Saturday, 20 August 2011

Book Review Of The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Volumes 1 & 2 By Alan Moore & Art By Kevin O'Neill

Vivid and imaginative steam punk graphic novel series from the comic book master Alan Moore. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen are a superhero team made up of characters from Victorian adventure fiction, horror and scientific romances (Verne & Wells) existing in an alternative late 19th century fictional universe, fighting villians such as Professor Moriarty and the 'Martians' from The War of the Worlds. For further information see Wikipedia here for volume 1 and here for volume 2

I was unable to find an in-depth review so below is Alan Moore talking about his creation from BBC4's Comic Britannia Series. 

DVD's From My Collection: McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Directed by Robert Altman (1971)

Added to my collection on 18/08/11. One of my 100 favourite films. For more information see Wikipedia here 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

CD's From My Collection: Boris, Heavy Rocks

Riot Sugar from Boris' 2nd new album of 2011, Heavy Rocks. Added to collection on 13/08/11

Sunday, 14 August 2011

CD's From My Collection: Boris, Attention Please

The title track from Boris' new album, Attention Please. Added to collection on 13/08/11

CD's From My Collection: Guru Guru, UFO (1970)

Der LSD-Marsch from Guru Guru's 1970 album UFO. Added to collection on 12/08/11

The Riots-Chaotic Class War Erupts In London And The UK

For interesting articles and analysis on the riots from an anarchist and radical left perspective see the excellent resource from Freedom Press here. 

Also savage critique of #riotcleanup#. It’s going to take more than posturing, ‘blitz-spirit’ keep-calm-and-carry-on clap-trap and colonial Kipling-esque “keeping your head” to fix this mess. The strikingly middle-class, broadly white efforts to sweep issues of inequality under the carpet of a simulated big-society photo-op has been a telling, if little discussed, aspect of the recent rioting, making little headway in the scramble of blogposts and tweets attempting hasty analyses of the unfolding turmoil. This doughty bunch of volunteer cleaners, the substitution for a non-existent community, appeared right on cue to fill the media narrative all day following a night of London’s most extensive social unrest in decades. Even Mayor Boris had leisurely returned from holiday to be snapped with the broom-wielding bourgeoisie of Clapham as they amassed for a bit of symbolic social cleansing...

Read full article by Dr Sofia Himmelblau here.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

DVD's From My Collection: Alphaville, Directed by Jean-Luc Godard (1965)

Added to my collection on 06/08/11. The clip is a montage of scenes where the gorgeous Anna Karina  discusses love in the film. For more information see Wikipedia here.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Book Review From Tor.Com (Mike Perschon) Of Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Vampires are two a penny these days but Kim Newman's Anno Dracula first published in 1992 was a pioneer in the resurrection of the undead in popular entertainment. This is more then a vampire novel; gas-lit murder mystery set in the dark fog-bound streets of Victorian London, rub shoulders with the 'what if' alternative history genre-in this case what if the King of the Vampires had won in Bram Stoker's classic novel. A wonderfully imaginative (but gory) romp. 

Read Mike Perschon's review from Tor.Com here.