Retro Ramblings

Reports from the dusty corners of filmland

Archive for November, 2009

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)

Monday, November 30th, 2009

This was on TV several years ago. Unable to watch it at the time (probably because it was back in the days when they showed old films like this late on a Friday night on BBC1) I recorded it on VHS. A couple of years later, I transferred a couple of hundred films from VHS to […]

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Alien Autopsy (2006)

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Back in 1994, a terrible thing happened. A paintballing accident, caused by Dec, resulted in Ant being rendered permanently blind. It was traumatic and tragic. Thankfully their friendship survived and they went on to form a pop band under the moniker PJ and Duncan, scoring a big hit with Let’s Get Ready to Rumble. These […]

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The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

It look like she’s about to be strangled by a silver clown.
This is a film with a title that could have come straight from the 1950s AIP stable. There Jim Nicholson would usually come up with something brilliant, like The Beast With a Million Eyes, or I Was a Teenage Werewolf, then test that with […]

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Dracula 1972 A.D. (1972)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

I can scarcely believe that it has taken me thirty three years to get around to watching Dracula 1972 A.D. It’s a film which is often referred to and frequently mocked, even within Hammer circles. It’s taken to be the epitome of how low Hammer stooped, scraping the bottom of the barrel as they attempted to […]

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2012 (2009)

Saturday, November 14th, 2009

I have woken up this morning to the news that flooding and strong winds are causing damage across Britain. Having watched 2012 last night, that’s a rather discomforting thought.
I have to own up straight away, I have a bias towards anything starring John Cusack. I’m not completely blind to the fact that he may have […]

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The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

It’s hard to believe that Wallace and Gromit were first introduced to the world twenty years ago. That first short, A Grand Day Out, took Nick Park four years to make. Presumably he was doing most of the leg-work himself. Now Aardman have a whole team of animators to help him bring this stuff to […]

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Alias Season 2 (2003)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

I think by Season 2 they’d figured out who was watching the show, and why.
I know I’m always behind everyone else when it comes to shows like this. I never get to watch stuff when it’s actually on, with the exception of UK shows that sensibly stick to six episodes per series. But these massive […]

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I was lucky enough to attend the private view of the new Hammer exhibition in Shoreditch. Click on the picture to read my article on the Cinema Retro website!

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