56. 2010: The Year We Make Contact

I love movies about expeditions to space. Even the bad ones like Event Horizon, Prometheus, or Galaxy of Terror still maintain that central curiosity and wonder, and it’s fun what we discover at the edge of the universe. 368 more words

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Film: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)

With 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Stanley Kubrick set out to make a serious sci-fi movie that wouldn’t look out of date and he produced a masterpiece of cinema.   156 more words


Academy Monday - Watch: Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)


Film notes on Jaws

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley‘s… 9,710 more words

Fifty Great Films: The French Connection (1971)

Staying in the 1970s for the second of my Fifty Great Films, I re-watched The French Connection last night, this time on Blu-ray. Actually, I should point out the disc is the second of the film’s Blu-ray releases, an American multi-region disc that restores the original ‘look’ of the film (the first Blu-ray release, which is the only one available here in the UK far as I know, had extensive ‘director-approved’ colour-timing changes that enraged purists). 420 more words


Chandler's Trailers: "Last Embrace" (1979)

     Such is the continuous flow of discontented comment expressed about what constitutes a “bad” film (nobly assisted by a film industry which strains to give a new voice to every emergent theory on a weekly basis) that when a movie of such undeniable awfulness alights on a theater screen, the eager (though tired) critical cutlery will emerge to begin the latest seminar of dissection or, in extreme cases, prior commentary might be brought to its knees with the emergence of an altogether unprecedented level of offense.  132 more words