Don’t Panic! BAAAAAAAAAA!

In news that makes me happy, Stephen Fry is to be voice of The Book in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy film (the link takes you to the page on the Douglas Adams site. I would link to the official site, but I always get a register page, which is very stupid for something that is essentially an advert). Stephen Fry is a brilliant chap; writer, actor, director, all-round renaissance man with wonderfully silky tones, which make him a perfect for choice for the voice. Of course, nothing can replace the voice of the original, Peter Jones, but this […]

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My Film Rating System

***** out of DAVID So, most reviewers use a five-star system for rating movies. Probably due to the economy of five instead of ten stars on a page or film poster. There are five letters in my name, the number of letters therefore relating to the quality of the film, and the letters used indicating something about the film as well. DAVID – A perfect film, just as I too am perfect. Everything about this is wonderful, a classic in the making, an example of what cinema has to offer; again, similar to me. DAVE – A good film, a […]

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Film Review – Team America: World Police

I have a lot of affection for the original Super-Marionation Thunderbirds, even if it probably doesn’t hold up well today. Yes, they were puppets, and you could see the strings, and they walked funny, and their mouths moved up and down badly, but it was cool and fun and futuristic and exciting to a young boy, and nothing you can say will change that. I also love South Park, so I should probably admit to being somewhat biased toward this film, which I should admit up front. Team America does exactly what it says on the tin: police the world, […]

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Comics/Movies: Fantastic Four Teaser Trailer

Big news of the day, for those of us who enjoy the media of comics and film, and the strange ground where they meet: The Fantastic Four trailer is now online for our perusal. This is causing a little ripple through the comics blogosphere, but not much. I’m not sure if this is because the Fantastic Four doesn’t have the same hold on people that Spider-Man or the X-Men or Batman, or if folks are just feeling a little burned by comic book adaptations, and don’t want to get their hopes up after being disappointed so often. But people aren’t excited, which […]

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Film review: The Aviator

The Aviator is a very good film. Not a great one, not one that I think deserves the accolade of ‘Best of the Year’, but this doesn’t stop good-but-not-great films being given that title (can anyone say, hand on heart, that Chicago, A Beautiful Mind or Gladiator, to name three recent films, were the best films in the years they won Best Picture? I thought not.) and I wouldn’t mind it happening if it meant that Marty got his overdue recognition. The Aviator is basically ‘Howard Hughes: The Not-Quite-Mad-Yet Years’, as we see a period of his life from filming […]

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Official Blogging Status Achieved

When I started this blog, only the other day, I was thinking about how I’d have to spend some time writing posts, developing a voice, putting up regular updates before I would have to move to the next stage of getting people to link to me and notice me. So, I was mightily surprised by this post from veteran blogger, TomTheDog, which links to my post about the Golden Globes, which was only my second post, and the fact that he’s added me to his links list already. When I get round to sorting out my links list, I’ll reciprocate. […]

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Cinema: Awards Splatter

The Golden Globes were handed out last night in a ceremony that isn’t shown on British television. And, as Empire [EDIT: broken link] (the greatest film magazine in the world) rightly states, they haven’t exactly gone with any particular film, throwing them out to quite a handful of different nominees. I’ve never known quite why the Globes were such an indicator for the Oscars (apart from looking at the results from year-to-year, obviously) and I do realise that all these award ceremonies are complete nonsense anyway, especially the Oscars, but I do enjoy them, if only for the fact that they […]

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Commencing clandestine criticism

Welcome to my little corner of the internet. Here, you will find commentary on what I call my 3 Cs: cinema, comedy and comic books. There will be links to news, other reviews and pretty pictures, as well as some meandering on other, unrelated topics, as I believe is mandatory for a blog. Why Clandestine Critic, I hear nobody ask apart from myself? Well, a few reasons. One, I like the sound of it (Clandestine Reviewer doesn’t have the same oomph, even if it might be more appropriate.) Two, I am a sucker for alliteration (see title for this post, […]

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