Special unit 2 Review and Opinion

2018/03/27

Special Unit 2 (2000)
Created and produced by Evan Katz

review by Daniel G. Jennings

This show works because it doesn't try to take itself too seriously. It tries to entertain and amuse us and succeeds admirably. The plot is simple - in an alternate reality a wide variety of mythical monsters such as trolls, gnomes, dragons, gargoyles, gremlins, etc.

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Frankenstein's Wedding Review and Opinion

2019/01/01

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A Special Place: The Heart Of A Dark Matter by Peter Straub Review and Opinion

2015/06/18

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Time out film guide Review and Opinion

2018/02/06

Time Out Film Guide
editor: John Pym
Penguin paperback £19.99 / $24.95

review by Christopher Geary

The 2004 edition is a weighty beast of a reference book, sharing many key contributors with the BFI's magazine Sight & Sound, yet having a rather brighter and less conservative and even more international outlook than you might expect from a book

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Hellboy, the art of the movie Review and Opinion

2016/04/17

Hellboy: The Art Of The Movie
Guillermo del Toro and Mike Mignola
Titan softcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

This book contains is the final shooting script by Guillermo del Toro (based on the comic series created by Mike Mignola), lavishly illustrated by Mignola, Wayne Barlowe, TyRuben Ellingson, Simeon Wilkins (a newcomer, enjoying his break

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Cave Review and Opinion

2017/08/17

The Cave (2005)
Director: Bruce Hunt

review by Tony LeeSpoiler Alert!This is a fairly standard SF-horror. Its script by Michael Steinberg and Tegan West was inspired by real world discoveries in the Movile Cave, near the Black Sea in Romania. Explored in the 1990s, this cave is home to over 30 new species

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Pirates of the carribean 2 Review and Opinion

2016/10/28

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Director: Gore Verbinski

review by Eric Turowski
Spoiler Alert!There's action, Johnny Depp prancing and staggering, more action, a lot of spoken exposition that confuses most people, poor dental hygiene, Johnny Depp prancing and staggering... yep, the new

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Deceiving eye, art of richard hescox Review and Opinion

2016/02/14

The Deceiving Eye: The Art Of Richard Hescox
Randy M. Dannenfelser
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Tony Lee

American illustrator Richard Hescox is not a fan of modernism or wholly abstract art. He prefers even surreal and impressionist paintings that successfully communicate a largely unambiguous message to the viewer. This first-ever collection

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Final destination Review and Opinion

2019/01/14

Final Destination (1999)
Director: James Wong

review by Jeff Young

Remember all those weirdly elaborate death scenes from classic horror movies like The Omen? Well, they're back to haunt us again in this witty supernatural thriller about predestination but, as the malaise of millennial anxieties fades now, the full impact of this efficient little

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Tarot of the cat people Review and Opinion

2018/02/20

Tarot Of The Cat People
Karen Kuykendall
US Game Systems paperback + card deck $29

review by Amy Harlib

Karen Kuykendall (recently deceased), an exceedingly talented Arizona-resident artist and writer, wrote the instruction book and designed the 78 cards for this unique and gorgeous tarot set, still readily available. Well-known for her fantasy artwork

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Men in black 2 Review and Opinion

2018/08/28

Men In Black II (2002)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

review by Gary Couzens

Five years on from the original Men In Black, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) is 'deneuralised'. He is working for the postal service with no memory of ever ridding the Earth of the scum of the universe. Meanwhile Agent J (Will Smith) continues to fight the fight, but none of his

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Jason x Review and Opinion

2018/11/02

Jason X (2002)
Director: Jim Isaac

review by Christopher Geary

The long running slasher movie series enters the realm of sci-fi for its tenth instalment, as Crystal Lake's indestructible madman, Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder), is awakened from cryogenic storage in the 25th century, only to find that his instinct for getting rid of horny teens is still

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Returner Review and Opinion

2018/05/25

Returner (2002)
Director: Takashi Yamazaki

review by Amy Harlib

A new Japanese science fiction action film with limited distribution (it's in Japanese and Mandarin with English subtitles) though heavily derivative of Hollywood genre pictures, still deserves to be seen and enjoyed by aficionados. Director Takashi Yamazaki's second feature (after the similarly

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Ares express by ian mcdonald Review and Opinion

