The Great British Blake Off: The 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7

Forty years ago, at 6:00pm on Tuesday 2nd January 1978, the BBC launched a new science fiction adventure series: “Blake’s 7”. With its prime slot on the New Year Bank Holiday Monday, this certainly wasn’t a low key launch for Terry ‘Creator of the Daleks’ Nation’s latest sci-fi extravaganza and it proved to be quite … Continue reading The Great British Blake Off: The 40th Anniversary of Blake’s 7

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) Review

As a rule, I’m not a fan of prequels. But rules were made to be broken, and “War For The Planet Of The Apes” manages to thwart two of mine: it’s a superb prequel and it’s the third chapter of a trilogy which is the best of the three. In the aftermath of Koba’s betrayal … Continue reading War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017) Review

The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Review

There’s no other franchise quite like “The Divergent Series”. The arrival of “Allegiant”, the third part of the now customary four-film adaptation of a trilogy of young adult books carries with it a sense of tedious inevitability and little else. If that sense of sunk cost is present in the audience, it’s nothing compared to … Continue reading The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) Review

The Lobster (2015) Review

How do you begin to describe “The Lobster”? A twisted and surreal love story? A pitch black comic morality play? An absurdist fantasy on a theme of societal convention? “The Undateables: The Movie”? It’s all these and much more as director Yorgos Lanthimos takes us on a bizarre journey into an uneasy totalitarian future where … Continue reading The Lobster (2015) Review

Turbo Kid (2015) Review

Tapping into the same rich vein of nostalgia as “Kung Fury”, “Turbo Kid” is a gleeful throwback to the heady days of 1980s sci-fi. But where “Kung Fury” cranked the absurdity up to 11, “Turbo Kid” holds back a little and achieves something quite remarkable: it feels authentic. It perfectly captures the innocent adventure of … Continue reading Turbo Kid (2015) Review

Zardoz (1974) Review

Finally released on Special Edition Arrow Blu Ray on the 14th September, "Zardoz" is one of the Seventies’ most bizarre dystopian sci-fi curiosities (in a decade brimming with them), and possibly one of the strangest movies ever to come from a major studio. Coming off the disappointment of a proposed adaptation of “The Lord Of The … Continue reading Zardoz (1974) Review

Autómata (2015) Review

Due for a UK DVD release in May 2015, it may be arriving slightly late to the recent ‘technological singularity’ party but “Autómata” nevertheless finds some interesting angles from which to explore the subject. In the 2040’s, humanity is on the verge of extinction following devastating solar flares which irradiated much of the Earth’s surface … Continue reading Autómata (2015) Review

Divergent (2014) Review

If anything should give studios pause for thought in their headlong rush to acquire and produce whatever super hero or comic book titles are available, it’s the troubled and distinctly patchy success rate of ‘young adult’ fiction adaptations. The film of Veronica Roth’s novel “Divergent” is, like “The Maze Runner”, one of the recent few … Continue reading Divergent (2014) Review

The Maze Runner (2014) Review

*POSSIBLE SPOILERS* Adapted from James Dashner’s bestselling Young Adult Novel, “The Maze Runner” fares far better than the rest of the recent crop of YA movies thanks to an appealing cast and script which exploits the full range of mystery and drama from the film’s sinister premise. When Thomas finds himself deposited in a community … Continue reading The Maze Runner (2014) Review

The Giver (2014) Review

So we find ourselves back in 'adaptation of a beloved young adult novel' territory with the long-in-development movie of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel. I like to think, in the mad scramble to snap up every halfway popular young adult novel after "Twilight" hit it big, that there was some executive who greenlit this in the … Continue reading The Giver (2014) Review

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Review

Where “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” was a pleasant much-better-than-expected surprise, it’s sequel (the sequel to the prequel after the [failed*] reboot of the franchise) has a much higher standard to live up to. Set ten years after the events of the previous film, “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes” picks up … Continue reading Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014) Review

Snowpiercer (2013) Review

Infamously the best film that hasn’t had a proper worldwide release yet, Bong Joon-ho’s English language debut “Snowpiercer” has been a hit in his native South Korea and France and is well worth seeking out as and when it gets released wherever you are. Adapted from a French graphic novel, “Snowpiercer” is set in the … Continue reading Snowpiercer (2013) Review

The Zero Theorem (2014) Review

“The Zero Theorem” sees Terry Gilliam at his surreal and inscrutable best, taking the dehumanising inconveniences of modern living and projecting them forward, through a corkscrew kaleidoscope into a garish, dishevelled dystopia slightly too credible to be dismissed as a nightmare. In the not-distant-enough future, society is dominated by Orwellian Corporations. Working for one of … Continue reading The Zero Theorem (2014) Review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

I have to admit, I've not read any of  Suzanne Collins' 'Hunger Games' novels. I meant to get around to it before I went to see the films but I ended up catching “The Hunger Games” on DVD at home before I’d opened one of the books. From the first film, I couldn’t really see what … Continue reading The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Review

Brazil (1985) Review

How on Earth has it taken me so long to get round to watching Terry Gilliam’s classic dystopian Sci-Fi comedy? To paraphrase Admiral Kirk from “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn” (stay with me): I’ve managed to see just about every film it’s influenced but like a poor marksman, I’ve kept missing the target. … Continue reading Brazil (1985) Review

Elysium (2013) Review

SPOILER WARNING: I‘m going to go into some details which give away plot elements in the film, so consider yourself warned. “Elysium” is a political statement. Unfortunately, it’s a heavy handed, ham-fisted political statement backed up by too little story, paper-thin clichéd characterisation and breathtakingly inept world-building. The particular cause in Neill Blomkamp’s follow-up to … Continue reading Elysium (2013) Review