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Guilty Pleasures: Firefox

Clint Eastwood’s Cold War thriller Firefox (1982), based on the novel by Craig Thomas, has a bit of a rep as a plodding spy film, partially enlivened by some fancy model work dog fights in the third act. Rewatching it the other night, it struck me that the minutiae of the set-up, evasions and manoeuvres […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Judge Dredd

  Is Stallone’s take on the Mega-City cop drokking good, or just plain drek? On the matter of Guilty Pleasures, I AM THE LAW! Judge Dredd lingered in development hell from as far back as 1980 before it burst onto screens in 1995. Trying to get the tone of the character and his world right […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Battlestar Galactica (1978), Mormons From Outer Space

What the frack, Luke? Imitation is supposedly the sincerest form of flattery, but not according to Star Wars creator George Lucas. TV hit maker Glen A Larson’s re-jigged concept “Adam’s Ark“, reborn as Universal ABC’s Battlestar Galactica, faced multiple lawsuits from George Lucas and 20th Century Fox on the basis of copyright infringement.  To add insult […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Star Trek The Motion Picture

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus deals with how the quest for God, or The Creator, can end up biting mankind in the ass. I thought I’d look at a Star Trek film that considers similar themes, with a more positive, humanistic, message. Not Star Trek V however, with its infamous “What does God need with a starship?” […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Star Fleet

    If you were a kid in 1982, or maybe old enough to know better but didn’t care, you probably rushed downstairs on a Saturday morning to watch a Japanese space adventure puppet show, influenced by Thunderbirds and Star Wars. It had a theme song catchy enough to rival the music of both, that […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Ironclad

In 1215, wicked King John (Paul Giamatti) rails against being forced to sign The Magna Carta by his Barons. With the leave of The pope, he aims to reclaim absolute control of England with the assistance of Danish mercenaries. Archbishop Langton (Charles Dance) charges Baron Albany (Brian Cox) to hold the strategically vital Rochester Castle […]

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Guilty pleasures: Dune

Long before Spice World there was Dune, the original Spice world of Arrakis, scene of the crime for this month’s Guilty Pleasures. Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel Dune is a beloved work of science fiction, never out of print. A wordy, complex saga, many attempts were made to adapt it for the big screen, before Dino […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

Overstuffed, psychotic, polarising and brutal. A slap in the face to Superman’s Golden Age goodness, and Gotham’s gun-less Batman. A gussied –up series of trailers within trailers for DC Movies main event. All these criticisms have been laid at the door of Warner Bros and DC, like a beaten, Batarang -branded villain. Yet Batman V […]

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Interview: The Flop House Podcast

There are many funny bad-movie podcasts out there. Many set themselves a task of deconstructing the movie and discussing it in a great deal of depth. There are very long discussions around the craft of film and how such movies can be improved and what they would do in the filmmakers’s shoes. Some barely offer […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Lost Command

Lost Command and The Battle Of Algiers are two films released in the same year (1966) on the same subject – the latter a haunting warning down the years to colonialist intervention and the threat of disaffected insurgency (covered by me here); the former a gung – ho action adventure and clash of command ideologies, […]

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