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4 sided triangle Review and Opinion

2019/07/30

Four Sided Triangle (1953)
Director: Terence Fisher

review by Tony Lee

Speculative SF (predating The Fly, 1958) in which scientist Bill (Stephen Murray) and old friend Robin (John Van Eyssen) build a homemade reproducer machine that can duplicate an object (a watch chain, a signed cheque) in

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Triangle, 2005 Review and Opinion

2016/06/27

The Triangle (2005)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by J.C. Hartley

The recent resurgence in American science fiction series such as Invasion and Surface, and arguably Lost, begs the question what strange paranoia is behind it all, the aquatic background to all three

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Bold as love by gwyneth jones Review and Opinion

2019/06/04

Bold As Love
Gwyneth Jones
Gollancz paperback £5.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Bold As Love begins a trilogy and revolves around a central triangle - perhaps a love triangle - and eventually a triumvirate. Power, politics and music form a further, thematic triangle of the book. The central trio comprises Ax, a respected but not commercially successful

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Solar lottery by philip k. dick Review and Opinion

2018/04/03

Solar Lottery
Philip K. Dick
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Mike Philbin

The year is 2203 and the Earth is governed by a bizarre system of leadership whereby public officeholders and the targets of political assassinations alike are chosen by a random twitch of The Bottle. In this maniacal world, Ted Benteley becomes the saviour in a mad struggle

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New dragon gate inn Review and Opinion

2018/07/30

New Dragon Gate Inn (1992)
Director: Li Hui Min

review by Jeff Young

Produced by the great Tsui Hark (pron. 'Choy Hok'), this mediaeval swordplay fantasy is a remake of King Hu's Dragon Gate Inn (1967), and features the Asian superstar Donnie Yen, Tony (Hard-Boiled) Leung, Maggie (Irma Vep) Cheung and the recently retired Brigitte

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Quiet earth Review and Opinion

2018/06/10

The Quiet Earth (1985)
Director: Geoff Murphy

review by Gary Couzens

One morning, Zac Hobson (Bruno Lawrence) wakes up to find himself alone. He seems to be the only person left on Earth.
   For the next half-hour of screen time - the best part of the film - Lawrence is alone on screen, apart from a couple of voiceovers and one of Zac's scientist

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Donnie darko Review and Opinion

2019/03/09

Donnie Darko (2001)
Director: Richard Kelley

review by Trent Walters

Juggling either illusion-reality or time-paradoxes by themselves can get tricky. Most works concern themselves with one or the other. Donnie Darko attempts to master both, and in the attempt becomes one of the most magnificent and moving failures among the lesser pictures that

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Blood ties, 2006 Review and Opinion

2017/09/16

Blood Ties (2006)
Creator: Peter Mohan

review by Michael Bunning

Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) was the best detective the metropolitan Toronto police department had: smart, tough and dedicated. Until, that is, she began to lose her sight. The police department took her off the streets and offered her a desk job, but Vicki declined, leaving the force to

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On the beach Review and Opinion

2016/11/21

On The Beach (2004)
Director: Russell Mulcahy

review by John Percival

It's 2006 and a war between the US and China has ended with nuclear missiles flying from both sides. The result is that billions have been killed and the northern hemisphere is a radioactive wasteland. Australia remains untouched but the radiation clouds are headed their way. As the

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X2 Review and Opinion

2017/12/14

X2 (2003)
Director: Bryan Singer

review by Debbie Moon

The Mutant Registration Act has been defeated, the militant Magneto is safely in jail, but humanity's hatred and fear of those born different is still growing. When an assassin with extraordinary powers attacks the President, Colonel Stryker is given free rein to deal with the 'mutant problem'. His

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Thou shalt not... Review and Opinion

2015/05/31

Thou Shalt Not...
editor: Lee Allen Howard
Dark Cloud paperback $17

review by Mario Guslandi

Thou Shalt Not... is a massive volume of 410 pages from Pennsylvania-based Dark Cloud Press, featuring horror and crime stories about people who break one of the ten commandments and, generally

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Hills have eyes Review and Opinion

2017/03/18

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Director: Alexandre Aja

review by Lucinda Ireson

There's been a slew of horror remakes of late and plenty more set to come, yet the results of such retoolings have been varied and unpredictable: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre managed

