Reviews: Iron Man; Armored Adventures – Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

While Iron Man; Armored Adventures isn’t strictly canon, with the storyline of the series altering Tony Stark’s origin story beyond recognition, it is strictly entertaining. Featuring an experienced cast and a solid production team, the series takes us back to Stark’s youth. Despite being an animated series, the tone of the show takes its cues from … Continue reading

Reviews: Doctor Who Series 5: Volume 1 (DVD & Blu-ray)

DVD Doctor Who Series 5: Volume 1 returns the Doctor to our screens with a whirlwind of frenzied brilliance. That’s right! Better than fish and chips, more comforting than afternoon tea, bigger than Prince Harry, the Beatles and cricket combined, the Doctor is the greatest export the UK has to offer. This is no understatement! … Continue reading

Reviews: Agatha Christie: Poirot – The Clocks (DVD)

Hercule Poirot is an iconic character – many avid readers will be familiar with the peculiarities of this particularly persistent private eye. Pow! Poirot is Christie’s version of Sherlock Holmes, the classy, aloof intellectual with a gift for observation and amazing powers of deduction. While we (in my humble opinion) are yet to witness the … Continue reading

News: Lisa Simpson Got Married In The Future Today

I don’t know if this counts as news, but nevertheless:

Reviews: Misfits – Season 1 (DVD)

The first time I heard the storyline for BBC’s new teen drama, Misfits (written and created by Howard Overman), I pulled the “um, what?” face. A group of five teenagers doing community service get struck by lightning during a freak electrical storm and develop super powers. I know, right? But I ask you not to … Continue reading

Reviews: Babar – Volume 1 (DVD)

Babar was an absolute cornerstone of my childhood television-viewing experience. Beautifully animated and cleverly written, the show combined heart, whimsy and serious ethical and social issues in the kind of seamless way that children’s shows have to to be successful. The series is presented in a split-timeline format, with present-day adult Babar (King of the … Continue reading

Reviews: Naruto Shippūden Collection 2 (DVD)

While Naruto may have been a fleeting pleasure tailored specifically for that before school, Cheez TV (for those of us old enough to remember Cheez TV!), heavy lidded, pre-pubescent audience, the good people of Madman have brought the next instalment to our wanting shores.  Naruto Shippūden continues the story of Naruto and his friends, only … Continue reading

News: San Diego Comic Con coverage

The largest gathering of geeks in the Western world is taking place over this weekend. San Diego Comic Con features panels, trailers, screenings and booths – all designed to build hype around upcoming films, television shows, video games and yes, even comics. While we at Ctrl-x would love to cover the Con, we’re all stuck … Continue reading

Reviews: Fullmetal Alchemist; Brotherhood – Collection 01 (Blu-ray)

Fullmetal Alchemist; Brotherhood is a strange and engaging anime series based on one of the most popular manga of all time. Brotherhood is the second adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, and was directed by Yasuhiro Irie (Spriggan, Cowboy Bebop) and written by Hiroshi Onogi (Earth Girl Arjuna, Mobile Suit Gundam). The phrase ‘second adaptation’ may have … Continue reading

Videos: Amazing 80s remix of Firefly opening credits

Check out this awesome 80s-style remix of the opening credits to Joss Whedon’s short-lived sci-fi series Firefly below:

News: Party Down canceled

Starz has chosen not to renew the brilliant single-camera comedy series Party Down, which recently ended its second and final season on the cable channel. The series garnered critical acclaim and featured excellent writing and great performances from its ensemble cast. Lead Adam Scott had already left the show (after wrapping the second season) for … Continue reading

Reviews: Survivor 20: Heroes vs Villains

Ben Vernel takes a look at the most recent season of Survivor. Beware: spoilers ahead.

Reviews: The Hollowmen Seasons 1 and 2 DVD set

The Hollowmen wasn’t what you’d call a blockbuster success – in pure ratings terms it was actually more of a failure. But this political satire from Working Dog (Frontline, The Dish, The Panel, Thank God You’re Here) is one of the smartest comedies to grace the small screen since the short-lived American critical darling Arrested … Continue reading

Reviews: Parks & Recreation Season One DVD

Ben Vernel takes a look at the first season of quasi-The Office spinoff Parks & Recreation.

News: Lost simply “Good vs Evil”

In a Feb 4 video podcast, Lost showrunners Damon Lindelof  and Carlton Cuse state that Lost is “…good versus evil, very very simply put, and we have to sort of decide… is Jacob the good guy and this mysterious Man in Black who we saw in the finale the bad guy… or have we done … Continue reading

Sales: Curb seasons 1-6 60% off

Amazing deal on Amazon.com; Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Seasons 1-6 for $90! Get on this quick sticks, the deal is only valid until midnight (American time). Check it out here.

Reviews: The Simpsons Season 6 DVD set

The Simpsons. An absolute classic, the definitive television show of a generation. Also, alas, a fallen great. Ben Vernel reviews arguably its greatest season.

News: Amazing Lost poster

Check out this amazing illustrated poster for the final season of Lost (published in AXN Magazine): Click the image for the larger version.

News: Ricky Gervais to appear in American Office!

Wow. If this comes to fruition, I will be extremely interested to see it. I recently watched seasons 2 and 3 of the American version of The Office, and it was some fantastic viewing. I loved the UK version too, and I’d be overjoyed to see Gervais appear alongside Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson and the … Continue reading

We’re Back: 30 Rock

Ben Vernel will be taking a look at a few of the programs that have returned from the holiday hiatus – today, Tina Fey’s madcap look behind the curtain of weekly sketch comedy, 30 Rock.

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