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Short ‘n Curlies #31 by Si Spurrier

The Keyboard Is My FuckMonkey: Okay.  A few final squeezings from the citric tumour I’ve been mercilessly wringing-out this past couple of weeks, concerning the whole Western-World Superhero / comic-book / industryrape / storydeath Thing.  My ramblespleen has been infected with obsession, and I must Splurge For Closure. See, it’s occurred to me that all […]

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #36: Filmmaking Is An Altered State

While typing with the BAFTA Awards in the background, I’m given to thinking about the exalted position Movies still hold, even as the medium and industry are in danger of becoming socially irrelevant due to the rising costs of production in a bad economy. Movies still carry Glamour and Mystique for people. Even when they […]

Short ‘n Curlies #30 by Si Spurrier

The KeyBoard Is My FuckMonkey: Some extra-curricular thoughts on the whole “Superheroes: Good Or Bad For Comics” debate, which has been raging — RAGING! Like a furious mayfly! — all week long, in the echoing and desolate hallways of my brainbox. Over the past several years a few sneaky writerly types have attempted something a […]

Mark Millar Talks About His Aborted Superman Revamp

I knew it would only be a matter of time before a media source would talk to Millar about those Superman movie plans again, in the light of Warener Bros’ decision to shit rather than get off the pot. IGN has the video.

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #35: Make Your Own Zombiepocalypse

The Zombiepocalypse has been normalized. Nowadays, you won’t go into a video shop or a comic shop without seeing a new zombie title. I just go, “Here we go again.” It didn’t use to be like this, of course. The horror genre used to be considered disreputable. Teenagers liked it because we could piss off […]

Short ‘n Curlies #29 by Si Spurrier

The KeyBoard Is My FuckMonkey: It’s been a while since I said much about comics here. Apparently — on the grounds that this is a comics-related column, hosted by a comics-related website, packed full of more comics-related stuff than even the creepiest Panel-Fetishist could shake a pink veiny Bat-schlong at — I’m obliged to occasionally […]

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #34: Why A Movie?

As Rich reported last week, many news outlets would only report on the prospect of a WATCHMEN sequel by speculating on the prospect of a movie sequel rather than any follow-ups to the comic. Leaving aside the laziness and incompetence of the journalists in question, what I wondered was, Why the need to bring up […]

VIDEO: International Kick-Ass Trailer

Here’s the international Kick Ass poster. Empire gives it five stars apparently. I’m still not allowed to tell you what I gave it, bloody embargo. Anyway, here’s the new international trailer…

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #33: When Live Is Dead On Arrival

To those of us who aren’t American, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE is touted as an American pop culture institution. It’s been around since the 1970s, It’s considered a weekly ritual and event, the type of show where people talk about it at work the following Monday. Pop stars and actors are said to have arrived when […]

VIDEO: Seventeen Seconds Of The Losers

The Losers. Based on the reinvented DC comic book by Andy Diggle and Jock, highly anticipated action movie, with chaps like Idris Elba doing their thing… let’s have a flashy quick peek of some footage… but do turn up your volume!

Short ‘n Curlies #28 by Si Spurrier

BrainFart: I’m ill, screw you. Gripped by lugubrious fevers, somersaulting fuzzily through the Paracetamol Nebula, I have ditched the idea of Real Actual Work and seized instead the chance to squirt, bleed and spume my self-pity all over you. Nothing helps a bad mood — as that sage and venerable prophet Calvin once explained to […]

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #34: Now We Live In Science Fiction

We don’t have flying cars or jetpacks or condos on a terraformed Mars, but we have video games to tide us over while we wait. The last few weeks have seen a bombardment of advertising for MASS EFFECT 2, the new Science Fiction role-playing game from Bioware and Electronic Arts. There have been posters all […]

Preview: Chris Morris’ Four Lions – Finding The Fun In Terrorism

The movie Four Lions premieres at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Forget Iron Man 2, Kick Ass and Alice In Wonderland, this is my most anticipated movie of the year. Written and directed by the incomparable Chris Morris, creator of Brass Eye and Jam, this movie is a comedy about four British jihadists planning […]

Short ‘n Curlies #27 by Si Spurrier

I Fakt You, Right In The Face: So. We’ve all heard that one about the ice-hearted sleazy government fuckoids who have, using arcane Mathematical Practices, worked out in actual real Dollars how much you’re worth. Yes? The actual monetary-value of a living moving communicating human creature. Yes. Probably we’ve all scoffed, haven’t we, in violin-dirgeing […]

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #33: Dumb Thrillers Keep Us Dumb

I already reviewed the HUMAN TARGET pilot back during the upfronts, but some thoughts lingered in my head, especially after Fox put it on with the premiere of the latest season of 24 on Sunday night. Looking at it again doesn’t make me change my mind about it, and having 24 on only compounds what […]

Short ‘n Curlies #26 by Si Spurrier

BrainFart: Suicide bombers. Fucking idiots, really. I mean, yes, no, no, let’s not get ourselves drawn into a philosophical argument about the existence (or otherwise) of Causes Worth Dying For. Think of the children, think of the children, fuck off. I’d kill for a nice cup of tea, FAKT, but die for it? Nuh-uh. Daft, […]

Superman TV Ad For EDF Energy

EDF Energy have been running a series of ads by Euro RSCG consisting entirely of recycled clips of other shows. Well, they’ve just done a Superman special; That’s a whole lot of Supermen. And he makes a great Kermit.

Look! It Moves! by Adi Tantimedh #32: The Long Reach of Tarkovsky’s Zone

About once every month, I find myself thinking about the films of Andrei Tarkovsky or talking about them with friends. I suppose he’s being held as a kind of arthouse cinematic ideal these days because he was one of the last directors who could work with major resources to create movies that weren’t commercial but […]

Short ‘n Curlies #25 by Si Spurrier

Plugged I don’t like strangers. Actually, that’s not entirely true. Under certain very narrowly defined conditions, usually involving Profound Silence, Extreme Stillness, and Utter Lack Of Irritating Smells, I rather enjoy meeting new people. Once in a while I’m even tempted to learn more about the fuckers, though I’d rarely act on it.  It’s just […]