The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 8,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.
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A very Merry Christmas and a Zarjaz new year to you all from Brit CIt Reviews. Hopefully a review of the year 2012 will be coming to the blog soon.
Brit Cit Reviews is officially one year old today.
Which is all very well, but regular readers will no doubt have noticed that there hasn’t been an awful lot going on with the blog for the past couple of months. Well that should be about to change, as I am hoping to get a couple of new reviews posted in the (hopefully) not too distant future. Stay tuned folks.
Back from the Dredd
Special guest reviewer- Eamonn Clarke
There are at least 2000 reviews of Dredd 3D out there. Here is another one.
2000AD has been one of the biggest proving grounds for British comic book talent over the last 35 years. So much so that it is a bit of a mystery why none of its iconic characters have been adapted into successful films before now. Obviously there was the other movie but we all try to forget that one. But think of the creators who started out with 2000AD: Alan Moore, Brian Bolland, Neil Gaiman, John Wagner, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison to name just a few. Many of them have gone on to create stories for other comics that have been adapted for the screen, but still the only 2000AD character to escape from the comic pages is Judge Joe Dredd.
Dredd 3D arrives with an enormous weight of expectations from the fans, and also the big question of whether it can cross over and attract those who don’t read the comics into the cinemas. Fortunately everyone involved seems to have been aware of the expectations and were committed to treating the character seriously. Another huge factor in the success of the film has been the involvement of the creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra who get first billing in the end credits. Getting the popular 2000AD artist Jock to help design the look of Megacity One was also a very smart move by the producers.
So how well do they succeed in adapting the world of Judge Dredd? The opening shots of the Cursed Earth, the wall, and then Megacity One along with Karl Urban’s voice over set the scene quickly and efficiently. Director Pete Travis makes sure we know where we are straight away, and it is a believable world that doesn’t seem that far from our own. The slums, the battered vehicles and the street crime recall images from films like City of God and even the riots that plagued London in 2011AD.
And then there is Dredd himself. Right from the opening shots of him donning his armoured clothing and helmet Karl Urban is Judge Dredd. Terse, brutal and deadly. Obviously the uniform had to be adapted from the comic book depictions into something more functional, but the interesting thing is Dredd’s outfit looks well used and somewhat battered. Even the famous helmet is scarred and scratched in contrast to the Stallone movie where everything gleamed as if it had come straight out of the factory, or had just stepped off Versace’s catwalk.
The storyline is kept fairly straight-forward and simple with the two Judges outnumbered and outgunned as they try to work their way up through Peach Trees block to the final showdown with Lena Headey’s Ma-Ma. If I had any criticism it would be with the portrayal of Anderson as somewhat nervous and uncertain at the start of the film, I would expect a cadet Judge to be tougher but it does allow the the writer Alex Garlandto give us her character progression through the 95 minute film. Those minutes are perfectly paced and it feels is just the right length for an adult action film which is not affected by the bloated running times that are increasingly common.
While on the subject of time the depiction of the effects of the drug Slo-Mo are central to the plot and allow for an impressive combination of slow motion filming and the 3D effects. The water splashing from Ma-Ma’s bath and the shattering of a glass window later in the film are stand-out moments. I will don my medical hat for a moment to wonder how the drug works. Slo-Mo slows the user’s perception of time passing to one hundredth of normal. It is taken taken through an inhaler device and appears to work almost instantaneously. To affect the experience of time passing I would assume that Slo-Mo must work on neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain. That means the drug must be inhaled into the lungs, cross into the bloodstream and then get across the blood brain barrier which would take some time. It would be quick but not as fast as shown in the film but we will just have to allow some artistic licence here.
Along with Karl Urban the rest of the cast are fantastic. Fans of The Wire will enjoy seeing Dredd and Anderson arrest Avon Barksdale (Wood Harris). It was also nice to see one of the Weasleys, Domhnall Gleeson, graduating to a more interesting film role as the Clan Techie, and Rakie Ayola makes the jump from Holby City to Chief Judge look easy!
Overall the film is a fantastic action adventure which remains true to the spirit of the comics while opening the character up for a wider audience. Let us hope that it makes enough money so that Travis, Garland and Urban can give us a sequel. The medic-droid gives Dredd 3D a full 5 stars. Film of the year for me.
