The West Wing revisited

I’ve been rewatching The West Wing, the fantastic Aaron Sorkin series set in the White House. We watched this on first run (on free-to-air TV) until about… fifth season I think? When Aaron Sorkin left (was pushed?) we stopped …

When in Rome…

I watched the first episode of Season 2 of HBO’s Rome and am happy to see that its record of violence, sex and plotting still stands. The entire cast is back (even Ciarán Hinds as Caesar and Indira Varma as …

Star Wars

Lucasfilm in their infinite wisdom have decided, with the upcoming release of the original Star Wars trilogy, not “to invest resources into sprucing up films that have already been restored to pristine form”. So what we get instead are transfers …

Sleepy Hollow

This review appeared in Frontier Issue 22 July 2001.

Sleepy Hollow DVD

This Tim Burton-helmed version of the “great American tale” is dark and gruesome while at the same time a complete hoot, with Burton’s trademark twisted sense of humour. …

Bugs, Mr Rico! Lotsa bugs!

This article appeared in Frontier Issue 20 July 2000.

Starship Troopers: The Series

Animation has seen a rennaisance in recent years, with many animated TV shows and films appearing. Previously, animation in Western society was mostly aimed at children – …

Sex, Borg and Rock’n’Roll

This review was first published in Frontier: The Australian Science Fiction Media Magazine Issue 5 December 1996. At a certain point in Star Trek: First Contact, Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) declares: "A line shall be drawn here!" And so, it appears, the line was drawn for Star Trek itself: produce a successful, critically approved film that attracted old and new audiences or face the film franchise closing down completely.