2019/07/07

Ares Express
Ian McDonald
Earthlight paperback £7.99

review by Porl Broome

Oh dear, two of my least favourite literary subject matters: the Red Planet, and - gulp - trains. Still, I was careful to keep my stones un-cast until I'd at least given this novel a fair crack of the whip. The story follows the adventures of Sweetness Octave Glorious Honey-

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The Prisoner Companion and The Prisoner Handbook Review and Opinion

2018/06/14

The Prisoner: The Official Companion To The TV Series
Robert Fairclough
Carlton paperback £14.99

The Prisoner Handbook
Steven Paul Davies
Boxtree paperback £14.99

reviews by Christopher Geary

Although it will never be as popular worldwide as Star Trek, The Prisoner remains, arguably, the finest television series

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Tracker Review and Opinion

2018/01/29

Tracker (2001)
Created by Gil Grant

review by Michael Lohr

Adrian Paul (TV's Highlander) stars in a new Sci-Fi Channel series, Tracker. The debut episode of this series has to rate as one of the all-time classics for original science fiction on television. It was well written, very, very funny and extremely refreshing. Subsequent episodes

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Mobile suit gundam: char's counterattack Review and Opinion

2016/12/10

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (1988)
Writer and director: Yoshiyuki Tomino

review by Amy Harlib

The 2002 Big Apple Anime Festival included a very special event - a screening of a major production from creator, writer, director Yoshiyuki Tomino who, with years of experience in the anime field, achieved his greatest success with his epic series

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Mothman prophecies Review and Opinion

2018/08/11

The Mothman Prophecies (2001)
Director: Mark Pellington

review by Michael Lohr

Raised in the mid-Ohio Valley (I was born in West Virginia and grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, my grandmother was born and raised in Point Pleasant, where all the sightings first occurred), I was always familiar with the legend of the 'mothman' and all the strange UFO

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Dressing a galaxy: the costumes of star wars Review and Opinion

2016/02/03

Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars
Trisha Biggar
InsightEditions / Harry N. Abrams hardcover $50

review by Amy Harlib

Born in Scotland with training and experience gained in the UK, costume designer Trisha Biggar, with a preface by George Lucas and a foreword by Rick McCallum, pens the text for Dressing A Galaxy: The Costumes Of Star Wars

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The cell Review and Opinion

2019/05/13

The Cell (2000)
Director: Tarsem Singh

review by Jeff Young

Serial killer Carl Stargher (Vincent D'Onofrio) was raised and still lives in a world totally without love of any kind. We enter his subconscious via the familiar SF devices of virtual reality and brain-reading machinery to discover there's a timid young boy lost in the torture chambers and hellish

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Ephemera by neil williamson Review and Opinion

2016/01/19

The Ephemera
Neil Williamson
Elastic paperback £5.99

review by David Hebblethwaite

The Elastic Press collections are a great way to discover new authors, but they also offer the chance to rediscover authors, to give shape to the styles and concerns of writers you've read maybe once or twice

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Resident evil: apocalypse Review and Opinion

2016/10/04

Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
Director: Alexander Witt

review by Jeff Young

After her appearances in Luc Besson's classic The Fifth Element (1997), and Joan Of Arc, casting Milla Jovovich as the amnesiac security expert Alice in Resident

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Mists of avalon Review and Opinion

2018/08/19

The Mists Of Avalon (2001)
Director: Uli Edel

review by Steven Hampton

With King Arthur (2004) at the cinemas now, it's a good time to look back at this three-hour Mark Wolper production for TNT. With a teleplay by Gavin Scott adapting Marion Zimmer Bradley's feminist-oriented bestseller for the small screen, The Mists Of Avalon retells

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Embodiment of evil Review and Opinion

2017/05/21

Embodiment Of Evil (2008)
Director: José Mojica Marins

review by Paul Higson

Issue three of Tim Paxton's Monster International published an enthusiastic letter from reader Lux Interior. Oh, to have known what Mr Interior's opinion on the then-current issue might have been, as I was never to see another issue, particularly what he thought about

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Zombie chronicles Review and Opinion

2017/12/06

Zombie Chronicles (2002)
Director: Brad Sykes

review by Trent Walters

Movies don't come any worse than this... or is that any better? If the previews of other movies available from www.BrainDamageFilms.com are any indication, Zombie Chronicles is one in a long line of strictly and

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Equilibrium Review and Opinion

2019/02/09

Equilibrium (2002)
Writer and director: Kurt Wimmer

review by Steven Hampton

John Preston is a gun-toting martial arts' cleric, enforcing strict anti-emotion laws in the city-state of Libria. He confiscates books and burns paintings - including the famous Mona Lisa (original or forgery?), and routinely executes those who defy the system by feeling sentiment

