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Them! (1954) – a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper.

November 24, 2020 | By | Reply More
Them! (1954) – a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper.

‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms’ did well enough for Warner Brothers that they followed it up with another monster film, ‘Them!’ In fact, ‘Them!’ was one of the better 50s Science Fiction films and one of only a handful that are still fairly effective forty years after it was made due in large part to […]

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Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (1958) (film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

November 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (1958) (film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

This is one of those films that has become a low-grade camp classic. While it is not as incompetent as some of the films of this period, the campy title certainly drew attention to the film and the abysmal special effects which ironically have an attraction all their own. If this film had a reasonable […]

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From Hell it Came (1957) (film retrospective).

October 26, 2020 | By | Reply More
From Hell it Came (1957) (film retrospective).

The New York Times, which likes to give one-line reviews for movies scheduled for TV has a quick phrase for this film: “From Hell it Came.” Well, I can certainly see where they are coming from. In truth this is not a very good film. Actually, in truth I should use stronger language. The idea […]

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The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954): a horror film retrospective.

September 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954): a horror film retrospective.

The image of ‘The Creature From The Black Lagoon’ (1954) is imprinted on our cultural psychology perhaps only surpassed by the visages of King Kong, Frankenstein’s creature and Godzilla. The creature himself is an icon more recognisable than any number of screen monsters that have appeared in the 20th-century. The science of the script is […]

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The Last Movie Star (2019) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 17, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Last Movie Star (2019) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

In his day Vic Edwards was the Number One boxoffice action actor on the screen. It is now about 45 years later and age has taken its toll. Vic walks bent over and can hardly get about. When a little-known film society wants to award Vic its Lifetime Achievement Award and pay all expenses, Vic […]

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All Hail the Popcorn King (documentary: review)

August 19, 2020 | By | Reply More
All Hail the Popcorn King (documentary: review)

All Hail the Popcorn King is a study of the surrealist writer Joe R. Lansdale, author of 50 novels and 500 short stories. He has a coterie of twisted but loyal fans as twisted as Joe. This makes for a fun film. I rate this 55-minute documentary a low +2 on the -4 to +4 […]

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Comments on the 1945 Retro Hugo nominations in the Dramatic Presentation category (article).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Comments on the 1945 Retro Hugo nominations in the Dramatic Presentation category (article).

Members of the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention will be given an opportunity to vote retroactively for Hugo Awards for 1945, for works from 1944. I am not actually old enough to have been around in 1944. The year 1944 was roughly a flowering when fantastic media was seen by much of the public. I […]

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Color Out Of Space (a film review by Mark Leeper).

January 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
Color Out Of Space (a film review by Mark Leeper).

‘Color Out Of Space’ is the latest film adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s horror story tells of a meteor strike in the Massachusetts backwoods. Toward the beginning, director Richard Stanley sets his story in a pleasant natural setting. As the story progresses and nature corrupts or gets corrupted. The herbage becomes harder to understand and to […]

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Movie Retrospective: The Mortal Storm (1940) by Mark Leeper.

December 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Movie Retrospective: The Mortal Storm (1940) by Mark Leeper.

It had been years since I have seen ‘The Mortal Storm’ (1940), and I think I saw it only once, but it was a jaw-dropper. It is a story set in a village in Germany. Fascism comes to the village and suddenly things are just not so pleasant any longer. When Nazism gets power it […]

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The Aeronauts (film review by Mark Leeper).

December 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Aeronauts (film review by Mark Leeper).

With a little flair borrowed from Jules Verne, we get the story, The Aeronauts, of two mid-19th century explorers who attempt to travel by balloon higher above the Earth than any humans had ever been to that point. The two leads from ‘The Theory Of Everything’ as actors Felicity Jones and Eddy Redmayne, are reunited […]

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