RRR 7 New Year in Mauritius

By Roy Mathur, on 2013-01-06, at 13:00:00 to 13:50:14 GMT, for Roy's Rocket Radio, Listen

New podcast title is shorter, less (unintentionally) rude and Russell Brand(ish).

Thinking about starting a separate site/mag that, so that I don't have to bore people with all my personal stuff, ideally, a combining general Scifi/Horror/Fantasy 'zine with BBC's Tomorrow's World.

Alex Cross (2012)

Tyler Perry good, Matthew Fox a weird, gurning Sam Fisher-like figure.

Brick (2005)

Great, labyrinthine, neo-noir, bit difficult to follow because everyone talks hardboiled... ALL THE TIME!

The Eagle (2011)

Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, based on Rosemary Sutcliff's novel The Eagle of the Ninth that I read in school.

Good, but quite violent.

Merlin (1998)

Sam Neill and Miranda Richadson.

Seems Hallmark must have read 2000 A.D.'s Slaine, e.g. Mab is Medb and Martin Short seems to be Ukko the dwarf.

Excalibur (1981)

Fantastic Merlin played by Nicol Williamson.

King Arthur (2004)

Clive Owen, Roman auxiliaries as the knights, Keira Knightly in a fur bikini.

The Last Legion (2007)

Another spin on the Arthur legend explains the origins of Excalibur.

The Sword in the Stone (1963)

Merlin as a scientist more than a magician or druid.

Brilliant. Great book too.

Hugo (2011)

In 1930s orphan lives in train station, mixed with the story of silent film pioneer Georges Melies (Voyage to the moon).

Hated the policeman.

The Artist (2011)

Brilliant Oscar winning tribute to silent films. I even liked the "bit with the dog".

*Voyage to the Moon (1902)

Georges Melie's fantastical comedic movie is the first ever SciFi movie. I think.

M (1931)

Fritz Lang's serial killer movie.

*Metropolis (1927)

Fritz Lang's dystopian SciFi.

*Nosferatu (1922)

By F.W. Murnau and possibly the creepiest vampire film ever made.

Frankenstein (1931)

Jame's Whale's classic with Boris Karloff.

*Dracula (1931)

While Nosferatu played by Max Schreck is the creepiest vampire, Bela Lugosi's is the coolest.

Forbidden Planet (1956)

Influential, golden age SF, re-telling of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Early template for Star Trek.

Leslie Nielsen, a cool looking Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis and Robby the Robot.

Love this movie.

Drew a pic of the creature attack, sent it to a confused Sue Lawley at old BBC TV's Nationwide, she did "write" back though. Later a child shrink saw this picture and thought me disturbed. Context.

This Island Earth (1955)

Sinister aliens want to take over the earth.

Can't say much more, but the name of the alien planet is Metaluna!

The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

We are buggering up the planet and the aliens want us to stop, or else.

Much better than the later Keanu version. Michael Rennie otherworldly.

Klaatu barada nikto!

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Big Disaster movie about the earth burning to a crisp.

Leo McKern is in it.

*The Last Man On Earth (1964)

Vincent Price is the last human on an earth entirely populated by vampires. Richard Matheson story.

More true than later Charlton Heston version (The Omega Man) and infinitely better than appalling I am Legend with Will Smith.

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Episodic stories of people's whose lives intersect over many different incarnations from past to future.

It's good because its from the Wachowski's, but gosh, is it mostly depressing. It does end on a high note though. Thank god. Comedic episode jarring.

Dexter Season 7 Finale

Episode 12; LaGuerta traps Dexter. What a cliff-hanger!

Awake (2012)

A cop procedural with a twist starring Brit Jacob Isaacs, Lucious Malfoy; Draco's dad in the Harry Potter franchise.

Metal Hurlant (2012)

French TV show based on long running adult comic of the same name and reprinted as Heavy Metal in the US.

The first story is based on a Richard Corben story.

Good, unashamedly cheapish and schlocky fun.

Stephen Fry's Gadget Man (2012)

I thought I'd hate this, but actually fun.

I'm put off celebrity window dressing though. Like Hello or OK with gadgets. Fry and the gadgets would have been enough.

Metal Hurlant/Heavy Metal

If you watched Metal Hurlant, maybe you should read the comics it was based on.

In its heyday it featured the slightly odd, but brilliant and distinctive work of Frenchman Jean "Moebius" Giraud, USA's Frank Frazetta's great, heroic, but human looking fantasy figures (not a starving artist though, he had a vast estate and a museum!), and Italian artist's Tanino Liberatore's bizarre and ultraviolent fare, etc.


Gone. Iconic, rather conservative, US magazine available internationally, shut down, going digital only.

I'm not a fan of it's conservative politics, leaning more to the left myself, but being a frequent traveller, I could always rely on finding this on a dusty shelf in every single country in the world.

Sad and ill-thought move.

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