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Author Archives: Eamon 'Irish' Hennedy

Possibly the geekiest man in all of Ireland, I have consumed too many television shows, movies, books and comics to know the difference any more between being geeky and not geeky. Very proud of my geekdom, it brought me together with my one true love, and if that's not a great reason to be geeky, I don't know what is. Could also beat anybody in an X Files trivia contest. True scientific fact.

STAR BEAST: A RETROSPECTIVE ON RIDLEY SCOTT’S ALIEN (1979)

Released in movie theatres in the summer of 1979, with a fall release in the United Kingdom later that year, Ridley Scott’s Alien unleashed itself into the eyes and minds of cinema audiences a mere two years after the release of George Lucas’ family friendly exploits of Star Wars, an ...

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BLEEPIN’ UFO-CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF AN X-FILES CLASSIC

Every long running television series will amass a list of episodes that are undeniable classics, the likes of which you will use as an excuse to explain why a particular show is so good and must be watched. When Paul Rabwin, a noted producer of The X Files, was talking ...

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THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-THE COMICS (ISSUES 1-5)

In 2013, The X-Files looked as if it had truly disappeared, like many a guest character encountering a UFO within the show itself. Last seen in 2008 with the release of second feature film I Want To Believe,  it looked as if Mulder and Scully had disappeared forever into the pop ...

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THIS IS WHY SUPERMAN WORKS ALONE: A RETROSPECTIVE ON BATMAN FOREVER (1995) AND BATMAN & ROBIN (1997)

Batman returned to our big screens in 1995 to a movie and style that was completely different to what had come before.  Dark stories and gothic flavours were out, day-glo and kid friendly story telling was in. Freaked out, for a lack of a better term, by the reception afforded ...

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BATMAN V SUPERMAN:DAWN OF JUSTICE REVIEW

It’s been a rollercoaster of an Easter weekend. Critics vs Fans. Critics vs Audiences. Fans vs Fans. I’m guessing, like me, your social media feeds have been practically turning into an all out fan/critic war. All because of a movie, one that has been two years in the making, a ...

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WELCOME TO THE PLANET: LOOKING BACK AT MAN OF STEEL (2013)

Coming seven years after the mixed reception given to Bryan Singer’s underrated and, in this reviewer’s opinion, rather wonderful Superman Returns, the last son of Krypton was given a modern makeover in the shape of Man of Steel, which would be written by David Goyer, produced by Christopher Nolan and ...

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NEW WONDER WOMAN CAST PICTURE REVEALED.

Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice is only  one day away from  general release, unless you’re going to a “midnight” screening of course, and despite reviews that have been divisive at best, it hasn’t stopped Warner Bros. from getting the boll rolling on hyping us for, if reviews are to be ...

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FOREVER, JUST LIKE IN A FAIRYTALE: A RETROSPECTIVE ON BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Released in the summer of 1992, Batman Returns has the distinction of being one of a handful of summer blockbusters that actually take place at Christmas. Die Hard, Gremlins, Iron Man 3, there’s a strange thing that sometimes goes on whereby Hollywood will deliver a major summer movie that wants ...

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CINEMATIC KRYPTONITE: A RETROSPECTIVE ON SUPERMAN III (1983) AND SUPERMAN IV:THE QUEST FOR PEACE (1987)

Superman has yet to die in live action, although it didn’t stop many attempts to do so in the late 90s and 2000s during the course of many failed productions, but crappy movies can certainly help in that regard and, so it was, after such a great beginning, the Superman ...

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DANCE WITH THE DEVIL: A RETROSPECTIVE ON BATMAN (1989)

It was the summer of 1989 and I distinctly remember that gold-plated Batman logo being EVERYWHERE. Posters on bus stops, billboards on the street, on the side of buses, the trailer playing on television every time there was a commercial break, usually during reruns of the Adam West Batman television ...

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INDIANA JONES AND THE FIFTH MOVIE:CONFIRMED!

He may have been last seen walking hand in hand after marrying Marion Ravenwood at the end of his fourth movie, and there have been rumors of a reboot or remake with a new lead actor ever since with Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper linked to the role, but Alan ...

