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February 17th 2019 *Update* Feature/Interview & Reviews.
In The Genuine Article category, The Manga Phenomenon/Interview with Andy Frain, Managing Director of Manga UK. In the You Won’t Believe Your Ears! (audio dramatisations) category you’ll find an in-depth original review and a remastered CD review of the excellent Batman – Knightfall, by Audio Movie by maestro Dirk Maggs. In the Interstellar Landscapes (SF/Fantasy) category you’ll find reviews of the Complete 1970s/1980s live action series of The Incredible Hulk (Bill Bixby & Lou Ferrigno) on Blu-ray, and the three spin-off TV movies released in a DVD box set. To accompany them, in the Holy Animation, Batman category, there are reviews of the animated films Planet Hulk and Hulk Vs. Wolverine. In the What’s the Score category there are reviews of two very good film soundtracks, Ruin Me, and Grindhouse: Planet Terror. The Cosmic, Man! (Music) category has reviews of album releases from The Kut, and The Black Angels.
January 27th 2019 *Update* Interview & Reviews.
My first Interview with writer/producer/director of Radio/Audio Dramatisations Dirk Maggs (1995) in The Genuine Article category. Plus, reviews of his two Judge Dredd releases in the You Won't Believe Your Ears category.
January 3rd 2019 *Update* 13 Reviews Added.
1950s Monster B-Movie Reviews: We look at the classic Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Tingler (Vincent Price), The Amazing Colossal Man and its sequel War of the Colossal Beast. We look at Crime Thrillers Q & A (Nick Nolte) and High Crimes (Morgan Freeman). In Animated Superheroes we explore Spider-Man Unlimited: The Complete Series. In Music Reviews we examine releases by Airbourne and Circle of Reason. In Soundtrack Reviews we assess Jeepers Creepers 3 and The Strangers Prey at Night. In Radio Dramatisations & Audio Book Reviews we study Victor Pemberton's Dark, and Wolf.
December 16th 2018
MEMORIES OF AN AGEING ROCKER: NEW & UPDATED (Paperback) Published.
December 11th 2018
MEMORIES OF AN AGEING ROCKER: NEW & UPDATED (eBook) Published.
October 16th 2018 *Update* New Category Added.
The Real Article is a new category for features, interviews and articles. We begin with an in-depth feature and picture gallery, featuring my favourite film director of all time: John Carpenter.
September 17th 2018 *Update* 15 Reviews Added.
1950s Monster B-Movie Reviews: We look at two George Pal films (who made The War of the Worlds): Destination Moon (written by Robert Heinlein) and Conquest of Space. We also look at the timeless Japanese film Godzilla. Science Fiction & Fantasy Reviews: We look at Season Four of the excellent groundbreaking SF TV series Babylon 5. We also look at Babylon 5: The Legend of the Rangers, a TV movie and proposed spin-off series. Crime/Thriller/Mainstream Reviews: We look at the Crime Thrillers Reeseville (Mark Hamill) and Protection (Stephen Baldwin). Animated Superhero Reviews: We explore two releases from the quirky Superhero Squad. Music Reviews: We examine releases from the bands Brutus and Loom. Soundtrack Reviews: We assess Hammer Horror Classic Themes 1958-1974 and Happy Death Day. Radio Dramatisations & Audio Books Reviews: We return to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with The Tertiary Phase (based on the Douglas Adams book Life, the Universe And Everything. The reviews cover the CD and special DVD versions.
August 18th 2018 *Update* 17 Reviews Added.
Radio Dramatisations & Audio Books: We turn to Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and its follow-up Dirk Gently: The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul, starring Harry Enfield. Dramatised by Dirk Maggs from the books by Douglas Adams. Film Soundtracks: we turn to Vault of Horror - The Italian Collection and The Saw Anthology. Music Reviews: we examine releases from True Moon, Third Eye Blind, and Deathcrush. 1950s Monster B-Movie Reviews: we pay tribute to another classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man. We also look at the Hammer film X The Unknown. We also examine The Trollenberg Terror (which replaces the proposed The Thing From Another World - coming soon). Science Fiction & Fantasy Reviews: we look at Seasons 2 & 3 of the excellent SF series Babylon 5. Crime/Thriller/Mainstream Reviews: we evaluate William (The Exorcist) Friedkin's Sorcerer, and Crime Thriller Hell's Kitchen (Angelina Jolie). Animated Superhero Reviews: we turn to DC Comics with Batman Ninja, Superman: The Last Son of Krypton, and Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World.
July 14th 2018 *Update* 20 Reviews Added.
Two New Review Categories.
