The Dune Saga by Frank Herbert

If you've been following this blog for a while you'll probably have picked up the idea that I'm a fan of Dune - from Frank Herbert's original novel to David Lynch's film, and much of the surrounding lore, both of the fictional world of the books and in regard to other adaptions of it from... Continue Reading →

Ready Player One

Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing in art as its presence can often lead to a lack of creativity with too strong a reliance on reminiscence that, while it can feel fun at the time, is ultimately empty. Before seeing Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, I was... Continue Reading →

Annihilation

Part of Alex Garland's reputation has come from a particular streak of dark and violent science fiction, from 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd to his directorial debut Ex Machina and now with Annihilation. Much has been made of the fact that this film, clearly made for big screen projection, has been picked up by... Continue Reading →

Children of Men

When Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men opened in cinemas in 2006, while it came with a strong reputation I have to admit by being put of by the presence of Clive Owen. While a good actor I have always found him hard to get on with on-screen and so with a couple of exceptions have... Continue Reading →

Starship Troopers

Twenty years ago Starship Troopers became possibly the first film I made a point of going to see more than once in its first cinema run, so regardless of anything else it has an interesting place in my cinematic education. Coming back to it now after several years of not seeing it, via a screening... Continue Reading →

Silent Running

Throughout November the Guernsey Museum at Candie Gardens have been showing a series of films to coincide with their rather excellent Engage Warp Drive exhibition of science fiction paraphernalia and the Guernsey Arts Commission's exhibition of work by Chris Foss. Following on from Forbidden Planet from the 50s and The Quatermass Experiment from the 60s,... Continue Reading →

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