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Sloth Review and Opinion

2015/06/27

Sloth
Gilbert Hernandez
Titan / Vertigo graphic novel £15.99 / $19.95

review by J.C. Hartley

In the 1980s and 1990s, Gilbert Hernandez and his brother Jaime created Love And Rockets, and the whole inter-related universe of the Central American town of Palomar, and the Heartbreak Soup and Luba stories. These narratives, in a blend

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Toxicology by steve aylett Review and Opinion

2018/01/30

Toxicology
Steve Aylett
Gollancz paperback £5.99

review by Patrick Hudson

This is a short book of short-short stories, 26 of them in its 131 pages, the longest being nine pages, the shortest just a single page. This brevity matches Steve Aylett's style exactly: dense prose packed tight with puns

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Manchurian candidate Review and Opinion

2016/12/29

The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Director: Jonathan Demme

review by Alasdair Stuart

A decorated Gulf War hero is named as a surprise candidate for Vice President. His former commanding officer, himself suffering from 'Gulf War syndrome' is approached by a former colleague who later dies under mysterious circumstances. And all the while, Manchurian Global

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Wonderful days Review and Opinion

2016/05/21

Wonderful Days (2003)
Director: Kim Moon-saeng

review by Amy Harlib

The New York Korean Film Festival 2004, screened a welcome treat for anime fans: the feature Wonderful Days (aka: Sky Blue), part of the exciting fluorescence of this animated art recently emerging from the southern portion of this Asian peninsula. A remarkable first directorial

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Mobile suit gundam: char's counterattack Review and Opinion

2016/12/10

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988)
Writer and director: Yoshiyuki Tomino

review by Amy Harlib

The 2002 Big Apple Anime Festival included a very special event - a screening of a major production from creator, writer, director Yoshiyuki Tomino who, with years of experience in the anime field, achieved his greatest success with his epic series

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All star superman Review and Opinion

2016/04/14

All Star Superman vol.1
Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
DC Comics / Titan hardcover $19.95 / £11.99

review by Patrick Hudson

As the very first superhero, Superman defined the entire genre. The whole over-familiar superhero routine - the secret identity, the love triangle with his alter ego, the pure-hearted motivations and the underwear pervert fashion

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Day the earth stood still, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/05/31

The Day The Earth Stood Still (2008)
Director: Scott Derrickson

review by Mike Philbin

Based on the classic 1951 film about mysterious humanoid alien Klaatu who comes to visit earth to deliver some very bad news, his enormous robot buddy Gort by his side...

It's probably easy to say this remake is as worthy as the Invasion Of The Body Snatchers

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Dark knight Review and Opinion

2017/07/09

The Dark Knight (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan

review by Roger Keen

Of all the villains pitted against any superhero, the Joker has always been the most charismatic, embodying in the yin and the yang of his hybrid personality that most singular of nightmare bogeyman archetypes - the scary clown. Now in his third celluloid incarnation, this much-heralded

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Lexicographer's love song Review and Opinion

2018/10/04

The Lexicographer's Love Song And Other Poems
Ian Watson
DNA Publications chapbook $5

review by Steve Sneyd

This is Ian Watson's first poetry collection. But he has long included poems in novels - as he says, "whenever one of the characters was a poet and needed to demonstrate this!" - as in those set on a far world echoing the epic realm of the Kalevala

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Pirates of the carribean 2 Review and Opinion

2016/10/28

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Eric Turowski
Spoiler Alert!There's action, Johnny Depp prancing and staggering, more action, a lot of spoken exposition that confuses most people, poor dental hygiene, Johnny Depp prancing and staggering... yep, the new

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Thir13en ghosts Review and Opinion

2019/08/07

Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Thomas Cropper

Looking at Thir13en Ghosts there is no mistaking what you're gonna get. There will be screaming, there will be ghosts (13 at the very least) and there will be girls in tight tops running down corridors and screaming. (I mention this because in movies of this genre you should

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13th warrior Review and Opinion

