than an 18th century, lace-bedecked dandy. A man willing to run shamelessly from confrontation and who suffers anxiety when hearing even moderately raised voices. One who would even flee Richard Hammond … Continue reading

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Heads Up

Here’s a little head up. I write feature articles/columns, many of which never see the light of day and are consigned to the rejection pile of newspaper and magazine editors the world over. So instead of letting all those words … Continue reading

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YouTube Trawl: Fan Film Based on Iain M. Banks The Player of Games Culture Novel

Not sure why this great little fan film, based on Iain M. Banks widely lauded The Player of Games, hasn’t got a BAZILLION views. Let’s see what we can do about that:

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Writing 2000 Words a Day To Finish My Novel

I am currently twelve thousand words into my mystery/horror novel and have just finished the sixth chapter today. Here is the back cover blurb: The Horus Box Amidst the dot com boom, a traumatised bicycle messenger and an enigmatic war … Continue reading

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Firefox 29 to 28 Interface Downgrade Attempt 2

I finally, got it working properly. It’s all very well making the Classic Theme Restorer available for disgruntled 28 upgraders, but it’s still a right, royal pain fiddling with all the settings. Stop Chromifying Firefox!

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Milton Keynes Collectormania: Joseph Gatt, Garret Wang, William Atherton Etc, Etc, Etc!

I’m just back from Milton Keynes annual Collectormania event and, wow, they really picked the right day for it. The sun was blazing, with not even the merest possibility of rain (for a change), as I pulled up in the … Continue reading

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Tweeting First Line of Daily 2000 Words, My Fiction, Your First Fiction?

2000 Words Okay, just to prove that I’m not a total flake after the magazine debacle, I’m encouraging myself to keep writing by tweeting the first line of each piece of fiction I write each day. Each piece, whether a … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine

First, a big apology to the people and organisations that started following and/or subscribing to Star Adventurer Magazine. The simple truth is that, after a few 18 hour days, it became apparent that I did not have the time to … Continue reading

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Firefox 29 (Australis) Downgrade Tweaks

Okay, after some stumbling around in the dark, I managed to get Firefox 29.0.1 (Australis) looking (almost*) like my slick version 28 (Aurora) config (see above). I used an old favourite Add-On called Compact Menu 2 which sticks a menu … Continue reading

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Trailers: Godzilla, The Expendables 3, Maleficent, Jessabelle, The Quiet Ones

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Trailer: Oculus (2013)

No, not the 3D, scuba-diving, cyclopian mask of doom, but a horror movie starring Doctor Who’s Karen Gillen. We’ll probably review this in a few weeks time.

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Firefox 29.0.1: Arrrggghhh!

Firefox 29.0.1 – Firefox continues to go Chromified, to the annoying extent that I had to search for a plugin just to stick my tabs back under the toolbar. Why can’t they just improve the guts, which is what counts … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Doctor Who Marathon Continues!

Great news for listeners of RRR ‘cast as the Doctor Who Marathon Continues. This Sunday we will be chatting about: Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 1, 7 The Sensorites 1-6, 1964). Doctor Who (1st Doctor, Series 1, 8 The Reign … Continue reading

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I have moved!

I have moved to: RoyMathur.com/blog/

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Hello world!

Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Very Quick Review: Sleeper Season One Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips (2009) (Wildstorm)

Holden Carver is James Bond with Rogue-like superpowers. He is a high level double-agent undercover in a supervillain’s cabal. Noir, hardboiled with superpowers thrown in for good measure. Not bad, though it is difficult to feel any real empathy whatsoever … Continue reading

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System of a Down: Chop Suey

Great vid, a few years old, but I’m catching up… Soon I’ll even be in the right decade! Must recalibrate the yearometer };-> (NB/ This particular video won’t work on some mobiles, sorry).

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RPG/Nerd Gaming Movie Trailer: Zero Charisma (2013)

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Oscar Results 2014

Yesterday’s 86th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, LA was presided over by Ellen DeGeneres. Along with Gravity scooping up the most awards, the results were: Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave Best Lead Actor: Matthew McConaughey in … Continue reading

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This is Not a Review: Jonathan Creek (2014), Series 5, Episode 1: The Letters of Septimus Noone

Being a fan of the show, but a little slow, I caught the latest Jonathan Creek on iPlayer, two days after it’s return to the small screen. And…? Flat as a pancake, Alan Davies seemed barely there for most of … Continue reading

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Divergent (2014), Coming Soon

Divergent (2014), based on the SciFi novel by Veronica Roth:

