Extraterrestrial is an amiable romantic comedy with
a science fiction premise. Nacho Vigalondo follows up
his Timecrimes (Los Cronocrimenes) with a lighter touch,
neither as taxing nor as rewarding as his previous film.
Waking up with a hangover, Julián Villagrán as Julio
realizes he does not know the woman he has been sleeping
with. He also slept through the coming of a giant alien
spaceship hovering over his city.
Prometheus is a spectacular film and a spectacularly frustrating film. Full of earth-shaking ideas, much of the script just does not make even basic sense. It promises to give us at least science fictional explanations for some of the great questions of human existence, but it never has the courage to answer those questions. With tremendous special effects, much of the film is just plain unpleasant to watch. Spoiler warning: I will discuss some of the ideas of the film after the main review. I do not think it will damage the impact of the film, but be warned.
There was certainly an opportunity missed when conceiving the concocted irreverence behind the historical horror actioner Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Slayer. Naturally the handlers behind his haunting hogwash wanted to tap into an offbeat joke about showcasing the 16th American president of the United States kicking some walking undead blood-sucking butt.
Chernobyl Diaries continues the tired trend of churning out toothless terrorising tales that bring neither any fresh ideas to the tortured table or generate distinctive debauchery. Generic, recycled and synthetically titillating, Chenobyl Diaries is just another hollow horror show going through the mechanical motions of shock value.
It has been a decade since the last instalment of Men in Black invaded our cinematic sensibilities in 2002. Now ten years later Agents J and K are on the loose yet again to save the world from creepy creatures in the giddy-minded sci-fi chucklefest Men in Black III. No doubt that MIB fans will rejoice in the hyperactive third edition of the frivolous film franchise.
Although Prometheus deserves its autonomy as a gorgeous and glossy piece of science fiction filmmaking steeped in imaginative imagery and exquisite escapism the reality remains that it is a promising prequel to the legendary moviemaking masterpiece in 1979’s sci-fi horror show Alien.
Favourite fairy tale lass Snow White is getting her
fair share of attention at the box office lately. First,
she is the subject of the slight and sugar-coated Tarsem
Singh’s decorative dud Mirror, Mirror that sputtered
more than anything else. Now our childhood diva is getting
a more sinister, suggestive makeover in an edgier version
of her retelling in the gritty and grainy Snow White
and the Huntsman.
An examination by: GF Willmetts. The Powers Are Champion
– a look back at the 1967 TV series and the source of
the three Nemesis agents' superhuman powers.
Is it just me worrying about this or has it just not occurred to enough other people yet? Sometimes, something insidious creeps into our lives that we take for granted, even if it has innocent intent, before realising its got very negative aspects.
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pub: Penguin. 688 page paperback. Price: £ 7.69 (UK) if you know where to look. ISBN: 978-0-14104-183-4.
pub: Titan Books/DC Comics. 636 page graphic novel. Price: £22.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-78116-094-7.
pub: Gollancz. 505 page hardback. Price: £18.99 (UK only). ISBN: 978-0-575-08827-6.
pub: Pyr/Prometheus Books. 299 page enlarged paperback. Price: $16.00 (US). ISBN: 978-1-61614-369-5.
pub: Orbit. 309 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-356-50025-6.
pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: £ 9.99 (UK), Download: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-382-8)cast: Jerry Lacy and John Karlen.
pub: Hodder & Stoughton. 418 page hardback. Price: about £ 6.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-144472-262-8.
pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: £10.99 (UK), Download: £ 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-607-2)cast: Tom Baker, Louise Jameson, Raquel Cassidy, Sam Graham, Tilly Gaunt, Tim Bentinck, Kim Wall and Tim Treloar.
pub: Big Finish. 1 CD 60 minute story. Price: CD: £ 8.99 (UK), Download: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-622-5)cast: Frazer Hines and Dominic Mafham.
pub: Audio Go/BBC. 1 CD 76 minute story. Price: CD: £ 7.65 (UK), Download: £ 5.49 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40846-880-7)read by: Arthur Darvill.
