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  • 2010 December | Shiny Shelf
    TV William Hartnell Post of Christmas Past By Shiny Shelf on 24 December 2010 Comments Off One late Christmas Eve Ebenezeer Scrooge was visited by three spirits who showed him things from the past the present and the Yet To Come This is like that but with three reviewers Shiny s usual pop culture nonsense Merry Christmas Tags Advent Calendar Channel 4 Michael Caine Misfits Movies Muppets Radio TV Star Trek Typhon Pact Zero Sum Game By Julio Angel Ortiz on 24 December 2010 Comments Off Typhon Pact is a 4 book Star Trek series revolving around the eponymous government a nascent rival superpower to the Federation comprised of several of their foes Tags Books Star Trek Typhon Pact Zero Sum Game The Walking Dead Season One Wrap up By Julio Angel Ortiz on 22 December 2010 Comments Off The first season of The Walking Dead is now over and with the conclusion of the six episode series its time to look back and see how it fared in its freshman run Tags AMC FX The Walking Dead TV World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide By Shiny Shelf on 20 December 2010 5 COMMENTS Ten very special potential gifts from the wild world of unauthorised fan craft items Tags Buffy Death Note Doctor Who Star Trek The X Files Torchwood Twin Peaks Tron Legacy By Alex Fitch on 17 December 2010 Comments Off Like most belated sequels to 70s 80s family blockbusters Tron Legacy has the weight of history technology and nostalgia to live up to and like Star Wars The Phantom Menace and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull it is a sequel that doesn t satisfy fans of the original or new audiences either Tags Disney Jeff Bridges Movies tron Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 2 By Mags L Halliday on 08 December 2010 Comments Off The fundamental story telling problem with the Star Wars the Clone Wars is that the end is already locked down It has to end with the characters in place for Revenge of the Sith Tags Animation Clones DVD George Lucas Star Wars TV Gonzo A Graphic Biography of Hunter S Thompson By Mark Clapham on 01 December 2010 Comments Off Alan Rinzler Hunter S Thompson s sometime editor writes a foreword to this book that asks why Thompson isn t taken more seriously why the drugs and excesses of his life have overshadowed his achievements as a writer and journalist Rinzler s foreword never directly refers to the content of writer Will Bingley and artist Anthony Hope Smith s graphic biography Tags Anthony Hope Smith biography Comics Gonzo Hunter S Thompson SelfMadeHero Will Bingley RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s

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  • 2010 November | Shiny Shelf
    and am very pleased I gave in to temptation Tags Dead Hooker In A Trunk Grimm Up North 2010 Horror Movies Soska Sisters Grimm Up North 2010 The Reeds Dream Home Alien vs Ninja By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 11 November 2010 Comments Off Day Two at the Grimmfest The Reeds Dream Home and Alien vs Ninja Tags Alien vs Ninja Dream Home Grimm Up North 2010 Horror Movies The Reeds Grimm Up North 2010 The Last Man On Earth Outcast By Sarah Jane Vespertine on 10 November 2010 Comments Off Day one of Manchester s Grimmfest horror film festival The Last Man On Earth rescored by Animat and new Brit horror Outcast Tags Grimm Up North 2010 Horror James Nesbitt Karen Gillan Movies Outcast The Last Man On Earth Burke and Hare By Jonn Elledge on 08 November 2010 Comments Off It isn t just that Burke and Hare is bad although clearly it is Tags Burke and Hare Comedy Horror John Landis Movies Simon Pegg The Walking Dead 1 1 Days Gone Bye By Julio Angel Ortiz on 05 November 2010 Comments Off The Walking Dead comic has always primarily been about the characters with the zombies providing a background Tags AMC FX The Walking Dead TV Zombies Little Big Soldier By Mags L Halliday on 04 November 2010 Comments Off Jackie Chan s latest martial arts film is a more sombre affair with a disconcerting subtext Tags Jackie Chan