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Tuesday, 29 February 2000 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Destination Moon function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Image Entertainment starring: John Archer, Warner Anderson, Dick Wesson, Tom Powers release year: 1950 film rating: Three-and-a-half stars reviewed by: Bill Warren For those who are old enough that DESTINATION MOON was a childhood treasure, a landmark film like few others, it's more than a little shocking to realize it was released fifty years ago. For those who are not familiar with the movie, or who know only that it's a fictional tale of the first trip to the Moon, the surprise lies elsewhere: this George Pal production was the first serious American film about spaceflight. Well, the first to go into production, anyway; Kurt Neumann's quickie ROCKETSHIP X-M was an imitation of DESTINATION MOON, but was cheap enough that it reached theaters first.
Tuesday, 09 November 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Trekkies function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: Paramount Home Video MPAA rating: PG starring: Denise Crosby, Walter Koenig, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, Kate Mulgrew, DeForest Kelley, Nichelle Nichols, Buzz Aldrin. release year: 1999 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Trekkies are, of course, not merely fans of "Star Trek," but those who are devoted enough to attend conventions, often in costume and makeup, who write fanzines, create websites, and seem to subsume their entire lives in the universe created by Gene Roddenberry. William Shatner -- who was not interviewed by director/editor Roger Nygard -- infamously told a bunch of actors playing Trekkies on an episode of Saturday Night Live to "Get a life!" Those outside the phenomenon applauded this, assuming that Shatner was right on the mark: these people are wasting their lives in their devotion to a mere TV and movie series.
Tuesday, 19 October 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Bride Of Frankenstein function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Universal Home Video MPAA rating: Unrated starring: Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson, Ernest Thesiger, Una O'Connor, Dwight Frye, Elsa Lanchester, E.E. Clive release year: 1935 film rating: Five Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren Another in Universal's continuing "Classic Monster Collection," BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN has been given A-list treatment, which the film fully deserves. After a prologue in which Mary Shelley (Elsa Lanchester) discusses her story with Percy Shelley and Lord Byron, the movie opens shortly after the burning windmill scene that climaxed FRANKENSTEIN. The villagers assume the Monster (Boris Karloff) has been burned to death, but two of them learn the hard way that he survives -- badly scarred by the flames, but angry and murderous. He wanders off, hoping to find something like happiness. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) also hopes to find happiness with his bride Elizabeth (now Valerie Hobson), but he's confronted by a specter from his past: the sardonic, wickedly humorous Dr. Pretorius (Ernest Thesiger), ...
Monday, 18 October 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Wizard Of Oz function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: Warner Home Video MPAA rating: G starring: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke, Charley Grapewin, Clara Blandick release year: 1939 film rating: Five stars sound/picture rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren "The Wizard of Oz" is so much a part of American culture -- we've all grown up with it -- that it's all too easy to take it for granted. It's more like a dear old friend than a movie; most of us can sing along with the songs and anticipate every joke. Phrases from the movie ("I don't think we're in Kansas any more;" "you and your little dog, too!", etc.) have long, long since become part of our cultural consciousness.
Tuesday, 21 September 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
This spring brought to theatres a genre-reinventing, good-grief-never-saw-that-before science-fiction blockbuster, ‘The Matrix.’ It has now reached DVD with more than the usual complement of bells and whistles, making it all the tastier. Dark adventure in cyberspace has been around for awhile now -- on bookshelves, it’s a field unto itself, with William Gibson as the acknowledged king of the genre. However, previous efforts to dramatize such material (everything from ‘Tron’ to ‘Johnny Mnemonic’ to the recent ‘The 13th Floor’) have dropped the ball one way or another. Part of the problem has been giving the stories urgency -- how do you get a life-or-death situation out of something that’s only happening inside a computer program -- and another part has been lame characterizations and motivations.
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