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Why you need to read Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe

25 August 2015 4:45 PM, PDT

Whether you're a complete newbie or if the very words “Joss Whedon” make you do the Dance of Joy, the biography Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe, by Amy Pascale, is an excellent, fascinating, almost comprehensive read.

It's written in such a way that even if you know nothing about Joss Whedon or his work, it's nevertheless completely accessible, since the context is always explained. It's the fascinating, in-depth story of the progression of the life and career of a creative person, and the impact that has on the others around them.

However, even if you're an avid watcher of Joss Whedon's shows, and have a Giles-like knowledge of his work, there will still be anecdotes that you haven't read before, and those that you have already read will be contextualised organically within the development of his various stories. The book does an excellent job of this, »

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Review: Nightmare City (Blu-ray)

25 August 2015 12:19 PM, PDT

Question. When is a zombie movie not a zombie movie? The answer in this case is when the director says so, and Umberto Lenzo is a great pains to point out that Nightmare City is absolutely not a zombie movie, despite what his friend Quentin Tarrantino keeps insisting, and that it is instead a film about people infected by radiation.

I have to admit that having originally seen Nightmare City back in the 1980s, I have always had fond memories of it being a zombie movie, but watching it again it’s clear that it has far more in common with George A Romero’s The Crazies and particularly the most significant film that it has influenced in recent years, Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later, who Lenzi states in a fascinating thirty minute interview ‘copied him, but everybody knows that’.

In fact, the nature of Lenzi’s infected, in that »

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Review: WWE Monday Night War Vol.1 - Shots Fired

25 August 2015 5:09 AM, PDT

In the half century that WWE has been around, there have been many defining moments, many significant events, and many controversies, but by far the most memorable chapter in the company’s history is what became known as the Monday Night War.

Officially beginning on 4th September 1995 when WWE’s rival wrestling company WCW aired the first episode of Monday Nitro in direct competition with Vince McMahon’s established flagship show Monday Night Raw, the war lasted for five and a half years until McMahon bought WCW in March 2001, bringing a definitive conclusion to the most fascinating era in wrestling history.

Recognising that such a momentous period of history could never be done justice in a single documentary, WWE produced a twenty part series for the WWE Network examining the war in minute detail, and have now released the first ten episodes in this superb collection called The Monday Night War Vol. »

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