kung fu Mandarin Movies TWITTER COMPETITION Win Little Big Soldier DVDs By Shiny Shelf on 04 November 2010 Comments Off The competition is now closed Tags competition DVD Jackie Chan LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Mistérios de Lisboa Mysteries of Lisbon By Jim Smith on 03 November 2010 Comments Off Mysteries of Lisbon is a sprawling gorgeous adaptation of a nineteenth century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco Tags BFI Cine Lumiere French London Film Festival Portuguese Raoul Ruiz LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Hors la loi Outside The Law By Jim Smith on 02 November 2010 Comments Off A semi sequel to Rachid s Bouchareb s earlier Indigenes translated as the less inflammatory Days of Glory Outside the Law is an intelligent and skilfully made film about the politics of rebellion and colonialism and the morality of war Tags BFI French London Film Festival Rachid Bouchareb DC Universe Presents 34 By Mark Clapham on 01 November 2010 2 COMMENTS DC Universe Presents is the latest UK title to reprint US comics for the UK newsstand and with one great story and two quite good ones it represents very good value for your three quid Tags Batman Comics DC Flash Frank Quitely Geoff Johns Grant Morrison Green Lantern JLA Scott Kolins Superman Titan Wonder Woman RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit

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  • 2010 October | Shiny Shelf
    LONDON FILM FESTIVAL The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceauşescu By Jim Smith on 18 October 2010 1 COMMENT It s difficult to imagine how a film screening could go more wrong Tags Andrei Ujica BFI Documentary London Film Festival Romanian LONDON FILM FESTIVAL Never Let Me Go By Jim Smith on 15 October 2010 Comments Off A sensitively played and beautifully shot adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro s Booker nominated 2005 novel Never Let Me Go is a harrowing and deeply affecting film Tags Alex Garland Andrew Garfield BFI Carey Mulligan Clones Kazuo Ishiguro Keira Knightley London Film Festival Mark Romanenk Movies Joss Whedon s Dollhouse Season Two DVD Blu ray By Jim Smith on 14 October 2010 1 COMMENT Dollhouse was in case you are part of the vast majority of the population that it entirely passed by a short lived US TV show Tags Dollhouse DVD Eliza Dushku Jonathan Frakes Joss Whedon Summer Glau Tim Minear TV The Cleveland Show The Complete Season One DVD By Mark Clapham on 13 October 2010 Comments Off The formula of Seth MacFarlane s animated series is straightforward there s a family and the dad also has a set of drinking buddies Tags Animation DVD Seth MacFarlane The Cleveland Show TV Our Friends In The North DVD By Matthew Badham on 11 October 2010 Comments Off Our Friends in the North isn t just first class drama it s a stunning piece of fictive social history that charts the lives of four friends and their extended networks from 1964 until 1995 Tags BBC Christopher Eccleston Daniel Craig DVD Malcolm McDowell Our Friends In The North TV Taggart Bad Medicine By Iain Hepburn on 08 October 2010 Comments Off If you re on the southern side of Hadrian s Wall you may but more likely may not have heard about ITV s spat with their Caledonian counterparts at STV Tags Alex Norton ITV Siobhan Redmond STV Taggart TV Downton Abbey By Mags L Halliday on 06 October 2010 Comments Off Downton Abbey is haunted by the past Not within the drama but at a meta level Tags downton abbey ITV Julian Fellowes TV The Disappearance of Alice Creed DVD By Matthew Badham on 04 October 2010 Comments Off I had high hopes for The Disappearance of Alice Creed about which I d heard good things I m afraid however that viewing this film was a pretty disappointing and also slightly depressing experience Tags DVD Gemma Arterton Movies RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael

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  • 2010 September | Shiny Shelf
