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Shaft (2019) (Reboot with Samuel L. Jackson).

February 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Shaft (2019) (Reboot with Samuel L. Jackson).

Here’s the trailer for the Shaft movie reboot with Samuel L. Jackson inhabiting the titular role he was surely born to play. This one reminds me of Life on Mars and its sequel, Ashes to Ashes, in that the very un-PC and unreconstructed Shaft (think Gene Hunt) is paired with his FBI agent son (think […]

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Hobbs & Shaw (action movie trailer).

February 1, 2019 | By | Reply More
Hobbs & Shaw (action movie trailer).

The Fast & Furious franchise gets its first spin-off as Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprise their F&F roles as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in Hobbs & Shaw. Ever since Hobbs (Johnson), an agent of the US Diplomatic Security Service, and Shaw (Statham), a former MI6 operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, […]

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Widows (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
Widows (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen (’12 Years a Slave’) commits a notable heist of his own that has nothing to do with his capable feminine felons’ gutsy gumptions in the gritty urban crime caper ‘Widows’. McQueen’s big score is assembling an all-star cast in this ultra-slick theft thriller, a casting heist of a different hue worth […]

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Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts (Crimewave Short Story Collections) (e-book review).

January 23, 2019 | By | Reply More
Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts (Crimewave Short Story Collections) (e-book review).

Crimewave Eleven: Ghosts features fourteen stories from an assorted bunch of talented authors culled from the magazine ‘Crimewave’, which is put out by the same publisher that does the Science Fiction and fantasy magazine ‘Interzone’. That should tell you what sort of mood to expect. I picked out a few interesting pieces. ‘Plainview Part One: […]

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John Wick 3 (trailer).

January 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
John Wick 3 (trailer).

In John Wick 3 – the third instalment of the action franchise – assassin John Wick returns with a $14 million price tag on his head and an army of bounty-hunting killers on his trail. After killing a member of the shadowy international assassin’s guild, the High Table, John Wick is excommunicado, but the world’s […]

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Deadpool 2 (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

January 12, 2019 | By | Reply More
Deadpool 2 (2018) (a film review by Frank Ochieng)

Deadpool rules! Okay, admittedly this is an unconventional way to segue into a film review without sounding like a giddy fanboy. Nevertheless, the costumed glib-sounding gladiator is back on the scene in ‘Deadpool 2’ up to his usual trivial tricks in the Marvel Universe. After making a sensational splash as the wise-cracking warrior with the […]

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Occult Detective Quarterly Presents edited by John Linwood Grant & Dave Brzeski (book review).

January 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
Occult Detective Quarterly Presents edited by John Linwood Grant & Dave Brzeski (book review).

Writing even a contemporary detective story at short length is difficult. It is not the setting of the scene that causes the problem but being able to show how the mind of the detective or, in some cases, the villain works. If there is insufficient space the detective has to either be regarded as an […]

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Polar (Netflix action movie: trailer).

January 7, 2019 | By | Reply More
Polar (Netflix action movie: trailer).

In the Netflix original, Polar, the world’s best assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser (played by ever-reliable actor Mads Mikkelsen), is well into his retirement when his former employer marks him as a kill-prospect to get their hands on his investment portfolio. Vizla finds himself back in the game going head to head with […]

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Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash by Joe Street (book review).

January 6, 2019 | By | Reply More
Dirty Harry’s America: Clint Eastwood, Harry Callahan, and the Conservative Backlash by Joe Street (book review).

For those who wonder what happens when I look through a catalogue, I do wonder when something unusual comes up is whether you people out there would be interested as well. I cover a lot of Eurospan’s distribution of SF-orientated non-fiction but they also cover a lot of other diverse subjects as well. I tend […]

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Triple Frontier (Cri-Fi movie from Netflix) (trailer).

December 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Triple Frontier (Cri-Fi movie from Netflix) (trailer).

In the film Triple Frontier, actors Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal play a long-serving U.S. Special Forces unit who retire out of the service & head back to Civvie Street, where they discover that all their twenty years shooting for the Man is good for is an inability to afford to […]

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