• Scene Is Believing: Alexander

    The elephant battle, River Jhelum Towards the end of Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Colin Farrell’s driven Macedonian has pushed his army further than any Greek in the ancient world has ever gone, now clashing with Indian warlords on massive war-elephants. Stone cheats a little with this battle, substituting Alexander’s suicidal leap across the battlements at Multan […]

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  • Little Wonder – A Tribute to Time Bandits

     Terry Gilliam often refers to Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as his “dreamer’s trilogy”. All three films share a common thread of fantasy and all three leave you with the impression that the protagonist may have imagined the whole adventure. There is also a common theme of bureaucracy chasing man – Brazil is the story of a man […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Star Cops

    Back in 1987 BBC2 screened a small screen cousin of the “hard” sci-fi of Outland, Moon, and more recently, Gravity, that fiendishly married the police procedural with the then “anything’s possible” concept of high frontier exploration – Star Cops. The show was the brainchild of Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who scripting maestro, Chris Boucher. He’d […]

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  • Moore of an Edge: For Your Eyes Only

    In 1981 the producers of James Bond wanted to get back to basics. There can be no arguing that Moonraker, the previous Bond film had gone a bit too far by taking Bond to space and all, not to mention the fact that at 30 million dollars,Moonraker was double the budget of the film that preceded it. […]

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  • Mad Max Fury Road First Look

    “My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

    mad max fury road
  • Gaugamela Nights: The Ballad Of Oliver Stone’s Alexander

      “Fortune favours the bold,” quoth Virgil in the opening titles to Oliver Stone’s epic, Alexander (2004).  It is meant to sum up the the reach of perhaps the greatest overachiever in any world, ancient or modern; conqueror, explorer, king, diplomat, demi-God. And one who fled to the end of the known world to escape the […]

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  • Guilty Pleasures: Enemy Mine

    With this month’s Guilty Pleasures, you get two genres for the price of one. An SF version of John Boorman’s Hell In The Pacific, that then morphs into adventures in space babysitting. Human Davidge (Dennis Quaid), is left holding Drac erstwhile enemy “Jerry’s” (Louis Gossett Jnr) surprise offspring Zammis (Bumper Robinson). Throw in an appearance by “hey, […]

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  • Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam

    It was first the idea of New York Mayor Ed Koch in 1981, six years after the official ending of the Vietnam War. A think tank was assembled to create a fitting memorial to Vietnam Veterans. The memorial was to be a glass-block structure etched with excerpts of letters sent to and from servicemen during the […]

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  • Unsung Heroes: The men Beneath The Alien Costume

    Two images defined both the biomechanical and graceful look of the final stage in the life cycle of Ridley Scott’s Alien – HR Giger’s 1976 painting Necronom IV,and Leni Riefenstahl’s photograph of a two metre tall, rail thin, Nubian warrior. To achieve the look he wanted, Ridley reluctantly accepted he needed a man in a […]

    alien bolaji bodero
  • Inside Jaws – Filmumentary Preview

      Jamie Benning, creator of the Filmumentary feature-length documentary fan edit, is at it again. He’s following up 4 of my top movies with another of my favorite movies of all time, Jaws. Although the sequels had a steady decline into less-than-stellar territory, the original remains what I consider to be a perfect movie. I asked […]

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Alexander Elephant

Scene Is Believing: Alexander

The elephant battle, River Jhelum Towards the end of Oliver Stone’s Alexander, Colin Farrell’s driven Macedonian has pushed his army further than any Greek in the ancient world has ever gone, now clashing with Indian warlords on massive war-elephants. Stone cheats a little with this battle, substituting Alexander’s suicidal leap across the battlements at Multan […]

time-bandits-poster-1

Little Wonder – A Tribute to Time Bandits

 Terry Gilliam often refers to Time Bandits, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen as his “dreamer’s trilogy”. All three films share a common thread of fantasy and all three leave you with the impression that the protagonist may have imagined the whole adventure. There is also a common theme of bureaucracy chasing man – Brazil is the story of a man […]

star cops collage

Guilty Pleasures: Star Cops

Back in 1987 BBC2 screened a small screen cousin of the “hard” sci-fi of Outland, Moon, and more recently, Gravity, that fiendishly married the police procedural with the then “anything’s possible” concept of high frontier exploration – Star Cops. The show was the brainchild of Blake’s 7 and Doctor Who scripting maestro, Chris Boucher. He’d […]

ForYourEyesOnly-Still1CR

Moore of an Edge: For Your Eyes Only

In 1981 the producers of James Bond wanted to get back to basics. There can be no arguing that Moonraker, the previous Bond film had gone a bit too far by taking Bond to space and all, not to mention the fact that at 30 million dollars,Moonraker was double the budget of the film that preceded it. […]

mad max fury road

Mad Max Fury Road First Look

“My name is Max. My world is fire, and blood.” Attendees at last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con were offered T-shirts bearing the bold legend “Comic-Con 2014 belongs to the mad.” They weren’t kidding. The teaser shown at the event went online last night, and the response has been ecstatic. I’m going straight out after this […]

alexander stone farrell

Gaugamela Nights: The Ballad Of Oliver Stone’s Alexander

  “Fortune favours the bold,” quoth Virgil in the opening titles to Oliver Stone’s epic, Alexander (2004).  It is meant to sum up the the reach of perhaps the greatest overachiever in any world, ancient or modern; conqueror, explorer, king, diplomat, demi-God. And one who fled to the end of the known world to escape the […]

enemy mine 3

Guilty Pleasures: Enemy Mine

With this month’s Guilty Pleasures, you get two genres for the price of one. An SF version of John Boorman’s Hell In The Pacific, that then morphs into adventures in space babysitting. Human Davidge (Dennis Quaid), is left holding Drac erstwhile enemy “Jerry’s” (Louis Gossett Jnr) surprise offspring Zammis (Bumper Robinson). Throw in an appearance by “hey, […]

Watchf AP I   Kampuchea Cambodia APHS PEACE HELMET

Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam

It was first the idea of New York Mayor Ed Koch in 1981, six years after the official ending of the Vietnam War. A think tank was assembled to create a fitting memorial to Vietnam Veterans. The memorial was to be a glass-block structure etched with excerpts of letters sent to and from servicemen during the […]

alien bolaji bodero

Unsung Heroes: The men Beneath The Alien Costume

Two images defined both the biomechanical and graceful look of the final stage in the life cycle of Ridley Scott’s Alien – HR Giger’s 1976 painting Necronom IV,and Leni Riefenstahl’s photograph of a two metre tall, rail thin, Nubian warrior. To achieve the look he wanted, Ridley reluctantly accepted he needed a man in a […]

jaws-cine

Inside Jaws – Filmumentary Preview

  Jamie Benning, creator of the Filmumentary feature-length documentary fan edit, is at it again. He’s following up 4 of my top movies with another of my favorite movies of all time, Jaws. Although the sequels had a steady decline into less-than-stellar territory, the original remains what I consider to be a perfect movie. I asked […]

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