    Mags L Halliday on 17 September 2010 Comments Off The third series of Merlin has started with grim spectacle aside from the odd slapstick scene that s escaped from a different tone meeting Tags Anthony Stuart Head BBC BBC One Katie McGrath Merlin Tom Ellis TV La Horde By Alex Fitch on 15 September 2010 Comments Off Dawn of the dead meets La Haine as the living dead attack those with a killer instinct in a rough district of Paris Tags French Gangsters La Horde Movies Amazing Spider Man 638 641 One Moment In Time By Jim Smith on 10 September 2010 Comments Off Let me be clear from the off this is a very high quality comic It s very well written and exceptionally well drawn Tags Comics J Michael Straczynski Joe Quesada Marvel Spider Man Elephantmen v 1 3 By Matthew Badham on 09 September 2010 2 COMMENTS Comics would be in a healthier state if more fans took a chance on something new If you agree then you could do worse than pick up Elephantmen Tags Andre Szymanowicz Boo Cook Comics Elephantmen Henry Flint Image Ladronn Marian Churchland Richard Starkings Tom Scioli Bouquet of Barbed Wire By Jim Smith on 07 September 2010 Comments Off One of those things that while you re watching it you can t help but be deeply suspicious of the reaction the production is trying to evoke Tags Frank Finlay ITV Jemima Rooper Trevor Eve TV 2000AD Prog 1700 By Mark Clapham on 04 September 2010 Comments Off Comics love arbitrary numbering milestones and if there s one advantage of a weekly publication schedule it s that those big numbers roll around four times as fast as they do for US monthlies Tags 2000AD Comics Horror John Wagner Jon Davis Hunt Judge Dredd Rob Williams SF werewolves Zombies RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant

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  • 2010 August | Shiny Shelf
    marketing is working when worries about its content making you feel sick make you avoid watching it Tags Horror Mad Scientists Movies Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel By Stephen Lavington on 11 August 2010 Comments Off Hey kids you liked Shaun of the Dead right A bunch of British comic actors play goofy slackers adrift in the middle of a zombie outbreak and resident in the suburbs and the local pub in a narrative awash with cultural references and geeky self awareness great stuff The makers of FAQ certainly thought so Tags Chris O Dowd Comedy Dean Lennox Kelly Movies Battlefields Motherland By Jim Smith on 09 August 2010 1 COMMENT The renaissance in both the quality and the number of war comics which have been available in recent years owes a great deal to the work of Garth Ennis who has almost single handedly revived the genre Tags Comics Dynamite Garth Ennis Nazis The Expendables By Alex Fitch on 06 August 2010 1 COMMENT A risible B movie that is the nadir of this year s 80s themed cinema Tags Arnold Schwarzenegger Bruce Willis Jason Stratham Jet Li Movies Sylvester Stallone The Expendables Moon DVD By Stephen Lavington on 05 August 2010 Comments Off As with The Hurt Locker it is far from trendy to knock Moon Tags Duncan Jones DVD Kevin Spacey Movies Sam Rockwell A Hard Day s Night DVD By Jim Smith on 04 August 2010 1 COMMENT The Beatles first movie is 46 years old this month and very cheap on DVD It s time for an arbitrary celebration Tags DVD Movies Richard Lester The Beatles RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Comics Read Younger Looking Flesh our first webcomic Tags Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD Enterprise Fifth Geoff Johns George Lucas Grant Morrison Horror ITV JJ Abrams Joss Whedon London Film Festival Marvel Movies Russell T Davies Spider Man Star Trek Star Wars Superman The X Files TV Vampires X Men Zombies Archives January 2013 October

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  • 2010 July | Shiny Shelf
