Film Review: No Country For Old Men

Apologies for the hiccup in posting – a sick girlfriend will do that to a schedule. To get back into the swing of things, and in advance of the Oscars tonight, here are my thoughts on No Country For Old Men, which I think will win the best directing Oscars for the Coen brothers but not the best film, which will go to There Will Be Blood. The first adaptation by the Coen brothers, this film grabs you by the scruff of the neck and shakes you until you drop. This happens from the start – Javier Bardem is arrested […]

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I Am Geek, Hear Me Roar

(Click to embiggen) So, having your girlfriend have an emergency appendectomy when you visit your parents in Ireland really gets in the way of blogging. Not much time for writing content when you’re a nurse. It means that I haven’t had the chance to buy the first issue of the new ClanDestine series (so I haven’t had an opportunity to rejoice yet, Greg); I’ve been trying to catch up on my blog reading (nearly 1000 posts on my Google Reader). The one bit of relaxing I did was the Empire How Well Do You Know? the X-Men Trilogy quiz: see […]

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From A Library – The Thing: Idol of Millions

The Thing (latest series) issues #1–8 by Dan Slott and Andrea DiVito and Kieron Dwyer What is it about the Thing that gets him is own series? I’ve never understood it – sure, he’s got pathos but remains down to earth, and he’s got the catchphrase, but what is it about him that keeps getting him his own book outside of the Fantastic Four, the whole point of which is the family dynamic. He’s rocky, he’s orange, he’s strong, and that’s about it. This time around, Ben Grimm is written by Dan Slott, a funny man (having Ben say, ‘I’m […]

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From A Library – Jack of Fables: The Nearly Great Escape

Jack of Fables #1–5 by Bill Willingham & Matthew Sturges and Tony Akins Vertigo has always been one for capitalising on a success, so it is no big surprise that Fables, their current bestseller, gets its own spin-off in the character of Jack of all Fables, exiled after the mess with the megasuccessful film trilogy. Here, Jack is leaving Hollywood after being driven out by the Manhattan Fables for endangering them, when he is captured by the Golden Boughs Retirement Community. This is a nice idea – it reveals where the other Fables who are not in the main book […]

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Film Review – Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street

I was in a quandary about watching Sweeney Todd. On the one hand, I enjoy the films of Tim Burton, especially those with Johnny Depp; on the other hand, I’m not a great fan of musicals. Fortunately, seeing a free preview solved the dilemma. I had never seen the musical or even knew the story, apart from the obvious facts deduced from the title; I was intrigued after its appearance, of sorts, in Jersey Girl and Kevin Smith’s appreciation for the musical. The story is straightforward – Depp is Benjamin Barker, a talented barber with a wife and daughter, who […]

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From A Library – Book: Knight Life

Knight Life by Peter David As well as comics in my library, they have actual text-only books as well. I know, weird. Having read Peter David’s comics since Incredible Hulk, I had been wanting to read his own novels (rather than his Star Trek stories). This version of Knight Life was the revised text – PAD had gone back to it to update and expand it quite substantially – so bear that in mind when reading my thoughts. Arthur has been returned from a suspended state by the immortal Merlin (he is ageing backwards, so he is now a twelve-year-old […]

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Oscar nominations 2008

The Oscar nominations have been announced and, seeing as I haven’t seen any of the films in the major categories (except Sweeney Todd – review upcoming), I think I am overqualified as a blogger to weigh in with my uninformed opinions. Best motion picture of the year Atonement, Juno, Michael Clayton, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood Big surprise is Michael Clayton – all the reviews were of the good but not great variety – even more than Juno, this year’s little film that could. Based on the Golden Globes, Atonement gets the nod (although not enough […]

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From A Library – Catwoman: The Replacements

Catwoman (issues #53–58) by Will Pfeifer and David Lopez First off, something I get off my chest – the dichotomy of having a top cover artist only doing the covers to attract attention but then the different art inside. I always remember the great Brian Bolland covers for Animal Man and then the shock of surprise of seeing Chas Truog’s interior art. Now, David Lopez’s art isn’t as bad as all that – he’s quite good – but surely the contrast between his art and Adam Hughes’ great covers is distracting. Hughes’ work looks like it was born to draw […]

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Books: Storm Front

Storm Front by Jim Butcher In Book One of The Dresden Files series, we meet Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, a wizard in Chicago who does consultant work for police (particularly with Karrin Murphy in the Special Investgations section, i.e. the unusual stuff nobody else wants). A death involving powerful dark magic occurs and Harry is drawn into a case involving ‘Gentleman’ Johnny Marcone (the head of organised crime, but a civilised boss nonetheless) and a new mage who is not afraid to do whatever it takes to get ahead, even invoking demons in order to kill Harry. The book is […]

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From A Library – Birds Of Prey: Perfect Pitch

Birds of Prey (issues #86–90 and #92–95) by Gail Simone and various artists I think it’s to my shame that I haven’t read any Gail Simone comics. Apart from reading her very funny You’ll All Be Sorry column, I haven’t picked up any of the actual comic books that’s she’s written. Not through anything planned, just a mix of limited funds and choice of titles. It doesn’t help that I’m not a huge DC fan. So, when my library had this collection of on its shelves, it was my chance to rectify the omission in my reading experience, even if […]

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