pub: Big Finish. 2 CDs 120 minute story. Price: CD: £14.99 (UK), Download: £12.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84435-628-7)cast: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Sarah Sutton, Rebecca Front, John Cummins, Ellie Burrow, Zoe Lister, Ben Porter, Simon Blake and Philip Pope.
pub: Audio Go/BBC. 4 CDs 264 minute story. Price: CD: £13.25 (UK), Download: £ 6.14 (UK). ISBN: 978-140567-737-0)read by: Geoffrey Beevers.
pub: Prometheus Books. 338 page illustrated indexed hardback. Price: $26.00 (US), £22.95 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-61614-468-5.
pub: Phantacea Mythos. 84 page softcover graphic novel. Price: $ 9.95 (US), $11.95 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-97813-423-5.
region 2: pub:ITV DVD 37115 04093. 4 DVDs 670 minutes 13 * 51 minute episodes with extras. Price: £10.97 (UK) if you know where to look.
pub: Haynes. 135 page illustrated large hardback. Price: £14.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85733-117-5.
pub: Titan Books. 339 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-959-7. E-book edition: ISBN: 978-0-85768-959-7.
pub: Peggy Bright Books. 250 page book. Price: $24.95 (AUS). Ebook: $ 4.95 (AUS).
pub: Gollancz. 370 page small hardback. Price: £14.99 (UK only). ISBN: 978-0-575-09781-0.
pub: Subterranean Press. 426 page deluxe hardback. Price: $35.00 (US). ISBN: 978-1-59606-402-7.
pub: Bantam Press/Transworld Books. 234 page illustrated indexed hardback. Price: £16.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-593-06929-5.
pub: TOR. 317 page hardcover. Price: $16.49 (US), £17.54 (UK). ISBN: 978-076531-699-8.
pub: Gollancz. 343 page enlarged paperback. Price: £12.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-575-08521-3.
pub: Headline . 592 page hardback. Price: £16.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-75538-473-0.
pub: Del Rey/Ballantine Books. 344 page hardback. Price: $26.00 (US), $31.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-345-50091-5)pub: Bantam Press/Transworld. 344 page hardback. Price: £18.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-593-06621-8) .
DVD region 2: pub: 20th Century Fox B003OBZ5QQ. 5 DVDs 860 minutes 20 * 43 minute episodes with extras. Price: about £15.00 (UK) if you know where to look)cast: Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Jamil Walker Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman, Ming-Na and Lou Diamond Phillips.
pub: Random House. 446 page hardback. Price: £18.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-224-08996-8.
region 2 DVD: pub: Revelation Films B006VIP0MS. 4 DVDs 484 minute 22 * 30 minute episodes. Price: £13.99 (UK).
Region 2 DVD: pub: Paramount PHE 1644. 2 DVD 102 minute film with extras. Price: about £ 7.00 (UK) currently if you know the right shop)cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig.
pub: Titan Books. 112 page softcover. Price: £ 9.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-85286-483-5) .
pub: Orbit. 396 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-818-8) .
region 1 DVD: PUB: MVD Group B007PK9N60. 80 minutes DVD. Price: $16.95 (US))cast: Michael Reed, Ruth Sullivan and Sarah Nicklin.
pub: Orbit. 783 page hardback. Price: £20.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-165-3pub: Orbit. 844 page paperback. Price: £ 8.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-232-2.
pub: TOR/Forge. 443 page hardback. Price: $26.99 (US), $31.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-7653-2956-1.
pub: Orbit. 410 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-817-1) .
pub: Ace/Penguin. 304 pages paperback. Price: $ 7.99 (US), £ 5.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-130-0. (pub: Titan Books. 350 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-85768-130-0) .
pub: Constable Robinson. 607 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84901-363-5.
pub: Dark Horse. 32 page comicbook. Price: $ 3.50 (US).
pub: Bantam Press. 235 page indexed small hardback. Price: £16.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-0-593-06749-9.
pub: McFarland. 361 page illustrated indexed softcover. Price: £43.50 (UK), $50.00 (US). ISBN: 978-0-7864-4267-6.