    Justified By Stephen Lavington on 13 July 2010 Comments Off Timothy Olyphant is back in his comfort zone as Manichean hair trigger temper Deputy Marshall Raylan Givens in Justified various timeslots Five USA Tags Elmore Leonard Five USA Justified Timothy Olyphant TV The Crazies DVD By Mark Clapham on 12 July 2010 Comments Off The Crazies is a good example of a modern Hollywood remake of a cult independent movie in that it s slicker and more focused than the original but a lot less interesting Tags Breck Eisner DVD George A Romero Horror Movies The Crazies Timothy Olyphant The City of Abacus 1 By Julio Angel Ortiz on 09 July 2010 Comments Off The roots for COA s story are admirable the Orwellian nightmare of 1984 and the Kurt Vonnegut short story Harrison Bergeron The problem here is the execution Tags COA Comics Emma Price The City of Abacus Identity By Mags L Halliday on 08 July 2010 Comments Off ITV1 s new drama is one Identity that should have remained a secret Tags Aiden Gillen Crime Identity Keeley Hawes TV Print s Not Dead By Bruce Kent on 06 July 2010 5 COMMENTS The iPad makes e comics a more viable proposition but print comics aren t dead just yet Tags Apple Boom Studios Comics Comixology DC e comics iPad iPhone Marvel technology The Bulletproof Coffin 1 By Mark Clapham on 05 July 2010 Comments Off A few weeks old this one but worth a mention now you can read the whole first issue for free online It s a new series from writer David Hine who is doing a lot of DC stuff lately and artist Shaky Kane who has a bit of a cult following The Bulletproof Coffin is a remarkable Tags Comics David Hine Image Shaky Kane Detective Comics 866 By Jim Smith on 02 July 2010 Comments Off Detective Comics 866 marks the return of Denny O Neil to Batman comics and it s cracking stuff Tags Azrael Batman Comics DC Dustin Nguyen Superman 700 By Lance Parkin on 01 July 2010 Comments Off Superman 700 marks the launch of a new direction for Superman under the aegis of J Michael Straczynski who s kept himself busy but is probably still best known as the creator of Babylon 5 Tags Comics DC Grounded J Michael Straczynski Paul Cornell Superman RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood vs Jekyll and Hyde 1 2 Star Trek Titan Fallen Gods Ted The Dark Knight Rises UK comics round up Nelson The Scarifyers Quick Doctor Who poll Doctor Who The post Big Bang survival kit Print s Not Dead World of Fancraft The Shiny Shelf Alternative Xmas Gift Guide Fringe 2 16 Peter Ashes to Ashes Advent Calendar Alan Moore Angel Batman BBC BBC One BBC Three BBC Two BFI Billie Piper Books Brian Michael Bendis Buffy Channel 4 Chris Carter Christopher Eccleston Comedy Comics David Tennant DC Doctor Who Documentary DVD

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  • 2010 June | Shiny Shelf
    to most of DC s current books Tags Batman Batman Beyond Comics DC Jose Wilson Paul Levitz Renato Guedes Superman Superman Batman The Time Waster recommends The Art of the Title Sequence By Timothy Waastermann on 14 June 2010 1 COMMENT Let s face facts There are a lot of TV shows and films where the best bit is the title sequence Tags Movies Online the art of the title sequence Time Waster TV Harker The Woman in Black By Mags L Halliday on 11 June 2010 Comments Off Scotland Yard DCI Harker is on a break in Whitby when a mystery novelist Agatha Fletcher is murdered at his hotel Reluctantly he calls in Critchley his DS to solve the murder Tags Ariel Press Comics Crime Harker Roger Gibson Vince Danks Pulse By Stephen Lavington on 10 June 2010 4 COMMENTS Pulse delivers high quality genre stuff though exactly which genre is hard to pin down It s a medical drama that s also a dark conspiracy thriller that s also a chilling supernatural horror show that also dabbles in great gouts of Grand Guignol Tags BBC BBC Three Claire Foy Horror Paul Cornell Pulse TV Spartacus Blood and Sand By Mark Clapham on 08 June 2010 Comments Off Introducing John Hannah at this year s BAFTA awards Graham Norton described Spartacus Blood and Sand as being like Gladiator without Russell Crowe Better Tags Bravo John Hannah Lucy Lawless Renaissance Pictures Robert Tapert Spartacus Spartacus Blood and Sand Starz Steven S DeKnight TV Fantastic Four vol 1 Solve Everything By Mark Clapham on 07 June 2010 Comments Off The Fantastic Four have been waiting for a writer like Jonathan Hickman While various approaches have been taken in recent years to Marvel s first family often emphasising