Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Hulk nerd

The new Black Static (#31, Nov-Dec 2012) is out now, and Peter Tennant’s regular ‘Case Notes’ column contains a review of my book, and I’m pleased to read that he has many good things to say about it (see pages 85-6 in the mag) … 
Jennifer Connelly in-joke.

“Tony Lee abandons his usual acerbic style to produce a fanboy treatise on Ang Lee’s 2003 film HULK (Telos Publishing) … this isn't simply a critical assessment, but on occasion feels like an attempt at canonisation ...

Agree with him or not, Lee’s enthusiasm is infectious and his amiable prose makes his arguments all the more convincing. Taken on its own terms, the book is a powerful piece of polemic, and there is no doubting its value as a source book for those who wish to appreciate Ang Lee’s achievement ...

All things considered, this is a nicely packaged text that’s insightful and informative, and a pleasure to read regardless of how you feel about the source material.”

This issue of the British Fantasy Award winning magazine also features my latest ‘Blood Spectrum’ column of DVD/ blu-ray reviews. Here’s a listing of what’s covered – 38 titles including a couple of TV boxsets, sprawled over 15 pages - plus my ratings:

            Die & Die Again
Zombie Contagion (1/10)
Ultimate Zombie Feast (4/10)

            Halloween Pro
Blade II (6/10)
Basket Case (5/10)
Basket Case 2 (5/10)
Basket Case 3: The Progeny (5/10)
Cube (7/10)
The Devil Rides Out (7/10)
The Mummy's Shroud (3/10)
Rasputin: The Mad Monk (5/10)
The Curse Of Frankenstein (7/10)

            Wonky-Cam Blues
Closed Circuit Extreme (1/10)
Apartment 143 (2/10)
Chernobyl Diaries (3/10)
Lovely Molly (2/10)

Cabin In The Woods (7/10)
The Pact (5/10)
Snow White And The Huntsman (6/10)
Spartacus: Vengeance (4/10)
Rosewood Lane (4/10)
The Thompsons (5/10)
We Are The Night (8/10)
Grimm - season 1 (5/10)
Red Lights (4/10)
Storage 24 (4/10)

            Samhain Round-Up:
Silent House (4/10)
The Harsh Light Of Day (2/10)
Dead Man's Luck (3/10)
My Ex (1/10)
Inbred (0/10)
Some Guy Who Kills People (1/10)
Cockneys vs. Zombies (3/10)
Monstro! (4/10)
Killer Joe (3/10)
Excision (6/10)  

Interzone #243 (Nov-Dec 2012) has also just been published, with excellent use if colour throughout, and my usual ‘Laser Fodder’ column of DVD/ blu-ray coverage appears at the end of the mag. Here’s the line-up of reviews, with my ratings:    

            Alien Agenda

Fringe - season 4 (7/10)
Alcatraz - season 1 (3/10)
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (5/10)
Demon Hunter – The Resurrection (6/10)
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (1/10)
Supernatural - season 7 (4/10)

            Retro Spex
The Birds (8/10)
Short Circuit (5/10)
Flight Of The Navigator (3/10)
The Man In The White Suit (7/10)

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