pub: Terror4fun, 24 page newsletter. Price: free!.
pub: Titan Books. 266 page small enlarged paperback. Price: £ 7.99 (UK), $ 9.95 (US), $11.95 (CAN). ISBN: 978-0-85768-965-8.
pub: Audio Go/BBC. 1 CD 63 minute story. Price: CD: £10.20 (UK), Download: £ 6.11 (UK). ISBN: 978-144587-198-1)read by: Tom Price.
pub: Arcana Comics. 74 page graphic novel. Price: $14.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-926914-86-2.
pub: Mad Norwegian Press. 196 page enlarged paperback. Price: $14.95 (US). ISBN: 978-1-93523410-4.
pub: ECW Press. 400 page book.. Price: £14.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-55022-984-4. ePub: Price: £7.12 (UK). ASN: B007HNAPWQ.
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Amazing Stories, the world's first science fiction magazine, will begin its return to regular publication this July 1st 2012 with Volume 0, Number 1, the Relaunch Prelaunch issue.
The Sunburst Award Society have announced the short-lists for this year's awards. The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is an annual award celebrating the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year.
Australian author Mark Barnes’s debut fantasy novel and two sequels have been acquired by 47North, Amazon Publishing’s Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror imprint, in a deal by John Jarrold, to editor David Pomerico. The first novel, titled Garden of Stones, will be published in spring 2013, with the first sequel following six months later.
Jon Mitchell, Senior rights Manager at Macmillan, has sold Italian rights to Nights Of Villjamur by Mark Charan Newton to Gargoyle, who recently acquired rights to publish Joe Abercrombie and others.
Matt and Ray Marshall of Blind Monkey Pictures, the horror offshoot of UK production company Festival Film and TV, have optioned Adam Nevill’s horror novel Apartment 16, which was successfully published in the U.K. in 2010 by Pan Macmillan.
Ray Bradbury has died today in LA (aged 91) – he was an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery writer who will be best remembered for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, as well as the series of SF stories collected as The Martian Chronicles, and his novel The Illustrated Man.
Hellraiser creator and horror writer Clive Barker will
rewrite the action horror project, Zombies vs. Gladiators,
for Amazon Studios. Based in ancient Rome, the Zombies
vs. Gladiators story opens as a shaman who is about
to die in the Coliseum casts a spell that unleashes
the world’s first zombies.
Well, I promised you the full trailer for the new Judge Dredd movie, and I wouldn’t want to break my word – in the mega-cities, that crime no doubt carries the punishment of exile to the Cursed Earth. And I’m no stinking mutie, perp!
There’s a little film coming your way called The Dark Knight Rises. And if you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s a new trailer to remind you.
The new Avengers Black Widow figure from Hot Toys is certainly living up to its name. This is a 1:6 scale collectible standing tall at 28cm. Beats my old Star Wars collection (now in the hands of the younglings at Casa Hunt) hands down.
Wake up your kids – the 5th season of the Clone Wars cartoon series is coming. And if you’re young at heart, you might even enjoy a few of the episodes yourself.
The 1st poster for the new Judge Dredd movie with Karl Urban as Mega City One’s own version of Dirty Harry is upon us. Can you feel the Dredd? And will he remove his helmet like Sylvester Stallone did (oh, the sacrilege)? Only time will tell.
He’s the gov – and I don’t mean that in a Ray Winstone way, I mean that in a Walking Dead way. Yes, it’s actor David Morrissey playing everyone’s favourite go-to evil post apocalyptic warlord leader. Ah, us Brits get all the good parts, don’t we?
The Arrow (not Green Arrow, note) is coming your way soon to US telly as a kind of sop to all those facing withdrawal symptoms on Smallville. Here’s the extended trailer. Appears worth a look at first glance.
Yes, it’s the teaser trailer for Trek 2, and you will believe that Benedict Cumberbatch is a frozen genetically enhanced super-human refugee from the third world war. Well, it’s not that much of a leap, is it?
Mister Bond is back in this trailer… James Bond. Have you been expecting him? Yes, it’s a little bit of spy-fi for Tuesday.
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