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Love object Review and Opinion

2017/01/02

Love Object (2003)
Director: Robert Parigi

review by Jonathan McCalmont

Kenneth (Desmond Harrington) is a rather intense young man who works for a firm of tech writers. His apartment bare and his devotion to the job absolute, Kenneth is promised a large bonus, if he can produce an instruction manual for a gigantic and complex piece of government software

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Super-state by brian aldiss Review and Opinion

2018/02/27

Super-State: A Novel Of A Future Europe
Brian Aldiss
Orbit hardcover £16.99

review by Christopher Geary

This is expansive speculative fiction. It frames a big picture of diverse elements with a vast array of characters that spills over into the real world of today whenever we recognise an aspect of the political dogma being dissected, or a cultural

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Galaxy quest Review and Opinion

2018/12/21

Galaxy Quest (2000)
Director: Dean Parisot

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

A gentle but effective parody of science fiction television, notably Star Trek and its pop-icon culture, Galaxy Quest is a fun film to watch as a lampoon but also as a comedic story laced with exciting special effects. Just like Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein,

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Science fiction fantasy horror of 20th century illustrated history Review and Opinion

2019/08/02

Science Fiction Of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Frank M. Robinson
Horror Of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Robert Weinberg
Fantasy Of The 20th Century: An Illustrated History
Randy Broecker
Collectors Press hardcovers $60 each

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Cats &, dogs Review and Opinion

2019/05/14

Cats & Dogs (2001)
Director: Lawrence Gutterman

review by Emma French

Funny and diverting, Cats & Dogs never quite lives up to the excellence of its high concept. Two species secretly battling for world supremacy via an ultra-sophisticated underground espionage network is a terrific pitch, and though there is plenty done with it, flaws in both

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Journeyman Review and Opinion

2018/10/24

Journeyman: The Art of Chris Moore
Stephen Gallagher
Paper Tiger hardcover £20

review by Peter Schilling

A winning combination of genre and striking non-genre illustrations, and lengthy interview with Chris Moore, Journeyman is a must for all fans of SF, whether you're a collector of art-books or not. Stephen Gallagher elicits candid replies

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Unlucky monkey Review and Opinion

2018/01/13

Unlucky Monkey (1998)
Director: Sabu

review by Richard Bowden

Unlucky Monkey (aka: Anrakk� monk�) was the third film by writer and director Hiroyuki Tanaka (alias: 'Sabu'), who, over seven features, has established himself as one of Japan's leading comedic directors, establishing a growing reputation overseas. Eschewing the over-familiar repetitions

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Spider: king of crooks Review and Opinion

2015/06/22

The Spider: King Of Crooks
Jerry Siegel, Ted Cowan, and Reg Bunn
Titan hardcover £14.99 / $19.95

review by Andrew Darlington

For this 'Spider', there are no Peter Parker alter ego complications. No existential angst, no motivational crisis-moments of indecision. No other identity, no other life - in fact, there's never a time when he's not in costume

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Natural city Review and Opinion

2016/11/27

Natural City (2003)
Writer and director: Min Byung-chun

review by Christopher Geary

This Korean sci-fi epic is quite blatantly inspired by Blade Runner, but it's so lively in its depiction of science fiction hardware in urban settings, and wholly affectionate of it's source, that it doesn't feel like a tawdry rip-off, even when things like the

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X the unknown Review and Opinion

2017/12/13

X The Unknown (1956)
Director: Leslie Norman

review by Octavio Ramos Jr

One of Hammer's successful forays into science fiction laced with dark fantasy (much like the Quatermass series), X The Unknown attempts to create not so much horror (a guttural response to something frightening) but rather terror (a paralysing response to the unknown

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Ghost ship Review and Opinion

2018/12/17

Ghost Ship (2002)
Director: Steve Beck

review by Gary Couzens

In the early 1960s, the passengers on board the glamorous cruise liner Antonio Graza die a gruesome death by means of a steel cable. In the present day, a salvage crew led by Captain Murphy (Gabriel Byrne) and owner/crewmember Maureen Epps (Julianna Margulies) are approached by a young man

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Renderosity, digital art Review and Opinion

