Scifi

The Thing (1982)  (Blu-ray film review)

The Thing (1982) (Blu-ray film review)

Of the films from 1982, John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ is up there for one of the scariest films to watch on a cold winter night even if its original release was in the middle of the summer amid a lot of now other famous films that year, including ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘E.T.’. Being released amongst […]

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Martian Wave: 2017 edited by J Alan Erwine (book review).

The Martian Wave: 2017 edited by J Alan Erwine (book review).

‘The Martian Wave’ is an annual anthology from Nomadic Delirium Press that focuses on exploration and colonisation, either in the Solar system or more far-flung planets. I found the contents page daunting until I realised that quite a few things on the list were short poems. Of poetry, I know nothing so I’ll focus on […]

November 20, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More

Anime & Manga

Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Ghost In The Shell by Andrew Osmond (book review).

Probably in common with a lot of the audience who have seen the 2017 live action film ‘Ghost In The Shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson, I was aware that the story originated as a Japanese anime title, but otherwise I had no idea about its background. In fact, my knowledge of the genre is rather paltry […]

October 25, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Monster Hunt: English Version (DVD film review).

Monster Hunt: English Version (DVD film review).

‘Monster Hunt’ is a Chinese comedy film that is part-live action and part-animation. Telling the story of a human man who gives birth to the new monster king, it is a light-hearted martial arts romp with an endearing fantasy slant to it. Having been successful in its native China, it has now been released on […]

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TV

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5th season (trailer).

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 5th season (trailer).

Coulson and the gang find themselves stranded in deep space with new chums and new threats a-plenty. The two-hour premiere will hit the TV on Friday, December 1st 2017 at 8 pm ET on ABC in the USA. UK TV will start showing this season January 2018 on its regular home on E4.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Lucifer Episode Review: Recap ‘Off The Record’ by Steven Bereznai (TV episode examination).

Lucifer Episode Review: Recap ‘Off The Record’ by Steven Bereznai (TV episode examination).

I was once told that if you want a winning pitch for a new show pitch, it should go like this: it’s about a BLANK and a BLANK…dramatic pause…AND THEY SOLVE CRIME! It’s such a cliché that I groaned when I heard the premise of the show ‘Lucifer’. The devil comes to Earth and pairs […]

November 19, 2017 | By | Reply More

Culture

Think Before You Like by Guy P. Harrison (book review).

Think Before You Like by Guy P. Harrison (book review).

Guy P. Harrison’s book, ‘Think Before You Like’, makes more sense from the very long sub-title, ‘Social Media’s Effect On The Brain And The Tools You Need To Navigate Your Newsfeed’. In other words, he’s investigating social media and as someone who doesn’t really use it, it’ll be interesting to see if he can convince […]

November 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Daguerreotype (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a writer and director almost unknown in the United States, is superb at creating an atmosphere of dread and suspense as he did with ‘Pulse’. This film is a cut below that film. A famous fashion photographer takes daguerreotype pictures of his daughter in memory of his dead wife. His new photographic assistant […]

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

Science

And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration Of The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty (book review).

And Then You’re Dead: A Scientific Exploration Of The World’s Most Interesting Ways To Die by Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty (book review).

Want a nice cheery book for this time of year? I doubt if the thrill-seekers or even the unfortunate who contemplate taking their own lives will find this book of use. Many of the situations are a tad extreme to get into and might actually put them off. What Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty’s book […]

November 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA by Nirmala Nataraj (book review).

There is one major observation you get when you look at the pictures in Nirmala Nataraj’s book ‘The Planets: Photographs From The Archives Of NASA’, you are looking at alien worlds and they belong to our Solar System. So close and photographs are the only way to really see them. If that alone doesn’t convince […]

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More

Books

About Time 8: The Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who (Series 3) by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail  (book review)

About Time 8: The Unauthorized Guide To Doctor Who (Series 3) by Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail (book review)

The only downside to Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail’s guides to ‘Doctor Who’, along with authors from previous volumes by Lawrence Miles and Lars Pearson, is the time it takes for each volume to arrive. It was a great delight to discover that ‘About Time 8’ was going to be published this year. As with […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drawing Techniques (Learning To See book 2) by Peter Jenny    (book review)

Drawing Techniques (Learning To See book 2) by Peter Jenny (book review)

The title, ‘Drawing Techniques’ is a bit of a misnomer because Peter Jenny’s second book in his ‘Learning To See’ is out to liberate your ability to scribble and doddle. That is until you reach chapter 12 and you start building the basic shapes of square, cube, triangle, pyramid, circle and sphere, the basis for […]

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Scare the Bear! English Bulldog tries to save Leonardo DiCaprio from grizzly attack (watching The Revenant).

Scare the Bear! English Bulldog tries to save Leonardo DiCaprio from grizzly attack (watching The Revenant).

Khaleesi the English Bulldog is a good dog. She tries to save actor Leonardo DiCaprio from a grizzly attack while watching the movie, The Revenant. Now, that’s loyalty you just can’t buy. Unless you’re hiring special forces types from Anvil to protect you, I mean.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Little Book Of The Amazing Spider-Man by Roy Thomas (book review).

The Little Book Of The Amazing Spider-Man by Roy Thomas (book review).

As with ‘The Little Book Of The Avengers’, ‘The Little Book Of The Amazing Spider-Man’ follows a similar pattern of showing a lot of covers and interiors of your favourite neighbourhood webslinger. Unlike the Avengers, with only one character to focus, there is a better concentration on events and, indeed, we get several pages from […]

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