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Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:23

Previously on Person of Interest...  3 awesome years of captive storytelling, ruthless action and some damned fine suits.

But seriously, Year One introduced us to the core members of the show:
Harold Finch (Michael Emmerson... YAY!!!), a genius computer science programmer, whose previous injuries have left him with limited movement, and obfuscated resources that seemed at times to be without limit and access to 'The Machine' which provided him with the Social Security number of a person whose immediate future was either that of a criminal or a victim.
John Reese (Jim Caveizel... who IS Jesus), an ex-cia black-ops specialist whose field experience and personal detachment from events is second to none, hired by Finch to execute interventions covertly and provide either protection or a thoroughly unleasant whupping.
Detective Jocelyn Carter (Taraji P...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 12:11

This is not an action movie; it's a sci-fi.

That's the first and foremost statement that I feel compelled to drop the moment this article starts simply because the trailer, whilst showing lumps of sci-fi seems to be spoiling its audience for a rip-roaring Black Widow fest.  And in my humble opinion, that's a good thing: we need a rockin' female bad-ass on the screens that isn't just some hyped up bint - Scarlet's been bashing away at action scenes for a while now and until Avengers Assemble wasn't really getting taske with anything overtly complex in the whup-ass department, until that fiesty Joss Whedon introduction.

But that's not what Luc Besson had planned for this movie.  And, it's fair to say, that Besson is one of my favourite French directors, easily within the top 3.  And now I suspect I should qualify why I need the sub cateogory of 'French directors'...  You see, as far as I'm concerned, the French bring a very specific flavour to their...

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Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 15:22

Is it fair to still give the same rating to the sequel, which, in part, could be considered to be better than the first BUT since I'm reticent to hand out more than one 10 Rating a year for fear of being marked 'too easy to please'?  Could I see how this work could have been improved?  Not really.  Could there be anything about the work that seemed 'off' or incomplete, as though it had been rushed or offer the opportunity for a childish slighting of some description just to justify my pathological fear of being judged dimly by my peers?  Perhaps, but I didn't spot it...

In fact, I feel it's fair to say that I'd already ordered the seuqel to Leviathan's Wake before I'd even completed the first book because I wanted to know where this was going and hoped, almost prayed to the Gods of Decent Fiction and Storytelling, that the sequel wouldn't just be that book that got turfed out of the publishers office because the first one did well and it'd sell alright...

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 12:30

Here comes a post-review mini-rant, but I swear I'll try to make this interesting for those of you that have absolutely no interest in the gaming industry... Wink

The gaming industry is a pig.  Heck, that's an insult to pigs...
The gaming industry is a... nevermind... there's a lot of insulting to be done at this rate, so I'm going to cut through there like a diamond D4 cuts through glass and feet - but as I have said on several occassions, the industry itself has suffered through periods of all the best reasons for not being popular as a hobby or as a literary piece:

1> They're referred to as Rulebooks.  When most folks seem to think of rulebooks, they think somewhere between a mathematics textbook with irrifutable, logical boredom and the slip of paper that explains how Snakes and Ladders...

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 18:39

For those of you that like roleplaying games and have been following the evolution and success that is Posthuman Studio's Eclipse Phase books and universe, you may have spotted, if not already acquired with the relish and anticipation of their first and phenomenally well received Kickstarter funded  'players handbook' Transhuman.

Or, on the other hand, if you're anything like me, you not only eagerly awaited it, you scrabbled and fought to be amongst those that acquired not only the .pdf, but also the hardback edition so that you could mount it on you collection shelf like the prize that it was hopefully going to be.  And damn did I fight to get it.  I fought the A69, the roads of Newcastle and the hustle and bustle of the streets to get to the one place that I KNEW had it in stock (because I had phoned in, reserved a copy and swore that if anyone sold it by accident I would insist on eating the brains of the next person that [insert reason here]), namely...

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 13:16

I really don't get to read anywhere near as much as I would like and that gets coupled with ever diminishing reading speeds as you get 'out of practice'.  Suddenly there just isn't enough time in the day or night to get in to the book you just paid for and got kind of excited about in the book store... and yet, something brought me back in to the bookstore anyway (predominantly graphic novels, to be honest) but I just can't help myself just to look a few shelves up and take a gander at what else is floating on through the collective readersphere.

On this occasion my eyes fell upon the spine of Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse 1) by James S. A. Corey.  Never heard of you...

Slapped on the front of the book, right at the top, almost to compare with the title of the book itself (which is, in my opinion, a grave insult to any book) the commendation of George R. R. Martin himself: 'kickass space opera'.  I nearly put the book right back there and then based...

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:50

Helen and I finally got an afternoon / evening together and figured, what the Hell, it's time to hit that precarious reboot slot called Robocop.

Now, for the record, I did like the original - I've always like Paul Verhoven's style, his portrayal of the media, his overzealous gore and, ultimately, the viciousness of his characters.  The Robocop of old, starring Peter Weller, had all of that in abundance and, in my opinion, conveyed the points better than the likes of Starship Troopers.  There's still no replacement for the scene in the original whereby a smouldering, half dead villain, grotesquely mauled by the chemicals that have recently consumed him, staggers out in to the alley ways around the abandoned factory and is turned in to salsa as a car simply goes through him like a hammer hits a (red) water balloon.

But they had to do something different this time.  Ultimately, as good as the original was, the climate is different, the audiences have...

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