2018/05/29

Digital Art For The 21st Century: Renderosity
John Grant and Audre Vysniauskas
A.A.P.P.L. artbook £19.95

review by Steven Hampton

A laudable introduction to the world of computer-generated art, this large softcover is a superbly effective showcase for the portfolios of 21 digital artists, both newcomers and established professionals but all members

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Angel: the casefiles volume 1 Review and Opinion

2019/07/09

Angel: The Casefiles volume one
Nancy Holder, Jeff Marionette and Maryelizabeth Hart
Pocket paperback £12.99

review by Donald Morefield

It's not often that a spinoff TV show grows to become just as successful as the original series but, with Angel, creators Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt prove that not only does lightning strike twice, it's

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Troy Review and Opinion

2018/01/22

Troy (2004)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen

review by Hugh Slesinger

In Wolfgang Petersen's modern interpretation of Homer's epic poem The Iliad, the audience is witness to a spectacular display of cinematography and elaborate CGI sets, which serve as a backdrop for a storyline that substantially deviates from the original text, but manages to entertain

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Twins effect Review and Opinion

2018/01/20

The Twins Effect (2003)
Director: Dante Lam

review by Christopher Geary

Expert slayer Reeve (Ekin Cheng, The Avenging Fist, A Man Called Hero), of the Anti-Vampire League, loses his fighting partner

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Alien incursion Review and Opinion

2017/10/24

Alien Incursion (2006)
Director: Jeffrey Scott Lando

review by Alasdair Stuart

Ranger Kelly Jones (Kiara Hunter) is used to dealing with campers getting lost or injured, or even animal attacks. She's even used to her father Harry (Ken Roberts) and his survivalist mindset, hunkered down in a cabin in the woods, convinced that the government is out to

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Island 2005 Review and Opinion

2017/02/16

The Island (2005)
Director: Michael Bay

review by Tony Lee

Lincoln Six-Echo (Ewan McGregor, dogged survivor of Star Wars prequels) lives in a gleaming 21st century future where everything in life is usually 'nice'. If it's not very nice, there are doctors like the ever-smiling Merrick

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Broken, 2008 Review and Opinion

2017/09/12

Broken (2008)
Writer and director: Sean Ellis

review by Paul Higson

As the recession deepens filmgoers may think long and hard before handing over precious pennies on a cinema ticket. Peak time prices can hurt when you can alternatively see a several upcoming bands on a bill for not much more or might be able to spend clever on the ownership of several

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Time machine Review and Opinion

2018/02/09

The Time Machine (2002)
Directors: Simon Wells (and Gore Verbinski)

review by Gary Couzens

First published in 1895, H.G. Wells' novella is one of the founding texts of modern science fiction. A film version was inevitable once special effects were up to the task - indeed, those in George Pal's 1960 version won an Oscar. That 1960 version became a favourite

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Bride with white hair Review and Opinion

2019/05/30

The Bride With White Hair (1993)
Director: Ronny Yu

The Bride With White Hair 2 (1993)
Director: David Wu

reviews by Jeff Young

Made in 1993, this stunning fantasy romance takes us back to the generic style of A Chinese Ghost Story and Zu Warriors

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Peter pan Review and Opinion

2018/07/05

Peter Pan (2003)
Director: P.J. Hogan

review by Amy Harlib

Australian-born director P.J. Hogan, noted for his contemporary comedies (My Best Friend's Wedding and Unconditional Love, among others), tries his hand at fantasy to great success, bringing a character-driven sensibility to a refreshing live-action version of the classic story

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Dracula pages from a virgin's diary Review and Opinion

2017/06/05

Dracula - Pages From A Virgin's Diary (2002)
Director: Guy Maddin

review by Amy Harlib

Quirky, Canadian, independent, award-winning filmmaker and a cult favourite, Guy Maddin - most notably for Tales From The Gimli Hospital (1988), Careful (1992), and Twilight Of The Ice Nymphs (1997), presents his first feature in six years, an

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The Gathering Review and Opinion

2018/12/20

The Gathering (2002)
Director: Brian Gilbert

review by Paul Higson

No more stalling, having recently watched Michael J. Bassett's Deathwatch and Merlin Ward's Dead In The Water, to then so closely

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Pioneers of wonder Review and Opinion

2018/06/26

Pioneers Of Wonder - Conversations with the Founders of Science Fiction
Eric Leif Davin
Prometheus hardcover £27

review by Steve Sneyd

This is a book that definitely 'does what it says on the tin', and for anyone with even a passing interest in the extraordinary growth of the genre in 1930s

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