Monday, April 30, 2007

just the thing...

....for a quiet night in. William Shatner (and 'Leonard' Nimoy) cut out n' keep dress up dolls.
Ahead enjoyment factor one!

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Don't forget to ask an adult to help you with the cutting out.

Friday, April 27, 2007

bam thwok!

Who doesn't love a good comic book? Even those of us that don't still live in our mom's basement can admit to having large piles (ooeerr) scattered around the house (or in most cases filed away alphabetically in mylar bags). But why celebrate the world of sequential art when you can get a cheap laugh at these gems from a more innocent age?
Excelsior! as some old geezer would say.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

top ten big animal movies

Just because.

10. 'Night of The Lepus'

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9. 'Empire of The Ants'

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8. 'Digby The Biggest Dog in The World'

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7. 'Mysterious Island'

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6. The Giant Spider Invasion'

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5. 'King Kong vs. Godzilla'

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4. 'Galaxy of Terror'

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3. 'Shark Attack 3: Megalodon'

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2. 'Food of The Gods II'

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1. 'Them!'

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

it's grim up north

I don't know about you, but I have many a sleepless night wondering what the movie adaptation of' Silent Hill' would have looked like had it been filmed on a council estate in Grimsby by two teenage boys.
Well now we know.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

kryptonite discovered in serbian mine

According to the BBC website:

A new mineral matching its unique chemistry - as described in the film Superman Returns - has been identified in a mine in Serbia.

According to movie and comic-book storylines, kryptonite is supposed to sap Superman's powers whenever he is exposed to its large green crystals.

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The real mineral is white and harmless, says Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at London's Natural History Museum.

"I'm afraid it's not green and it doesn't glow either - although it will react to ultraviolet light by fluorescing a pinkish-orange."

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But as we can see from the handy Kryptonite chart, White Kryptonite is deadly to our worlds plant life.....do these so called scientists know nothing?

Full story here.



shoot 'em in the head!

Top ten movies featuring the undead.

10. 'Burial Ground'

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9. 'Nightmare City'


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8. 'Living Dead at The Manchester Morgue'

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7. 'Zombie(s) Lake'

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6. 'Tombs of The Blind Dead'

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5. 'Cemetery Man'

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4. 'Wild Zero'

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3. 'Night of The Living Dead'

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2. 'Bio-Zombie'

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1. 'Dawn of The Dead'

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George A. Romero's classic satire of consumerism gone mad,
'Dawn' is quite possibly the greatest supermarket based horror movie ever made.An all out assault on the senses with a heart as black as its humour. 'dawn' currently exists in over 247 separate 'directors cuts'.
All of them are good and some even include the exploding head and scary child zombie scenes.

Not to be confused with:

Dawn French, Mallrats, The Dead Zone or Supermarket Sweep

Do say:

'shoot 'em in the head!'

Don't say:

'I prefer Zac Snyder's quality remake myself'

breasts

It's been pointed out to me that the method I use for dating a film is by the stars breasts (it's also been pointed out elsewhere that liking schlock cinema makes me an evil woman hating man, yet liking such vacuous drivel as 'The Devil wears Prada' makes you a feminist icon but I digress).....i had a look back and am afraid to say the breast comment is probably true....well, it gives me the edge over Mark Kermode i guess.

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And here, just for those folk who think that 'B' cinema is just about boobs, is a picture of 70's style icon Sybil Danning featuring breasts AND a firearm.

Shocking.

Monday, April 23, 2007

"my planet's got no magnetic core!" "how do you pilot it around then?" "bedfordshire!"

Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966)

Dir: Gordon Flemyng

Peter Cushing (Dr Who), Bernard Cribbins (Tom Campbell), Ray Brooks (David), Andrew Keir (Wylen), Roberta Tovey (Susan), Jill Curzon (Louise)

The Daleks second foray onto the big screen 'Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD' has the kinda title that gives even the most casual viewer some idea of what to expect (although the Daleks vs. the grumpy tramps might be a more appropriate title, feature as it does the greatest collection of flea market suits this side of an Oxfam opening). The bright colours and fun feel of the first movie give way to an altogether more gritty film, a sort of junior 'Escape from New York' with Bernard Cribbins in the Kurt Russell role(albeit wearing black, wet-look PVC).

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A Dalek spaceship yesterday.