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Whoooooooooooosh: Space Season on Channel 4

Space Season on Channel 4 starts in March, see: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-boldly-goes-into-space

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GI Joe Retaliation: Repression of Bad Memories is Like a Scorpion Stinging Itself

I’ve now started, and aborted, watching GI Joe Retaliation twice now (1, 2).  The first time it was so bad, I developed a selective amnesia to block out the experience.  This, inevitably, meant that I started watching it again recently.  … Continue reading

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UK SciFi and Horror Trailers: Godzilla and Only Lovers Left Alive

Godzilla: New trailer, movie released in the UK on May 16 Godzilla: Last year’s teaser trailer Only Lovers Left Alive: Out now in the UK

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How to Fix "Content Not Found" #Facebook #Error (#Computer #Problems)

PROBLEM: Just a quick tip. If, like me, you’ve messed with Facebook’s rather confusing privacy settings and have found that you can no longer navigate to your profile page without being logged in, then this is what has probably happened- … Continue reading

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Email is the ONLY Reliable Way to Contact Me

My updates are automatically cascaded down to social media via blog postings.  So, if you contact me through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc…, I probably won’t receive your message. This is by design, and as a way to handle my addiction … Continue reading

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Welcome to the #YearoftheHorse(y) & #KungSheeFatChoy #2014!

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#UK #Retro #Comics #TV #KungFu Free Gift from Look-In Magazine in the 1970s

I still occasionally wear this cool pendant, souvenir of the Kung Fu TV series, “liberated” from an older cousin BITD and dated via this retrotastic page.

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I had a House in Canada…

I was the last resident of this historic house, now immortalised in Google Maps.

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Welcome to My Little Corner of the Web };->

As I type these words, there have been: 20,077 visitors to this blog. 29,893 visitors to the main site. …And er, well, some people have downloaded the podcast. Looking at the awstats, I’m getting about 100 downloads/month now. So thanks … Continue reading

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror, with a Touch of Vanilla, #Podcast: What's On

The next two “Sunday” shows will actually be recorded, edited and released two days early, i.e. on the immediately preceding Friday.  The reasons are twofold.  First, The Wolf of Wall Street opens in the UK tomorrow and I don’t want … Continue reading

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Makar Sankranti!

Makar Sankranti!

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#RoysRocketRadio #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror #Podcast Ep 23 & 24 Starting Sun 12 Jan

Episode 23 (This Sunday): Just to fill that diabolical ennui of existence that is Sunday morning, Ill be recording another podcast.  You can expect more measured, thoughtful and learned discussions (or not, well maybe, but certainly better than that found … Continue reading

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SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT #UK #SciFi/#Fantasy/#Horror #Podcast Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 22, Available Just Before Midnight GMT

A new show should be available in roughly 7.5 hours.  You can look forward to: News: break from writing, can’t review Ender’s Game, my book collection, Storm Bringer, Movies: Upstream Color, TV: The River, Sherlock, Books: And He Built a … Continue reading

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2013. If it were a … Continue reading

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Spectacular New Year's Eve #Fireworks, #London

Spectacular New Year’s Eve fireworks display in London, near Big Ben and the London Eye a few hours ago:

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#HappyNewYear!

Mum and Dad Skyped me tonight so that we could celebrate the New Year together. I took some screenshots: Join me in a drink too, wherever you are… Happy New Year!

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SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Standby for #NewYearsEve AND #NewYearsDay Episodes of Roy's Rocket Radio #SciFi/#Fantasy#Horror #Podcast

Yeah, so I have a few things on my mind, which is why I have ground out so many podcasts during this season of good will. Amongst other things, I’ll be talking about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug in … Continue reading

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Mmm… Christmas Lunch Done!

Just as Massive Attack starts thumping out of the speaker, my lunch appears ready:

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Christmas Playlist

(Currently listening to 99 Red Balloons… using the excellent Foobar 2000) Balkan Beat Box – Sunday Arak Big Bad Voodoo Daddies – Go Daddy-O Buzzcocks – Orgasm Addict Damned – Grimly Fiendish Dropkick Murphys – The Warrior’s Code Hawkwind – … Continue reading

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Roast Chicken Dinner with Honey-Mustard Glaze (Before Oven)

I hope everyone is having a great Christmas out there.  Right, my phone’s set to ring when this is done-

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Merry Christmas!

Making Christmas tree decorations: …Stuffing face with chocolate while glue dries: …Merry Christmas!

