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Babylon 5 legend of the rangers Review and Opinion

2019/06/22

Babylon 5 - The Legend Of The Rangers: To Live And Die In Starlight (2002)
Director: Michael Vejar

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

When Babylon 5 came to its end during its 5th year, it left behind a more-than-imposing shadow. Not only does it stand as one of the best-written and plotted SF programmes to date, but it casts the same

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Babylon 5 Review and Opinion

2019/06/21

Babylon 5
The Passing Of The Techno-Mages III: Invoking Darkness
Jeanne Cavelos
Del Rey paperback $6.50

review by Cristopher Hennessey-DeRose

In this last instalment of the latest Babylon 5 trilogy, author Jeanne Cavelos has taken on the task of illuminating minor characters from the TV series (and its ill-fated spin-off, Crusade

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Legend of the sky kingdom Review and Opinion

2018/10/06

Legend Of The Sky Kingdom (2003)
Director: Roger Hawkins

review by Amy Harlib

The 11th New York African Film Festival 2004, at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Centre screened a unique feature, Legend Of The Sky Kingdom, the first stop-motion animation production ever from that continent and from Zimbabwe in particular. Making this effort more

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Monkey magic Review and Opinion

2016/12/08

Monkey Magic (2007)
Director: Kensaku Sawada

review by Sarah Ash

A young priest is sent to India (the west) to find the holy sutras, accompanied by the mischievous Monkey, Son Goku, a kappa (water spirit), and a lecherous pig.

The ancient Chinese tale of the Journey To The West has inspired many retellings over the last few years, especially

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Stories of your life and others Review and Opinion

2018/03/08

Stories Of Your Life And Others
Ted Chiang
Tor / Orb paperback $14.95

review by Gary Couzens

If, as they say, you need to have written about a million words before you can truly know how to write, then Ted Chiang's bottom drawer must be full to bursting. At least you hope it is. Here is an author who won a Nebula Award with his first published story

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Writing science fiction and fantasy television Review and Opinion

2017/12/18

Writing Science Fiction And Fantasy Television
Joe Nazzaro
Titan paperback £14.99

review by Christopher Geary

Like many professions, writing scripts for TV series has its own peculiar jargon that you need to be aware of - before you can talk to industry insiders about their work. Journalist Joe Nazzaro talks the talk and, helpfully, kicks off this

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They are among us Review and Opinion

2016/07/18

They Are Among Us (2003)
Director: Jeffrey Obrow

review by Alasdair Stuart

Ever since Kevin McCarthy ran down the middle of a motorway yelling "They're here! You're next! You're next!" at the end of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Hollywood has been fascinated

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Tristan Review and Opinion

2018/01/23

Tristan (1999)
Writer and director: Michael J. Murphy

review by Paul Higson

In Tristan director Micheal J Murphy turns his attention to this Cornish legend one more time having previously filmed it in 1970 as Tristan and Iseult and secondly in 1986 as Legend Of A Hero, delivering it as he principally sees it, a tragic Celtic romantic

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Superman: up, up and away Review and Opinion

2015/06/21

Superman: Up, Up And Away!
Kurt Busiek and Geoff Johns
DC Comics / Titan graphic novel $19.95 / £8.99

review by Christopher Geary

Billed as a re-introduction to Superman comics, this superbly written graphic novel is not a revisionist piece like those alternative origin myths (True

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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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Dracula II Review and Opinion

2017/06/04

Dracula II: Ascension (2003)
Director: Patrick Lussier

review by Noell Wolfgram Evans

Dracula II: Ascension reminded me a lot of my cousin Mike. Although he has some good genes, something along the way went bad and now you secretly hope you don't see him at family dinners. Dracula II: Ascension has good parenting (Wes Craven) and good ideas

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Haunting Review and Opinion

2018/12/03

The Haunting (1999)
Director: Jan De Bont

review by Peter Schilling

Every time Hollywood remakes an acknowledged movie classic we tend to get the same old predictable reactions: tabloid hacks at advertising-dependent papers ignore its tired, derivative nature and praise its spectacle, while the genre literate (whatever the genre) critics trounce it simply

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Brothers grimm Review and Opinion

