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Editorial – October 2015: Do we really need this? by GF Willmetts.

October 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Editorial – October 2015: Do we really need this? by GF Willmetts.

Are we expected to buy every last tat that comes out related to SF?? Hello everyone Age does funny things to merchandise. My age, that is. Not necessarily the age of the merchandise. Mostly, there’s more of it and you have to become selective, deciding what is the good stuff you want to own and […]

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Letters To Young Film Makers by Howard Suber (book review).

October 3, 2015 | By | Reply More
Letters To Young Film Makers by Howard Suber (book review).

Howard Suber has been teaching 65 different film courses at UCLA’s film school in the past 46 years. Many of the people in Hollywood have been through his courses and he gets a lot of letters asking him specific questions about the film industry. What Suber has done with ‘Letters To Young Film Makers’ is […]

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Paranoid: Exploring Suspicion From The Dubious To The Delusional by David J. Laporte (book review)

October 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Paranoid: Exploring Suspicion From The Dubious To The Delusional by David J. Laporte   (book review)

As you read the complete title ‘Paranoid: Exploring Suspicion From The Dubious To The Delusional’, it’s just to ensure that you don’t think this book is about a Black Sabbath track if I left off the sub-title. As author and clinical psychologist David J. Laporte points out, there are very few books about paranoia and […]

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Sepp Blatter is Blattered by the Swiss as criminal proceedings open.

September 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Sepp Blatter is Blattered by the Swiss as criminal proceedings open.

Not a good day to be Joseph ‘Sepp’ Blatter, it seems. The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland has opened criminal proceedings against the President of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (aka FIFA) on suspicion of criminal mismanagement as well as – alternatively – on suspicion of misappropriation. Swiss criminal proceedings against the President […]

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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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Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz (book review).

September 8, 2015 | By | Reply More
Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz (book review).

Ever since Ian Fleming passed away in 1964, there have been numerous authors who have attempted to carry on his legacy. From Bond aficionado Kingsley Amis (writing under the pseudonym Robert Markham) to John Gardner and Raymond Benson, who created a large body of Bond books in the 80s and 90s, there has been enough […]

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Editorial – Sept 2015: Science Fiction In The Percentages,

August 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Editorial – Sept 2015:  Science Fiction In The Percentages,

Hello everyone Let’s talk Science Fiction. I’ve been a little distracted in the past couple months but this is the right time of year to discuss this particular aspect. Did you know that Science Fiction book sales across the board have reduced by 20% in the past three years? That doesn’t that mean there’s a […]

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Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America: 1957-1972 by Mark Voger (book review).

August 20, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More
Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America: 1957-1972 by Mark Voger (book review).

The title ‘Monster Mash: The Creepy, Kooky Monster Craze In America: 1957-1972’ gives away what this book by Mark Voger is about. It’s just a shame, it has such a rubbish cover, even if it is an illustration of a Don Post mask, which I’m sure would put off readers who would really enjoy the […]

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You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (book review).

August 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day (book review).

To tell the truth, I’ve never heard of Felicia Day until now. Come to that, I doubt if she’s heard of me neither. The Internet is a big place after all. Joss Whedon has and, as he explains in his introduction, she was of significant help in getting his ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’ on-line and […]

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The Authentic Actor by Michael Laskin (book review).

August 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Authentic Actor by Michael Laskin (book review).

I’ve been reviewing Michael Wiese Production books covering all aspects of film-making except for one area that appears on the screen until now and that being the actors. Here we have actor and acting teacher Michael Laskin turning his course into the written word. His objective isn’t to explain how to do a particular sort […]

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