Movies and TV 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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  • 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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  • Last week I suggested we were living in the Age of X – at a time when the X-Men are the dominant heroes of our culture, and X-Men movies are...

    The Age of America

    Last week I suggested we were living in the Age of X – at a time when the X-Men are the dominant heroes of our culture, and X-Men movies are...

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  • One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

    Why to be a Writer

    One of the highlights of my Eastercon just past was taking part in a writers’ workshop run by an excellent group called the T Party. Hi guys! This was a...

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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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  • 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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  • I spoke to my mother earlier tonight; she really enjoyed GIFT, and since she is a doctor, she appreciated the medical details.  That’s an interesting coincidence ; my mother worked...

    Is There a Doctor in the House?

    I spoke to my mother earlier tonight; she really enjoyed GIFT, and since she is a doctor, she appreciated the medical details.  That’s an interesting coincidence ; my mother worked...

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  • What’s the best way to kill an alien? Do you zap it with energy beams, blast it with bullets, burn it with a flame-thrower, drop an anti-matter bomb on it,...

    How to Write Action SF

    What’s the best way to kill an alien? Do you zap it with energy beams, blast it with bullets, burn it with a flame-thrower, drop an anti-matter bomb on it,...

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  • I’ve finally seen Avatar, and it’s as amazing and spectacular as everyone says.  The 3D experience is exhilarating, the plot is tight and smart, and the concept is brilliant.  It’s...

    If Jackals Ruled the World

    I’ve finally seen Avatar, and it’s as amazing and spectacular as everyone says.  The 3D experience is exhilarating, the plot is tight and smart, and the concept is brilliant.  It’s...

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  • I’ve recently started opening up this debatable space to guest blogs…most recently, Stuart Angell McGregor’s splendid piece on The X-Files and his own original, never-broadcast show The Flashlight Department. Watch...

    SF Movies: Guest post from Archie Tait

    I’ve recently started opening up this debatable space to guest blogs…most recently, Stuart Angell McGregor’s splendid piece on The X-Files and his own original, never-broadcast show The Flashlight Department. Watch...

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  • Avatar has become, in a relatively short time, the 2nd highest grossing film worldwide ever.  It’s the battle of the titans now…Cameron has himself to beat, because Titanic is the...

    Avatar’s Astonishing Success

    Avatar has become, in a relatively short time, the 2nd highest grossing film worldwide ever.  It’s the battle of the titans now…Cameron has himself to beat, because Titanic is the...

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  • I think SF should be sensual…if you want to know why, have a peek here.

    Sensual SF

    I think SF should be sensual…if you want to know why, have a peek here.

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  • Numbers aren’t everything, but here’s an interesting breakdown from our friends at SF Scrowsnest on the dominance of fantasy movies at the box office.   Maybe SF epic Avatar will...

    Fantasy rules?

    Numbers aren’t everything, but here’s an interesting breakdown from our friends at SF Scrowsnest on the dominance of fantasy movies at the box office.   Maybe SF epic Avatar will...

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  • It’s coming to that time of year when the pundits start issuing their lists of the Best of ’09…I thought I’d add to the pile with my own three favourite...

    Best SFF Film of 2009

    It’s coming to that time of year when the pundits start issuing their lists of the Best of ’09…I thought I’d add to the pile with my own three favourite...

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  • As a post-Christmas treat, I went to see a classic movie at the BFI (formerly the National Film Theatre).  It was The Red Shoes, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,...

    Movie Zone: The Red Shoes

    As a post-Christmas treat, I went to see a classic movie at the BFI (formerly the National Film Theatre).  It was The Red Shoes, by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger,...

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  • More great movie SF in the pipeline it seems – James Cameron is to produce (but probably not direct) a version of the fab 1996 movie Fantastic Voyage, featuring a bunch...

    Fantastic Times Ahead

    More great movie SF in the pipeline it seems – James Cameron is to produce (but probably not direct) a version of the fab 1996 movie Fantastic Voyage, featuring a bunch...

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  • Mark Charan Newton has written an excellent recap of the firestorm of comment that followed his controversialist piece on why SF is dying, and fantasy kicks butt. I’ve added my...

    The Rebirth of Cool SF?

    Mark Charan Newton has written an excellent recap of the firestorm of comment that followed his controversialist piece on why SF is dying, and fantasy kicks butt. I’ve added my...

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  • I’ve just read Mark Charan Newton’s fiery blog on Why Science Fiction is Dying and Fantasy Fiction is the Future. Normally I take a very mild attitude to other people’s point...

    Okay, this is war!

    I’ve just read Mark Charan Newton’s fiery blog on Why Science Fiction is Dying and Fantasy Fiction is the Future. Normally I take a very mild attitude to other people’s point...

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  • I’ve been following the tweets and blogs of Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright recently, which are great value, though sometimes odd. But I’ve been hugely impressed at the casual...

    On the Art of Name Dropping

    I’ve been following the tweets and blogs of Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright recently, which are great value, though sometimes odd. But I’ve been hugely impressed at the casual...

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