Movie Zone & TV Zone Archive

  • The latest in my occasional series of blogs about SF movies;, good, bad, and all points in between… Space Truckers (1996) is one of the greatest films never made…instead they...

    Space Truckers

    The latest in my occasional series of blogs about SF movies;, good, bad, and all points in between… Space Truckers (1996) is one of the greatest films never made…instead they...

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  • Last night I watched His Girl Friday again, for the nth time.  It’s one of my favourite ever films.  One of those sharp sassy black and white movies with machine-gun...

    Howard Hawks

    Last night I watched His Girl Friday again, for the nth time.  It’s one of my favourite ever films.  One of those sharp sassy black and white movies with machine-gun...

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  • At the recent British Fantasy Convention in Brighton, I was privileged to share a panel on movies with the inimitable Kim Newman, a man who has seen more movies than...

    Lifeforce

    At the recent British Fantasy Convention in Brighton, I was privileged to share a panel on movies with the inimitable Kim Newman, a man who has seen more movies than...

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  • I truly can’t wait for the spectacle and silliness of the new Conan the Barbarian Movie…I love Robert E. Howard’s stories and understated stories, and always loved the Arnie version....

    Conan: Coming Soon

    I truly can’t wait for the spectacle and silliness of the new Conan the Barbarian Movie…I love Robert E. Howard’s stories and understated stories, and always loved the Arnie version....

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  • If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? That’s the question I was asked by those guys over at Electric Sheep.  And my choice was...

    Electric Sheep

    If you could be a character in a movie, who would you be? That’s the question I was asked by those guys over at Electric Sheep.  And my choice was...

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  • I went for a drink last Friday with my editor DongWon Song, who was in London for the week to attend the London Book Fair and catch up with his...

    We’ve Won!

    I went for a drink last Friday with my editor DongWon Song, who was in London for the week to attend the London Book Fair and catch up with his...

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  • I’ve just been looking at Empire Magazine’s alternative Best Film Awards, the Jamesons. Forget the BAFTAs, these are the awards that recognise the existence of GENRE movies! Refreshingly therefore Kick-Ass wins...

    Empire Jameson Awards

    I’ve just been looking at Empire Magazine’s alternative Best Film Awards, the Jamesons. Forget the BAFTAs, these are the awards that recognise the existence of GENRE movies! Refreshingly therefore Kick-Ass wins...

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  • Pursuing the ‘crap movies’ theme, here’s a great blog about a movie I haven’t seen for yoinks and have no intention of seeing again any time soon – Zardoz! 

    Zardoz

    Pursuing the ‘crap movies’ theme, here’s a great blog about a movie I haven’t seen for yoinks and have no intention of seeing again any time soon – Zardoz! 

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  • As I mentioned in a previous blog, I have been much entertained at seeing the dreadful dreadful reviews for Zack Snyder’s new movie Sucker Punch.  So I thought I’d check...

    Sucker Punch: the Palmer Take

    As I mentioned in a previous blog, I have been much entertained at seeing the dreadful dreadful reviews for Zack Snyder’s new movie Sucker Punch.  So I thought I’d check...

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  • Great furore has attended the opening of Zack Snyder’s new action fantasy epic Sucker Punch.  Critics hate it;, so much so that some fear Snyder will be sacked from the...

    Sucker Punch

    Great furore has attended the opening of Zack Snyder’s new action fantasy epic Sucker Punch.  Critics hate it;, so much so that some fear Snyder will be sacked from the...

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  • For the practising writer, there is no uglier word in the English language than “pitch”.  (Except for the word “Rejection”.)  As writers we want to be judged by our work,...

    Pitch Factor

    For the practising writer, there is no uglier word in the English language than “pitch”.  (Except for the word “Rejection”.)  As writers we want to be judged by our work,...

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  • I’ve just been browsing through some photographs of my home town of Port Talbot in South Wales.  This is the place where I was born, and where my family still...

    On The Spirit of Place: Writing that is Inspired by a Location

    I’ve just been browsing through some photographs of my home town of Port Talbot in South Wales.  This is the place where I was born, and where my family still...

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  • (NOTE: To hear Nicole Peeler’s SFF Song of the Week, scroll down, or click here.) Ah, the BAFTAs! Weren’t they great!  Jonathan Ross redeemed himself with a string of actually...

    The Alternative BAFTAS

    (NOTE: To hear Nicole Peeler’s SFF Song of the Week, scroll down, or click here.) Ah, the BAFTAs! Weren’t they great!  Jonathan Ross redeemed himself with a string of actually...

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  • I spent some time last night looking at Mark Charan Newton’s excellent blog, and was intrigued at what he had to say about the recent Guardian Book Blog debate about...

    What’s it all about, guys?

    I spent some time last night looking at Mark Charan Newton’s excellent blog, and was intrigued at what he had to say about the recent Guardian Book Blog debate about...

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  • If you missed it, the best thing on telly last year was Misfits on E4. A superhero show; a comedy; a dark drama – it had it all.  Ace script...

    More Misfits

    If you missed it, the best thing on telly last year was Misfits on E4. A superhero show; a comedy; a dark drama – it had it all.  Ace script...

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  • I caught a blog on Jeff Somers’ site a while back,  extolling the marvellousness of a micro-budget SF movie called MONSTERS. And I finally managed to catch up with it...

    Monsters

    I caught a blog on Jeff Somers’ site a while back,  extolling the marvellousness of a micro-budget SF movie called MONSTERS. And I finally managed to catch up with it...

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  • A recent blog by John Scalzi  drew my attention to a fascinating plagiarism case on the web.  The author  Monica Gaudio discovered to her horror that an article she’d written...

    The Ethics of Theft

    A recent blog by John Scalzi  drew my attention to a fascinating plagiarism case on the web.  The author  Monica Gaudio discovered to her horror that an article she’d written...

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  • Here’s a treat – an action movie with wit and humour and real characters.  Check out RED, directed by Robert Schwentke, (who I’ve now forgiven for the lame The Time...

    RED

    Here’s a treat – an action movie with wit and humour and real characters.  Check out RED, directed by Robert Schwentke, (who I’ve now forgiven for the lame The Time...

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  • I recently went to see Michael Winterbottom’s new movie The Killer Inside Me, which has been the subject of much controversy because of its graphic scenes of violence towards women. ...

    Let’s Glorify Violence

    I recently went to see Michael Winterbottom’s new movie The Killer Inside Me, which has been the subject of much controversy because of its graphic scenes of violence towards women. ...

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  • I was looking for a movie to watch last night, and I saw this write-up of Repo Men in my paper, the Guardian: ‘The nasty but futuristic business of retrieving...

    Repo Men

    I was looking for a movie to watch last night, and I saw this write-up of Repo Men in my paper, the Guardian: ‘The nasty but futuristic business of retrieving...

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