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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: 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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Guilty Pleasures: Tron Legacy

Joseph Kosinki’s second sci-fi film Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise, seems to be cementing his dubious reputation as a soulless director of empty, derivative spectacle. I disagree, and would like to take this opportunity to defend his enjoyable debut feature cyber-calling card, Tron Legacy. Admittedly, Tron: Legacy is a film of two halves. After going all out to entertain […]

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Guilty pleasures: Avatar

Make no mistake, 3D greatly enhanced the Avatar experience, but each subsequent viewing, even on the TV screen,  still succeeds in transporting me to the most incredibly realised alien world. Avatar is a romantic epic, an ecological action tale, where director James Cameron wears his conservationist streak not just on his sleeve, but spread all over the big […]

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Guilty Pleasures: The Losers

Based on a comic book for Vertigo, D.C’S “Mature” label, The Losers’  language and violence is toned downby director Sylvain White, but it still packs a peppy punch, with, guns, one–liners and good music galore from John Ottman (The Usual Suspects, X-Men 2). The black ops team are set up to eliminate a Bolivian drug lord […]

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