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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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#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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#Comic #Book #Review: Grant Morrision's and Philip Bond's Vimanarama

In this SciFi/Fantasy comedy the father of our lackadaisical hero, Ali, owns a corner-shop in Bradford. One day some shelves collapse on Ali’s hard-working brother Omar and a huge hole appears… The hole imprisons something very nasty indeed that inevitably … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: Breaking Bad, Season 5, Part II, Episode 9, It's The Final Countdown… Oh No!

Thus commences the beginning of the end of AMC’s brilliant show. In the first episode of the grande finale we see a long Star Trek themed dialogue about subjects only a Trekkie (like me) would get. This indicates, quite clearly, … Continue reading

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#Noir #Movie #Review: Psychopathy and Sociopathy, Part 2: The Killer Inside Me (2010)

The Killer Inside Me (2010) is about small town deputy who is an all-round good-guy and Southern Gentleman hiding a secret. Well, actually not that much of a secret, given the title of the movie. In the film we see … Continue reading

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#Horror #Movie #Review: Psychopathy and Sociopathy, Part 1: American Mary (2013)

Back in the Jurassic Era, when I was sitting A’Level English Literature, I wrote an essay about how psychopathic and sociopathic behaviour, as displayed by Shakespeare’s dramatic interpretation of Richard the III, can be an appealing trait in lead characters. … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

The latest in the on-going saga of Tony Stark: US-patriot, one-man US-foreign policy and US president-elect. Okay, I made that last bit up. I think. Ben Kinglsey’s Mandarin is fun and it’s actually an okay superhero film. I especially liked … Continue reading

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#TV #Review: The Newsroom (2012 Season 1)

Aaron Sorkin is undeniably a brilliant writer, but this show seems a lot like his previous big show, The West Wing, only set in a TV newsroom. Often the dialogue is far too clever for its own good and draws … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Stoker (2013)

Rich, bored teenager, from rich, bored family is liberated from apathy by mysterious, psycho uncle who arrives shortly after her father’s death. The film is not quite as disturbing as it purports to be except for one particular scene, (hint: … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Shot Through The Heart (1998)

One-time Yugoslavian Olympic rifle-team buddies, one a Bosnian, the other a Serb, cross bullets in the Bosnian War. I watched this BBC/HBO production years ago and can vouch for its excellence. All the more-so, given that I was in the … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Predators (2010)

The latest installation of the Predator franchise takes the movie back to it’s roots. A bunch of toughies find themselves dumped in a weird hunters’ game-reserve. Rambunctious fun, let down by Lawrence Fishburne’s kill-crazy Crusoe, put in just to explain … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

Jonny Lee Miller is Captain James Macleane and Robert Carlyle is highwayman Will Plunkett. The first a broke louche, the second a, sick-of-class, commoner gathering together a fortune so that he can start anew in the America.  They team up … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: My Name Is Khan (2010)

Brilliant young Muslim with Aspergers goes on a quest to tell the US president that he is not a terrorist in the wake of a terrible tragedy that occurs to his family in vengeful, post-911 America. I didn’t watch this … Continue reading

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#Movie #Review: Spring Breakers (2012)

And here we have my rant of the week. This movie is about an obnoxious bimbo quartet who, strapped for cash for their Spring break plans, stage a violent robbery. Once down in Florida, they fall under the spell of … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Review With Some Spoilers: The Host

I judge a movie largely by the quality of the story, and if we leave out the chick-flickiness aspect of this film, what we are left with is a highly original plot. Yes, it’s sort of Invasion of the Body-Snatchers, … Continue reading

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#SciFi #Movie #Review: #Oblivion

I liked it; of course it was derivative, I’m not sure what isn’t any more. The easily detected SF visual vocabulary can be seen in the Hal/BSG/Terminator red machine eyes, the echoes of Beneath the Planet of the Apes and, … Continue reading

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#SciFi #TV #Review Doctor Who (2013) Series 7, Part 2, Episode 1 (Some Spoilers)

Doctor Who: Born To Be Tweedy Series 7 Part 2, The Bells of Saint John: I enjoyed the Doctor’s return. Great pace, fairly zeitgeisty plot, vintage Triumph motorcycle fitted with ANTI-GRAVITY! The writers are still doing that old, lazy deus … Continue reading

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#Horror #TV Review: The Walking Dead (2013) Season 3 Finale (Lots of Spoilers)

Although last week saw the rather unpleasant outlaw biker Merle going walker briefly before getting stomped by his tearful brother Darryl (if ever blood was thinner than water…), in the season finale, David “The Gore-venator” Morrissey finally… DID NOT BUY … Continue reading

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#Fantasy #TV #Review: Game of Thrones (2013), Season 3, Episode 1 (Some Spoliers)

Giants, dragons, magical creatures and a more sonorous theme. Things are definitely coming to the boil in this new season. I mean giants, come on! GIANTS! That bit blew me away. Over the sea in Astapor, Daenerys “Stormborn” Targaryen (the … Continue reading

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#SciFi #TV #Review: Orphan Black (2013) Episode 1 (Some Spoilers)

The poster above is a bit of a giveaway, so you already have more than a vague inkling about what the show is about right from the beginning. But what sets this apart is that the “good” guys are low-life … Continue reading

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#Thriller/#Historical #Drama #TV #Review: Laybyrinth (2012) (Some Spoilers)

An archaeological volunteer, killing time in France while waiting to find out about an inheritance, finds a ring that sends her mind spiraling through time and becoming entangled in the life of a woman living in the Middle-Ages. This sounds … Continue reading

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Boldly Voyaging the Multiverse: #Horror and #Action #Movie #Reviews: Kill List and RED

Kill List (2011), stars Neil Maskell as a hit-man and an even more “off-his-trolley” hit-man than the one he plays in Utopia (2013). This low-budget British horror movie from newish director/writer Ben Wheatley is about a couple of hit-men working … Continue reading

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The #Books That Time Forgot: #Silverberg's Hawksbill Station, The Man In The Maze, Downwards To The Earth

Silverberg’s short novels are not so much “The books That Time Forgot” as much as  they are “The Books That Got Buried” under a pile of his later work, given the author’s insanely prolific output.  I picked these short novels, … Continue reading

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The #Books That Time Forgot: Bruno Lipshitz and the Disciples of Dogma By John Robert King, #SciFi

Bruno Lipshitz and the Disciples of Dogma by John Robert King is another forgotten gem from Gollancz.  Moshe Dayan lookalike, layabout and slob Bruno Lipshitz is our lackadaiscial anti-hero when doggy alien overlord, god-squad nutters invade and make the puny … Continue reading

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#Book #Review: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #Mauritius

I arrived in Mauritius yesterday and plan to stay here with the parental units while the legal work for the UK property we found gets sorted out.  I’m not going to say any more until I’m know everything is hunky-dory … Continue reading

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Second Run: Nick Roeg #Movies #Reviews – #SciFi, #Horror and #Fantasy)

Here’s my take on some Nick Roeg movies- The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) – This one’s obviously going to be at the top of my list, how could it not be?  A fantastic film adaptation of superb writer … Continue reading

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Comics Catchup: Caballistics, Egypt, Extremist, Johnny Double, Penguin, Strontium Dog, Zenith

Here’s a catchup review for most the comics I’ve read over the past couple of months.  As you can see there’s quite a lot to get through and I’m starting to see the benefit of doing a weekly podcast… once … Continue reading

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