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Monkey Business (1952) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

December 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
Monkey Business (1952) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

At least, for the record, Howard Hawks did not direct ‘The Thing From Another World’, though he certainly did contribute to the creative process of that film. But a year after that film was made Hawks really did direct a Science Fiction film. It is not remembered like ‘The Thing From Another World’, but that […]

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The Dybbuk (1937) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

December 5, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Dybbuk (1937) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

Paydirt! ‘The Dybbuk’, a Yiddish film made in Poland in 1938 turns out to be a little-known gem. The film lacks a lot of what we might consider high production values, but besides being an unintentional artifact of the culture of Eastern European Jewry wiped out in the Holocaust, it also turns out to be […]

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The Fly (1958) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

November 19, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Fly (1958) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

‘The Fly’ (1958) is a film that surprised even its producers. They knew the story was a little silly and expected only a modest return on the film from a mostly young audience. Even the film’s name stars, Vincent Price and Herbert Marshall, could not take ‘The Fly’ seriously. The audience, on the other hand, […]

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Forbidden Planet (1956) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

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Forbidden Planet (1956) by Mark R. Leeper (a film retrospective).

I saw that TCM is going to show one of the great and iconic Science Fiction films of all time. As I have never written my comments on this film, it is about time. Turner Classic Movies has shown the visionary ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956), one of the most imaginative and influential Science Fiction films ever […]

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The Black Scorpion (1957) (film retrospective).

September 6, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Black Scorpion (1957) (film retrospective).

The 1950s could be thought of as the Golden Age of giant arthropod films and frequently giant arthropod films are mis-categorized as science fiction. Some of the Fifties science fiction films are not as good as they once seemed. The Black Scorpion, on the other hand is actually a better monster movie than I had […]

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The Magnetic Monster (1953) (film review retrospective).

July 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Magnetic Monster (1953) (film review retrospective).

In the 1994 film ‘Ed Wood’, the title character, gets enthusiastic over some stock footage, saying that with enough of that he could make a movie. In fact, lots of Science Fiction films have made use of stock footage to save on budgets. Sometimes it is a sequence of lizards fighting with the claim they […]

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Destination Moon (1950) (retrospective film review).

July 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
Destination Moon (1950) (retrospective film review).

‘Destination Moon’ (1950), the film that probably should have led off the 50s Science Fiction cycle, actually is still an enjoyable adventure film, even if parts are a little dated. It is colourful and fairly realistic, certainly taking into account that it was released in 1950. Not that some of the information known then was […]

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The Vigil (2020) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

March 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Vigil (2020) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

‘The Vigil’ is a horror film in a Jewish Hasidic setting. The ‘vigil’ of the title is not the sitting shiva after a Jewish funeral, but sitting with the body before the funeral, as tradition demands the body never be left alone. ‘The Vigil’ seems to crank up the supernatural aspect of the ‘shomer’, tying […]

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A Ghost Waits (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

February 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
A Ghost Waits (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

‘A Ghost Waits’ is a new take on an old idea. Muriel is fairly successfully haunting a house: all the renters break their lease and run away, in a set of shots of household pandemonium under the titles. (The last one even leaves a bookcase full of books!) Then Jack shows up to prep the […]

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M. C. Escher: Journey To Infinity (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 12, 2021 | By | Reply More
M. C. Escher: Journey To Infinity (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

M.C. Escher is best known for his tessellations and for his ‘Impossible’ structures. Strangely, he did not think of himself as an artist, but as a mathematician, not realising one can be more of the one if one is also the other. There is no narrator per se; this documentary is told entirely in the […]

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