Radio Dramatisations & Audio Books: we begin this category with The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase and The Secondary Phase. These are the first two radio serials by Douglas Adams, following the stories of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and The Restaurant At the End of the Universe. Film Soundtracks: in the second of the new review categories we begin with The Stephen King Soundtrack Collection. The Soundtrack reviews which were already in the Music category have been moved to this new category. Music Reviews: we examine releases from the psychedelic Oranssi Pazuzu, rock mainstays Treetop Flyers, and Devil Gone Public. 1950s Monster B-Movie Reviews: we pay tribute to not only, arguably, the best example in this category, but an all-time science fiction classic, The Day the Earth Stood Still. We also look at Plan 9 From Outer Space, notoriously considered by many to be the worst film from this era. We also examine It - The Terror From Beyond Space, which is thought to have been the inspiration for Ridley Scott's Alien. Science Fiction & Fantasy Reviews: we look at my original review of The Day the Earth Stood Still (Michael Rennie) as well as the space drama, The Right Stuff (Ed Harris, Fred Ward, Sam Shepard) and the precursor to Gerry Anderson's UFO, Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Ed Bishop, Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry). Crime/Thriller/Mainstream Reviews: we evaluate the biopic The Kid Stays in the Picture, and Crime Thrillers City By the Sea, Ararat, and The Long Lunch. Animated Superhero Reviews: we turn our attention to the X-Men with four releases from the X-Men Evolution series.
June 20th 2018
*Update* 18 Reviews Added.
In the 1950s Monster B-Movie Reviews, we examine: The Monster that Challenged the World, The Man From Planet X and It Came From Outer Space. In the Science Fiction & Fantasy Reviews category we look at Equilibrium (Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Sean Bean), Pitch Black (Vin Diesel), and The Chronicles of Riddick - Dark Fury (Vin Diesel). In the Crime/Thriller/Mainstream section we review One Eyed King (William Baldwn), Taking Lives (Angelina Jolie, Ethan Hawke, Kiefer Sutherland), Plain Dirty (Dominique Swain, Henry Thomas and Karen Allen), and The Guilty (Bill Pullman). In the Animated Superhero area we revisit the webhead with Spider-Man 5000 (Volumes 1 to 4). The Music reviews tab listens to releases from Europe, Five Finger Death Punch, and Death By Unga Bunga.
June 5th 2018
PSYCHOTICA (New Book Published).
May 3rd 2018
Apologies to all those people expecting an update long before now. I've had stuff going on, but I'm back on track and intending to make my postings more regular.
This time there are reviews of a great EP by Heylel, a CD by Shotgun Rodeo, and another EP from Schizo Reject Asylum (in the Music category); reviews of the original series of The Outer Limits - Seasons 1 & 2, Death Race 2000, and Flash Gordon (in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category); reviews of the action thrillers, Breakdown (starring Kurt Russell), King of Ants (Daniel Baldwin), Sleepless Town and Deep End (in the Crime/Thriller & Mainstream Category); reviews of The Mighty Thor Complete 1966 series, The Fantastic Four Complete Animated TV Series (1978), and Iron Man Armoured Adventures (in the TV Animated Superheroes category); and (in the 1950s Monster B-Movie category) brand new reviews of The Leech Woman, The Mole People, Tarantula, and The Beast With a Million Eyes. Another 18 added reviews.
January 3rd 2018
The spotlight in two categories is on writer/director/musician John Carpenter. There are Reviews of Halloween - The Sound of Evil, the remastered vinyl of Christine, and the soundtracks to Dark Star/Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog (in the Music category); Reviews of The John Carpenter Collection (seven films), plus individual reviews of Escape From New York, and two separate releases of Dark Star (in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category); Reviews of the comedies Brian Pern Series 1-3, The Man Who Sued God, Wilt, and Bless This House (in the Crime/Thriller & Mainstream Category); Reviews of The Incredible Hulk complete 1966 and 1982 serials and the Hulk and She-Hulk series (in the TV Animated Superheroes category); and (in the 1950s Monster B-Movie category) brand new reviews of The Killer Shrews, The Monolith Monsters, and The Mysterians. That's 18 added reviews.
November 1st 2017
Includes: Reviews of the Superstars DVD, and Stratovarius and The Jokers CDs (in the Music category); Review of The Ultimate Matrix Collection, plus individual reviews of The Matrix Reloaded and the excellent The Animatrix (in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category); Reviews of the Fritz Lang movies Dr Mabuse the Gambler, and The Testament of Dr Mabuse, Plus One Hour Photo (in the Crime/Thriller & Mainstream Category); Four reviews to complete our examination of the Original 1967 Spider-Man animated series (in the TV Animated Superheroes category); and (in the 1950s Monster B-Movie category) brand new reviews of Robot Monster, Fiend Without a Face, and Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman. There is also an Introduction piece for this latter category - which you can access by clicking on the image.
September 25th 2017
Sent out batches of email and text notifications for new site.
September 23rd 2017
Chased-up requested permission to use certain material (unfortunately, I can't reveal exactly what that is yet) in my forthcoming serial killer murder mystery work of fiction.
September 21st 2017
Completed website. This has proved to be a fairy long process, partly because I kept changing my mind about the content and layout! I felt it better to build the site slowly over a number of days than announce it half-cocked, so to speak.
September 17th 2017
Created website email email@example.com
August 28th 2017
Began planning layout of new website.
August 24th 2017
Set up domain A Dark and Scary Place.
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