Holiday Films – It’s a Bugs Life – 7/1/20

“It’s a Bug’s life’, the weekly post when I tell you what films we’ve watched both on our film Sundays and other parts of the week (I will talk about TV shows elsewhere). Please if you haven’t read the introduction page to this series go take a look that’s where you’ll learn the history of our sorely missed Bug.” There are no spoilers for the films listed Due to the Christmas period BAFTD was on it’s Christmas break, this is a round up of all the films we watched from…

What’s it worth? – Intermission – January 2020

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‘As the usher brings forth the Ice cream and snacks, we wait for the main feature to resume’ What’s it Worth? There’s a trend in social media at the end of the year for people to list their favourite films or other media from the past year. It’s not a thing I’ve ever really got into, I’ll happily look at other’s lists but personally I find it difficult to pick favourites and classify them in any order. The other day I was drifting around instagram and a person I follow…

You will find only what you bring in – Intermission – Xmas 2019

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‘As the usher brings forth the Ice cream and snacks, we wait for the main feature to resume’ You will find only what you bring in At 1 minute past midnight on the 19th December 2019 I sat in our local Cinema and watched the Lucasfilm logo as it appeared on the screen. After 42 years I finally watched the final instalment of what is now known as the Skywalker Saga. This journey had started for me at the age of 9 one sunny afternoon with my Dad. It was…

René Auberjonois (1940-2019)

René Auberjonois who to me and many Star Trek fans will always be Odo sadly died on December 8th at his Home in Los Angeles. His career started in the 1960’s where he was in Theatre including three roles on Broadway in 1968. In 1970 he appeared in Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H playing father Mulcahy along side Donald Sutherland and Elliot Gould. He also played an ornithologist in Robert Altmans Brewster McCloud the same year. Throughout the 1970 he continued doing numerous guest slots on Television shows and appeared in 1976’s…

We Need to Talk about Superman – It’s a Bug’s Life – 10/12/19

“It’s a Bug’s life’, the weekly post when I tell you what films we’ve watched both on our film Sundays and other parts of the week (I will talk about TV shows elsewhere). Please if you haven’t read the introduction page to this series go take a look that’s where you’ll learn the history of our sorely missed Bug.” There are no spoilers for the films listed We’ve had a busy week but managed to watch a few films and even some premiere’s (for us). We started the week by…

Star Trek: The Motion Picture (40th Anniversary)

40th Anniversary of Star Trek Who would have guessed it STTMP is 40 years old, on the 7th December 1979 it had it’s cinematic release in the United States. It had not been an easy process to get it to the big screen but it was worth it for all it brought to Roddenberry’s universe, and what it managed to set up to follow it. If it wasn’t for STTMP we wouldn’t have had the films that followed, The Next Generation, DS9, Voyager and much more. The Journey to Star…

Angels and Elephants – It’s a Bug’s Life – 3/12/19

“It’s a Bug’s life’, the weekly post when I tell you what films we’ve watched both on our film Sundays and other parts of the week (I will talk about TV shows elsewhere). Please if you haven’t read the introduction page to this series go take a look that’s where you’ll learn the history of our sorely missed Bug.” There are no spoilers for the films listed We’ve had a busy week here in the north, due to that film viewing has been a bit stunted. We managed to finally…

Supporting Features – Intermission – Dec 2019

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‘As the usher brings forth the Ice cream and snacks, we wait for the main feature to resume’ Supporting Features This is the bit where I show my age. When I was a boy and I used to go to the ‘Pictures’ there were several things that happened in that emporium of the imagination that do not anymore. Along with intermissions, ushers selling ice-cream and those weird kia-ora juice box/container thingies, there was normally a supporting feature. This would normally be a short film shown before the main feature, most…

Crying Vulcan’s and Volleyballs – It’s a Bug’s Life – 26/11/19

“It’s a Bug’s life’, the weekly post when I tell you what films we’ve watched both on our film Sundays and other parts of the week (I will talk about TV shows elsewhere). Please if you haven’t read the introduction page to this series go take a look that’s where you’ll learn the history of our sorely missed Bug.” There are no spoilers for the films listed   After finishing last weeks viewing with Godzilla a fitting start to our week was Kong: Skull Island. I really like this film…

Is His Dark Materials Unfilmable? – Episode 1

In fantasy world building is important to the believability of the world you are reading or watching, it is what the whole story hangs on. Tolkien managed it perfectly in The Lord of the Rings as did Philip Pullman in His Dark Materials books. To adapt these books to other mediums care needs to be taken to ensure the world building is there, along with the spirit of the story.