11th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×05: Kill the Boy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“Every time you wear something you made, you can remember her.” Myranda’s phony words of comfort to Sansa pluck uncomfortably at something every human struggles to reconcile within themselves.  What claim do the dead have on us, and is it more important to honor their memory than it is to work toward a better future? […]

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10th May2015

‘Bad Land: Road to Fury’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Robert Hobbs, David Butler, Aimee Mullins, Christy Pankhurst, Alex McGregor, David Clatworthy, Liah O’Prey, Carel Nel, Andy McPhee | Written by and Directed by Jake Paltrow In a post-apocalyptic eternal drought, people kill for water. Where it is scarce and desperately needed, a farmer, Earnest Holm, […]

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10th May2015

’3D Realms Anthology’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

There is a breed of gamer, they are getting on a bit now but they still remember the hell of PC gaming in the nineties.  This was when numbers like 2086, 286, 386 and 486 actually meant something other than being bad lines in Hackers and multi-core computing was not something even considered in the […]

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10th May2015

‘Nymphomaniac: Volumes I & II – The Director’s Cut’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Stacy Martin, Shia Labeouf, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Uma Thurman, Mia Goth | Written and directed by Lars von Trier Some people would question why I would watch the theatrical version of Nymphomaniac, never mind the director’s cut, but I tend to like Lars Von Trier’s style.  Yes, he goes for the […]

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10th May2015

LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Diedrich Bader, Troy Baker, John DiMaggio, Tom Kenny, Phil Morris, Nolan North, Khary Payton, Kevin Michael Richardson, James Arnold Taylor, Tony Todd, Kari Wahlgren, April Winchell | Directed by Brandon Vietti Batman has joined the just formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s bad […]

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09th May2015

‘Northmen’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Ed Skrein, Ryan Kwanten, James Norton, Tom Hopper, Charlie Murphy, Leo Gregory, Ken Duken, Anatole Taubman, Johan Hegg, Danny Keogh, Nic Rasenti, Darrell D’Silva, Joe Vaz, Richard Lothian, Daniel Janks | Written by Bastian Zach, Matthias Bauer | Directed by Claudio Fäh Washed up on an unknown shore after being caught in a storm, […]

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09th May2015

Play Blackpool Review: ‘From Bedrooms to Billions’

by Phil Wheat

The Play “Expo” events in Blackpool and Manchester are, in some ways, an attempt to recapture and relive the community spirit of video gaming in an age where keyboard warriors and faceless online gaming rule the roost. It’s also a celebration of the history of gaming, from the early years of arcade games like Space […]

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08th May2015

‘World War Dead: Rise of the Fallen’ Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Philip Barantini, Kacey Barnfield, Robert Bladen, Kyle Frank, Marco Gambino, Wendy Glenn, Ovidiu Lapusneanu, Davide Manganelli, Ray Panthaki, Ben Shafik, Eva Solveig | Written and Directed by Freddie Hutton-Mills, Bart Ruspoli The Battle of the Somme marked one of the bloodiest battles in human history wounding and killing over 1,000,000 German and Allied soldiers. […]

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07th May2015

‘The Light & Darkness War’ Review (Titan Comics)

by Dean Fuller

Written by Tom Veitch | Art by Cam Kennedy | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Hardcover, 208pp The Light & Darkness War was first published by Epic Comics, as a six issue mini-series, way back in 1988 and has been given a nice new lick of paint and general spruce up by Titan Comics. […]

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07th May2015

‘Nightbanes’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

There is no denying the fact that digital collectable card games are popular. In many ways this makes them perfect for the free-to-play model where money can be grabbed back from the player when they are hooked and need the better decks to aid them in battle. This may sound cynical but by now we […]

07th May2015

‘Project CARS’ Review (PC)

by Paul Metcalf

Project CARS is finally here and after all the delays the final release version is available and I’ve been lucky enough to play it over the last week and get a feel for the game.  With lots of promises made and more importantly a lot of driving hours to put in, can Project CARS live up […]

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07th May2015

‘Tower of Guns’ Review (Xbox One)

by Phil Wheat

Billed as “a relentless celebration of everything you love about old-school first-person shooters”, Tower of Guns is the kind of FPS experience that old school gamers will instantly recognise. From the get-go its obvious that this title takes its inspiration from classic ID software games such as Doom, Quake et al., and it’s all the better […]

