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BAD FILM REVIEW: The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

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This is a film that is so bad, even its director hated it, and called it "a disaster from beginning to end."  It was panned by critics and never achieved any sort of distribution, and is now all but forgotten.  Yet it's not actually a bad story--it's just that the execution of the finished film is a jumbled mess, the sort of thing that an editor on drugs might put together, believing it to be great art.


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Bad Movie Review: Pajama Party (1964)

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Going on the assumption that if a movie has a Martian in it, it's science fiction, I'm going to give a review of a mind-blowingly dumb Frankie and Annette beach party film from 1964, "Pajama Party." It's so stupid, it's hilarious, in ways that films are no longer allowed to be hilarious. And it's got Elsa Lanchester (The Bride of Frankenstein) Don Rickels (father of the snarky comment) and Buster Keaton (Old Stone Face) playing rather prominent comedic roles.

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REMEDIAL SF 101: Metropolis

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The current fascination with dystopian futures is nothing new.  The theme has been around from the beginning of science fiction on film.  Fritz Lang's 1927 masterwork Metropolis is arguably the best known depiction of the eternal battle between the obscenely wealthy upper classes and the impoverished and abused working classes...with a robot thrown in just to make it interesting.

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REMEDIAL SF 101: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe

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I have no intention of stepping on Charlie Starr's feet here, but my wife and I decided to watch Disney's first installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series last night, and although it's not technically science fiction, I felt like doing a review of it.

We'd seen the movie a couple of years ago, and never got around to watching Prince Caspian, so we had to watch The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe again in order to set the metaphorical stage.

 

Of the three big fantasy franchises, Harry Potter handles similar subject matter far more deftly, and Lord of the Rings does a better job with the whole "sweeping epic" effect.  All that said, it's a film that makes you feel better for having seen it.  The visuals are really quite stunning, especially the realism of the monstrous characters.

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REMEDIAL SF 101: Mad Monster Party?

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Back in the 1960's the animation studio of Rankin/Bass came out with a number of holiday-themed TV shows, many of which have become classics--who could forget Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Comin' To Town, Frosty The Snowman...

One movie that didn't seem to make it into pop culture, however, was Mad Monster Party. And there are a lot of reasons for that.

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REMEDIAL SF 101: World Without End

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Anybody who claims that Hollywood has run out of ideas, and keeps cranking out tired remakes and reboots, must not have been alive in the late 1950s. Watching these B-, C-, and D-grade movies makes me believe that Hollywood probably never had an original idea in its tinsel-filled head.  The films all start to run together.

 

I'm sorry if this review seems lacklustre and uninspired, but that kind of sums up World Without End. Not a bad film, not a good film, not a film particularly worth watching, unless you enjoy playing "Spot The Prop."

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REMEDIAL SF 101: The Monolith Monsters

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When I was young, I wanted one of those science kits where you could grow crystals from a solution. They looked really cool. This film takes that idea to an eerie extrapolation. It's sort of like The Chickenheart, Gremlins, and The Trouble With Tribbles all rolled into one, with a passing nod to Disney's The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

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