Tuesday, 4 June 2019

[INTERVIEW] - Bhaskar Sunkara; Radical Politics in a time of Extreme Inequality

Socialism it seems is alive and well enjoying a resurgence. The Labour left led by Jeremy Corbyn along with the far left Democrats in the US Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have resurrected a political idea many believed obsolete. So can socialism offer stability and certain in these unstable and and not so certain times? Bhaskar Sunkara, author of 'The Socialist Manifesto; The Case for Radical Politics in an Era of Extreme Inequality' came to St George's Bristol for a sit down discussion, as part of the city's long running Festival of Ideas



Tuesday, 22 August 2017

[Interview] Rob Hill - The Bad Movie Bible

Let's face it; we all love bad movies in some shape form or fashion. It's okay to admit it because we have all watched one or two movies where we knew the plot wasn't great, the quality just a touch shabby, and the acting at times as dire as the dialogue. Yet in their "badness" there is something inherently enjoyable otherwise the phrase "so bad it's good" simply wouldn't exist. So in the vain of Kim Newman's encyclopedic horror tribute "Nightmare Movies" and Mike Fury's explosive examination of the the action genre "Life in Action", author Rob Hill has brought together some of your favourite titles (and his) in the epic "Bad Movie Bible". If you love reading insightful and fun-filled books on the subject of films then this is definitely the one and you can read my review of it here.


Saturday, 5 August 2017

[Interview] Harry Markos - Putting the Comic in Comic Con

July is the time of year nerdists the country (and even the world) over converge to the city of London for Showmasters’ annual extravaganza, London Film and Comic Con. From Friday to Sunday the Olympia Exhibition Centre is taken over to make way for floods of merchandise dealers, props, stages, photo booths and signing areas whereby eager fans can collect autographs of their icons of yesteryear and today. It was whilst strolling along the event’s “Comic Zone" that I met the humble brains behind a small publisher that is a giant in the field of graphic novels in the UK.




Sunday, 30 July 2017

[Review] - The Bad Movie Bible


If you're looking for the definitive guide to some of the best bad movies of the last 50 years look no further than Rob Hill's "The Bad Movie Bible" (BMB). We've all heard the expression "so bad it's good" well in his book Hill takes a more detailed look at the moniker to challenge the notion of what makes a good movie bad which makes it good.Rob Hill knows a thing or two about this having worked over 15 years in post production on films such as "28 Days Later" and "Jupiter Ascending. Bringing his experience along with knowledge and passion for film into the fore Hill looks at this phenomenon  with an in depth analysis that is as a tongue in cheek as it is insightful.