Review – Star Cops: Mother Earth Part 1

Star Cops: Mother Earth Part 1 Starring: David Calder, Trevor Cooper, Linda Newton, Rakhee Thakrar, Philip Olivier and Nimmy March Director: Helen Goldwyn Writers: Andrew Smith, Ian Potter, Christopher Hatherall and Guy Adams Screen on I knew of Star Cops but for the longest time, I had never seen it. Then I watched it as … Continue reading Review – Star Cops: Mother Earth Part 1

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Dave’s 100 Greatest Films – 92. Pitch Black

92 - Pitch Black Starring - Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser and Keith David Director - David Twohy Screenplay - Jim Wheat, Jen Wheat and David Twohy   It's inarguable that a lot of Pitch Black is derivative. The alien force of nature that can't be reasoned with, the mismatched band of shipwrecked people … Continue reading Dave’s 100 Greatest Films – 92. Pitch Black

Dave’s 100 Greatest Films – 93. Bad Boys

93 - Bad Boys (1995) Starring: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tea Leoni, Tchéky Karyo, Teresa Randall and Joe Pantoliano Director: Michael Bay Screenplay: Michael Barrie, Jim Mulholland, Doug Richardson Michael Bay is not the most popular figure in modern cinema. To many he is the boogeyman of blockbuster film making. He has become the byword … Continue reading Dave’s 100 Greatest Films – 93. Bad Boys

Dave’s 100 Greatest Films – 94. Carry On Sergeant

94 - Carry On Sergeant Starring - William Hartnell, Bob Monkhouse, Shirley Eaton, Eric Barker, Dora Bryan and Kenneth Connor Director - Gerald Thomas Screenplay - Norman Hudis   While being the first of what would become known as the Carry On… films Carry On Sergeant only bears superficial resemblance to what the series would … Continue reading Dave’s 100 Greatest Films – 94. Carry On Sergeant

Planetfall Series Moves to Gollancz

Emma Newman's acclaimed Planetfall  series has found a new home with Gollancz. The series currently comprises two books, Planetfall and the Clarke Award nominated After Atlas and now Gollancz will be publishing a third book entitled Before Mars. Emma said: “I am so delighted that Gollancz will be my UK publisher for my science-fiction novels. I’ve always admired them, as … Continue reading Planetfall Series Moves to Gollancz

Star Trek: Discovery – The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For the Lamb’s Cry

While the title of episode 4 of Star Trek: Discovery may seem a little unwieldy and pretentious it does actually get to the heart of what the episode is about. Where does the line come between empathy and detachment? My question at the end of the last review (how long until Burnham finds Captain Lorca’s … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not For the Lamb’s Cry

Star Trek: Discovery – Context is for Kings

The third episode of Star Trek: Discovery sets up the titular starship and it’s crew. Michael Burnham is being transported along with some other prisoners but there is a problem mid-flight. Their shuttle is rescued by the USS Discovery captained by the enigmatic Gabriel Lorca. Lorca tells Burnham that she is going to earn her … Continue reading Star Trek: Discovery – Context is for Kings

TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery. The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars

I decided to review both these episodes together as pretty much everyone will have watched them back to back. This is a big return for Star Trek, the first TV show in 12 years, and the landscape of television has changed dramatically in the intervening time. Viewers have embraced serial storytelling rather than episodic TV. … Continue reading TV Review – Star Trek: Discovery. The Vulcan Hello and Battle at the Binary Stars