London Horror Comic Interview in Comic Heroes Magazine

Self-publishing comics – a two-page interview with London Horror Comic in the new issue of Comic Heroes Magazine.

Available from WH Smith, Tesco, Easons, Apple Newsstand & Google Play store.

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2014/04/17/comic-heroes-23-now-on-sale/

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posted by JP at 10:34 am  

Locke – movie review

Locke combines the best elements of filmmaking; visually, the inherently cinematic experience of driving at night, and a man operating in a confined space, which necessarily requires solid performances to sustain the film.

The film follows Tom Hardy’s character as he rushes to the birth of his illegitimate child while trying to keep the other pillars of his life – his wife, family and job – from collapsing as the truth emerges.

The inherent challenges a story like this presents is finding ways to maintain interest by presenting genuine obstacles and not making them appear forced. Locke’s interactions with his deputy Donald, played richly by Sherlock’s Andrew Scott, steal the show with laugh out loud moments that help relieve the tension. Hardy’s calls with his mother to be, voices by Peep Show’s Olivia Colman, reveal more about Hardy’s mind than it does about resolving the birth plot point.

The least interesting and forced scenes happen between Locke and his family and his manager as they provide predictable responses which shed few insights.

Similar in many ways to Ryan Reynold’s film Buried, Locke proves an interesting character study more than it focuses on resolving plot points and is all the better for it.

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Broken Frontier Review of London Horror Comic 6

” …an anthology that is both nostalgic and relevant, hearkening back to the traditions of decades of horror comics past but never losing sight of the very contemporary terrors of present day” 

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posted by JP at 11:42 am  

Under The Skin – Movie Review

Under The Skin (presumed by most as ‘Species’ set in Glasgow) is not the most natural of handoffs for followers of its lead, Scarlett Johansson, coming off her near simultaneous billing in blockbuster Captain America 2.

It’s Sci-Fi, it’s Horror, the story is told predominantly through haunting imagery and with minimal dialogue and a truly memorable and unnerving score. It’s the cinematic equivalent of being played a beautiful minimal techno record after you’ve said you’ve enjoyed ‘Baby One More Time’.

That’s certainly the feeling I got from the audience I watched it with; predominantly boyfriends who had dragged girlfriends to see Winter Solider and who were now returning their partner’s patience by making a reciprocal compromise with Under The Skin. Indeed, assigned gender roles and expectations is a theme that ran throughout the film for me.

We follow Scarlett’s character as she prowls the streets of Glasgow looking to ‘procure’ unattached men. To what end and why is never fully explained and in a lesser film would be the entire focus. Under The Skin avoids this by keeping the interactions Scarlett’s character has distant and uninflected – we are left to draw our own conclusions about her journey and what (if anything) her encounters with males means to her.

More pertinently we are left to consider her treatment at the hands of men in general.

As ‘something’ masquerading as a female is her treatment atypical of what women in general undergo?

For me, the film approximates Dustin Hoffman’s ‘Tootsie’ as set in Glasgow more so than Species. We see Scarlett’s character, collected and in control, but only in so far as she conforms to accommodating the male gaze.

Her final fate comes about only after she refuses to acquiesce to these demands, leaving the viewer wondering how much scope, other than sexual, an alien or an android masquerading as a woman could possibly have in the world.

Beautifully shot and with a perfect accompanying score, my only gripes are that some scenes linger a bit too long and some of the seduction scenes repeat beats without adding any new information, although these are minor.

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posted by JP at 12:16 am