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  • 2003 July | Shiny Shelf
    year Tags Ben Affleck Colin Farrell Comics Daredevil DVD Frank Miller Jennifer Garner Marvel Movies Trouble 1 By Eddie Robson on 11 July 2003 Comments Off Mark Millar has turned in something entirely untypical for Marvel and in that sense it is a good opening statement for the Epic imprint Unfortunately in every other sense Trouble is rubbish Tags Comics Mark Millar Marvel Max By Stephen Lavington on 10 July 2003 Comments Off The criticism that a work of art might whether intentionally or not make Adolf Hitler more human is a powerful one That Max avoids this is a small triumph Tags John Cusack Menno Meyjes Movies Nazis Noah Tyler 24 By Stephen Lavington on 09 July 2003 Comments Off The sense of original TV making that came in the first season has been lost Why not show a bit more imagination with setting or plot Tags 24 Kiefer Sutherland TV Fortysomething By Jim Smith on 08 July 2003 Comments Off Fortysomething a loose adaptation of Nigel Williams novel of mid life crisis is that great rarity of twenty first century life British television which is actually worth watching Tags Hugh Laurie ITV TV Necrowar 1 By Mark Clapham on 07 July 2003 Comments Off Pitched as a revolution in digital comics Necrowar is less a revolution more a reinvention of mid 90s 2000AD strips Tags Comics Pat Lee Simon Furman The Devil s Footprints 1 4 By Mark Clapham on 07 July 2003 Comments Off You can never accuse Scott Allie of being afraid to put his footprint where his mouth is Tags Comics Dark Horse Paul Lee Scott Allie Charlie s Angels Full Throttle By Mark Clapham on 06 July 2003 Comments Off This is what going mad must feel like Tags Cameron Diaz Lucy Liu McG Movies Adam Joe Go Tokyo By Mags L Halliday on 06 July 2003 Comments Off I have a soft spot for Adam Buxton Yes he s the short one with the thick eyebrows and the captain s hat who comes dangerously close to being cuddly Tags Adam Buxton BBC BBC Three Joe Cornish TV JSA All Stars 3 By Mark Clapham on 06 July 2003 Comments Off Previously on Doctor Fate Tags Barry Kitson Comics Darwyn Cooke David Goyer DC Doctor Fate Geoff Johns JSA Charlie s Angels Full Throttle By Jim Smith on 04 July 2003 Comments Off If I told you that Charlie s Angels Full Throttle lacks the discipline restraint and skilled plotting offered by its predecessor would you be tempted to run and hide If so please find a convenient large object behind which to secrete yourself Tags Cameron Diaz Lucy Liu McG Movies Formerly Known As The Justice League 1 By Jim Smith on 04 July 2003 Comments Off Comebacks aren t supposed to be successful The Beatles posthumous singles didn t hit 1 only I like The Phantom Menace Theodore Roosevelt didn t regain the White House in 1913 and Never Say Never Again

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  • 2003 June | Shiny Shelf
    dragons Tags Christian Bale Dragons DVD Rob Bowman Hawkman 15 By Jim Smith on 10 June 2003 Comments Off I will confess to a sick love for the character of Hawkman Not the pure Conan with Wings kick ass Hawkman either No I like Hawkman because he s a mess because of not in spite of the horror of his continuity and backstory Tags Comics David Goyer DC Geoff Johns Hawkman JSA Boomtown By Jim Smith on 09 June 2003 Comments Off There was much celebration here at Shiny central when we learned that Boomtown had been renewed See we d heard it was on the bubble with an even chance of not being picked up for a second year Tags Fifth Buffy The Vampire Slayer Series Finale By Jim Smith on 08 June 2003 Comments Off Despite the fact that across these episodes we have six writers and five directors there s little really to distinguish them from one another and in truth they form one four hour ish narrative a culmination of the series as a whole Tags Buffy Eliza Dushku Joss Whedon Nathan Fillion TV The Thing 1 By Eddie Robson on 07 June 2003 Comments Off A bit of a disappointment this after Evan Dorkin s recent Agent X two parter Tags Comics Evan Dorkin Fantastic Four Marvel Alan Moore s Writing For Comics By Eddie Robson on 05 June 2003 Comments Off Not strictly speaking a comic but the nature of this publication means that it easily falls under the remit of our reviews section Tags Alan Moore Comics Powers Supergroup By Mark Clapham on 04 June 2003 Comments Off Powers has always equated superheroes with celebrity and this fourth trade paperback gathers together the series inevitable story about a manufactured team of superheroes FG 3 Tags Brian Michael Bendis Comics Michael Avon Oeming The Scorpion King By Jim Smith on 02 June 2003 Comments Off This movie really shouldn t be as good as it is One of the most cynical spin offs ever devised it stars a wrestler with almost no previous acting experience Tags Bernard Hill Chuck Russell Jonathan Hales Movies Stephen Sommers The Mummy The Rock The Scorpion King 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

