Scifi

Phantasm blu-ray boxset : Phantasm II (1988)  (part 2 of 5)  (horror/sf Blu-ray film review)

Phantasm blu-ray boxset : Phantasm II (1988) (part 2 of 5) (horror/sf Blu-ray film review)

Just so you keep the numbers straight in your head, this is number two not eleven. There were only ever four ‘Phantasm’ films. The follow-up, again written and directed by Don Coscarelli with pretty much the same cast bar one who got older as the first film was filmed 9 years later. It’s a little […]

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Spaceports & Spidersilk April 2017 by Marcie Tentchoff    (emag review)

Spaceports & Spidersilk April 2017 by Marcie Tentchoff (emag review)

‘Spaceports And Spidersilk’ is a small magazine of fantasy and Science Fiction aimed at young readers which features a mix of poetry and fiction. The kindle edition is easily navigable from the contents page. The first story is ‘The Five-Star Underwear’ by Rebecca Linam. Narrator Jake and his pal Brandon are cycling to school when […]

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Anime & Manga

Seoul Station (trailer).

Seoul Station (trailer).

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho who also directed Train to Busan, Seoul Station is a new animated prequel to the zombie horror anime. In cinemas from Friday 17th March, including: Picturehouse Hackney – Fri 17th – 8pm. Pictureville Bradford – Sat 18th – 8pm. Southampton Harbour Lights – Sat 18th – 8pm. DOY Brighton – Sat […]

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Ghost In the Shell: it’s a shell game (new trailer).

Ghost In the Shell: it’s a shell game (new trailer).

Here’s the new trailer for the paramount movie of Ghost In the Shell … if you like your scifi films based on the manga comic-books of Japanese genius Masamune Shirow, then this flick might just be the only game in town for 2017. Cyborg anti-terrorist police take on cyborg villains with a conspiracy twist. The official […]

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TV

Doctor Who season 10 episode 3: Thin Ice by Sarah Dolland

Doctor Who season 10 episode 3: Thin Ice by Sarah Dolland

From here in there are spoilers! I’ve been very down on the first two episodes of this season but ‘Thin Ice’ is a marked step up in keeping my attention. The TARDIS has brought the Doctor (actor Peter Capaldi) and Bill Potts (actress Pearl Mackie) to 18th century London where a Frost Fair is being […]

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Doctor Who season 10 episode 2: Smile by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (review).

Doctor Who season 10 episode 2: Smile by Frank Cottrell-Boyce (review).

Smile 🙂 or Frown 🙁  From here in there are spoilers! From the start, there are references to the Doctor (actor Peter Capaldi) staying on Earth to guard the vault and yet he sneaks off for the first time with Bill Potts (actress Pearl Mackie) to explore one of the first Earth colonies off-planet, knowing that […]

April 22, 2017 | By | Reply More

Culture

Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan   (book review)

Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan (book review)

From the start, in her book ‘Producer To Producer’, Maureen A. Ryan points out there is always a need for a producer on a low-budget film and this is the roots she comes from as this is where she works and gets her awards. Essentially, the producer is the instigator and organiser that ensures the […]

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The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming by Gillian Conahan (book review).

The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming by Gillian Conahan (book review).

Last year, I said what the cosplayers really needed was a decent book to show how to create costumes and here it is. Gillian Conahan has written ‘The Hero’s Closet: Sewing For Cosplay And Costuming’ book showing how to create basic costumes and get it right. She points out from the start that this is […]

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More

Science

The Creeping Garden (2014)   (Blu-ray film review)

The Creeping Garden (2014) (Blu-ray film review)

‘The Creeping Garden’ opens with black and white footage of Roy O’Neill, an excited NBC reporter. He says there are reports of blobs up to 18 inches in diameter appearing in gardens in Houston, Texas! Cut to a path through a pleasant wood and a man looking for slime moulds. Writing on the screen tells […]

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

Insane Consequences by DJ Jaffe (book review).

From the start, DJ Jaffe points out that his book, ‘Insane Consequences’, is not about mental conditions but about how the USA tackles or rather doesn’t tackle its most extremely disturbed citizens. The sub-title, ‘How The Mental Health Industry Fails The Mentally Ill’ tells it all. It doesn’t! That is, the mental health industry fails […]

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More

Books

Dying Of The Light by George RR Martin   (book review)

Dying Of The Light by George RR Martin (book review)

Unlike the rest of the Earth’s population, I have neither read nor watched ‘Game Of Thrones’, not being a fan of fantasy, though I did once see George RR Martin in passing at EasterCon. I did read two of George RR Martin’s Science Fiction books years ago: ‘Windhaven’ and ‘Tuff Voyaging’, the latter of which […]

April 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Making The Magic Happen by Peter D. Marshall   (book review)

Making The Magic Happen by Peter D. Marshall (book review)

‘Making The Magic Happen’ has nothing to do with conjuring but as the sub-title of Peter D. Marshall’s book proclaims, ‘The Art And Craft Of Film Direction’. In many ways, this book feels like a supplement to the previous book, ‘Producer To Producer’, this month as Marshall explores the film making organisation process as a […]

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More

Recent Articles

Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book by Jeffrey Brown   (book review

Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book by Jeffrey Brown (book review

Jeffrey Brown’s cutesy yet adorable ‘Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book’ reimagines the Dark Lord of the Sith as a doting father of a younger Leia and Luke, whose ages range from toddler-size to teen. As with Brown’s other titles such as ‘Darth Vader And Son’, he draws a series of cartoon vignettes that show […]

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art Of John Higgins  (book review)

Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art Of John Higgins (book review)

If you thought John Higgins was only a colourist, famed only for the ‘Watchmen’, then this book, ‘Beyond Watchmen & Judge Dredd: The Art Of John Higgins’ should remedy that. In the UK, there is less specialisation as there is in America for comicbook art and it’s only when careers get established that some speciality […]

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