TV Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Season Two (2009-2010)

The second season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars improves on every aspect of the first. Most of my criticisms of the first season were dealt with throughout this second one. No more lacklustre stories. The show has a new confidence, its creators ready to contribute important stories to the Star Wars mythos. Not only […]

Book Review: Double Indemnity (1943) by James M. Cain

I had killed a man, for money and a woman. I didn’t have the money and I didn’t have the woman. When I heard Fred MacMurray say that line at the beginning of Billy Wilder’s classic film noir, Double Indemnity (1944), I didn’t realise that it was one of the few instances in the film […]

TV Review: Mr. Robot, Season One (2015)

Mr. Robot, at its core, sounds like the plot from a trashy young adult novel. A hacker with debilitating social anxieties decides to start a worldwide revolution by destroying the evil corporation that killed his father. He’s joined on the way by a group of kooky hackers who all have personal stakes in the work. […]

IT’S ALIVE! The Universal Monsters Saga, Part 3: The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Welcome to the second part of my new special column series, IT’S ALIVE! The Universal Monsters Saga, in which I talk about each of the classic Universal Monsters films from the 1920s—1950s. Today we look at the masterful The Cat and the Canary (1927), directed by Paul Leni. If you wish to have a look at past […]

Comic Review: Strange Fruit #001 (2015)

Storytellers: J. G. Jones & Mark Waid, Art: J. G. Jones, Lettering: Deron Bennett After the massive controversy surrounding the first issue of Strange Fruit, I thought it time to read the issue myself and write something about it. I’ve been looking forward to the series since it was announced. Mark Waid is one of […]

Comic Review: Aliens: Salvation (1993) Premiere-Edition Hardcover (2015) Review

Script: Dave Gibbons, Pencils: Mike Mignola, Inks: Kevin Nowlan, Colours: Matt Hollingsworth, Lettering: Clem Robins I was fairly excited for the release of this graphic novel. I had previously read the first volume of Dark Horse Comics’ Aliens omnibus, which I thought was compelling material. It was easily better than Alien3 (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997), and […]

IT’S ALIVE! The Universal Monsters Saga, Part 2: The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Welcome to the second part of my new special column series, IT’S ALIVE! The Universal Monsters Saga, in which I talk about each of the classic Universal Monsters films from the 1920s—1950s. Today we look at the very greatest of Universal’s silent horror films, the bombastic and horrifying The Phantom of the Opera (1925), directed by Rupert […]