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Tuesday, 20 April 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: War Of The Worlds 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(); <br> studio: Paramount starring: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Less Tremayne release year: 1953 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein There is a reason that cliches become cliches -- at one point in time, everything that now strikes us as trite was so new, brilliant and earthshaking that everybody tried to imitate it at once. Seeing the 1953 ‘The War of the Worlds’ now is to be reminded of where many touchstones of contemporary science-fiction film (and TV) came from. The movie illustrates why some elements simply can’t be done any more with a straight face and why some elements remain staples of the genre.
Tuesday, 13 April 1999 |  Written by Abbie Bernstein  | 
title: Gremlins 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: PG starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain release year: 1984 film rating: Three-and-a-Half Stars reviewed by: Abbie Bernstein If you watched 60 consecutive hours of ‘The Muppet Show’ while tripping on LSD and then fell asleep and had a nightmare, you might come up with something like ‘Gremlins.’ Chris Columbus’ script provided director Joe Dante, who had previously directed extremely nifty low-budget horror films like ‘Piranha’ and ‘The Howling,’ along with the TV-land segment of ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie,’ with the perfect vehicle to wed his loony-tunes sense of humor to his skill at eliciting real shivers in a way that makes the two seem inextricably linked.
Tuesday, 30 March 1999 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Black Hole 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: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: PG starring: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster, Joseph Bottoms, Yvette Mimieux, Ernest Borgnine. Unbilled voices of Roddy McDowall and Slim Pickens release year: 1979 film rating: Two stars reviewed by: Bill Warren As entertainment, "The Black Hole" is a failure, but as a historical artifact, for a film buff, it's fascinating. After "Star Wars," everyone wanted to get into the space adventure movie act in hopes of catching an edge of the endless stream of money that Lucas' film was generating the world over. Ron Miller, the son-in-law of Walt Disney and one of the studio's busiest producers, decided that even Walt Disney Pictures needed to take a plunge into space. Trying to capitalize on the public's dawning awareness of the strange space singularities known as "black holes" (which are collapsed stars, and not holes at all) as well as to cash in on what "Star Wars" had created, the studio announced ...
Wednesday, 21 October 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Quatermass And The Pit 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(); <br> studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment MPAA rating: NR starring: Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley, James Donald, Julian Glover, Duncan Lamont release year: 1968 reviewed by: Bill Warren Tossed out by its initial American distributor without much promotion and a title ("Five Million Years to Earth") not designed to get viewers into theater seats, "Quatermass and the Pit" was initially noticed only by hard-core science fiction movie fans, and those who knew it was the third entry in the Quatermass series created by writer Nigel Kneale. It has been released in excellent form on DVD by the estimable Anchor Bay Entertainment as part of their series from Hammer Films, the small but beloved British studio that turned out many excellent horror and sci-fi movies in the 1950s and 1960s.
Wednesday, 29 July 1998 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Dark City 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: New Line Home Video MPAA rating: R starring: Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Ian Richardson, Richard O'Brien release year: 1998 film rating: Four stars reviewed by: Bill Warren There is only a tiny handful of SF movies written directly for the screen that have even some of the richness, bravado and logic of published science fiction, but the plot of "Dark City" could have sprung from the pages of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. A story that was then adapted to a high-quality comic book, like Heavy Metal. Even if it doesn't at first look like well-conceived science fiction, it is; there are a few elements that seem to stem more from a desire for impressive design than from logic, but they're rare. "Dark City" is a fast-paced, exciting and intelligent SF movie, brilliantly designed, boldly conceived; it's "comic book" in that the design is so spectacular and so much a part ...
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