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Editorial – February 2016: Watch it again.

January 31, 2016 | By | Reply More
Editorial – February 2016: Watch it again.

Hello everyone Something that is synchronous with us genre geeks is that we repeatedly watch our favourite TV shows and films for a pastime. Some more than most. Me? I like to usually give a gap of a few years, especially with TV series as I find my eyes are often sharper for the detail […]

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The 2001 File: Harry Lange And The Design Of The Landmark Science Film by Christopher Frayling (book review).

January 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The 2001 File: Harry Lange And The Design Of The Landmark Science Film by Christopher Frayling (book review).

Even just doing a page flick of this book, ‘The 2001 File: Harry Lange And The Design Of The Landmark Science Film’ by Christopher Frayling is impressive. Harry Lange was the key designer on ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’, and from his pencil came the designs for all the technology from spacecraft, exterior and interior, to […]

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Shoot Like Scorsese by Christopher Kenworthy (book review).

January 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Shoot Like Scorsese by Christopher Kenworthy (book review).

No, ‘Shoot Like Scorsese’ has nothing to do with weapons, unless you consider a film camera as being one. Christopher Kenworthy picks out ten scenes from eight of Martin Scorsese films and explains the techniques used to get the most from his actors and emotional content. Kenworthy recommends you see the films before reading but, […]

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Rude Hand Gestures Of The World by Romana Lefevre (book review)

January 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Rude Hand Gestures Of The World by Romana Lefevre  (book review)

After reading Chronicle Books ‘How To Swear Around The World’ by Jason Sacher, I was interested in their companion book, ‘Rude Hand Gestures Of The World’ by Romana Lefevre, which came out first, which their nice publicist supplied me to review. For each one, there are two pages, one with descriptive detail and the other […]

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Aldous Huxley’s Hands by Allene Symons (book review).

January 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Aldous Huxley’s Hands by Allene Symons (book review).

Allene Symons memories of Science Fiction author Aldous Huxley comes largely from her father, Howard Thrasher, who knew the author when he was in the USA and mementoes from the time period putting things together as his starting point. The title ‘Aldous Huxley’s Hands’ comes from a reference how having particular types of hands can […]

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Editorial – January 2016: Who let the droids out?

January 3, 2016 | By | Reply More
Editorial – January 2016: Who let the droids out?

Hello everyone Y’know, I did a newspaper quiz about ‘Star Wars’ in December and knew I had over 80% correct without checking the answers. One tends to know which answers are correct as the first three films and their background from the 70s are ingrained so much. Equally, I also know which questions I can’t […]

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Macbeth (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 1, 2016 | By | Reply More
Macbeth (2015) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Slow and uninspiring, Justin Kurzel’s mutes all but Shakespeare’s words to take away any thrill from this version of the Scottish play. Lighting that obscures more than it illuminates mutes even the strength of the Shakespeare’s words. He cannot damage has good story, but he seems to be trying hard. Rating: low +2 on the […]

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The Fantastic Made Visible edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington (book review).

December 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Fantastic Made Visible edited by Matthew Wilhelm Kapell and Ace G. Pilkington (book review).

‘The Fantastic Made Visible’ has nothing to do with invisible films. The sub-title, ‘Essays On The Adaptation Of Science Fiction And Fantasy From Page To Screen’, is more explicit. As co-editor Ace G. Pilkington explains in the introduction, this book is all about looking at how key original stories were adapted into films with the […]

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Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Kepler And The Universe by David K. Love (book review).

As author David K. Love points out, Johannes Kepler was a man who made as many mistakes as he got right. He was also amongst the leading people in the 16th-17th centuries proving that the Earth was one of the planets that orbited the Sun which was seen as an outrageous at the time and […]

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Would you like pizza with that pizza?

December 4, 2015 | By | 2 Replies More
Would you like pizza with that pizza?

Hats off to Vinnie’s Pizzeria in New York (pronounced New Yawk, by the residents of Brooklyn, we are led to understand). They have introduced a new culinary revolution on the other side of the pond – to whit, pizza with pizza slices on top. Genius. Forget about your fancy fusion cusine and micro-helpings of food […]

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