2019/08/06

The 13th Warrior (1999)
Director: John McTiernan

review by Ian Shutter

Ever since the mega-hit of Jurassic Park ensured every preteen kid wanted a cuddly dinosaur for Christmas, Hollywood's profit-hungry moguls have been falling over themselves to option Michael Crichton's older novels for the big screen. This tenth century tale of an Arab living

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One more for the road by ray bradbury Review and Opinion

2019/08/05

One More For The Road
Ray Bradbury
Earthlight paperback £6.99

review by Duncan Lawie

Ray Bradbury's name conjures recollections of greatness in the average science fiction reader. He is the author of The Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451, principally, and of a great deal of other work as well, much of it short stories. However, very

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One million years bc Review and Opinion

2019/08/04

One Million Years B.C. (1966)
Director: Don Chaffey

review by Ian Shutter

A British remake of Hal Roach's 1939 classic One Million BC, this prehistoric adventure was produced by Michael Carreras for Hammer and it became the studios' biggest ever success, making an international sex symbol of its star, Raquel Welch.
   The story of primitive

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2001: a space odyssey Review and Opinion

2019/08/03

2001: A Space Odyssey
Arthur C. Clarke
Orbit hardcover £12.99

review by Christopher Geary

A handy special edition in hardback format, this timely reprint of the novel that evolved alongside the screenplay of Kubrick's classic, is likely to have become a collectors item already. In addition to the diversive main text's variations on the film's narrative

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28 days later Review and Opinion

2019/08/01

28 Days Later (2002)
Director: Danny Boyle

review by Paul Higson

Whilst Dog Soldiers and My Little Eye (both 2002) were winners, the former did load both barrels of the shotgun with cartridges of comedy and horror

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6th day Review and Opinion

2019/07/29

The 6th Day (2000)
Director: Roger Spottiswoode

review by Steven Hampton

Here you get two copies of 'der Arnold' for the price of one, as a sinister tycoon clones Schwarzenegger - to mask his own illegal carbon copy resurrection after being assassinated.
   A helicopter pilot is shocked and disturbed to find an identical 'twin' has taken his place

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8 mm Review and Opinion

2019/07/28

8MM Eight Millimeter (1999)
Director: Joel Schumacher

review by Steven Hampton

A rich widow discovers a reel of Super-8 millimetre film in her late husband's safe at home. The footage appears to be an authentic 'snuff movie'. Wary of this traceable evidence of a serious crime, she hires a reputable private investigator, Tom Welles (Nicolas Cage), and

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Abominable snowman Review and Opinion

2019/07/27

The Abominable Snowman (1957)
Director: Val Guest

review by Steven Hampton

Another DVD release from Anchor Bay's 'Hammer Collection' that's certainly an uncharacteristic offering from the famous British studio's heyday. A monster hunt set in high Himalayan mountain valleys instead of their favourite locale - a European castle, and very much happening

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Affinity trap Review and Opinion

2019/07/25

The Affinity Trap
Martin Sketchley
Simon and Schuster paperback £10.99

review by Debbie Moon

In a future of colonisation and contact with alien races, Earth has become a major player, throwing its weight around to prevent interstellar conflicts that might be bad for trade. To stabilise a potential flashpoint, tyrannous General Myson plans to father

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Airwolf Review and Opinion

2019/07/24

Airwolf (1984)
Director: Donald Bellisario

review by Mark J. Cairns

Airwolf was a futuristic action adventure from the mid-1980s about a sleek, awesome, Mach 1+ chopper that could 'kick butt' (via 14 firepower options), and its loner, cello-playing, hotshot pilot, Stringfellow Hawke (played perfectly by Hollywood hellraiser, Jan-Michael Vincent

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Akira Review and Opinion

2019/07/23

Akira (1988)
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo

review by Porl Broome

Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira is a classic of the modern-cinema. When I say that I don't mean it's a classic amongst other animated films, I mean it's a classic amongst all films, be they animated, or live action. The plot is huge, the storyline is intricate, the characters are complex, and

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Alien hunter Review and Opinion

2019/07/21

Alien Hunter (2003)
Director: Ron Krauss

review by Rob MarshallSpoiler alert!Julian Rome is a languages teacher and former cryptologist. He receives a call from NASA for help, after a GM research project in Antarctica detects signals coming from an object buried in the ice. Flying south through a blizzard

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