Regular readers of the blog will have noticed that there hasn’t been any reviews uploaded to the blog for a few weeks now. This is because I am finding it increasingly difficult to find the time to sit down and write a review for the Prog every week. Because of this I’ve decided to place the blog on an indefinite hiatus, untill I have more free time available. I am hoping that I will return to writing reviews for the blog at sometime in the future, and if and when I do start writing reviews again, I shall probably give the blog a complete new look and feel. Rest assured this shouldn’t be the end of the blog, as I will put any reviews I get sent from other people up on the blog, and the blog will remain online so you can still read all the reviews that I’ve posted thus far. Hopefully it won’t be too long until I can get back to writing for the blog, but until then I’d just like to say a big thank you to all of you who have allowed the blog to be such a success.
Fancy a read of the Dark Judgement comic books? Well the guys over at Everything Comes Back To 2000AD are offering the comics for free download, having previously been published in print by Zarjaz. In their own words:
“Ok, this is a TOTALLY self indulgent post, but on the plus side unlike most small press comic creator ego-wanks I’m not asking you all to kickstart my hardback, leather bound, famous creator cover, first issue of something I’m not willing to pay for myself. It’s a freebie!
The Dark Judgement comics put out by Zarjaz, which they were good enough to say we could give away as a pdf are REEEALLLY close to getting 1,000 downloads. Small potatoes I know, but for a small press guy it’s a pretty cool milestone.
So, if you haven’t downloaded it already go check it out.”
You can download the comics by clicking on the following link:
A huge thank you to all of you who have viewed the blog, which has just reached the milestone of 5000 views. When I first started this blog last year I didn’t think anyone would be even remotely interested in my ramblings or my opinions, and indeed the first few months were a struggle. But eventually the blog took off and I’m delighted that so many of you have (hopefully) enjoyed reading my reviews. Special thanks to Eamonn Clarke for his excellent medical reviews and also to the guys over at the Everything Comes Back To 2000AD blog (http://2000ad.wordpress.com/) who have helped publicise Brit Cit Reviews from time to time, and have given me a steady supply of new readers. Once again thank you to all of you readers and subscribers and I hope you all continue to enjoy reading Brit Cit Reviews in the future.
Since I began this blog back in November of last year, all of the reviews have been 2000AD related. However after much consideration I have decided that I am going to extend the blog’s remit to include non 2000AD strips from 2000AD creators. I will be beginning these non 2000AD reviews with the first volume of Pat Mill’s legendary Anti-war classic Charley’s War. This strip did of course get a reprint run in the Judge Dredd Megazine a few years ago, so I guess its not that far from the blog’s original remit. Hopefully I’ll review all of the Charley’s War strips in time. Rest assured regular readers that this blog will still be predominantly about 2000AD, with these other reviews hopefully adding a little extra to the blog. Expect the first review in the coming weeks.
I’m sure most of you have seen this allready, but thought I’d share it for those who haven’t. I have to say the movie is looking like it’s going to be pretty amazing judging by the trailer. Karl Urban seems to be a perfect choice for the role of Dredd. Roll on 21st September
Since I started Brit Cit Reviews back in November of last year, I have been amazed by the success it has achieved, to the point where the blog is now recieving around one thousand views every month. In that time I have tried to post more than one article each week, be it for the Prog, a trade collection, or a Forgotten Thrill. However, I am currently training to be an English teacher and unfortunatly I simply can not find the time to read and review quite as frequently as before.
This is most certainly not the end of the blog however, far from it, but I do need to prioritise and obviously I can’t put the blog first. I promise that the Prog review will still be posted every week, but be prepared for a period where the Prog may be the only thing getting reviewed. I will still try and get the occasional trade review and Forgotten Thrill posted on the blog, but they will be far less frequent.
Thank you everyone for reading all my ramblings that have been posted thus far, and I hope that you will continue to follow the blog. Of course if you would like to write a review for the blog then now really is the perfect time. If you have a review you wish to be published on Brit Cit Reviews simply email it too email@example.com and it will get posted asap.