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Bread and Circuses at the Movies: The Six Most Savage Games of the Near Dystopian Future

 

IN Ancient Rome, the poet Juvenal coined the term “bread and circuses” (panem et circenses), and to his credit, it is one that remains pertinent to this day, especially in … (read more)

Posted: 25th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1)


We Used to Be Friends: Five Reasons Why the Veronica Mars Movie is Much More than “Fan Service”

 

HERE’S a challenge for the intrepid researcher: Go to Google and search for five or so reviews of the Veronica Mars (2014) movie from the mainstream press that don’t include … (read more)

Posted: 20th, March 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (2)


Pat Robertson’s Fever Dream: Four Times When Horror Movies Met The Devil’s Own Rock-and-Roll Music In The 1980s

 

JUST last week, the 700 Club’s Pat Robertson spoke out about the hidden scourge of our modern society: those demons from Hell who like to crash your car.

Yes, it turns … (read more)

Posted: 19th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


Their Last Known Photograph: Five Found-Footage Horror Movies That Deserve a Second Look

 

THE found-footage horror film genre is one that isn’t often appreciated. The late Roger Ebert himself once wrote that movies of this type often consist of “low quality home video … (read more)

Posted: 14th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comment (1)


“It’s A Cook Book!” Television’s Five Most Horrifying Alien Invasions

 

ARTHUR C. Clarke once wrote that “two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

In terms of television programming, however, the … (read more)

Posted: 13th, March 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (2)


The World in My Window: A Select Filmography of the Space Shuttle

 

 

ALTHOUGH Alfonso Cuaron’s blockbuster film Gravity (2013) earned a whopping seven Academy Awards last Sunday night, one crucial supporting player didn’t pick up the Honorary Oscar it so clearly deserved: NASA’s … (read more)

Posted: 6th, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3)


Nerdlucks Can’t Jump: Five Science Fiction Movie Basketball Shots That Saw David Beat Goliath

 

 

RECENT rumours about Space Jam II (purportedly to star Le Bron James…) serve as a good reminder that the science fiction cinema and the game of basketball are inextricably linked.

Well, … (read more)

Posted: 2nd, March 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (2)


Shaken Not Stirred: Five Great Character Moments in the Roger Moore James Bond Era

 

I VERY happily grew up with Sir Roger Moore in the role of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, and thus maintain a deep well of affection and nostalgia for his seven films…even … (read more)

Posted: 28th, February 2014 | In: Film, Key Posts | Comments (6)


Their Golden Years? Five Films About Your Greatest Heroes Growing Old

 

WITH J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII in the pipeline comes the news that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will reprise their iconic roles in the George Lucas … (read more)

Posted: 22nd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


Portals of Light, Portals of Dark: The Yin and Yang of Contact (1997) and Event Horizon (1997)

 

EVERY now and then, Hollywood comes up with a good concept, and then competing studios rush to ruthlessly exploit it. Remember the summer of 1998, and dueling asteroid pictures Armageddon … (read more)

Posted: 20th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4)


Monsters from Yesteryear: Four TV Horror Anthologies That Deserve a DVD Resurrection

 

ON Tuesday, February 25, Monsters: The Complete Series will be released on DVD. For those who may not remember it, Monsters (1984 – 1988) was Laurel’s second TV horror anthology … (read more)

Posted: 17th, February 2014 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, TV & Radio | Comments (8)


When You Wish Upon A Star: Exploring the Spirituality of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

THE second-highest grossing film of 1977 (right behind George Lucas’s Star Wars) was Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of The Third Kind, a science fiction film concerning mankind’s first official contact … (read more)

Posted: 12th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (3)


Stairway To Heaven? Six Genre Movies That Depict The After-Life

   
 

THE greatest unanswered question of human life is, paradoxically, about death.

What follows our duration on this mortal coil?

Do we queue up for an eternity of torment and suffering, or for … (read more)

Posted: 11th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)


Childhood’s End: The Five Most Terrifying Movies Made From A Child’s Perspective

 

ALFRED Hitchcock once remarked that every person understands fear, because everyone was once a child.  “After all,” he declared, “weren’t we all afraid as children?”.

According to the authors of Monsters … (read more)

Posted: 6th, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (4)


“They’re Dead. They’re All Messed Up” – How George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead Recreates the Unrest of 1968

THE AMC original TV series Mad Men (2007 – ) set its latest season against a disquieting historical backdrop: the turbulent events of the year 1968.

Specifically, Matthew Weiner’s award-winning period … (read more)

Posted: 3rd, February 2014 | In: Film, Flashback, Key Posts | Comments (2)