Film: 3 Reviews for the price of 1

I’ve got yet another free trial for an online DVD rental company—this is my fourth in about six months now—where you get a month to try them out without actually paying. It’s gotten so bad, I feel odd when I go an rent a film from a rental shop (especially when I rented Van Helsing [shudder]). This means I’m so busy watching films, I don’t spend enough time writing about them. So, time for condensed reviews, which seems popular with other bloggers, like the esteemable Johnny Bacardi for example. The company I’m trying out at the moment sends out your […]

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Blog-2-Blog

In which I point out some interesting things I’ve read in the Comic Blogosphere recently, as I cannot provide you with all the content goodness your body needs: Tim has an excellent critique of Marvels, over at The Hurting, displaying his smart writing and insightful brain. He is the man responsible for the notorious Comic Remix at PopCultureShock, which are always interesting at the very least, shifting to very, very funny at their best. Talking of funny, David at Precocious Curmudgeon has an hilarious dig at New Avengers #3, out this week. I’m not reading the book, even though it’s Bendis, […]

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TV: Desperate Housewives

Four episodes in, and I’m still liking Desperate Housewives. Smart writing, good acting and an intriguing mystery to keep you coming back, all adding up to a very pleasant way to spend an hour with mainstream television. It’s good to see a series where the leads are women and, as a man, it’s nice that they are so attractive. It’s good to see Teri Hatcher again in something regular, as well as Felicity Huffman (haven’t seen much of her since, when I lived in the US for a while, I used to watch Sports Night reruns on Comedy Central), and […]

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Concise Current Comics Comments

I really have to seek psychological attention for my alliteration addiction … A quick scan of what tickled my four-colour funny bone last week: Usagi Yojimbo #81Even though Usagi is nowhere to be seen, the two short stories involving supporting characters are still great stuff. JLA Classified #3Super hero madness from the mind of Grant Morrison. Ed McGuinness is an able partner. I felt this was over too quick, but that could be because I wanted to see more of the story. Legion Of Super Heroes #2I like Waid’s take on the LSH, so I’ll be sticking around for the […]

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Comics: Incoming Issues

Comics on my shopping list for this week are: Intimates #4Supreme Power #15 A light week for my wallet. Intimates is still interesting, although the last issue was a bit too predictable soap opera for me, so curious to see where this is going. Supreme Power, while a little slow and reads better in one sitting, is still intriguing enough for me to pick up in the floppy format instead of waiting for the trade.

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Comedy: According to Bex

It’s not just me who doesn’t like BBC1’s Friday prime time comedy, According to Bex; this Chortle item reveals diminishing viewers. This is a shame for one notable reason: Jessica Stevenson. One half of Spaced, the greatest sitcom ever, Jess is presumably going for a mainstream audience (seeing as the film route taken by her co-conspirator, Simon Pegg, with Shaun of the Dead, isn’t as readily available to her, such is the unfortunate male-domination of the film industry) and good luck to her. She is funny, smart and deserves all the good things that are coming to her. Only, According […]

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Film: Monkeybone – Why?

Monkeybone was shown on C4 over the weekend, and was the first time I had seen it. Now, I am only left with questions, including why am I writing this post. Monkeybone is apparently based on a graphic novel that I had never heard of (and I can’t find it via Google, which is not a good sign; if anyone can point me in the direction of Kaja Blackley and Dark Town, I’d appreciate it) that has been turned into a very odd film. I would normally go into some detail about the plot and other aspects of the film, […]

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Comedy: Chris Morris profile

Some Chris Morris news in this Observer profile [EDIT: broken link]. Chris Morris is a modern comedy god, from radio’s On The Hour, television’s The Day Today (a news parody so accurately scary and prophetic, I can no longer watch news programmes seriously) and the infamous Brass Eye, and now he’s going to be bringing us a sitcom, for which the world should be grateful. For more information, try the excellent Glebe’s Thrift Funnel, or this Wikipedia entry for a quick fact felch, or you can listen to the genius of the man at the excellent Cook’d and Bomb’d website, […]

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Film Review – Sideways

I got to see this last week due to The Times preview screenings. This is the only reason for buying The Times. This is a delightful film. This description sounds a bit soft, but that’s the most appropriate word. It is a film about two middle-aged men who realise that life has past them by and it won’t get any better, but a delightful script and delightful acting make this a joy to watch from start to finish. It’s warm, witty, moving, dark, annoying, disturbing and uplifting, and what more could you ask from a film? I could be nasty […]

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BBC notices blogs – they must be important

The BBC provide the best news on television and online, so when they do a new items about the Bloggies, well, that’s some serious validation right there. The report says how the 2005 Bloggies server went down from so many people voting. I’m impressed, but it also makes sense, because that’s the way blogs work. I know that this site will never, ever be linked to any awards, but it’s nice to know that something is done to reward those people who inspire and enthuse fellow bloggers like myself with their sterling and continuous efforts.

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