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Every Single 47 Ronin #Trailer, Starring Keanu Reeves, Ken Watanabe… #UK Release 26 Dec 2013

Rōnin = masterless samurai Below is possibly the most famous quote from Hakagure (The Book of the Samurai), quoted in Ghost Dog (1999), but also almost entirely appropriate here. I say “almost” because I’m sure the author (Yamamoto Tsunetomo) never … Continue reading

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All 4 #Trailers for #SciFi #Movie: #Transcendance, Starring Johnny Depp, In #UK 25th April 2014

Enjoy!

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Latest Gameplay Trailers for #Elite Dangerous and #Hyperlight Drifter

Here’s a couple of trailers from some Kickstarter-funded games, currently in development, that I’ve been following. Enjoy: Elite Dangerous Hyperlight Drifter

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Bollywoodized: Ring of Fire

While feeding my current obsession with London-based Mariachimexteca, also known as the Dorito mariachi band, it occurred to me that perhaps there were other interesting culture-jammed spins on western pop. I was right, and above is a Bollywoodized version of … Continue reading

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Hellraiser: Origins Teaser Trailer for Reboot Pitch

Hellraiser Origins

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#Nerds, #Writers, Earthians, Buy Me A Beer: Theron-Unpwned, Unwisely Consuming…, Old Olds…, Goat Attack, Grossip…, Prod-cast

Theron-Unpwned: Hi. Yeah, see, the thing about saying you’ve “gone-writing” is that it inevitably means that you’re not. So I thought I’d take a break from “not” and try to shake something loose by blahing on a bit.  So what … Continue reading

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Whitewashing: Check Out Racebending.com

Check out this laudable anti-whitewashing effort from the people at Racebending.com: In their own words: “Racebending.com is an international grassroots organization of media consumers that advocates for underrepresented groups in entertainment media. Since our formation in 2009, we have been … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mum and Dad!

Happy birthday Dad (10th December) and Mum (12th December), and have a great day!

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Movie Trailers 2014: Maleficent, I, Frankenstein, Seventh Son, Noah and… The Amazing Spider-Man 2!

Maleficent: Angelina. Horns. I, Frankenstein: Will either be brilliant or terrible, hard to tell, but here’s hoping… Seventh Son: Featuring another (RIPD) fine dialect choice from Jeff Bridges. Noah: Mmm, still the threat of Ray Winstone is enough to scare … Continue reading

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Still Here, Beavering Away, In the Fortress of Nerditude!

Okay, so not as many blog posts as before, but that’s because I’m so busy. I also finally decided that, as time-consuming as podcasts are, I think I enjoy doing them a little more than blog-posts.  This is due to … Continue reading

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#Coding, But More Importantly: #Thor!

So much for getting back into serious coding. After downloading the Android SDK, then compiling the sample app, the emulator hung…. and hung and… Now I suppose I should have persisted, but life’s finite and I got bored. I think … Continue reading

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#Windows #Tech: Portable #Komodo Edit (Again) and 18,129 Visitors to this #Blog!

Okay, the Android SDK is currently unzipping onto my hard disk, so I have a few minutes… I’m just looking though my dev tools and it occurs to me how much I don’t like how huge and slow ActiveState’s Komodo … Continue reading

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#Tech/#Dev: #GoogleGlass, #DC #ComicBooks: #Stormwatch V.1

Google Glass Development: I suddenly got fired up about code this morning and decided to have a go at cooking something up for Google Glass, or at least trying to anyhow. At this very moment, in fact, I am downloading … Continue reading

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Quick Update: #DoctorWho, Matt Fraction Etc… (#SciFi, #ComicBooks)

Started Doctor Who: The Sleep of Reason yesterday in which the Doctor seems to be vacationing in a mental hospital with an nth-life crisis. Read Harker: The Book of Solomon this morning, a fairly run-of-the-mill, copper procedural in the tradition … Continue reading

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Happy #Diwali #2013! #Mauritius, #UK, #Canada and the Rest of the World too!

I have got a million things to do, but I just thought to send this card out nice and early, so that it reaches everyone. Now, where can I find a shop around here that sells ladoo? Have a great … Continue reading

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Last Couple of Weeks: #StrontiumDog, #ThePunisher, #DoctorWho, #Poirot (#ComicBooks, #UK #SciFi, #TV & #Writing)

It’s been a weird few weeks, good in some ways awful in others. Average, in other words. There was a storm that did some horrible things to the abode: , lashing it with an unbelievable amount of rain… …and wind! But … Continue reading

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Star Adventurer Magazine: It's Been A Ride…

But it’s over now… A big thanks to all our visitors, readers and, especially, our contributors. The site will remain online for a short while longer. SAM    

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#Snapchat #Security Snitch-Ups & #Snaphack Snafu

What a fiasco: Snapchat glibly handing over data to spooks and the Snaphack app that makes a nonsense of one-time pics. My well thought out and mature response follows: You can read Snapchat’s security policy here, shortly before taking them … Continue reading

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Hey, Wannabe #UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Writers! What's Better Than #NaNoWriMo? PLEASE RT!

