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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Film Review: I Am Legend

I Am Legend starts with banal television presenter banter about baseball predictions over the studio/production company credits (to contrast the silence and lack of background music that accompanies the film) before opening on a news anchor talking to an uncredited Emma Thompson as Doctor Krippin (now there’s some sledgehammer subtlety and foreshadowing in a name) about her genetically re-engineered measles virus that has cured cancer in all the patients in her clinical trials. ‘So, have you cured cancer?’ asks the news anchor. ‘Yes’ replies Thompson. Now, this isn’t a big news show or the main item; it seems to be […]

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From A Library: Marvel Zombies

Marvel Zombies TPB (#1–5) by Robert Kirkman and Sean Phillips Let’s talk about one of those many library books I’ve been reading while I haven’t been blogging. There are some story concepts that just don’t interest me – horror, continuity porn, superheroes stopping bank robbers – and to that list I add zombies. I don’t mind zombies being in stories (I love Shaun of the Dead, for example) but I won’t go out of my way to read something about zombies. My loss, perhaps, but I can’t see the fascination. Which was why I didn’t read Marvel Zombies when it […]

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Film Review: The Golden Compass

This isn’t an anti-American thing, but I don’t like the title ‘The Golden Compass’. I can understand the need for a more universal title for Northern Lights (the first part of His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman) but The Golden Compass seems rather derogatory and denigrating towards the alethiometer. It could be just me but it comes across as a kid’s name for it (which might be what happens in the book – I can’t recall exactly) and belittles it. Which is a coincidence, because the film belittles the book. See what I did there? The Golden Compass the […]

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New Year, New (Old) Resolutions

I’m sure there are many other posts of a similar nature to this one – resolving to blog more frequently and talking about why the previous timeframe was devoid of regular posting – but that doesn’t stop me from doing it as well. One tries to be an innovator, but one can’t help being an imitator. I obviously don’t have the discipline to write something new everyday (and seeing as I write reviews, they do take up a fair chunk of time), so I aim to try for three regular posts (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) with perhaps something on a weekend […]

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Reason For A Brit To Be Thankful

Even though it was announced in September that Alan Davis would be working on a new series of ClanDestine, it is still the best reason for this Brit to be thankful for the Marvel solicitations for February 2008. Obviously, I have a lot of love for this series (it was one of the reasons behind the naming of the blog), so it is with undiluted joy that I greet the return of this wonderfully charming series. I’m so full of glee I shall stop now, and just copy and paste the solicitation copy: Alan Davis’ freaky family returns! They’ve existed, […]

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Black Dossier Blackout

I am British and a fan of Alan Moore and Kev O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, so was unhappy about the fact that DC went back on their position of distributing The Black Dossier worldwide, keeping it just for the US. However, I had been made aware that I might be able to get the book through certain under-the-counter means (in a perfectly legal fashion), so I didn’t bitch about. Unfortunately, I have now been told that the book won’t be making it to these shores by the methods I had originally thought, and I won’t be getting my […]

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