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Alter Ego #139 May 2016 (magazine review).

April 24, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Alter Ego #139 May 2016 (magazine review).

With Roy Thomas’ 75th year, this edition of ‘Alter Ego’, is the second part of a massive interview by Jim Amash covering his freelancing career from 1990s to the present. The first part was ran in Alter-Ego # 136 which is a shame as it looks like I missed that. Although I’m not a fan […]

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Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years Of The Language Of Crime by Jonathon Green (book review).

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Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years Of The Language Of Crime by Jonathon Green (book review).

One thing that always fascinates us in our genre is the use of specialised words, hence the interest in Jonathon Green’s book, ‘Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years Of The Language Of Crime’. Even SF novels set in this period have a criminal element, knowing these words, source and meaning can add any amount of authenticity […]

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Rod MacDonald: a remembrance by: Geoff Willmetts.

April 19, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Rod MacDonald: a remembrance by: Geoff Willmetts.

We report the deaths of significant people in our genre on our site, but this is the first time I have to report the death of one of our own. This is for Rod MacDonald, as astute film reviewer and lover of Science Fiction and one of my earliest recruits to the SFCrowsnest team when […]

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Film Fatales Women In Espionage Films And Television, 1962-1973 by Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul (book review)

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Film Fatales Women In Espionage Films And Television, 1962-1973 by Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul    (book review)

As authors Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul point out in their introduction to their 2002 released book ‘Film Fatales Women In Espionage Films And Television, 1962-1973’, it was the James Bond films that put female co-stars on the map and moved them from not only being eye candy but pretty dangerous in their own right. […]

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Path Of The Eclipse: A Bali Trip by: Pauline Morgan

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Path Of The Eclipse:  A Bali Trip by: Pauline Morgan

No, this is not a review of another Chelsea Quinn Yarbro novel, this is a personal adventure to Indonesia in order to be present on the day of the recent Total Eclipse of the sun. Before anything, I must say that the whole expedition was brilliantly organised by David Phillips and his colleagues at Intrepid, […]

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Culloden/The War Game (1964/1965) (Blu-ray films review).

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Culloden/The War Game  (1964/1965) (Blu-ray films review).

War dominates this disc containing the films ‘Culloden’ and ‘The War Game’ from the BFI. Both movies are documentary/drama presentation of conflicts that took place which changed our lives forever. The first, ‘Culloden’, being the last battle fought on British soil, that between the Stuarts and the Hanoverians at Culloden near Inverness, in the year […]

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Black Mama White Mama (1973) (film blu-ray review).

April 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Black Mama White Mama (1973) (film blu-ray review).

In 1958, Tony Curtis and Sydney Poitier made a movie called ‘The Defiant Ones’ where two escapees from prison were shackled together on the run. This movie, ‘Black Mama, White Mama’, from 1972, is somewhat similar in that two women, Lee Daniels (Pam Grier) and Karen Brent (Margaret Markov), escape from custody despite being at […]

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Count your DVD/Blu-ray viewings: change to law means everyone must pay-per-view!

April 1, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Count your DVD/Blu-ray viewings: change to law means everyone must pay-per-view!

Shocking news has reached our ears in the UK that the major DVD/Blu-ray companies have united to collect royalties from all people who’ve watched their products more than six times, which they say, is generous. The cost is uncertain, but as most of the population don’t watch their collection more than a couple of times, […]

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Editorial – April 2016: The necessity of deadlines.

March 28, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Editorial – April 2016: The necessity of deadlines.

Hello everyone Editorial ideas come from all over the place. Oddly, this one came from a discussion with someone I know who although retired and despite having all the time in the world was finding it difficult to complete anything, especially on the creative front. My comment back was the necessity of setting deadlines to […]

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The Director’s Six Senses by Simone Bartesaghi (book review).

March 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Director’s Six Senses by Simone Bartesaghi  (book review).

The book ‘The Director’s Six Senses’ by Simone Bartesaghi is not about revealing a special extra sense needed by directors to make film but the awareness they have to have during production. Directing is very much a visual/tactile thing and often creating an illusion in the camera frame. Bartesaghi does a convincing test visual of […]

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