Author: Rob Irwin

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

I’m a Batman fan through and through, but I don’t pretend to have read or seen everything Dark Knight related. Even something like Gotham by Gaslight, which is a really well-known one-shot from 1989 is something I knew of, and was quite interested in because of the premise/setting, but had...

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

When Sabrina the Teenage Witch aired on TV between 1996 and 2003, I was between the ages of 21 and 28. It was the least likely thing for me to be interested in. It was, to my mind, some terrible sitcom for kids, with a really crappy-looking talking cat,...

ELITE

When I wrote about 13 Reasons Why, I spoke a little about my enjoyment of TV shows and movies that show the US high school experience. I won’t go over that again here, although I will mention that while watching Chilling Adventures of Sabrina last night, I asked my...

The War of the Worlds

Back in… gosh, I really don’t know… maybe 1985… maybe 1986… we went into primary school as usual and found our teacher was ill. A regular substitute (whom I’d liked for years), called Mrs Hamer, took our class for the day. Now that I look back, this was probably...

The Singapore Grip

I read a few reviews before I watched The Singapore Grip, because I was curious as to whether it would be worth my time. The Christmas and New Year break from work delivers me some idle hours, but they aren’t infinite. And so, going into this six-part series, I...

The Devil All the Time

Sometimes you watch a movie and feel like you’ve been a through a genuine kind of experience. It might be good, it might be bad. It might be one you want to revisit as soon as the credits finish rolling and you’ve had a bathroom break, or it might...

Sherlock Holmes

There are two things you will hear over and over again about the Grenada Television series of Sherlock Holmes which ran for four series between 1984 and 1994 under the banners of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes and The...

13 Reasons Why

There is a romanticised kind of US high school experience that I sometimes find it hard to say no to. That doesn’t mean I’m about to use this piece to express a love of Glee or High School Musical – far from it – but every now and then...

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

If you’ve read what I’ve had to say about Batman: The Killing Joke, you’ll already – unconsciously – know a lot of the background to how I also came across the original version of The Dark Knight Returns. Basically I was in my teens, I liked Batman, and I had...

Batman: The Killing Joke

When I was a kid of maybe 13-ish or 14-ish, there was a one-shot Batman graphic novel called The Killing Joke which I thought was the bomb. I was just the right age to think 60s Adam West Batman on TV was absolutely ridiculous (although truth be told, I’d...

From the Sky Down

I was inspired by Achtung Baby’s 29th anniversary the other day to pen a few words on the LP; something that I didn’t know was coming up on the calendar. It just happened and in the best way, whoosh, the words came out. Meanwhile, a good month or so back,...

It Couldn’t Happen Here

In late 1987 I was absolutely taken with the Pet Shop Boys’ cover of Always on My Mind. The band were already well established in pop, and the upbeat cover of the Elvis song sounded fantastic. To top it all off, it had an absolutely bizarre video clip with...

Achtung Baby

Facebook has just reminded me that U2s Acthung Baby LP is 29 years old. As of today. Or yesterday. It really depends where you are in the world. But enough silliness – colour me gobsmacked at how old this album is. I can scarcely believe it’s true. As I commented...

Campion

When I picked up the discs for both seasons of Campion, it was in the firm belief I’d never seen it. As each episode rolled by, however, I realised I’d actually seen quite a few of them. I was shocked by this as I normally have a great memory...

Space Battleship Yamato 2199

Growing up in Australia in the 1980s, I was exposed to a number of Japanese anime series that had been dubbed to English. I found these shows extraordinary – compared to the Western animation I was otherwise watching – as they tended to be highly episodic and tell and...