the family angle while torn between retro silver age callbacks to the Lee Kirby originals and current comic book fashions none of these variations have really stuck Most spent far too Tags Comics Dale Eaglesham Fantastic Four Jonathan Hickman Marvel Neil Edwards The Time Waster recommends The Loneliest Astronauts By Timothy Waastermann on 07 June 2010 Comments Off In another moment of scheduling genius The Loneliest Astronauts is the second web strip offering a twist on the mismatched roommates concept I ve recommended in a fortnight Steve and Dan are survivors of a lost space exploration mission stranded on an alien planet with seemingly plenty of supplies but no one to talk to about each other Which Tags Agreeable Comics Comics Kevin Church Ming Doyle The Loneliest Astronauts Time Waster Webcomics The Killer Inside Me By Alex Fitch on 04 June 2010 Comments Off Michael Winterbottom s The Killer Inside Me is too well made to be dismissed as a bad film but it is morally repugnant Tags Casey Affleck Crime Jessica Alba Jim Thompson Kate Hudson Michael Winterbottom Movies Going Postal By Mags L Halliday on 03 June 2010 Comments Off That was well surprisingly good There s no reason an adaptation of

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  • 2010 May | Shiny Shelf
    Timothy Waastermann on 17 May 2010 1 COMMENT BLDGBLOG is a classic of tangential timewasting it provides so many nuggets of strangeness that I can wander off for an hour thinking about flooded cities or where a hacked lift could take me or what the urban landscape would be like if Archigram had ever actually built some walking cities Tags Architecture Design Online Time Waster Batman King Tut s Tomb By Mark Clapham on 14 May 2010 1 COMMENT King Tut s Tomb collects three issues of Batman Confidential smartly re inventing a villain from the 1960s Batman TV show as a far more serious threat in a story well served by the gorgeous pencils of José Luis García López Tags Batman Christina Weir Comics DC José Luis García López Kevin Nowlan King Tut The Riddler Astonishing Spider Man Wolverine 1 By Mark Clapham on 13 May 2010 1 COMMENT Written by the highly respected Jason Aaron and drawn by superstar artist Adam Kubert Astonishing Spider Man Wolverine is a fun frothy stand alone adventure for Marvel s two most popular heroes Tags Adam Kubert Comics Jason Aaron Marvel Spider Man Wolverine You Are Outdoors By Eddie Robson on 12 May 2010 1 COMMENT The verdict on Paul Chambers a 1 000 fine and a criminal record for making a joke about blowing up an airport on Twitter is of course absurd and the CPS should be ashamed of themselves However the case has brought back some thoughts I ve recently had about the nature of the internet As Graham Tags Op Ed Fringe 2 20 Brown Betty By Stephen Lavington on 11 May 2010 1 COMMENT I hope you like novelty episodes folks because Fringe has gone for it big time here Tags Alex Kurtzman Bryan Burk Fringe JJ Abrams Roberto Orci TV Lost 6 14 The Candidate By Julio Angel Ortiz on 10 May 2010 1 COMMENT Make no mistake The Candidate is a sucker punch to the gut Tags Damon Lindelof JJ Abrams Lost TV The Time Waster recommends xkcd By Timothy Waastermann on 10 May 2010 1 COMMENT It shouldn t really be possible to make something as universal as stick figures your trademark but I ve been reading Randall Munroe s xkcd for so long that when I see someone else doing stick figures I now automatically consider them to be pastiching xkcd Tags Comics Randall Munroe Time Waster Webcomics xkcd Batman The Black Casebook By Steffan Alun on 07 May 2010 1 COMMENT If Grant Morrison s introduction is to be believed the comics chosen for DC s The Black Casebook a collection of Batman issues from the 50s and 60s which influenced Morrison s run are generally unpopular among Batman fans owing to their supernatural and sci fi content Tags Batman Comics DC Grant Morrison Luther By Mark Clapham on 06 May 2010 1 COMMENT Luther the first British star vehicle for Idris Elba is a combination of lightweight detective show cliches and

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