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ENCOUNTER AT RAVEN'S GATE (1988)

Friday, 12 April 2013 17:43
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        Strange things are happening in the middle-of-nowhere-Australian-outback. Because like that part of the world isn't terrible enough, now there are strange lights in the sky that...soak up water? And make people sound like they're main-lining helium? Am I remembering this movie right?

 


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HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (2013)

Saturday, 30 March 2013 19:36
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     Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton star as the title characters Hansel and Gretel in tale which follows the Grimm Brothers' creations as adults who hunt down and extinguish the remnants of those who attempted to eat them as children. Bloody, dark, and full of attempts at fast paced action this film tries to be a fun genre film and just marginally succeeds.


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ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (2001)

Friday, 22 March 2013 16:34
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        One of those Disney films from our childhood that flopped in the box office, but we all seem to remember fondly, Atlantis follows one Milo Thatch as he seeks to uncover the lost continent from legend. He meets up with an old friend of his grandfather's, who funds his expedition and provides an expert crew of explorers to aid him in his quest.

 


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TITAN A.E. (2000)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 06:12
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     In the distant future earth has used up most of its resources and we are planning a last ditch effort to establish a new colony off-world.  Earth has also pissed off most of the galaxy and so as the colony ship is preparing to launch it is attacked by the Drej, who are an energy based race.  The earth is all but destroyed and the few survivors are either in drifter colonies around the world or all but extinct.  This film was a financial disaster that ended both the career of Don Bluth and closed Fox Animation Studios, but I think it was groundbreaking and tragically ahead of its time.

 

 

 

 


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STARSHIP TROOPERS (1997)

Thursday, 28 February 2013 00:57
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     Starship Troopers, directed by Paul Verhoeven, was a military sci-fi flick made in 1997. As the human federation expands its military control, they lock horns with aliens from the planet Klendathu.  Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) is a high school student on Earth who has his heart set on being a citizen, something only those with military service can claim. After joining the mobile infantry, the bugs launch an attack on Earth and destroy Rico’s home town.  The movie follows Rico’s rise up in the mobile infantry, and the fight against the bugs!


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GODZILLA 2000 (1999)

Monday, 25 February 2013 03:36
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After a long hiatus the Godzilla series showed back up in America in the late 90's with this deserving entry.  The plot goes like any other Godzilla film in the history of the series; if you are unfamiliar that means that people call on Godzilla for help and he does just that.  Oh wait but he destroys Tokyo in the process.

 


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FLASH GORDON (1980)

Thursday, 21 February 2013 23:02
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If science fiction were birds, then the Flash Gordon series would be the archaeopteryx – the brightly-colored, slightly ridiculous progenitor of the entire species. Remember how in the original Star Wars, the plot was kinda episodic, Luke was sortof endearingly generic and boring, Darth Vader was unabashedly villainous, and side characters like Han Solo kinda stole the show, anyway? The old Flash Gordon serials were what inspired George Lucas to write Star Wars in the first place, and the 1980 Dino de Laurentiis adaptation of those serials takes all the best elements of space opera and turns them up to 11. With gleefully over-the-top performances, lavish production values, and an original soundtrack by Queen (yes, THAT Queen), Flash Gordon is an under-appreciated gem that should not be missed.

 


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THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN (1985)

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 02:32
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The Buzz:

     The Adventures of Mark Twain chronicles the 100% true and factual story of Samuel Clemen's journey to meet Halley's Comet using a whimsical airship, joined by three stowaway hayseeds named Tom, Huck, and Becky. Their trip provides a framing device for a selection of Twain's short stories, all depicted in brilliant stop-motion animation, and explores some of the more interesting elements of Twain's curmudgeonly personal philosophy.

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