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ModCon02 has a long and fruitful history of loving and hating popular culture, music, movies and books. He is sitting, somewhat comfortably, in North America but his heart belongs to Sheffield.

‘Doctor Who’ & The Evolving Companion.

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The Imminent Arrival Of A New Companion To ‘Doctor Who’ Has ModCon02 In A Reflective Mood. Watch Out For Shrapnel, Comrades… Being a ‘Doctor Who’ fan can be nerve-wracking. If you are old enough to have been a fan of the show prior to the “Glorious Resurrection” by Russell T Davies in 2005, you carry […]

‘Miss Peregrine’ & The Return Of Tim Burton. I Hope.

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The much-delayed and oddly anticipated  ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ finally has a trailer! Once upon a time, I could honestly say that I’d never seen a film by Tim Burton or the Coen Brothers that I hadn’t at the very least liked, if not outright loved. Then came Tim Burton’s 2001 “re-vision” of […]

‘Indiana Jones 5’ – Is This A Mistake?

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It was recently confirmed that ‘Indiana Jones’ would return for a 5th feature film outing with Harrison Ford donning the fedora and cracking the whip. From the official Lucasfilm statement: “Indiana Jones will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all […]

‘Luke Cage’ Hits Netflix In September

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Michael Colter recently confirmed that ‘Luke Cage’ – the latest Marvel Comics/Netflix collaboration – will arrive for our binge-watching pleasure on September 30th. A mainstay of Marvel Comics’ roster since 1972, Luke Cage (are they still gonna call him ‘Hero For Hire’? I’m betting no, but…) made his screen debut as a supporting character on […]

Sir George Martin: 1926-2016

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Sir George Martin, the only person truly deserving of the honorific “Fifth Beatle”, passed away at his home in England Tuesday night. He was 90. Ringo Starr made the announcement via Twitter, writing “God bless George Martin. Peace and love to Judy and his family”. Martin’s career will, of course, be indelibly linked to the […]

Commerce Vs. Art – Or, Why Are These DVD Covers So Awful?

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Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but damned if there aren’t plenty of eyes beholding lousy art these days. Look at the recent ‘Ghostbusters’ trailer – within hours we had a fan-made alternate version that was utterly superior to the hackneyed, cliche ridden, studio authorized offering. The really sad thing? I bet […]

Strahd Rising – D&D Resurrects Ravenloft

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The revamp of Dungeons & Dragons (referred to hereafter as D&D because, well, typing) continues apace, and with the latest game supplement – “Curse Of Strahd”, available everywhere March 15th – the accent is firmly on the “Vamp”. For those of you with more than a passing interest in D&D and the world of pen […]

Is Capaldi Still In? BBC Asks ‘Doctor Who’ Star To Stick Around

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Peter Capaldi recently confirmed to RadioTimes.com that the BBC had asked him to continue on as the current incarnation of long-running fantasy/sci-fi institution Doctor Who. Much speculation has been given to the prospect that the 57 year-old actor would take his leave of the role when current showrunner Steven Moffat hangs up his writing pen […]

‘Crimer Show’ – Why Is This Funny?

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Every now and then, the dreadful cloud of despair that I’ve grown accustomed to living under really gets to me. I’m as stoic as the next person, but sometimes Life, the Universe & Everything can really be a bastard. Luckily, when those moments arise, I’ve found a neat little antidote that is (so far) totally […]

‘X-Files’ Season 10 – Sure. Fine. Whatever.

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‘The X-Files’ wrapped up it’s prestige 6-episode “mini season” revival with a cliffhanger. Yeah. A cliffhanger. (sigh) Look. I get it. As David Duchovny said to Entertainment Weekly “…we didn’t bring it back with the idea of ending it.” This was never meant to be a revival of “just” six episodes. But it irks me. […]

‘The Witch’ – History Is The Horror.

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When was the last time you took a Witch seriously? No. Really. When was the last time you actually felt any reservation about using that word? When people think of Witches nowadays, they probably go straight to Broadway’s ‘Wicked’ or it’s antecedent ‘The Wizard Of OZ’. Margaret O’Hara cackling and threatening to get Dorothy AND […]

They Might Be Giants Announce The End Of The Tour.

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There’s many a lovely and horrifying story to be found in the pages of Amy Yates Wuelfing & Steven DiLodovico’s great book No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes – An Oral History Of The Legendary City Gardens. But the one I find myself considering more than most appears in the chapter devoted to […]