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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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The Art Of Doom (book review)

July 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Doom    (book review)

Ahh, ‘Doom’! You think having children is responsible for sleepless nights? How about all-nighters blasting away on ‘Doom’ – the game that popularised the first person shooter – as you made your way around dark corridors reducing demons to bloody chunks with the BFG (the first word meaning ‘Big’ and the last meaning ‘Gun’. I’ll […]

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The Music Of DC Comics Volume 2 (CD review)

July 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Music Of DC Comics Volume 2    (CD review)

For every super-hero, there is a corresponding theme that is meant to set to the heart-pounding and the blood racing. From John Williams stirring score for ‘Superman’ to the childishly simple yet brilliantly catchy opening to the 1966 ‘Batman’ TV show, all swirling around the minds of many super-hero fans, music has always played an […]

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James Bond Volume 1: Vargr by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

July 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
James Bond Volume 1: Vargr by Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (graphic novel review).

James Bond is no stranger to the world of comics. His comicstrip adventures (both adapted from Ian Fleming’s books and original) were a staple of the Daily Express and Daily Star from 1958 until 1983. There have also been scattered attempts to given Bond his own on-going comic book adventures, such as the Dark Horse […]

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X-Men: Apocalypse. Original Soundtrack by John Ottman (CD review).

June 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
X-Men: Apocalypse. Original Soundtrack by John Ottman (CD review).

There are many tonal differences between the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. While fun and colour dominate the Marvel world, the DC world opts for a dark palette and even darker feel. While light-hearted banter is key in the world of Marvel, their DC counterparts go for a more operatic and gruff turn of phrase. […]

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Fantastique: Interviews With Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Filmmakers (Volume I) by Tony Earnshaw (book review).

May 20, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fantastique: Interviews With Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Filmmakers (Volume I) by Tony Earnshaw (book review).

A veteran film journalist and cinema programmer, Tony Earnshaw (who, in the interests of full disclosure, has also been a colleague of mine in the past) has met a large swathe of the great and good of the genre world. From George Romero to Quentin Tarantino, Earnshaw has talked to them all. This collection of […]

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Young Bond: Heads You Die By Steve Cole (book review).

May 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Young Bond: Heads You Die By Steve Cole (book review).

When the ‘Young Bond’ series of books was announced, there was a prickle of fear amongst Bond fans as they cast their minds back to the cash-in cartoon series ‘James Bond Jr.’ from the 90s. Would it be a crass attempt to force Bond into Young Adult literature? Would it make him a Harry Potter […]

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Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4) (game review).

April 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Lego Marvel Avengers (PS4) (game review).

They say if it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it. That statement becomes a bit ironic when you apply it the Lego branded video games whose very raison d’être is to smash things up and then rebuild them into something useful but the statement also happens to ring true. Bar a few minor cosmetic and […]

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Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide To Tremors by Jonathan Melville (book review).

January 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seeking Perfection: The Unofficial Guide To Tremors by Jonathan Melville (book review).

Like author and critic Jonathan Melville, I discovered ‘Tremors’ when it screened on a Saturday night on the BBC at some point in the 90s. I was at that weird hinterland of an age. Old enough to stay up when I liked but not quite ready for going out on a Saturday night to drink […]

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The Fantastic Four (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) By Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass (CD theme review).

September 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Fantastic Four (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) By Marco Beltrami and Philip Glass (CD theme review).

The fact that Phillip Glass co-scored this Marvel movie alongside Marco Beltrami is something of a surprise. Whilst the renowned US minimalist composer has flirted with genre before with films such as ‘Candyman’, this is the first time that he’s worked on a bona fide Hollywood blockbuster in ‘The Fantastic Four’. Alongside Beltrami, who has […]

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Quentin Tarantino FAQ by Dale Sherman (book review).

September 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Quentin Tarantino FAQ by Dale Sherman (book review).

Continually referencing cinema history (though the less generous would say ‘continually stealing from’ cinema history), the films of Quentin Tarantino are replete with homages, inside jokes and curious allusions. In his journey from video store clerk to world famous director, Tarantino himself has also amassed a wealth of industry kudos and tabloid infamy. Dale Sherman’s […]

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