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Author Archive: Laurence Boyce

Laurence Boyce is a film journalist who likes Bond, Batman and Doctor Who (just to prove the things he enjoys things that don't just start with a 'B'). He is also a film programmer for various film festivals in the UK and abroad.

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Roger Hargreaves Doctor Who Series: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth – all by Adam Hargreaves (books review)

May 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Roger Hargreaves Doctor Who Series: Dr. First, Dr. Fourth, Dr. Eleventh and Dr. Twelfth – all by Adam Hargreaves   (books review)

Lest we forget, ‘Doctor Who’ is intended to be a show for children. I have two of them myself and. like any good geeky parent, I am determined to make them like the things that I like or I’ll considering writing them out of my will. Though considering that all I have to leave them […]

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Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Guardians Of The Galaxy Reloaded by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Gene Colan, Jim Valentino, et al (graphic novel review).

May 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Guardians Of The Galaxy Reloaded by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Gene Colan, Jim Valentino, et al (graphic novel review).

As the world currently enjoys ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’, ‘Marvel Platinum’s latest release gathers together a gaggle of origin stories, amongst them first appearances of Groot and Drax The Destroyer as well as some more up-to-date adventures featuring the Guardians as a group. With so many individual continuities being bound together when you […]

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Deadpool V Gambit: The ‘V’ Is For ‘Vs’ by Ben Blacker and Ben Acker (graphic novel review)

April 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Deadpool V Gambit: The ‘V’ Is For ‘Vs’ by Ben Blacker and Ben Acker  (graphic novel review)

Another day, another Deadpool team-up as The Merc With The Mouth teams up with the ‘Ragin’ Cajun’ Gambit in order to pull an elaborate con job. As with all con jobs within fiction, nothing goes to plan and both heroes must discover who is lying and who is telling the truth. Which won’t be too […]

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Doctor Who: The Highgate Horror by Mark Wright, Jonathan Morris, Steve Lyons, Roger Langridge, Scott Gray, etc. (graphic novel review)

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: The Highgate Horror by Mark Wright, Jonathan Morris, Steve Lyons, Roger Langridge, Scott Gray, etc.    (graphic novel review)

This latest collection of strips culled from recent issues of ‘Doctor Who Magazine’ perhaps shows just how difficult to get a handle on the character of the twelfth Doctor. The darkness at the heart of Peter Capaldi’s version of the Time Lord, as well as the occasional lightness of touch, is a balance that many […]

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James Bond Volume 2: Eidolon by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

February 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
James Bond Volume 2: Eidolon by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

The next volume of Warren Ellis’ take on James Bond, ‘Eidolon’, follows many of the same beats he established in his first story ‘Vargr’ (which was reviewed here http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/james-bond-volume-1-vargr-by-warren-ellis-and-james-masters-graphic-novel-review/). Again, Bond is the archetypal blunt instrument, sent in to do the government’s dirty work. He’s cold, efficient and ruthless and the globetrotting playboy we’ve come […]

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Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil: The Creation, The Inspiration, The Fascination by Jen Darcy (book review).

February 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Disney Villains: Delightfully Evil: The Creation, The Inspiration, The Fascination by Jen Darcy (book review).

Whether it be the numerous nemesis of James Bond, the machinations of Moriarty or even Grendel from the annals of mythology, it seems that everyone loves a bad guy. But there is a special place in everyone’s heart for a Disney villain. Those mostly animated purveyors of evil have permeated 20th century culture and allowed […]

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The Art of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe by Tim and Steve Seeley (book review)

February 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art of He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe by Tim and Steve Seeley    (book review)

Growing up in the 80s meant that the ‘He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe’ cartoon was a staple part of my childhood. The over-the-top heroics, bombastic music, comforting moral at the end of each episode alongside the opportunity to pester my mum to buy me lots of He-Man toys was a tremendous source of […]

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The Secret History Of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost (book review)

January 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Secret History Of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost   (book review)

In case you’ve been living under a log for the past year, it’s probably not escaped your notice that ‘Twin Peaks’ is coming back. It’s been 26 years since Dale Cooper entered the Black Lodge and we’ve been wondering if he will ever make it out ever since. While ‘The Secret History Of Twin Peaks’ […]

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Doctor Who: Evening’s Empire by Andrew Cartmel, Marc Platt, Dan Abnett and Scott Gray (graphic novel review)

January 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor Who: Evening’s Empire by Andrew Cartmel, Marc Platt, Dan Abnett and Scott Gray  (graphic novel review)

‘The Cartmel Masterplan’ has always been one of the most intriguing ‘What If’s’ in the storied history of ‘Doctor Who’. As script editor of the show in the final three seasons of its original run, Andrew Cartmel brought a more nuanced approach to Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor. Hinting that he was more than […]

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Star Wars: Rogue One (a film review by Laurence Boyce).

December 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Rogue One (a film review by Laurence Boyce).

***This review tries to avoid detailed plot information, but general spoilers about the film will be revealed*** With ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’, Disney takes a bold step to extend the franchise beyond the continuity of the core series of ‘Star Wars’ films. While the mythology of the Star Wars universe is very much woven into […]

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