06th May2015

‘Boy Meets Girl’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

Stars: Michael Galante, Michelle Hendley, Jean Devereux Koester, Ethan Major, Scott Martineck, Christopher McHale, Benj Mirman, Randall Newsome, Jacob Perkins, Joseph Ricci | Written and Directed by Eric Schaeffer My gender identity is complex, but my life experiences intersect frequently with those of trans women and it’s a category I feel proud to be partially […]

06th May2015

‘The Asylum’ DVD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Stephen Lang, Brett Dier, Brittany Curran, Kevin Chapman, Gage Golightly, Kelly Blatz, Jenny Shakeshaft, Meredith Prunty, Ashley Tramonte, Nick Nicotera, Jeff Gum, Adam Teper, Keith Arem, Aaron Dorsey, Karina Junker | Written by Marcus Nispel, Kirsten Elms | Directed by Marcus Nispel During a party in an abandoned asylum, teenagers perform an occult ritual […]

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06th May2015

‘Game of Thrones 5×04: Sons of the Harpy’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“I could say that our minds are temples to the Seven and should be kept pure, but the truth is, I don’t like the taste.” Laws are what we make of them.  In the High Sparrow’s self-deprecating explanation as to why he doesn’t drink wine is a deeper, darker truth: we obey laws for our […]

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05th May2015

‘The Long Good Friday’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, P.H. Moriarty, Kevin McNally, Alan Ford, Dave King, Bryan Marshall, Derek Thompson, Eddie Constantine, Paul Freeman, Leo Dolan, Patti Love, Pierce Brosnan | Written by Barrie Keeffe | Directed by John Mackenzie The gangster movie is a beast very like the gangs it is based on.  Depending on the country of origin […]

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05th May2015

‘Mad Men 7×12: Lost Horizons’ Review

by Gretchen Felker-Martin

“We all know that man, because there are millions of him.” You know you’re in trouble when your descent into Hell begins with Meredith standing in for Virgil.  In the windowless labyrinth of McCann-Erickson’s corporate belly it seems as though Don Draper has finally, fatally given up.  “I expect you to bring things up a […]

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04th May2015

‘Flim: The Movie’ Review

by Stuart Wright

Stars: Raffaello Degruttola, Steven Waddington, Rebecca Atkinson, Jody Marriott Bar-Lev, Kacey Barnfield, Camille Coduri, Josh Cohen, Shelley Conn, Collette Cooper, Dan Davies, Skye Lucia Degruttola, Simone Lahbib, David Elliot, Sadie Frost, Christopher Fulford, Abhin Galeya | Written and Directed by Raffaello Degruttola Flim The Movie is a very clever, very funny mockumentary. It was a surprise hit […]

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04th May2015

‘Anti-Hero’ Book Review

by Reece Jones

Written by Jonathan Wood | Published by Titan Books | Format:  Paperback, 480pp Jonathan Wood’s supernatural thriller is a laugh-a-minute riot. Which is odd for a book about the end of the world. You know your day isn’t going to start well when an attack drone starts trying to kill you at a funeral. Yet […]

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04th May2015

‘Unbroken’ Blu-ray Review

by Paul Metcalf

Stars: Jack O’Connell, Takamasa Ishihara, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, Jai Courtney, Maddalena Ischiale, Vincenzo Amato, John Magaro, Luke Treadaway, Louis McIntosh, Jordan Patrick Smith, Spencer Lofranco, Dylan Watson | Written by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson | Directed by Angelina Jolie Hollywood is a whirring machine of marketing, it churns out movies […]

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04th May2015

‘The Art and Making of Hannibal the Television Series’ Book Review

by Paul Metcalf

When Hannibal was announced as a new television show nobody could have guessed what a success it would become, most worried that it would take their much-loved character and do evil remake things to him.  All worry faded with the introduction of Hannibal as portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen, his portrayal brought us a new Hannibal […]

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03rd May2015

Play Blackpool 2015 – Report

by Phil Wheat

So, at least for Nerdly, Play Blackpool 2015 is over for another year. As I write this it’s Sunday night and Play’s doors have closed for the day – however it is on for one more day, the first time the event has been a three-day affair in its history) There may be other “Play” […]

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