Thursday, 18 August 2011

Whatever happened to Fay Wray?

King Kong
Directed by Merian C Cooper and Ernest B Schoesdsack
Full production details on imdb

State of the art 1933 epic. Soulful animation & classic adventure. Will charm even those reticent to suspend their disbelief.

Scala Forever is a film festival taking place across London from the 13th August to the 2nd October, a festival completely dedicated to celebrating the Scala cinema, Kings Cross, which dished up art house, cult, exploitation, B movies and international fare from 1981 to 1993.

The festival has films, panels, double bills and all nighters inspired by Scala and, as per its mission statement 'celebrating the current repertory film scene in London.' It is masterminded from the Roxy Bar and Screen on Borough high street, which, as one of 27 venues involved is the stage for the opening night.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

"A depraved cesspool of sin"

Caprica - Season 1.5
2010 - 2011
Full production details on imdb
Well produced, world spanning sci-fi thriller. Rollicking plot but lacking in subtlety, character and characterisation.

As Unvanquished opens with its recap of season 1.0 it suprises me how emotionally invested in Caprica I had become. I had previously thought that despite exciting storylines, the characters and character of the show weren't drawing me in. But as I'm reminded of the climactic end to the first half a season a sense of excitement engulfs me and I remember that there are some likeable characters (well, Vergis), and some interesting ones. Maybe I had been too harsh on the series so far. Or maybe it was just a well edited recap.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

I Like to Think of a Cybernetic Ecology...

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
Part One: Love and Power
Written and Directed by Adam Curtis
Further production details on imdb

dramatically assembled sensationalist documentary dancing on the edge of plausibility.educational;subversive;intriguing.

The first in this triptych of documentaries by Adam Curtis purportedly about “The rise of the machines and the dream of a stable world,” Love and Power focusses on political, economic and violent events in recent history. Under the assumption that Curtis' Good BBC Documentary is well researched, accurate, with minimal agenda and not in the least bit paranoid, this seems an incredibly educational and enlightening 60 minutes.