Year: 2019

Unseen Shadows: Blood Cries Out

Jonathan Bishop has a problem. Several in fact. A self-styled vigilante, Bishop relies on his faith and his one friend to keep his life on balance. But when a techno-cult successfully binds an angel and the man who ‘made’ Bishop comes knocking, his quiet(ish) life falls apart. Writer Cy Dethan has tremendous fun here, playing in Barry …

Unseen Shadows: Blood Cries Out

Spookids Issue 1

I’m a fan of Marc Jackson‘s work. You may be able to tell.  His frantic style and glorious sense of humour have lit up countless books. And now, with his latest he’s taking on Stranger Things and classic 1980s weird. Eric is an inventor, brilliant, gifted, and a little off kilter. Bud, his best friend, is the Beaker to his …

Spookids Issue 1

Girl on the Third Floor

Don Koch (CM Punk) used to be somebody. Nohe’s a home owner with a home to rebuild, an ego to go with it and nothing but time before his pregnant wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) moves in. How hard can it be? Oh, Don. Written by Travis Stevens, Paul Johnstone and Ben Parker and directed …

Girl on the Third Floor

My Genre Non-Fiction Fever Dream

(Image courtesy of Daily Planet) Earlier this week Barnes&Noble shut their teen and SF blogs. I never had the privilege of writing for the first but did a good chunk of work for the second and it was always a fun, welcoming place to be. With it gone, the paying markets for genre non-fiction, by …

My Genre Non-Fiction Fever Dream

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans

Atti (Sebastian Croft) has a problem. Drafted to the UK for a crime he absolutely committed (But which was, in fariness, very funny) he’s bested by Orla (Emilia Jones). Orla, it turns out, has her own set of problems. She’s the daughter of Arghus (Nick Frost),a Celtic chieftain who insists on keeping her off the …

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans

Ad Astra

Here are three statements which are going to seem contradictory. Ad Astra tries very hard to explore the horrors of toxic masculinity. It succeeds, but does so in a way that will actively annoy many audiences.. You should probably watch it anyway. In the near(ish) future, Major Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) is working on the kilometers tall …

Ad Astra

Criminal: UK

Every now and then you find yourself admiring something for its purity, if not necessarily it’s beauty. Criminal: UK, is one quarter of the four country justice tour that Netflix have just released. Each 45 minute episode unfolds inside ‘The Box’ where a suspect is being interrogated. All we know is the elemental nature of the …

Criminal: UK

Wu Assassins Season 1

Wu Assassins, on paper, is the exact sort of urban fantasy cheese I run headlong at. Iko Uwais, the astonishing lead of The Raid movies, starts as Kai Jin. An Indonesian-Chinese chef and the adopted son of Triad leader Uncle Six (Byron Mann), Kai discovers that he is the Wu Assassin. Five elemental powers have echoed down …

Wu Assassins Season 1

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock

That was FUN! He said with a combination of relief and surprise! Here’s the thing, I don’t mind Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom. Fallen Kingdom, whatever the Hell literally every decision made about Toby Jones’ character was aside, is actually a surprisingly good and emotionally resonant time. The commodification of the dinosaurs makes perfect sense, as does the way that …

Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock

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