Category Archives: Sci-Fi

The Gang’s All Here!

StarWarsThe gossip mill around Episode VII has been rolling pretty solidly this year.  We have the involvement of JJ Abrams and Harrison Ford confirming he’ll be back.  Now hot on the back of Carrie Fisher announcing that she would be reprising her role as Princess Leia in  George Lucas dropped this bit of info when he was interviewed by Businessweek.

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ He pauses. ‘Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.”

So it looks like Han, Leia and Luke will all be back with their Zimmer frames! I just hope it works as two of them are not renowned for their sanity in later years!

Anyway… This pretty much sums up my feelings:

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Star Wars Prequel Trilogy Revisited

When you mention you’re a Star Wars fan to anyone outside your normal social circle, you tend to get one of two reactions. One is the “Eurgh, what did I just step on?” look as they inconspicuously try to get as far away from you as possible, and the other is the knowing smile and the awkward attempt at conversation, usually on the subject of “Is there any other bounty hunter cooler than Boba Fett?” (The answer to that of course, is yes!)

Star Wars Celebration III

Who says it’s not cool to be a Star Wars fan?

Mention to the latter however, that you’re a fan of the prequels and you’ll normally get the exact same reaction as the former gave you the first time. My point is, it’s never cool to admit to being a Star Wars fan, and even less cool amongst other Star Wars fans to admit you like the prequels. Well I’ll freely admit to not being cool just as I’ll freely admit to being a fan of George Lucas’ most recent offerings and here’s why:

Episode One is where it all began, telling the tale of young Anakin Skywalker long before the Clone Wars, his tragic downfall and rebirth as evil alter ego Darth Vader, and the eventual rise of the Empire. What’s not to like here? First off, the special effects, the backdrops and the set design are all second to none. No matter what you think of this movie you cannot say it’s not a beautiful film to look at, from the virtual paradise of Naboo to the swarming metropolis of Coruscant and the rolling arid landscape of Tatooine, it’s a feast for the eyes and the imagination alike.

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Sleeper (1973)

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By 1973 Woody Allen was a firm favourite with Cinema going audiences. Although not yet feted as a master by the critical community his films were highly successful at the box office. That’s not to say that he was simply pandering to the masses for financial gain. In retrospect you can see him developing his film making style over the course of these early comedies. Each new film showed that Allen was spending a great deal of time honing his craft. His Direction, writing skills and acting all improved over a hand full of very well received movies giving him the confidence to try new things and more importantly produce an interesting end product. When Sleeper was released it was seen as a new high in Allen’s career. Continue reading

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Preview: Sockzilla!

SOCKZILLAJust released to the world is the trailer for the new film from Director Paul Bruce. Best known for his five minute award winning epic Zombie Asockalypse from 2009, Paul and his team have been hard at work on the follow up. Staying with the horror genre, the subject of the new film is Sockzilla the sock monster from fifty thousand fathoms.  Featuring the same high quality wool blend and voice talent it looks as if Paul has another winner on his (sock covered) hands.

The trailer for the film can be found here

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JJ Abrams to Helm Star Wars 7!

George Lucas speaks to JJ Abrams

Image © Joi Ito

I don’t know what to say! I’m stunned! If he does anywhere near as good a job as he has been doing for Star Trek we could be in for a treat! Just Fanboy Wow! I got the news from The Wrap.

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What to look forward to in 2013: Part 2

Django Unchained 

djangoBe honest with yourself, Tarantino hasn’t made a great film in 10 years. Inglourious Basterds was average, Death Proof took itself too seriously and Kill Bill Volume 2 would have worked better if not compared to its thrill packed predecessor. Django Unchained at least shows that the auteur has no plans of mellowing with age. Set during the American civil war about a freed slave, the film has already received much criticism for its racial epithets (which Tarantino has often been criticised for in his work). Boasting a stellar cast including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and of course Samuel L Jackson, personally I’m hoping for a return to form for Tarantino. Though there are those that’d argue there was never a dip.

 

Pacific Rim 

images-3When mankind finds itself under threat from giant monsters that have appeared through a dimensional portal in the ocean, there’s only thing for it. Build giant robots to kick the living shit out of the threat. I don’t think much more needs to be said for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming sci-fi effort.

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Thomas’s top 10 of 2012

This list proved harder to cut down than I initially thought. Nonetheless, here’s my top films of 2012. Likely subject to change once discussed with exception of the top three.

Enjoy.

The Muppets

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Within five minutes of this film starting I instantly regretted my decision to come see it. My nostalgic memories were being kicked from me as I realised that not only the Muppets themselves had aged badly,

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Looper (2012)

looper 1Time travel films require a certain amount of faith on the part of the viewer. If you are willing to accept the premises presented then all is well. In some films thinking a bit too much about the science behind the time travel elements of the plot lead to questions and problems appearing. When this occurs it is easy to be taken out of the film in terms of the enjoyment. Looper deals with these issues quite effectively within the film. On two separate occasions characters dismiss all talk of time travel theory because it really screws with your head. Basically the film is saying that there are questions but let’s not dwell on them here. This is a movie for you to enjoy. A nice touch in sidestepping the plot holes from the talented writer / director Rian Johnston. Continue reading

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AVPR: Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem (2007)

The journey has certainly been eventful. From its initial beginnings in 1979, the Alien and Predator franchises have had their highs and lows. It was always going to be a tall order to follow-up on the initial critical and commercial success of the first two Aliens films and the first Predator film. It was Dark horse comics that first brought the two together and with hindsight it is the perfect combination. The ultimate warrior squared up to the galaxy’s most lethal species. It wasn’t too long before the comics were mooted for a movie franchise of their own. How could it possibly fail? With the Blu ray release of Prometheus this week it seemed like an opportune time to have a look back at one of the not so highs from the Alien universe, the 2007 film Aliens Vs Predator – Requiem.  Continue reading

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Resident Evil: Retribution 3D (2012)

In 1997, Constantin Films acquired the rights of the Resident Evil series with the intention of producing a live action film. A couple of years later they hired George A. Romero (yes the George A. Romero) to pen a script. Anyone familiar with both Romero and the original video game would have been creaming at this news. It was too good to be true. And it was, unfortunately. Paul W.S. Anderson was also hired to write a script, with the studio favouring his offering. On paper the idea seemed like suicide however it turned out to be the most successful film series based on a video game, raking in $876 million USD with a combined budget of $284 million. So he must be doing something right as the fifth film is currently in cinemas with a sixth already in the pipeline.
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