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Film Reviews

What We’re Watching: DREDD

So I watched DREDD again last night, having seen it in the cinema originally (in 3D). I’m probably biased, as I read loads of 2000AD in my youth (and am enjoying picking up the graphic novels now, although I haven’t read the weekly comic in years and years), but I really enjoyed it. It’s impossible […]

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What We’re Watching Wednesday: The Decoy Bride

This is a wonderful, wonderful independent Scottish film which was released straight to DVD in 2011. The DVD is an absolute investment of pure joy. It stars David Tennant, of Dr Who fame, and Kelly McDonald of Trainspotting and Brave renown, and it’s honestly worth every penny. The story follows the attempts of a famous […]

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Oh, Prometheus

Aww, remember this? Remember how excited you were…? And then you saw the movie. Some have been scathing of Prometheus, but I rather enjoyed it. No, it wasn’t Alien or Aliens, but it looked jaw-droppingly stunning, and there were great performances. But something wasn’t quite right, and it was largely the screenwriters Jon Spaihts and […]

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Top 10 films of 2012

These are my top ten films of 2012, based on UK release dates. Feel free to mock my choices mercilessly. Films that just missed the cut included Amour, Looper, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and The Dark Knight Rises. 10. The Muppets You may laugh but . . . Bret McKenzie’s songs, Amy Adams […]

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Total Recall- Film Review

There is a stunning premise behind Total Recall. Too busy, time-poor or just plain poor to go on the holiday of your dreams? No problem. Visit Total Recall (slogan We Can Remember It For You Wholesale) and they’ll implant the memories of the holiday of your choice into your mind. After all, how can you […]

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Enough with the Spoilers! (Warning Contains Spoilers)

Hey, did you know the shark explodes at the end of Jaws? That Darth Vader turns out to be Luke’s father? And wait till you see what’s half buried in the beach in the final scene of Planet of the Apes… Today, boys and girls, I’m talking spoliers. Think how very different an experience Empire […]

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Silent Running – a timely film?

Alastair Reynolds’ latest novel, Blue Remembered Earth, revealed not just a compelling vision of a possible future and a flair for adventure but also an abiding interest in ecology. It’s no surprise then, that Alastair should have chosen to write a piece on Silent Running for the Mark Morris edited Cinema Futura. We’re grateful to […]

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Moon and Avatar

Adam Roberts has this theory (Adam forgive me if I misrepresent you in précis) – SF has become a genre whose meaning is conveyed most powerfully in its imagery. By which, for the sake of this piece, and for better or worse, we mean cinema (and yes I know TV gave us Battlestar Galactica, X-Files, […]

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Loving the Aliens

OK I’m under no illusions that I’m about to be in anyway controversial here; I love the movie Aliens. It’s one of my favourite films, I think it probably stands the test as my favourite SF film. I would also maintain that it might well be one of the five (three?) best SF movies ever […]

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Paul McAuley reviews Hugo

The conjunction of ‘family friendly’ and ‘3 D’ is not auspicious, even if the film in question is directed by Martin Scorsese. But from the first shot, a kind of reversal of the famous flying scene in Peter Pan, with the viewpoint swooping over the crowded and crooked roofs of snowy, early 1930s Paris, ducking […]

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