Notes On A Film: The Adventures of Tintin


Even though I haven’t been blogging regularly, I had to capture some of my thoughts about The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, if just for the fact that we in the UK got to see the film long before arriving on North American screens, which makes for a nice change. Despite the fact that I’m comic book…

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Review – Darkie’s Mob: The Secret War Of Joe Darkie and Johnny Red: Falcon’s First Flight


Darkie’s Mob: The Secret War Of Joe Darkie by John Wagner and Mike Western Johnny Red: Falcon’s First Flight by Tom Tully and Joe Colquhoun Published by Titan Books These two handsome hardbacks are part of a collection of reprints by Titan Books of some of the classic black and white stories originally published in Battle, the weekly British war…

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DVD Review: Shaolin


  I’ve been lucky enough to visit the Shaolin Temple when I went to China a few years back; I don’t think that the building itself is the original but that’s not the point. It’s what it represents: the Shaolin Temple isn’t necessarily the birthplace of martial arts but it is the birthplace of what our idea of martial arts…

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Selecting From The 52 New DC Titles


The first title in the ‘new’ DC universe of titles (I refuse to call it DCnU, which I think is very silly indeed but seems to have caught on) arrived yesterday in stores and online, both legally and unfortunately illegally, so it seemed about time to talk about the titles that interested me sufficiently to pick them up. An aside:…

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TV round-up 2011 part 3

Television: Half-Year Report Card Part 3


The final part of my summary of the things I’ve been watching on television in the first half of 2011. This selection is under the heading of comedy, which covers a broad spectrum. COMEDY Twenty Twelve I wasn’t sure that a documentary-style comedy about The Olympic Deliverance team coping with the pressure of organising the London 2012 Olympics would be…

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Television: Half-Year Report Card Part 2


The second part of my quick look at some of the television programmes in the first half of this year. Today I discuss those shows I’m going to label as ‘genre’, which includes sci-fi and detective television. GENRE Doctor Who I talked about the effects of budgetary problems on British television, which brings me to Doctor Who. Doctor Who is…

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TV round-up 2011 part 1

Television: Half-Year Report Card Part 1


As I did for my cinema habits of the first half of 2011, I’m jotting down a few notes on the various television programmes of interest that have passed my eyes. I’ve been watching a lot of dramas on the BBC (after they got a money infusion just before the stupid coalition government took it all away), but there’s a…

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