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Guilty pleasures: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen is based on the comic book by Alan Moore (writer) and Kevin O’Neill (artist). Briefly, a team of literary heroes from well known works is assembled in a steampunk version of 1899 by “M”, head of Britain’s Secret Service. Their mission is to foil the dastardly machinations of The Fantom to provoke war among […]

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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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Guilty Pleasures: Daredevil

  What do we want? JUSTICE!! Justice for Daredevil, the unfairly maligned runt of the movie superhero litter, and subject of this month’s Guilty Pleasures. Director / Writer Mark Steven Johnson complained of having to cut his dark avenger type movie to achieve a PG-13 rating imposed by the studio (it’s a 15 in the […]

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Guilty Pleasures: Escape To Athena

USOnly Live Twice Yes I know Roger Moore wasn’t in the James Bond film whose title I’m playing on here, but the bad joke fits the melting pot of moussaka that is Lew Grade’s Escape To Athena, a comedic WWII caper in the Greek islands, with a cavalcade of slumming B-list stars, clearly only in it […]

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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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