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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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’ […]
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 […]
***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 […]
Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol. 1 – Isn’t It Bromantic? by Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness (graphic novel review).
If you want to get another comicbook title on the shelves to make sure you’re getting even more money, then a tip from me is to do a team-up. Get two characters who are selling their individual titles like gangbusters. Then join them together for a series of wacky adventures. Then sit back and watch […]
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, someone thought it would be a great idea to take Lego characters and make them retell the stories of the ‘Star Wars’ films in a computer game that would appeal to children and adults alike. These people were richly rewarded for their idea as the […]
Considering he’s basically a man dressed as a bat who hits criminals, it’s surprising the myriad of ways in which the Batman mythos can be interpreted. He’s the grim Dark Knight Detective. He’s the campy hero always ready with a can of ‘Bat Anti-Shark Repellent’. He’s the arch manipulator always one step ahead of everyone […]
Kara Zor-El aka Supergirl has never been treated too kindly by mediums outside of the world of comicbooks. She turned up in one season of ‘Smallville’ but was never given too much of a focus, whilst many remember the flop 1984 film starring Helen Slater as the eponymous lead. So would Superman’s cousin fare much […]