2017/09/11

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Director: Terry Gilliam

review by Debbie Moon

Brothers Jake and Will Grimm travel early 19th century Germany, using their theatrical skills to convince gullible villagers that they're under attack from witches and monsters - and then driving the threat away for a fat fee. But their reputation backfires when the occupying French

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Sleepy hollow Review and Opinion

2018/04/10

Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Director: Tim Burton

review by Tony Lee

At last, director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp have excelled themselves with a film worthy of their peculiar talents. Sleepy Hollow is a wonderful gothic romance that scores highly with its character-based humour, rural murder mystery, traditional witch-crafty plot and special effects

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Extinction journals by Review and Opinion

2016/01/16

Extinction Journals
Jeremy Robert Johnson
Swallowdown paperback $9.95

review by Alasdair Stuart

Dean is either the luckiest man alive, or the unluckiest man left alive. He's survived World War III, and now finds himself alone in a nuked Washington, DC, standing over the fallen corpse of the President. The President survived too, but whereas he chose

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Human lanterns Review and Opinion

2017/03/06

Human Lanterns (1982)
Director: Sun Chung

review by Paul Higson

It is a title that has fascinated me for a long time, though I first recall it referred to as 'Human Skin Lanterns'. This DVD release through Momentum Asia holds over the shorter form title Human Lanterns (original title: Ren pi deng long). Had I seen this, and others like

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Creepshow 2 Review and Opinion

2019/04/16

Creepshow 2 (1987)
Director: Michael Gornick

review by Ian Shutter

A horror story anthology based on tales by Stephen King, this sequel to George Romero's entertaining genre portmanteau took five years to get made, and has cameraman Michael Gornick at the helm, with Romero serving as screenwriter. It isn't as good as Creepshow, and it's not hard

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Carnivale Review and Opinion

2017/08/21

Carnivàle: Series One (2003)
Developed by Daniel Knauf

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Carnivàle is set in 1930s' dust bowl America and focuses loosely on two characters, Ben a farmhand and former convict, and Brother Justin a priest. Both have strange powers and both need to come to terms with them because one of them represents the light and the

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Challenge, 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/08/13

The Challenge (2005)
Writer and director: Johannes Jaeger

review by Christopher Geary

Apparently derived from a short film, Kampfansage 2 (2002), The Challenge (aka: Kampfansage - Der letzte Schüler), translating as 'Challenge: The Last Apprentice' is reportedly

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Song for nero Review and Opinion

2018/04/02

A Song For Nero
Thomas Holt
Little, Brown hardcover £16.99

review by Duncan Lawie

A Song For Nero is an assault with a garrulous instrument. The narrator, Galen, starts talking at a hundred miles an hour and simply doesn't let up for 470 pages. Within a few paragraphs the reader is swept away by this character's immediacy and likeability and

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Ravenous Review and Opinion

2018/06/08

Ravenous (1998)
Director: Antonia Bird

review by Tony Lee

This curious vampire and cannibalism drama has an offbeat historical setting, in 1847 during the Mexican US war. It flirts with the Canadian Indian myth of the wendigo, a remnant of Algonquin folklore concerning an animal spirit that feeds upon human flesh, but doesn't exactly leap into bed with

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Witchblade Review and Opinion

2017/12/23

Witchblade (2000)

review by Michael Lohr

Not since the first seasons of Hercules and Xena or the Highlander television series has a mythic-oriented action/adventure series caught my attention with this much intensity and bravado.
   Witchblade has all the panache of the above shows but without any of the campy fare that (with

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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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Stone tape Review and Opinion

2018/03/11

The Stone Tape (1972)
Director: Peter Sasdy

review by Peter Schilling

Perhaps the most sought after item of genre TV from the pre-home video era, this DVD release is a top title from the British Film Institute's new range of archive TV productions. The Stone Tape was actually written by Nigel (Quatermass) Kneale for a Christmas ghost story

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Fallen angels Review and Opinion

2017/05/08

Fallen Angels (2003)
Director: Ian David Diaz

review by Steve Anderson

Every time Jeff Fahey stars in a cheap, poorly done piece of direct-to-video slop, an angel gets its wings. Right now, by my count, there are about three angels in heaven still taking the bus to work.

