Tag Archive | film review

A Droid Premiere: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

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It feels like this movie has taken forever to get to the big screen. I vaguely remember Wolgang Petersen being attached at one point in the early 2000’s. This was before ‘Superman Returns’. Before ‘Batman Begins’. And then there was that Times Square billboard in ‘I Am Legend’, teasing the possibility that the two most famous superheroes of all time would one day go toe to toe for our viewing pleasure.
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A Droid Premiere: Triple 9 (2016)

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Surprise! Yes, it’s your old mate Droid here with a review of the new film ‘Triple 9’. Since it’s been a surprisingly long time since I wrote one of these, I expect it to be pretty terrible. So… par for the course, really.

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They Came From Beyond Space (1967)

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Director: Freddie Francis

Starring: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Bernard Kay

Thought I’d seen this – but apparently not (apart from the Michael Gough bit near the end – seemed familiar, that). Amicus Productions decided to dabble in Quatermass territory but was it worth the bother? May contain tights-wearing alien henchmen and spoilers…

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Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun (1969)

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Director: Robert Parrish

Starring: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark

Love it when this happens. The film is just another title on the list, but when I set that silver platter spinning, a cross between 1970’s-era TV series UFO and Thunderbirds appeared before my emotionally watering eyes. May contain live action puppets and spoilers…

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superHUMAN! The Real LIfe Super-Hero Movies: Hero at Large (1980).

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Welcome to a new series! We’ve been completely shit so far in 2015 (well, Droid has been keeping up his usual fine run), and have let the content level drop a fair amount. So, thankfully, ContinentalOp has stepped into the breach and come up with a new series- a look at the “real life” Superhero movies. There are loads of these, and the quality of them varies from the decent to the frankly risible. Anyhoo, here’s ContinentalOp with what is arguably the progenitor of the whole subgenre.

Massive credit is due here, as I think this may be the most erudite review that any of us has ever produced- it even has footnotes backing assertions, unlike the wild unqualified shite that I usually turn out. Anyhoo, Take it away, dude:

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Alien Origin (2012)

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‘Director’: Mark Atkins

‘Starring’: Chelsea Vincent, Trey McCurley, Philip Coc

Shite.

Cheers, folk.

ThereWolf, February 2015

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Attack Of The Crab Monsters (1956)

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Director: Roger Corman

Starring: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson

Reckon I’m long overdue for one of these things aren’t I. Sorry. Struggling to even write a shopping list at the moment, but here goes… This time I’m going to sail us to the island of a Corman cheapie. Might stay awhile so bring yer cozzie just in case. May contain a crafty crustacean or two and spoilers…

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Alien Hunter (2003)

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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…

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)

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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…

 

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The Last Man On Earth (1964)

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Director: Sidney Salkow

Starring: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli

Before I Am Legend there was The Omega Man and before that there was The Last Man On Earth, or L’Ultimo Uomo Della Terra if you’d prefer. Maybe you could add I Am Omega to the list but I’d rather you didn’t. Anyway, they keep having a go at the Matheson classic but nobody ever gets it quite right, do they. May contain useless smoke bombs and spoilers…

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