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  • 2003 May | Shiny Shelf
    doubtless be reacted to with some puzzlement by those westerners that see it It will be to those unfamiliar with the cinema of the Indian subcontinent an entirely strange cinematic experience Tags Movies Rajesh Touchriver 15 Storeys High By Eddie Robson on 16 May 2003 Comments Off Since it doesn t look like anybody else is going to praise this I suppose I d better because it s brilliant Tags BBC BBC Two Comedy Sean Lock TV The Filth 10 By Jim Smith on 16 May 2003 Comments Off Please somebody help me please Tags Comics DC Grant Morrison Transformers Generation 1 2 1 By Eddie Robson on 14 May 2003 Comments Off Whilst I was delighted by the mere fact that Dreamwave was resurrecting Transformers I found the first Generation 1 mini series slightly lacking Tags Brad Mick Comics Pat Lee Transformers Extreme Ops By Iain Hepburn on 13 May 2003 Comments Off Occasionally it s nice to have your preconceptions about a film challenged Since the turn of the year I ve reviewed something like 40 films Often you go into them knowing exactly what to expect Tags Christophe Dunguay Movies Rufus Sewell Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Six DVD Collection By Mark Clapham on 13 May 2003 Comments Off It says a lot that the worst season of Buffy contains episodes most other shows would kill for and contains one absolute no kidding instant TV classic Tags Buffy DVD Joss Whedon TV 100 5 By Mark Clapham on 11 May 2003 Comments Off With 100 Paul Pope is taking the storytelling merits of Japanese comics and boldly working with them Tags Comics Paul Pope Fray 7 By Mags L Halliday on 11 May 2003 Comments Off I may have squealed when I found this in my bag of comics last week it s several months since I gave up asking when Fray 7 would appear Tags Buffy Comics Fray Joss Whedon Karl Moline Early Doors By Eddie Robson on 11 May 2003 Comments Off It s a mark of just how long a shadow The Royle Family still casts over its co writer Craig Cash that I haven t seen a single review of his new show Early Doors that draws any comparison with Cheers Tags BBC BBC Two Comedy Craig Cash TV The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2 5 By Eddie Robson on 08 May 2003 Comments Off See that creature on the front of this issue The one menacing Quatermain and Mina Try and guess what that is Just try it Tags Alan Moore Comics Kevin O Neill Wolverine Doop 1 By Eddie Robson on 08 May 2003 Comments Off At the risk of sounding greedy does our regular dose of X Statix have to be postponed so that this can come out Tags Comics Darwyn Cooke Pete Milligan Wolverine X Men Three Days in Europe 1 5 By Mark Clapham on 08 May 2003 Comments Off As a pitch this comic must sound a

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  • 2003 April | Shiny Shelf
    The Movie it s pop band S Club s turn to have a crack at the silver screen with clone spectacular Seeing Double Tags Clones Movies Music Killer Queen By Jim Smith on 19 April 2003 Comments Off An oddity this a holiday weekend celebration come myth exploding exercise about Queen a band who represent an unalloyed joy to millions and a guilty pleasure to as many again and yes Mr Robson I am looking in your direction Tags BBC TV Blur Out of Time By Jim Smith on 19 April 2003 Comments Off Here at Shiny Shelf we all love Blur In truth we even contrive to affect a central dynamic unashamedly derived from that within said Britpop pioneers Tags DVD Music Johnny English By Iain Hepburn on 19 April 2003 Comments Off Never let it be said that Rowan Atkinson he of the permanent rubber faced comedian tag in the press isn t one to milk a concept for all its worth Tags Movies Rowan Atkinson Word By Mark Clapham on 18 April 2003 Comments Off The concept of Word is so blissfully simple it s remarkable no one has thought of it before to take great writers and get them to write about things they love from all media Tags Fifth XXX An Apology By Stephen Lavington on 15 April 2003 Comments Off What had seemed like a powerful camp heroin fix of Hollywood was actually a lame staggering wrap of baking powder and strychnine I m sorry Tags DVD Fifth Movies Vin Diesel XXX Trembling Before G d By Jim Smith on 15 April 2003 Comments Off It is perhaps slightly out of character for this site to review a clearly serious minded and in depth cinematic documentary Tags Documentary Movies Buffy The Vampire Slayer Lies My Parents Told Me By Jim Smith on 14 April 2003 Comments Off Lies My Parents Told Me is one of those episodes of Buffy where all the separate plot strands pull in the same thematic direction Tags Buffy Joss Whedon TV Hey Grown ups Comics By Eddie Robson on 13 April 2003 Comments Off I visited a couple of comic shops whilst in Paris recently and it intrigued me that the staples of the American market sci fi and superheroes were almost completely absent Tags Alan Moore Comics Daniel Clowes Fifth Oscar s 75th Birthday By Jim Smith on 09 April 2003 Comments Off I love the Oscars ridiculous self important and comically inept though they frequently are Tags Fifth Alias 2 02 2 03 By Mags L Halliday on 08 April 2003 Comments Off You have to love a show whose action set piece looks more like an episode of Space 1999 all dayglo orange jumpsuits goggles space rocket launches and a jet board Tags JJ Abrams TV Phone Booth By Stephen Lavington on 06 April 2003 Comments Off The real time picture has a chequered history Hitchcock s Rope is known as his one take film Of

