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  • Green Lantern | Shiny Shelf
    to decide whether Hal is upset about a death in the family a personal error of judgment or that bottle of milk he left out of the fridge for too long on a hot day In fact the film is rife with daddy issues to the point where it s uncertain whether any of the human characters even had a mother I know the target audience for this kind of film is young men but there are only two significant female speaking characters in the entire film Then there s Parallax the film s big threat Thankfully we don t get the whole emotional spectrum cobblers just green willpower with no one ever saying wait I thought green was envy and yellow the colour of fear This is actually quite well done in the film as is Parallax s new origin story although the visual is a bit daft and the name Parallax doesn t make any sense for a fear based villain mainly because it was inherited from a time travelling villain in one of the ugliest retcons in comic book history click the Green Lantern tag below and read Jim s Rebirth reviews for more on this horror show It never really matters why Parallax is called Parallax but it s a shame the filmmakers didn t come up with a better name rather than just stick with the comic book one because it was in the comics There s a feeling with this and other decisions that someone at Warners DC thought that the current Green Lantern comics were basically getting it right and that the formula could be transferred wholesale to the big screen where it would receive a similarly warm reception regardless that the Saturday night cinema crowd and dedicated comics readers are very different audiences What DC Entertainment should take away from the lukewarm reception to Green Lantern and apply to their planned sequel is that they should have taken the concept back to basics rather than jumping straight to all the baggage created by years of revisions and retcons The current comic book incarnation is fine tuned towards the sensibilities of an aging nerd readership but a big budget movie needs to cut to the core appeal when introducing a concept and at heart Green Lantern is a children s story about a man with a magic ring It s to the kids and family audience that this franchise should initially look and Warners can churn out their bleak Blackest Night adaptation in a decades time when current kids have grown up with Hal and pals Or to put it in terms Warners will understand you can t skip straight to a sprawling Deathly Hallows without building up from Philosopher s Stone As it stands it s good that there s plans for a sequel to Green Lantern because what it does well it does very well and in places it s one of the most pure superhero movies around It s just

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  • Martin Campbell | Shiny Shelf
    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 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December

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  • Ryan Reynolds | Shiny Shelf
    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 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006

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  • Gnomeo & Juliet DVD | Shiny Shelf
    grasp and even those that are funny are blunted by the sloth like editing What s more a large chunk of the cast including unforgivably leads James McAvoy and Emily Blunt have voices that just aren t expressive enough to work with animation Honourable exception Stephen Merchant as Paris To make matters worse the characters faces are so immobile that physically they can communicate nothing at all Compare that to the personality Pixar imparts to Wall E without a single line of dialogue Even Pixar s logo has more personality than most of the characters in this film Pixar of course is the gold standard for animated movies Its films are packed with visual gags and funny lines and they look gorgeous More than that though they re about something Between them they re about everything If you don t cry within the first ten minutes of Up then you re probably not human at all Gnomeo alas doesn t come close Perhaps the writers with Shakespeare s structure to build on didn t think too hard about the story they wanted to tell Perhaps they lacked the vast resources you need to produce the kind of sharp script and detailed animation that makes Pixar s stuff so magical Perhaps Romeo and Juliet a story that s fundamentally about young lust and adolescent anger is impossible to retell for a pre pubescent audience without losing something Or perhaps Touchstone overestimated the value of a stunning cast and an Elton John soundtrack and underestimated the value of a half decent script Incidentally about the last line of dialogue in the film is I don t know about you but I think this ending is much better Just for the record it s not Line Break By Jonn Elledge Share Gnomeo Juliet DVD Tags animated Comedy DVD Gnomeo Juliet Movies Comments are closed 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

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  • Animated | Shiny Shelf
    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 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007 June 2007 May 2007 April 2007 March 2007 February 2007 January 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 July 2006

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  • The Mechanic DVD | Shiny Shelf
    pretty thankless task but doesn t even try It s as if the producers realised that the only way to create audience attachment to Statham s character was by pairing him with someone utterly unlikeable This is exacerbated by the same slightly creepy unpleasantness that leaves such a bad taste in the mouth from Statham s Crank films The Mechanic s got the lot sadistic beatings prostitution paedophilia torture of a teenage girl by the nominal good guys unpleasant mean spiritedness abounds What entertainment there is comes from the truly risible dialogue Some is intentional one good running joke involves key henchmen being distracted at crucial moments by mundane phone calls I m not paying THAT for a four bedroom Most is unintentional such as one medicinal round of rock paper scissors Epinephrine is toxic when combined with adrenaline but ketamine counteracts adrenaline However such entertainment is ultimately undercut by the unsympathetic and appropriately mechanical lead performance something true of all Statham films Indeed his apparently unstoppable appeal is hard to fathom His one offs are grindingly mediocre his franchises veer from the pedestrian The Transporter to the tasteless Crank he has not had a Predator nor a Rambo nor a Die Hard yet has been put on the same pedestal as Schwarzenegger Stallone and Willis in The Expendables At least Van Damme had a certain clunky charisma Statham cannot claim even that In this context perhaps the provenance of the film is apt Statham is arguably a worthy heir to the impassive granite faced charmlessness of Charles Bronson The Mechanic is released on DVD and Blu ray on 6 June 2011 Line Break By Stephen Lavington Share The Mechanic DVD Tags action Ben Foster Donald Sutherland DVD Jason Statham Movies Simon West Comments are closed 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

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  • Action | Shiny Shelf
    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 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 December 2007 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 August 2007 July 2007

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  • contains spoilers | Shiny Shelf
    episode in the discussion of the one just broadcast claiming everyone knows it You ll also find you have more time and lower blood pressure when you re no longer having to repeatedly explain to people that Doctor Who has things for 7 year olds in it because it s for 7 year olds Or that there is no such thing as canon 2 Avoid TV gossip sites Worse in some ways than fansites because they contain much that is speculative spurious or downright wrong Also there s only so many shots of Karen Gillen in a parka you need to see No really there are 3 Avoid the press coverage I do read the very brief summary of the episode in the Guardian Guide each week as they are generally very good about not revealing too much But I don t read the tabloids or any chunky article about the show I have to read quite enough press in my day job so avoiding it the rest of the time is easy I m afraid it also means I don t read my husband s copy of DWM either Er except the big Moffat interview last month but then Moffat doesn t do spoilers Teasers yes spoilers no 4 Be ruthless with your twitter follows If someone you follow keeps tweeting spoilers hit unfollow Yes even if they do post funny stuff about their cats and links to cool music You can t stop them posting spoilers but you don t have to read them Some people might say this is a harsh regime to follow Not really not if you are enough of a fan that you want surprises Not if you want to enjoy the tension the jokes the speculation I was standing in a queue in Rymans once and the woman behind me said she couldn t wait to see The Return of the King and find out how Lord of the Rings ended I nearly nearly turned around and said they throw the bloody ring in the volcano But I didn t because I m not actually that mean I m a fan I want to get the optimum enjoyment from Doctor Who I hate spoilers sweetie Line Break By Mags L Halliday Share contains spoilers Tags BBC BBC One Doctor Who Movies The Lord of the Rings TV 3 Responses Jonn says May 12 2011 at 10 01 am If someone you follow keeps tweeting spoilers hit unfollow Yes even if they do post funny stuff about their cats and links to cool music You can t stop them posting spoilers but you don t have to read them I actually just checked if you were still following me Kind of have to kill myself for doing that don t I Mags says May 12 2011 at 10 16 am I ll unfollow you for some other reason entirely I m sure Matt Badham says May 15 2011 at 6 22 pm Very good

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