A self-confessed jaded geek and compulsive writer, Andrew is a renowned music journalist for the national Powerplay Rock And Metal Magazine, the US-based HorrorNews, his own site Diary Of A Genre Addict and this fine establishment here. The author of several books encompassing fiction, journalism and film critique, he can be found rummaging for old big-box VHS tapes of horror movies or complaining that CG effects always look unfinished.
I was at the Nottingham screening at the awesome indie cinema SCREEN 22, at an event staged in conjunction with the equally awesome STRAIGHT TO VIDEO retro movie night (which has a brilliant associated music project doing rocked-up covers of classic soundtrack tunes). The film is brilliant from start to finish, and is a rarity in this day and age as it is one of the few Kickstarter campaigns which has actually hit its goal, which provided part of the funding for the project.
Hello there, you sexy things. Your friendly neighbourhood freak here, coming to you live from under a pile of back issues after a period of weeping with joy and despair at various screens showing people in capes. We talk about comic book movies in this column, so let's do that, shall we?
It's ok. I understand. I feel your pain, and have felt it for many years. I'll more than likely feel it for many years to come. I, like the vast majority of you, didn't go to SDCC this year. Or last year. Or ever. The San Diego Comic Con, aka Comicon, aka SDCC, seems like a distant dreamland to the billions of geeks around the world who never get to go. I'm sure that the event is a pain in the backside when you're there, unable to move around due to fat guys in Boba Fett costumes and a thousand girls dressed as Harley Quinn, unable to get into any of the events you want to be a part of and unable to buy all of the shiny things that the dealers offer thanks to little issues like money and luggage limits.
Jeez, really? That's the best you could come up with? While I'm completely aware that an accurate Electro would have looked even more stupid, the Electro that will show up in reboot-porn continuation The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks like a cross between a jelly baby and a sex toy.
So, following on from my last column where I ranted against Joe Queenan's grumpy soliloquy against superhero movies in the Guardian, it comes as a great pleasure to hear that MAN OF STEEL, the new Superman movie, has been breaking records with its opening box office receipts. I am yet to see the film, and while I wasn't too enamoured of the changes to the Superman mythos, I am thrilled to see it's hitting the ground running with fans around the world.