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Making Movie Magic by John Richardson (book review).

March 22, 2020 | By | Reply More
Making Movie Magic by John Richardson (book review).

The sub-title of John Richardson’s book, ‘Making Movie Magic’, is ‘A Lifetime Creating Special Effects For James Bond, Harry Potter, Superman & More’. Quite why ‘Aliens’, more so as it won an Oscar for special effects, wasn’t included on the cover but then you’d be adding a lot more films and there simply isn’t enough […]

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Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko (book review).

March 6, 2020 | By | Reply More
Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television by Karen A. Romanko (book review).

The sub-title of Karen A. Romanko’s book, ‘Women Of Science Fiction And Fantasy Television’, is ‘An Encyclopedia Of 400 Characters And 200 Shows’. Any geek-minded person would have to ask how can she be so precise a number or does it make better copy for the cover? She gets around that by having an ‘Honorable […]

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Pulling A Rabbit Out A Hat: The Making Of Roger Rabbit by Ross Anderson (book review).

January 5, 2020 | By | Reply More
Pulling A Rabbit Out A Hat: The Making Of Roger Rabbit by Ross Anderson (book review).

The title of Ross Anderson’s book, ‘Pulling A Rabbit Out A Hat: The Making Of Roger Rabbit’, should clue you into what the subject matter is here. There is an apology in the introduction that Disney wouldn’t play ball and supply photos from the film for the book. Then again, reading how they bought the […]

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Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

December 29, 2019 | By | Reply More
Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy Volume 1: Essays On Film, 2012-2019 edited by Valerie Estelle Frankel (book review).

Looking at the book title, ‘Fourth Wave Feminism In Science Fiction And Fantasy’, you would have to ask what exactly is ‘Fourth Wave Feminism’? Actually, it is called the Bechdel Test. From their definition it is having more than one female lead and they must talk between themselves about any subject but the men and […]

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Hung, Drawn And Executed – The Horror Art Of Graham Humphreys (book review).

December 10, 2019 | By | Reply More
Hung, Drawn And Executed – The Horror Art Of Graham Humphreys (book review).

I suspect a lot of you have seen artist Graham Humphreys’ art without necessarily associating who actually did it. As you should be able to tell from the title, ‘Hung, Drawn And Executed – The Horror Art Of Graham Humphreys’, he specialises in horror film posters, book covers, horror convention posters and commissions. He shows […]

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The Art Of Frozen II by Jessica Julius (book review).

December 5, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Frozen II by Jessica Julius (book review).

In many respects as I was reading Jessica Julius’ book, ‘The Art Of Frozen II’, I wondered as it was based in the autumn, perhaps it had the wrong title or at least could do with a sub-title. Interestingly, in the text the film is referred to as ‘Frozen 2’ but not on the cover. […]

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Alien Vault by Ian Nathan (book review).

November 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
Alien Vault by Ian Nathan (book review).

If anything, I’m surprised that there hasn’t been an ‘Alien Vault’ before now until I discovered that it was originally printed in 2011 by Voyageur Press. Whether there is any difference between the two editions is hard to say but if you missed it then, now is the opportunity to get a copy. Ian Nathan’s […]

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TV Noir: Dark Drama On The Small Screen by Allen Glover (book review).

September 24, 2019 | By | Reply More
TV Noir: Dark Drama On The Small Screen by Allen Glover (book review).

Everyone here has probably heard of Film Noir, the dramatised dark underbelly of the world we live in. It got its name largely because as the reverse of the light and gay (the old meaning of happy) fantasy highlife as depicted in many films of that period. Film Noir filmed in the gap for those […]

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The World Of IT by Alyse Wax (book review).

September 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
The World Of IT by Alyse Wax (book review).

I’m glad I watched the first IT (2016) film before reading this book, ‘The World Of IT’. Considering the current lack of availability, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a boxset coming out any time soon. Alyse Wax, in her introduction, points out the first film made $123 million in its first weekend and a […]

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They Drew As They Pleased Volume 5: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s by Didier Ghez (book review).

September 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
They Drew As They Pleased Volume 5: The Hidden Art Of Disney’s Early Renaissance: The 1970s and 1980s by Didier Ghez (book review).

For the fifth volume of ‘They Drew As They Pleased’, Didier Ghez only covers two designers at Disney and, as he points out in the introduction, this late period in Disney history hasn’t really been covered before. With the old guard retiring and Walt Disney himself dead in 1966, they needed some decent all-rounders to […]

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