The Final Countdown (1980) Pearl Harbor Revisited

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The award this month for the most silliest plot taken extremely seriously goes to The Final Countdown. Not a tongue in cheek to be seen. What can be seen though is an incredible array of military fire power. This film is a war machine fanatics dream, quite simply this is a giant Cold War, mines bigger than yours, show off exhibition. If you love jets of all sizes firing off from an aircraft carrier, you gonna love this film.

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The Illustrated Man (1969) – Back To The Future

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You know the scenario, we’ve all been there. You find yourself a nice tranquil, peaceful spot to relax and reflect on good times when out of the blue your beautiful bliss happy place is interrupted by the old classic, a hobo with a dog on a piece of string. Half drunk, few teeth missing, mix matching clothes and usually angry or slightly insane, mostly both together. Continue reading “The Illustrated Man (1969) – Back To The Future”

The Thing (1982) Fathers Day AKA Freak The Kids Out Day

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Been slowly introducing the classics to my two children and what better excuse is there than Father’s Day. Nothing beats family time, to me, than watching a movie I so loved as a teenager and hopefully passing on it’s “greatness” to another generation. Predator, Total Recall, Rambo, Aliens have all been unleashed on them but this time it’s John Carpenter’s The Thing and quite frankly this one is a freak show. Continue reading “The Thing (1982) Fathers Day AKA Freak The Kids Out Day”

La Jetée (1962) Twelve Monkeys Future Past

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1995’s Twelve Monkeys is up there in my top 10 science fiction films of all time, somewhere near the very top. Everything about Terry Gilliam’s vision and David Webb’s screenplay is absolute perfection. I knew that it was inspired by a short sci-fi story called La Jetée (The Jetty) by an experimental filmmaker and photographer called Chris Marker but I hadn’t seen it until now! Continue reading “La Jetée (1962) Twelve Monkeys Future Past”

A Boy and His Dog (1975) – Apocalyptic Radar Dogs

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The award for most nut-job movie on my watch list this year so far has to go to the ridiculously controversial but equally brilliant A Boy and His Dog. To be honest I had imagined Brewster McCloud was going to hold on to that title for sometime but no this apocalyptic tale really took the biscuit. Continue reading “A Boy and His Dog (1975) – Apocalyptic Radar Dogs”

Bridges Go Round By Shirley Clarke (1958) Abstract Short Film

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Abstract montage of New York bridges to the sound of freeform jazz or electronic magnetic soundscapes? Which one is best? There’s only one way to find out! FIIIGGHHT! Continue reading “Bridges Go Round By Shirley Clarke (1958) Abstract Short Film”

Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1972)

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The adventures of Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) a Chicago newspaper reporter who investigates the strange, supernatural goings on in the dark of the night. One things for sure, if Kolchak’s in town then weird and mysterious things are not far away. Continue reading “Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1972)”

Doodlebug (1997) 3 Whole Minutes Of Christopher Nolan

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Here’s is one of Christopher Nolan’s first short films called Doodlebug from 1997 which clocks in at an epic three minutes, well actually it’s a little under. But the director still manages to throw enough crazy ass shit at the screen in this super low budget film. Paranoia, panic, frustration and obsession and even a Twilight Zone twist in it’s ridiculous short run time. It’s really very good. Continue reading “Doodlebug (1997) 3 Whole Minutes Of Christopher Nolan”

Room 8 (2013)

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The short film format is an excellent place to experiment with quick punchy tales. It’s quite a feat to get a story across in five minutes or so but to also get feelings for a character and thought provoking enough to add wonder in such a short time is very impressive.

Room 8 is directed by James W Griffiths and written by himself and Geoffrey Fletcher. It was part of 5 short films which became finalists for gin maker Bombay Sapphire competition called Imagination.

It stars Tom Cullen (Downton Abbey, Black Mirror) and Michael Gould (Rogue One). Set in prison jail cell with a curious little red box. Have a quick watch to see what unfolds.

It gets comparisons with one of Christopher Nolan’s short films from 1997 called Doodlebug (I’ll post that soon) but I feel it’s more of a homage with a similar idea but differently executed.

Further Reading Links

Room 8 (2013) IMDB

Wolfman’s Hot Ladies Of Sci-Fi – Princess Ardala

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A little appreciation to those sexy ladies from science-fiction whom made a young wolfman howl at the moon during his teenage years. Have to say I was partial to the naughty one’s, the bad girls. So first up from the 25th century is the seductive charms of royalty in space, the gorgeous Princess Ardala. Continue reading “Wolfman’s Hot Ladies Of Sci-Fi – Princess Ardala”