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KNEEL BEFORE ZOD: A RETROSPECTIVE ON SUPERMAN II (1980, 2006)

Production was roughly 75% completed on Superman II, which was being filmed simultaneously with Superman:The Movie, when the decision was made to stop and try to complete the first movie, were the flying effects were proving problematic and the budget for the productions was ballooning, all with its release date looming ...

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CAN YOU READ MY MIND? A RETROSPECTIVE ON SUPERMAN-THE MOVIE (1978)

Comic book movies and superheroes are as big today in our multiplexes as they ever have been, although in truth heroic figures with imaginative powers and colourful costumes have been all the rage on-screen ever since the forties, when Batman made his way onto screen in several Columbia Studios serials. ...

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STOP, I’M ALREADY DEAD-REVISITING iZOMBIE: SEASON ONE

What is the best series on network television right now?  Whilst cable channels like HBO and Showtime and streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime are taking over the show, literally, as well as award ceremonies, network television has seemingly been left behind, with a dependence on live programming ...

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IN DEFENCE OF CHRIS CARTER

So there I am, eleven years of age, about a week into my first year of high school. It’s a scary time, although thankfully not to the extent that it was a time of dark, dark despair. The second episode of season two of The X-Files is about to begin. ...

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REVIEW:THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-MY STRUGGLE II

After six weeks it’s come to an end. After years of waiting and hoping, the excitement when it was announced, the hype before it aired and then five glorious weeks glued to our television screens, The X-Files has gone from our lives again, with only a promise that it will be ...

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Let’s Talk Batman v Superman:Dawn of Justice.

There really should be a subtitle that goes along the lines of; “As well as Man of Steel, Zack Snyder, the DC Extended Universe and THOSE Rumours”. Apologies, this goes off in many directions, but I have stuff I need to talk about. So let’s begin… This past week has ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-BABYLON

Chris Carter’s Babylon opens up with a scene of terrorism that would not be out-of-place in an episode of Homeland, itself the creation of former X-Files writers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa. The sequence is not without the potential for controversy, depicting Islamic religious rituals and terrorism, and unsurprisingly it ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-EPISODE 4: HOME AGAIN

There’s a moment halfway through Home Again which sees Petula Clark’s Downtown playing on the soundtrack during what is very much an incredibly scary moment. If I had missed the credits at the start of the episode, and thus did not know who was writing or directing this installment, then ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES: SEASON 10-EPISODE 3: MULDER AND SCULLY MEET THE WERE-MONSTER

The very last image of his episode pretty much sums up how I felt about it as a whole but before I get to that, let’s review shall we. Ask any X-Phile to name their top ten episodes, or compile a list of any favourite episodes and chances are there ...

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BACK ON THE AIR: Why Television Revivals Can Be A Good Thing.

This week has undoubtedly been an interesting one for the television industry. In the space of the last seven days The X Files has returned to our screens and after months of rumour and suggestion, Netflix finally announced that they are indeed reviving Gilmore Girls for four brand new feature-length episodes ...

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REVIEW: THE X-FILES-SEASON 10:EPISODE 2-FOUNDER’S MUTATION

For me there were always two season premieres for a season of The X Files. The first episode, and possibly second, would be taken up with mythology elements and then the one after that opening two parter, which was the first stand alone episode of the season, would feel like ...

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REVIEW-THE X-FILES:SEASON 10-EPISODE 1: MY STRUGGLE

Comebacks and revivals are hard especially if you’ve been gone for a while. Get it right, you’re on top of the world. Get it wrong, you have potentially ruined a good track record and may even taint the glasses of nostalgia in the process (I’m looking at you Indiana Jones ...

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TOP NINE X FILES EPISODES

Yes, I can hear what you’re saying. Nine episodes? Nine? Why not five or ten, you know, a nice rounded number, that makes more sense. Hell, why not go to eleven like Spinal Tap. Nope, for this list of top X Files episodes I have decided in my infinite wisdom ...