Beginning with a fabulous pre-credits teaser that would do Bond proud in which Cribbins (as hapless copper Tom Campbell) is bonked on the head by a gang of ruthless clock thieves before stumbling into the TARDIS after mistaking it for a real police box. Before you can say 'Right said Fred' he's been whizzed away into a future London by our old friends Doctor Who and Susan, this time aided by sultry Louise (the raven haired Jill Curzon). On leaving the TARDIS all manner of exciting things begin to happen, from flying saucers over Sloane's Square to Louise being kidnapped by a flat capped grumpy Scotsman. With the help of Ray (Mister Benn) Brooks, Doctor Who discovers that the Daleks have been kidnapping the fittest men in the country and, after scary brainwashing techniques involving stand-up hairdryers, dressing them in tight PVC jumpsuits and leather boots to use as 'slaves'. Not content with this vaguely homo-erotic course of action, the Daleks are also digging a big hole in Bedfordshire with the idea of removing Earths magnetic core and piloting the planet around like a big spaceship. So it's up to Doctor Who, the grumpy Scotsman, Mr. Benn, the Womble-voiced Cribbins and all the survivors the Daleks obviously didn't fancy to gang together and stop this frankly terrifying plan before it's too late.

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"Bugger me Bernard! It's a wasp!"

The film boasts some genuinely great effects including a fabulously designed Dalek Spaceship flying menacingly over a devastated London and some super forced perspective sets, especially those at the saucers landing area. The battle scenes between the survivors and the Daleks are well choreographed and visually exciting and the whole movie has a kind of 'epic' quality to it, only marred by some misplaced hi-jinx from Cribbins. Whilst the comedy in the first movie is quite sweetly done, here it seems to jar against the overall seriousness of the plot, especially the Roboman meal scene, which cheapens the otherwise genuinely chilling concept behind these Dalek slaves. A scene late on in the film, where one of the workers tries to reason with his robotised brother before being cruelly murdered by him, has its impact slightly lessened by the earlier antics of Bernard Cribbins scoffing dolly mixtures with his funny robot pals to a samba beat.

The guest cast are uniformly great, with a special mention to Andrew Keir's afore mentioned grumpy Scotsman, Ray Brook's 'boy with the knack' and Philip Madoc's nasty black marketer, who meets his grisly end in a garden shed blown to pieces by around twenty Daleks.

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"I'll drink you under the table mate."

'Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD' is by far the more accomplished film, although the fact that it made less money than its predecessor curtailed any plans Subotsky had for further big screen Doctor Who adventures, which is sad really, as judging by his efforts here, the results could have only got better and better. Often seen by fans as either embarrassing relatives of the series, or seldom mentioned curio's, the two sixties feature films offer a wealth of enjoyment to be had and a glimpse, for those too young to remember, of 'Dalekmania' at it's height.

kill the baddies, get the girl

Top ten horror heroes. Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Enjoy!

10. Ben (Night of The Living Dead)

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9. Peter West (Zombie Flesh Eaters)

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8. Dr. Sam Loomis (Halloween)

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7. Peter Bell (City of The Living Dead)

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6. David (The Crazies)

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5. Carl Kolchak (The Night Stalker)

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4. George (Living Dead at The Manchester Morgue)

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3. Peter Washington (Dawn of The Dead)

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2. Reggie (Phantasm)

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1. ASHLEY WILLIAMS (The Evil Dead)

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HE MAY BE A HEEL (BUT WHAT OF IT?) BUT WHEN IT COMES TO HEROES, THEY DON'T COME MUCH BIGGER (CHINED) THAN S-MARTS FINEST …

FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS, ASH HAS FOUND HIMSELF TRAPPED IN A NIGHTMARE OF GROUNDHOG DAY PROPORTIONS, DESTINED TO REVISIT A CONSTANTLY GROWING LOG CABIN WITH HIS EVER INCREASINGLY ATTRACTIVE GIRLFRIEND LINDA …

NOW IN HIS EARLY FORTIES, HE HASN'T CHANGED HIS BLOOD STAINED SHIRT SINCE HE WAS SEVENTEEN AND, WHEN FINALLY RETURNED HOME HE IS SHOCKED TO FIND HE'S STILL ONLY A HOUSEWARES ASSISTANT AND HIS SISTER CHERYL AND FRIENDS SCOTT AND SHELLEY HAVE CEASED TO EXIST

UNLESS THAT IS THAT HE DIDN'T MAKE IT HOME AT ALL AND DID INFACT SLEEP A HUNDRED YEARS TOO LONG, WAKING UP IN A FUTURE DEVASTATED BY WAR…

Not to be confused with:

LESLIE ASH, ANDY WILLIAMS, ONE OF McCALES NAVY

Do say:

'HAIL TO THE KING!'

Don't say:

'KLAATU BARADA NECKTIE!'