Runaway Train

Not to be confused with the late Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, Runaway Train is based on a potential début colour film by Japanese master Akira Kurosawa, later redrafted by Djordje Milicevic, Paul Zindel and Edward Bunker, with Andrei Konchalovsky on director duties. In this 1985 film, Jon Voight stars as Oscar “Manny” Manheim, a controversial inmate even at the Stonehaven maximum security prison.

S06E18 – Animate the World

On this episode we explore the wonderful – and sometimes weird – world of animation in our quest to find out why the medium has become so popular, whether games really need cutscenes, and why Eastern and Western animation are so different. This week’s news

S06E17 – Everything’s Super

Super-powers have long been amongst the top five things on the average geek’s Christmas list, but what actually constitutes a “super-power” and where does magic fit in? Join us as we explore the rise of mainstream super-powered media. This week’s news thinks spandex is the height

The Car

Die Hard, Jaws and Towering Inferno are all of a school of prototypical Hollywood genre films that gave birth to copycats far and wide. Many confined actions films have been referred to as ‘Die hard in a…’ Many disaster films borrow Towering Inferno motifs and

Meandering Mic: Abby Howard

If by this point you have somehow managed to miss my total love of Strip Search – Penny Arcade’s Webcomic Artist Competition/Reality Show, the first series has finally finished. It’s 31 episodes and many many hours long – and well worth watching! Seriously my favourite

S06E16 – Eerie Everywhere

On this week’s episode we decide to explore those strange little realities that are just a little bit off-normal. Join us as we take a journey into a pocket universe (that’s not a euphemism!), where people are strange even when you’re not a stranger. This

Exit

Nordic Noir, the term was one specifically tailored towards literature but only in the last few years with the popularity of the Millennium trilogy, Wallander, Borgen and the Killing it has made its way onto TV and Cinema screens. Now films that would have disappeared

Jack Hill Double: Spider Baby & Foxy Brown

Quentin Tarantino dubbed Jack Hill “the Howard Hawks of exploitation filmmaking”. Even if that box quote does cut Jack Hill as a vital figure in the exploitation film world, what’s even more worthy of note is Arrow Film’s commitment to releasing high-quality pressings of the

S06E15 – Me & My Giant Robot

When it comes to robots, does bigger mean better or are we simply fascinated by giant weapons? On this episode we decided to take a closer look at giant robots, so join us as we find out which robot would make the best friend and

Competition Time! – LitFest Mini Comic Con

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! The Middlesbrough Literary Festival has been running for some time now, but this year Sarah Dennis, Morbid, and the rest of the good folks at the Central Library have added something new – a mini comic convention! To celebrate the