And you can tell right off that this one's going to be a doozy. We kick it

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Mothman prophecies Review and Opinion

2018/08/11

The Mothman Prophecies (2001)
Director: Mark Pellington

review by Michael Lohr

Raised in the mid-Ohio Valley (I was born in West Virginia and grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, my grandmother was born and raised in Point Pleasant, where all the sightings first occurred), I was always familiar with the legend of the 'mothman' and all the strange UFO

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Enterprise Review and Opinion

2019/02/10

Enterprise (2001)
Created by Rick Berman and Brannon Braga

review by Daniel G. Jennings

Since Enterprise won't be seen in Britain until February, I imagine that viewers on the other side of the Atlantic are wondering what the new Trek franchise is like. Since I'm a long time Star Trek fan and I've watched the few episodes broadcast

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Hitchhiker Review and Opinion

2019/03/07

Hitchhiker: A Biography Of Douglas Adams
M.J. Simpson
Hodder & Stoughton hardcover £18.99

review by Christopher Geary

With a foreword by TV producer John Lloyd, this meticulously researched but highly anecdotal biography gets started by demolishing - albeit somewhat apologetically - one of the key tales of Douglas Adams' meteoric rise to celebrity

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Jack and the beanstalk Review and Opinion

2018/11/07

Jack And The Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001)
Director: Brian Henson

review by Donald Morefield

The highlight of Britain's terrestrial TV viewing for Christmas 2003 was this wonderful updating of the fairy tale, offering an agreeably postmodernist and contemporised adaptation of the traditional story, while retaining all its best-loved elements. It opens

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Trailer park fairy tales Review and Opinion

2015/05/24

Trailer Park Fairy Tales
Matt Dinniman
Elastic paperback £5

review by Martin Drury

Matt Dinniman hops into an already overcrowded territory. In combining the mundane with the unusual he treads on the toes of the late Richard Laymon. In blurring the boundaries between the expected and the unexpected, Dinniman merely echoes the legend that is Roald Dahl

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Broken sword by poul anderson Review and Opinion

2019/05/27

The Broken Sword
Poul Anderson
Gollancz paperback £6.99

review by Patrick Hudson

The Broken Sword is a tale of vengeance and doom in Dark Age Britain, encompassing the human and fairy realms, a great war between elves and trolls and the mysterious plans of the gods themselves.
   When Orm, a Viking raider, murders an English lord and his

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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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Story of ricky Review and Opinion

2018/03/09

Story Of Ricky (1993)
Director: Nam Nai-choi

review by Christopher Geary

Based on Japanese manga Power King, this infamous and shamelessly OTT cult movie is set in the franchised prison of a futuristic dystopia and features scenes of delirious masochism and extreme violence. Produced as a live-action feature after two animated versions, Story

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Ghost Rider Review and Opinion

2017/04/17

Ghost Rider (2007)
writer and director: Mark Steven Johnson

review by Tony Lee

If there's a serious problem with this adaptation of the popular Marvel comic, it's simply that director Mark Steven Johnson (the maker of Daredevil) attempts too many things at once. Ghost Rider aims to be

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Perdido street station Review and Opinion

2018/07/07

Perdido Street Station
China Miéville
Del Rey paperback $7.95

review by Amy Harlib

China Miéville, author, at the time, of one previously published dark fantasy novel, King Rat, a very distinguished debut with a contemporary London setting as the backdrop of a clever reworking of the Pied Piper legend, ventured into far more phantasmagorical

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Scooby doo 2: monsters unleashed Review and Opinion

2016/09/16

Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Director: Raja Gosnell

review by Eric Turowski

I'm a fan, and I still do the 'Doo' when I see a rerun of the old cartoon (the original, mind you, "Scooby Doo, where are you!?" not the ones with the horrendous Scrappy, the new ones with real monsters, or even the 'movies' with special guest stars like Phyllis Diller

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Marebito Review and Opinion

2016/12/24

Marebito (2004)
Director: Shimizu Takashi

review by Gary McMahon

"Horror is actually an ancient wisdom that we find deep in the memory of our souls..."

With Ju-On: The Grudge, Shimizu Takashi gave us a typical J-horror offering

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Rose red Review and Opinion

2016/09/26

Rose Red (2001)
Director: Craig R. Baxley

review by Christopher Geary

Failing to be as entertaining as the critically hammered remake of The Haunting, and not even as 'scary' as the cinematic Scooby-Doo movies, this four-hour TV show

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