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  • 2003 March | Shiny Shelf
    gills with ironic shallowness and crippling self awareness Tags Comics Joe Sacco The Avengers 57 64 By Andrew Plummer on 07 March 2003 Comments Off This title had been in the grip of Kurt Busiek ever since the Heroes Return event Tags Avengers Comics Geoff Johns Marvel Aquaman 1 3 By Andrew Plummer on 05 March 2003 Comments Off After a two year hiatus Super Friends finest has his own title again Tags Aquaman Comics DC Alias The Enemy Walks In By Mags L Halliday on 05 March 2003 Comments Off Alias is deeply deeply silly and I love it Tags Alias JJ Abrams TV On An Average Day By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off One of the most welcome new strands of programming on BBC 4 is a series of contemporary West End theatrical productions which have been taped for posterity Tags BBC BBC Four Kyle MacLachlan TV Angel Season Three DVD Collection By Mark Clapham on 05 March 2003 Comments Off The third season of Angel is perfectly suited to being available in a lovely DVD slipcase Tags Angel DVD Joss Whedon TV Angel Spin The Bottle By Jim Smith on 05 March 2003 Comments Off So it takes the UK premiere of an episode written and directed by creator hero the don Joss Whedon to get shiny shelf back into the Angel reviewing saddle eh Damn straight it does Tags Angel Joss Whedon TV Ultimate War 1 4 By Mark Clapham on 05 March 2003 Comments Off And the point was Tags Chris Bachalo Comics Marvel Ultimate X Men 24 2 03 By Jim Smith on 04 March 2003 Comments Off 24 walks an uneasy tightrope one it is in imminent indeed continual danger of toppling off Tags 24 Kiefer Sutherland TV 12A Ruined My Life By J Clive Matthews on 04 March 2003 Comments Off 12A exists simply to allow kids and their parents to fork out more cash on movies they want to see no matter if under old guidelines some of the content might have been deemed unsuitable Tags Fifth Movies Batman 603 By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off No Batman does not battle with a high fibre diet in this issue no matter what his expression on the cover of this issue might suggest a memorable image tragically missing from the illustration here Tags Batman Comics DC Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips The Ultimates 1 4 By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off The Avengers is a tainted brand Not only does the Marvel Comic featuring the World s Greatest Heroes bear the same name as a recent box office disaster Tags Bryan Hitch Captain America Comics Iron Man Mark Millar Marvel Ultimate COMMENT Same Old Brand New By Mark Clapham on 04 March 2003 Comments Off Its early April in 2002 and a heat wave has hit London with a vengeance Its lunchtime I ve just been to my favourite comics shop but theres no

