Director: Ron Krauss
Starring: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch
Hello, I’m not dead! I’ve managed to clamber free of the dole-drums for a minute in a probably futile effort to resurrect this ailing Sciffy series. I’m well out of writing (and film watching) practice and it might show – so apologies. May contain a very brief, barely noticeable reference to The Thing and lots of spoilers…
Here’s a quick review of the Cruise Missile Man’s Groundhog Day battle/sci fi/war flick All You Need is Kill. Sorry Jarv, I’m going with the grammatically incorrect but much more apt original title since it works better with the story than that shitty Christian Rock album title. Read More…
Director: Don Siegel
Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan
Unless you live 107 light-years away on the planet Fattybollox you’ve probably at least heard of this ‘un but I’m guessing you’ve all seen it and there’s no need for me to tell you this movie is ace. May contain a surprise in the greenhouse, we’re not talking mutant hellebore either, and spoilers…
Director: Bert I. Gordon
Starring: Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, Dean Parkin
Giant animals are scary. Giant robots are scary. But giant people are the scariest of all, because they’re people, just like us… except they’re giant. And we’re not and it’s scary coz we might get metaphorically trodded on by ourselves… May contain a tall bloke and spoilers.
Director: William Cameron Menzies
Starring: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt
Colourful for 1953, innit! Quite a lot of print damage on the version I’ve got here, plus spidery vertical green lines running through the picture intermittently, distracting but who cares, let’s do it. May contain Colonel Fielding Colonel Fielding (x2 deliberate) and spoilers…
Director: Eugene Lourie
Starring: Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
I’m dragging you lot kicking and screaming back into the 1950’s for some big monster mayhem and we’re going to begin in a familiar environment with a familiar face – oh aye, you’ll see. May contain a shape-shifting policeman and spoilers…
Director: Don Sharp
Starring: Burl Ives, Terry-Thomas, Gert Frobe
Ah, Jules Verne… the mere mention of the monicker conjures up visions of wildly far-fetched machinery, Victorian steampunk and all that, not to mention a dash of outlandish wildlife. Rejoice – they’re sending little Jimmy Clitheroe to the moon! Whoa, hold on a mo, the squeaky-voiced fella from a bygone age of wireless, The Clitheroe Kid? May contain cartoon slapstick and spoilers…
Director: Christian Nyby
Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite
An American science/ military contingent based in the Arctic discover a crashed saucer buried in the snow. Further examination of the area turns up a frozen humanoid figure which they chopper back to the research outpost safely locked in a block of ice. Before you can say ‘it might not be a good idea to throw a lecky blanket over it’, somebody throws a lecky blanket over it. Chaos ensues… May contain a Mensa-level vegetable and spoilers.
This is normally Droid’s territory, but work has been kicking my arse to such an extent that I have literally not watched a movie of any description for absolutely yonks. However, Lovefilm has stuffed a whole load of TV up on the On-Demand service, and I have been watching that. So, this will include a brief capsule review of everything I’ve seen in 2013. Many of these series I started and then abandoned for being either a) shit or b) too much for my lazy brain to deal with.
I’m not bothering with ratings for this lot, as I’ll be here all day. I will try to be clear though.