Actually NaNoWriMo’s absolutely fine, but how about taking the next step and actually seeing your work published in a free online pulp mag? Interested? Of course you are! Okay, visit Star Adventurer Magazine of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror NOW! … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi #Movie #Review: Storage 24

Written and starring Doctor Who‘s Mickey (Noel Clarke) and, as Hick’s says in Aliens (1986), “It’s a bug hunt.” Only this time it’s set in a Battersea storage facility. The non-bug characters consist of a motley crew of  Joe and … Continue reading

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#UK #SciFi, #Fantasy and #Horror #Podcast: neRRRdcast AKA Roy's Rocket Radio Episode 17

Episode 17, huzzah! This week, an extra, extra long and very uncut show, featuring oodles of tentacular, nerdy goodness ready for direct brain download: Oldboy, World War Z, Atlantis, Blackout, Breaking Bad, BBC Radio SciFi, The Magician’s Land, StarAdventurer.com, Horrible … Continue reading

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neRRRdcast #Podcast #News and Thought of The Day, #UK, #SciFi, #Tech, #VillainyPrevails

If all goes well, and the pathetic home you call earth does not explode in fiery death by tomorrow night, ready yourselves for yet another, almost splendid and very nearly passable, neRRRdcast… “So soon?” You exclaim, wide-eyed with astonishment. To … Continue reading

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Upcoming neRRRcast Update (#Nerd, #Geek, #Otaku #Podcast)

Ahhh refreshed and settling down to record the latest neRRRcast after a hiatus of three months. If you are a new listener, this is what it’s all about: Welcome to The Greatest Show in the Multiverse!  Strap yourself into a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday To Me!

Hey, it’s my birthday today and I am… older. I woke up to the lovely bing-bonging  of “Happy Birthday” message notifications arriving on my phone, then Mum saw me wandering around the house and I got another “Happy Birthday”; a … Continue reading

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Dexter Is Done

The very last episode of Dexter aired in the UK a few days ago. I enjoyed the long-running show and got a kick out of Dexter’s cleverness and charisma, largely due to Michael C. Hall’s fantastic acting. The fact that … Continue reading

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Ryuhei Kitamura's Midnight Meat Train (2008) and No One Lives (2012)

Japanese filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura has turned out a sparing, but neat line in superior quality exploitation horror-with-a-twist in the shape of Midnight Meat Train (2008) and No One Lives (2012). In Midnight Meat Train, an artistic photographer (Bradley Cooper) stumbles … Continue reading

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The Conjuring 2013

Based on actual real “demon-hunting” couple Ed and Lorraine Warren, nonetheless, I fell asleep within the first few minutes. Not scary. Go dig up Frailty (2001) instead.

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Coruscant Holo Net: Star Wars 7 Rumours

We’ve known for some time about Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill’s supposed return to the franchise helmed by J.J. Abrams. A few days ago Metro and some other sources also reported that Carrie and Mark are both on … Continue reading

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Europa Report (2013)

Yet another doomed space mission movie, but of course, some of us, including myself are suckers for those. The title says it all. It’s a film based on the video reports of a near future expedition to Jupiter’s moon Europa. … Continue reading

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Moved!

You may have noticed one or two (or twenty) posts suddenly appear on my blog today. That is because I have moved, finally and hopefully, for the last time. Actually I moved on the 4th, but what with unpacking and … Continue reading

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D&D

If I had more time I’d be looking to start my own game using the D&D Red Box.* Instead of hosting, I’ll look for some local newbies’ casual game I can join. *Actually, I’m STILL on the Forbidden Planet waiting … Continue reading

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Apple Keyboards and Adapting to Mac OS X

I bought myself an Apple wireless keyboard a few weeks ago in preparation for the day when my twenty-plus year-old mechanical, “clicky” keyboard (an Amstrad IBM Model M knock-off) eventually gives up the ghost. The Apple is mechanical too, though … Continue reading

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The Magician's Land (2014)

The last (?) of Lev Grossman’s excellent Magician‘s trilogy comes out next year. The main protagonist of the novels is Quentin Coldwater. Quentin starts the series as a new pupil of Brakebills, a school for magicians, and later becomes a … Continue reading

