Alien

    I just saw ‘Alien’ at Metrograph cinema  and aside from these extremely annoying people who laugh at profoundly unfunny moments of the sci-fi classic to show , of course, that they are seeing some witty reference by the director unseen by the unwashed masses, it was as great as ever. I must have …

Arrival

Alien invasion is in general not a good thing in the movies. For every ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ there is an Independence Day or three. Which makes Arrival the new film from Dennis Villeneuve, a welcome change. The idea is simple Amy Adams is an expert linguist called upon to decipher the language …

Ex-Machina

It’s been a while since I was truly excited and hooked by a film. Ex-Machina ended that for me. Even though I only watched it on a tiny screen on the back of a plane seat its obvious quality shone through. Devised and directed by Alex Garland the writer of the novel ‘The Beach’ and …

The Book of Strange New Things

Michel Faber gained fame for his book ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ that was turned into a BBC TV series. Recently his book Under the Skin became a film starring Scarlett Johansson as a female alien who prays on her vulnerable male victims. Now he returns to the science fiction genre with a fascinating …

Hoodies 1 Aliens 0

Following on from the big South African hit ‘District 9’, that showed you could make a lo-budget special effects sci-fi film as long as you had a story worth investing in, comes ‘Attack the Block’ The basic premise: aliens start beaming down to a tough, inner city London housing estate. Ensue shit fight. Like Shaun …

Community sourcing beats crowd sourcing

One of the panels at SXSW I was most looking forward to was Star Wars Uncut: The Force of Crowdsourcing The emmy-award winning ‘Stars Wars Uncut’ is based on a simple premise – Chop the film up into fifteen second segments, get people to claim one and then redo it in any style they wished. The first …