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  • 2003 February | Shiny Shelf
    hours on account of the lacklustre manner in which digital television has been introduced in this country Tags BBC BBC Three BBC Two Comedy Tom Baker TV The X Files Season 5 By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off The X Files middle season is central for more reasons than its place in the show s run Shot after the filming of the X Files movie but broadcast before the movie was released this feels like a transitional period for the show Tags Chris Carter David Duchovny DVD Frank Spotnitz Gillian Anderson Stephen King The X Files TV William Gibson Smallville Region 1 By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off Some things are worth travelling for Take this first Smallville DVD release for instance which is only technically available in Canada It s well worth finding a friendly importer to get your hands on one Tags DC DVD Smallville Superman TV Lost Highway By Mark Clapham on 09 February 2003 Comments Off Even by the standards of David Lynch films Lost Highway is weird Persistently dreamlike to the point of semi consciousness the film drifts through a series of bizarre twists and hypnotic images Tags David Lynch DVD Horror Movies Patricia Arquette X Men Unlimited 41 By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off X Men Unlimited is an anthology title showcasing the breadth of Marvel s mutant universe as well as the talents of a diverse set of creators Tags Comics Marvel X Men Detective Comics 779 By Mark Clapham on 08 February 2003 Comments Off At this rate we may need to rename the site Brubaker Shelf Tags Batman Comics DC The Last Detective By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off Much anticipated by many this adaptation of the first of Leslie Thomas Dangerous Davies novels marked the return of Peter Davison to the lead of a mainstream TV drama after far too long an absence Tags ITV Peter Davison TV The Last Metro Le Dernier Metro By J Clive Matthews on 08 February 2003 Comments Off The confusion of the arts politics and love are the blended trio of themes that dominate this wartime character study from French master filmmaker Fran ois Truffaut Tags DVD Francois Truffaut French Movies 8 Mile By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off Only very good things have been said Stateside about 8 Mile and hey how s a guy supposed to resist a movie where the hero has his own name Tags Movies The Lost Prince By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off The Lost Prince is Stephen Poliakoff s two part teleplay about Prince John the youngest son of King George V who died in 1919 when he was not yet out of his teens Tags BBC BBC One DVD Stephen Poliakoff TV The Hound of the Baskervilles By Jim Smith on 08 February 2003 Comments Off A festive treat for Boxing Day the BBC s atmospheric and satisfyingly

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  • 2003 January | Shiny Shelf
    Tags Channel 4 Comedy TV Enterprise Civilisation By Jim Smith on 14 January 2003 Comments Off Civilisation is not exactly vintage Trek Not a true turkey either mind you but certainly little to write home about Captain Archer and co arrive above a planet which is populated by bumped Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Enterprise Shockwave II By Stephen Lavington on 10 January 2003 Comments Off Previously on shinyshelf s reviews of Enterprise we encountered a wannabe gritty primitive ancestor of Star Trek attempting to couple high quality US SF of universal appeal with a fanboy s in joke fantasy Tags Enterprise Star Trek TV Hornblower By Jim Smith on 06 January 2003 Comments Off Tongue in cheek sword at the ready main sail at stunsel Aaaah that s the ticket Tags Ioan Gruffudd ITV TV Transformers Fallen Angel By Mark Clapham on 05 January 2003 Comments Off More 80s genius from the king of giant robot stories Simon Furman Tags Comics Simon Furman Transformers Double Shot 3 By Mark Clapham on 05 January 2003 Comments Off What do Marvel superheroes do when they re not fighting evil Lecture their kids judging by this comic Tags Comics Fantastic Four Marvel Star Trek Nemesis By Jim Smith on 05 January 2003 Comments Off Nemesis is a distinctly under whelming cinematic experience and one that assuming the intention to make this the last Next Generation film still holds sadly stands no comparison with The Undiscovered Country the last hurrah of Spock and co Tags Jonathan Frakes Movies Patrick Stewart Ron Perlman Star Trek TNG Only Fools and Horses Strangers on the Shore By Jim Smith on 04 January 2003 Comments Off Last Christmas revival of Only Fools and Horses must rank as the greatest crime a writer has ever visited upon his own creations Fortunately this yuletide special is a touch better Only a touch mind Tags BBC BBC One Comedy TV A Beautiful Mind By Jon de Burgh Miller on 04 January 2003 Comments Off Ron Howard is the new Steven Spielberg Or maybe he s just who everyone thinks Steven Spielberg is A Beautiful Mind isn t Howard s Schindler s List it s his Forrest Gump Tags Movies Ron Howard Mulholland Drive By Jim Smith on 04 January 2003 Comments Off A rejected TV pilot written and directed by David Lynch which thanks to French money he was able to buy back re edit and re shoot bits of Tags David Lynch DVD Laura Elena Harring Naomi Watts Robert Forster Star Trek Nemesis By Jon de Burgh Miller on 03 January 2003 Comments Off From the moment the first scene begins it s immediately obvious that the man at the helm of this Enterprise voyage isn t someone reared in a TV background This is cinematic big budget Trek like we ve never seen before Tags Jonathan Frakes Movies Patrick Stewart Ron Perlman Star Trek TNG RECENT POPULAR TAGS Saga Django Unchained Disney and Lucasfilm Dracula vs Robin Hood

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  • 2002 December | Shiny Shelf
    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 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August 2011 July 2011 June 2011 May 2011 April 2011 March 2011 February 2011 January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 August 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May

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