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Anton van Beek  |  May 10, 2019  |  0 comments
Fans of Sergio Leone's masterpiece will get a kick out of this in-depth account of its production
Anton van Beek  |  Feb 26, 2019  |  0 comments
Film historian Lee Gambin’s fascinating exploration of Joe Dante's lycanthrope classic will leave fans howling with delight
Mark Craven  |  Oct 09, 2018  |  0 comments
Those with an interest in film criticism, and movie history in general, will find a lot to enjoy in new book The Times On Cinema. Edited by Brian Pendreigh, it collects nearly 100 years of cinema writing from both The Times and Sunday Times newspapers, and I've found it utterly fascinating.
Anton van Beek  |  Aug 30, 2018  |  0 comments
Following on from last year's Alien: Covenant prequel novel, Twentieth Century Fox and Titan Books now bring us an official prequel to Shane Black's upcoming movie sequel The Predator (which hits UK cinemas on September 12). But whereas author Alan Dean Foster's Alien: Covenant - Origins completely ignored the franchise's titular beasties in favour of a less-than-riveting tale of an attempt to sabotage the Covenant mission prior to its launch, writer James A. Moore here delivers something much more likely to satisfy franchise fans.
Anton van Beek  |  Nov 15, 2014  |  0 comments

With the chances of a third film looking increasingly unlikely, chances are that the only way fans can find out how creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. intended to end the saga of Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl is with this concluding part of their comic book trilogy.

Richard Holliss  |  Nov 06, 2014  |  0 comments

“Our challenge was to make an edgy/trippy sci-fi movie for around 30 million dollars”, says scriptwriter Alex Garland in the introduction to his illustrated screenplay for the 2012 blockbuster movie Dredd, based on the 2000 AD comic character. “Eventually we reached a point where we felt that we needed the addition of a new creative voice, one who could define some of the key Judge/Mega-City One visuals.”

Anton van Beek  |  Nov 05, 2014  |  0 comments

We’d wager that there aren’t many art books that begin with by quoting lyrics from a song by Sir Mix-A-Lot. But it’s hard to think of a more apt opening for TASCHEN’s collection of vintage stereoscopic cheesecake photography than his importal line, "I like big butts and I cannot lie".

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 28, 2014  |  0 comments

Unless any more missing episodes are discovered, or the BBC ever figures out what to do with the two extant episodes of The Underwater Menace, it appears that the range of classic Doctor Who DVDs came to an end with the release of The Web of Fear in February of this year.

Richard Holliss  |  Sep 03, 2014  |  0 comments

There are now more books written about Doctor Who than you can shake a Sonic Screwdriver at. And thanks to the show’s phenomenal worldwide popularity, since producer Russell T. Davies reinvented the concept in the mid-nineties for the Eastenders/Reality TV audience, every facet of the once mysterious Time Lord’s existence is up for scrutiny. 

Richard Holliss  |  Aug 19, 2014  |  0 comments

According to author Bruce G. Hallenbeck in his excellent new book about UK film company Amicus, the owner/producers Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg  'did not invent the horror anthology. They merely took a pre-existent format and ran with it. But they turned it into a sub-genre all its own and left behind them a collective of which both they, and all who sailed in them, could be justifiably proud.'

Anton van Beek  |  Sep 05, 2013  |  0 comments

Originally produced back in 2011 as a limited edition that would set you back the best part of £200, J.W. Rinzer's epic collection of technical drawings for George Lucas' Star Wars saga is now available in a more 'mass-market' edition. True, it'll still set you back around £60 and is heavy enough to brain a Wampa, but no self-respecting Star Wars fan will want to miss out on this surprisingly absorbing look at a previously uncelebrated part of the making of the films.

Anton van Beek  |  May 17, 2013  |  0 comments

Over the years DK Publishing has made a name for itself with its lavishly illustrated reference guides to iconic characters from the worlds of film, television and comic books. With Doctor Who celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, it's no surprise to find the BBC's Time Lord getting in on the act.

Anton van Beek  |  Oct 23, 2011  |  0 comments

The last few years have seen an explosion in the growth of so-called Vault publications. These prestige-format coffee-table releases typically take the form of an archive of background info and rare imagery related to a specific company or franchise, and often come accompanied by numerous reproductions of 'artefacts' that fans simply wouldn't be able to get hold of any other way. Or that's how it all started.