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WARNERS/DC REVEAL FIRST LOOK AT WONDER WOMAN

The new trailer for Suicide Squad may be the talk of everywhere today, but there was another glimpse at a future Warner Bros/DC production that has got us all excited too and this one is carrying a heavy load on her shoulders. During The Dawn of the Justice League Presentation ...

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Jessica Jones Renewed For Second Season.

It’s been a busy week for the television industry with the Winter TCA Press Tour in full effect with many Networks and studios unveiling future plans for some of their biggest shows on the air right now, so with a successful production deal with Marvel, all eyes were on Netflix ...

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MOVIE RETROSPECTIVE: THE X-FILES:I WANT TO BELIEVE (2008)

Talk of a second X Files film did not begin to become more serious until after the conclusion of the television series which occurred on the 19th of May 2002 with a two-hour finale entitled The Truth. The series finished with an open ending in which Mulder and Scully were left ...

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Cloverfield ‘Sequel’ Unveiled.

You have to hand it to JJ Abrams. He brought Star Wars back in spectacular form, he’s managed to kickstart creative directions for not one, but two popular, and rival, franchises with the word ‘Star’ in the title, and in the midst of it all he’s seemingly produced a sequel to ...

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OBITUARY: Alan Rickman (1946-2016)

Another day and another loss it seems. Alan Rickman, like David Bowie, was 69 years of age when he passed away today from cancer and waking up to the news that one of Britain’s greatest actors who had the distinction of being both acclaimed for theatre and portraying several villains ...

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DAVID BOWIE (1947-2016)

It’s not very often one gets to be a legend in their lifetime, but with David Bowie it felt like he did it multiple times, changing his appearance, becoming almost a different character of his own with each era and album and allowing himself to remain constant and relevant. It’s ...

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IF I QUIT NOW, THEY WIN: A Retrospective on The X-Files:Fight the Future (1998)

When it comes to making a film based on a television series, especially one that is making such a transition when the series in question is still on the air, The X Files: Fight the Future must surely rank as one of the most ambitious, if not the most herculean.  ...

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2015 Review-Part Two: The ‘Dinosaurs’ Awaken

Jurassic World is about to shortly end. There is around fifteen minutes of the movie left. We’re knee-deep in the last act of a movie that is a sequel to one of the most popular movies of all time. To defeat the Indominous Rex, a genetically engineered dinosaur designed to ...

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2015 Review-Part One: A Year of Superheroes

Goodbye 2015, you have been a most excellent year for geek culture. From triumphant returns on the big screen, superb seasons of television shows, most notably with Marvel and Netflix combining forces to give us not one but two great television shows, DC and Greg Berlanti hitting home run after ...

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RETROSPECTIVE: Star Wars-Episode One:The Phantom Menace

1999. What a year it was. The year of The Matrix, The Mummy, Fight Club, The Sixth Sense, The World is Not Enough, The Thomas Crown Affair, The Blair Witch Project and, of course, the first Star Wars prequel. Maybe it was because I was a teenager at the time ...

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X Files Unveils Behind the Scenes Footage.

What a week this is shaping up to be, with new trailers for Independence Day, Star Trek and X Men, not to mention the long-awaited return of Star Wars. In the middle of it all 20th Century Fox unveiled new behind the scenes footage from the upcoming return of The ...

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Star Trek Beyond Trailer Released.

  It’s Star Trek Jim, but not as we know it and I promise that this will be the one and only time I’ll deliver a Star Trek related play on words in this article. With all the excitement about that other huge franchise with ‘Star’ in the title coming ...

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Independence Day:Resurgence Trailer Debuts

The trailer for the very long-awaited sequel to Independence Day dropped last night, somewhat unexpectedly, but it’s here and we’re now only seven months away from another long-awaited follow-up to a beloved sci-fi classic. Although more recent than Star Wars, Independence Day was a phenomenon back in 1996, coupled with ...

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THE FBI’S MOST UNWANTED: A Retrospective on The X-Files Pilot Episode

Written by Chris Carter Directed by Robert Mandel Original Airdate: 10th September 1993 Network: Fox A woman runs through a forest, running for her life before slipping and falling. A vortex of leaves envelopes around her and a mysterious figure cased in a bright white light approaches her. Everything turns ...

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