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Brightburn (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng]

June 3, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More
Brightburn (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng]

It would have been very interesting sitting inside a Hollywood movie studio board meeting when a pitch was made for a unique kind of horror film with super-hero overtones concerning an iconic Man of Steel as an intended reference:  ‘What if a young Clark Kent/future Superman arrived on Earth and decided to walk on the […]

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On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 29 no. 3-4 #110 (magazine review).

June 2, 2019 | By | Reply More
On Spec: The Canadian Magazine Of The Fantastic vol. 29 no. 3-4 #110 (magazine review).

Oddly, the folks at ‘On Spec’ have decided to combine two issues into one, an experiment. Apart from the double length, it’s the usual mix of fantasy and Science Fiction with a few editorials, articles, flash fiction bits and poems thrown in. I’ll pick out my personal favourites. Among the features is an extract from […]

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Mary Poppins Returns (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

May 31, 2019 | By | Reply More
Mary Poppins Returns (2018) (Blu-ray film review).

If anything, it’s unusual that it took so long for the Disney Studios to do another Mary Poppins film, especially as P.L. Travers wrote so many books about her most famous character. It also has to be very ambitious as the original 1966 film was perfect in every way. Well, apart from using an American […]

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Aladdin (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

May 30, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
Aladdin (2019) [a film review by Frank Ochieng].

Gather around in unison folks as the continuous chanting of ‘they should have left it well alone’ echoes against the Disney walls. Of course, when the first attempt to strike gold prevails then why not give it a shot the second time around? Unfortunately for the vibrant but lacklustre Guy Ritchie directed/co-written live-action take on […]

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The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2019, Volume 136 #741 (magazine review).

May 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jan/Feb 2019, Volume 136 #741 (magazine review).

The January/February 2019 issue of ‘The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction’ includes a novella, two novelettes and eight short stories, as well as the usual mix of non-fiction. I’ll review a selection of the pieces, starting with the longest item, the fantasy novella ‘The City Of Lost Desire’. This is Phyllis Eisenstein’s latest outing […]

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Single White Vampire (Argeneau Family book 1 or 3?) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

May 22, 2019 | By | Reply More
Single White Vampire (Argeneau Family book 1 or 3?) by Lynsay Sands (book review).

Knowing the best place to start is often a dilemma, whether the work in progress is a story, a novel or, in this case, a series of novels. Many authors will return to favoured characters and write about the events leading up to their first appearance in print. For Lynsay Sands ‘Argeneau Family’ saga, ‘Single […]

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Game of Thrones (Season eight episode six trailer).

May 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Game of Thrones (Season eight episode six trailer).

Here’s a little trailer for the season eight episode six trailer for the Game of Thrones TV series.

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Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (fantasy film: trailer).

May 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (fantasy film: trailer).

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is a fantasy movie picking up years after the events of Maleficent, in which audiences learned of the events that hardened the heart of one of Disney’s more notorious villain and drove her to curse a baby Princess Aurora. The film continues to explore the complex relationship between the horned fairy […]

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His Dark Materials (HBO TV series: season 1 trailer).

May 17, 2019 | By | Reply More
His Dark Materials (HBO TV series: season 1 trailer).

Here’s the trailer for the exciting new TV series from HBO, His Dark Materials, based on Philip Pullman’s steampunk trilogy of the same name, and starring James McAvoy, Clarke Peters, and Ruth Wilson. This first season follows Lyra, an ordinary but brave woman from an alternative world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a […]

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A Fantasy Medley 2 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

May 10, 2019 | By | 2 Replies More
A Fantasy Medley 2 edited by Yanni Kuznia (book review).

‘A Fantasy Medley 2’ is one of those ‘taster’ anthologies that feature stories from on-going series. The publisher’s cunning plan is to get you hooked on a set of characters and a fantasy setting so you buy all the books. If the tasters are good enough, it works. So do these four tales cut the […]

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