I’m always a sucker for a good old space yarn centered around Mankind’s reach for the Stars and the Moon. The story of NASA and the lunar project’s have been a fascination for many, young and old. I’m too young to have seen a man on the Moon, though I was a wee little baby at tender age of one when Eugene Cernan last stepped on the lunar surface. As I grew, my affection and interest with the space programs grew. The 80’s were a fantastic time for all things space related, you had the Space Shuttle program and the first astronaut jetpack untethered space walk, Russia’s amazing Mir Space Station and then unfortunately that doomed Challenger mission. These were just key moments in this here wide-eyed teenaged wolf but from those years, my obsession with space grew. Continue reading “Countdown (1967) Robert Altman, James Caan & Robert Duvall Go To The Moon”→
Major Hall (John Clements) follows a man he has been tailing onto a train to Oxford when suddenly the Professor randomly decides to commit suicide. On further investigation he finds a bag filled with cash and reports come in that the Professor had a vacant, lost look upon his face! What was going on? Could he of sold secrets to the Soviets? The Major visits Oxford University to try and unravel the mystery.
Tagline – Out of the Black Pit of the “Hate Machine” Came a Thing – Not a Man!
Any teenager growing up with a local video rental store near them during the 1980’s would of seen the shelves over filled with VHS cassette covers from the likes of Hong Kong promising non-stop action packed high adrenaline filled martial arts. Relentless Kung Fu fighting, crazy acrobatics and a barrel load of slap stick comedy. They never failed in bringing deep joy and wide opened, jaw hitting the floor shock as stunt men flew through the air smashing into all manner of bone crushing solid wall or concrete structure or propelled head first out of a bus window at full speed. These guys were incredible and we just couldn’t get enough of them. Continue reading “Eastern Condors (1987) Sammo Hung & The Hong Kong Dirty Dozen”→
Just as I was about to start this film, in teleported Governor Saroyan. He appeared in my lair wearing his usual get up, that silly pimped up egg shell thing on his head. He’s a funny ole fellow, reminds me of that wonderful British actor Roddy McDowall.
Now Governor Saroyan is perfectly charming but has an erratic nature, until that is, he hits the old sauce which calms him right down. The Gov Saro has a big obsession for sweet peach snaps and drinks nothing else, lucky he always brings his own as I won’t touch the evil stuff. Once he’s half cut and merry, he likes nothing more than telling tall tales and dribbling about some girl called Colonel Wilma Deering he once met. After a while he quiets on down, I reach for the bourbon and start the movie. And what a movie it is…… Continue reading “Ikarie XB 1 (1963) Voyage to the End of the Universe”→
Much like last month’s Ground Zero took a real life story and mixed it with a batch of fiction to amp up the drama.
Orion’s Belt is based on factual happenings in the Svalbard regions of Norway where the games of Cold War were being played out between Russia, America and the UK. Real brinkmanship shenanigans, with Norway, and their scandinavian friends, sat right in the middle like the stars in Orion’s Belt. Continue reading “Orion’s Belt (1985) Norwegian Cold War”→
Donald is gonna think I’m stalking him! This is the third film in a row with the versatile, dependable Mr Pleasence and this time it was purely by chance as I didn’t know he was in it. What a great surprise. Cul-De-Sac was first then Ground Zero.
One way to write a good screenplay is to use historical facts for your plot and then jazz it up with some fiction. Ground Zero really doesn’t need “jazzing up” as the original source material is horrific in it’s own right but with a tweak here and there this 80’s Australian film casts a thrilling story. It also scores big points for a collection of amazing imagery which give the outback set pieces a science fiction movie feel. Continue reading “Ground Zero (1987) – Cold War In The Outback”→