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Whispers Under Ground (2012)

Met copper/apprentice magician investigates weird stuff in London. And that is why I found it impossible not to buy it in Foyles a couple of weeks ago. I have now almost finished this novel from a series by ex-Doctor Who … Continue reading

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Under the Dome (2013)

Mysterious dome-shaped force-field thingy traps small, hick town. Not as atrocious, or as good as some of Stephen King’s other screen adaptations. A bit long-winded too, like much of his writing of late, but thankfully not too soapy. Apparently renewed … Continue reading

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Twisted (2013)

Danny Desai (Avan Jogia) gets out of juvey after serving time for strangling his aunt. Did he? Didn’t he? And why? It’s a harder, nastier Veronica Mars from ABC Family (talk about new look!) Fairly okay as teeny-bopper fare, but … Continue reading

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Dexter (2013)

Blood-spatter analyst and serial-killer Dexter Morgan approaches the end of his long eight season jaunt. Will he get away with it and follow his fellow fictional mass murderer, Hannibal Lector, to an idyllic life in Argentina? What IS it about … Continue reading

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Breaking Bad (2013)

Science teacher goes to the dark-side and starts cooking crystal-meth. I’m going to miss this one. As repellent as Walter White’s morality has become, the man himself is undeniably a fascinating and enthralling screen presence. Bryan Cranston, you are a … Continue reading

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Wreck It Ralph (2012)

The quest of villain character from video game to become a good-guy. The animation is candy-licious and the story is sweet. Enjoyable, and just the thing for a Saturday morning in bed with a bowl of sugary cereal. Yes, even … Continue reading

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Trance (2013)

Danny Boyle’s twisty crime caper focuses on the aftermath of a heist, when the whereabouts of the loot is locked in the amnesiac mind of the inside man. Nothing special, but a mildly fun movie with a slightly labyrinthine plot. … Continue reading

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The Ruins (2008)

A bunch of young tourists visit an archaeological site in Mexico and then… Remarkably reminiscent of comic book maestro Richard Corben’s one-shot that I read years ago. A not-bad survival horror, but not something I’d bother to see at the … Continue reading

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RIPD (2013)

Dead cop gets back on the job. Whole lot of zzz and I really can’t make out a thing that Jeff Bridges is saying. Okay, I can, I just don’t want to as he speaks throughout the whole movie as … Continue reading

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The Purge (2013)

A near future government in America allows the citizenry one night per year free of any laws. They can steal, murder and maim without legal repercussions. For twelve hours they can, as is mentioned in the film, choose to “unleash … Continue reading

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The Possession (2012)

Girl is possessed by antique box. Slight twist on traditional possession movie in that here we are delving into Judaic mysticism. Apart from that, not particularly memorable, except musician Matisyahu’s portrayal of hip Hasidic excorcist Tzadok.

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Only God Forgives (2013)

US gangster based in Thailand is forced to seek revenge for dead brother by moll-like mother. The odd combination of a very, very violent movie that’s still meh. Also unintentionally funny in places. For example, there is one torture scene … Continue reading

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Now You See Me (2013)

Four wannabe magicians hit the big-time with the help of a mysterious benefactor. Roundly panned by critics, but I’d have to say that this was fairly good fun. Yes, if you go in expecting some fantastical movie like The Illusionist … Continue reading

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Monsters University (2013)

Prequel of Monsters Inc. (2001) In a nutshell, this is when Mike met Sulley. Or Animal House for kids… with monsters. Which sounds good, but it really isn’t and it has none of the charm of the original.

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Inescapable (2012)

The daughter of ex-Syrian secret policeman, now living in Canada, goes missing in Syria and the father tries to track her down. Stars Siddig El Fadil who, incidentally, was my sadly ignored choice for Doctor Who, in yet another political/espionage … Continue reading

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Fairy-tale twins survive and go on to become bad-ass, lethal, supernatural bounty hunters. Ill-advised premise based on the 17th century persecution, torture and murder of innocent women in Europe. Forgettable, unpalatable and useless. 70s era Hammer gone very wrong.

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The Frozen Ground (2013)

Cop tracks killer in Alaska. Which about says it all in this competent procedural with Nick Cage and John Cusack in the lead roles.

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Dredd 3D (2012)

Sort of non-campy reboot of 2000ad‘s Dredd on film. Not as bad as I thought it would be, and that’s saying a lot, as I swore I’d never watch this. Still, I maintain that, as good an actor as Karl … Continue reading

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