Devil World [Star Trek novel]

Not to be confused with the NES oddity of the same name Devil World is an early Star Trek spin-off novel from 1979. I bought a handful of reprints of those in the late-’80s/early-’90s from the local discount bookshop. The reason I’m doing a post about this one is because I recently bought it second-hand…

Mini Movie Reviews May 2017

Solaris (2002) – 7/10. ¬†Great visuals and a wonderful ambient score by Cliff Marinez (he used to drum for Red Hot Chilli Peppers you know!) combined to create a great atmosphere and a very enjoyable film with an intriguing plot. Moves a little too quickly in places despite being a fairly uneventful movie. Solaris (1972)…

Steven Universe – Giant Woman

I am ridiculously into Steven Universe at the moment and, in common with every other thing I really, really like, I find it very hard to sufficiently articulate its merits in *ahem* universal terms and so end up not attempting to so do.   In lieu of a decent SU post (one day, animation and/or…

If The Bomb Drops…

In 1980 the BBC showed this episode of Panorama, presented by a youthful Jeremy Paxman. Its subject is the failure of successive UK governments to adequately prepare the populace for any potential nuclear exchange. Combining Two Tribes-recollecting Protect And Survive-style government information films with Paxo-on-the-street (standout response: “You’ve ‘ad it, ain’t ya?”) and as-it-happens coverage…

Well I Never Knew That #3

So there I was watching Casualty the other week when up pops Martin Jarvis. “Who?” says you, “Oh, him!”. He’s a solid older actor with a distinctive enough, slightly Pertwee-ish look that know you’ve seen him in a hundred different things on TV from the ’70s/’80s/’90s. Possibly killing or being killed. What the Americans might…

What Is Best In Life #22: WrestleMania III

Whilst a thousand other posts percolate, here’s a topic you probably hadn’t expected from me. I saw an excellent reconstructed “oral history” article on ESPN about (apparently) one of the greatest WWE/F[/G?] fights ever. Intrigued, I dug up a few links and found myself cast into that familiar, fannish need-to-know-more rabbit-hole. My wrestling pedigree is…

Mini Movie Reviews February 2017

Feeling lazy today so I’m just posting trailers instead of writing reviews. Lovelace – 7 Sin City 2 A Dame To Kill For – 7 Time Masters – 8 The Imitation Game – 7 The Secret Life of Pets – 6 Finding Dory – 5 A Most Violent Year – 6 The Two Faces of…

Mini Movie Reviews (Dec 16)

Secret in their Eyes 7/10  This came recommended from a friend who’s into crime thrillers. It was pretty good, with the film’s ending upping my rating by at least one point. Nicole Kidman also helped. The  main gripe was the difficulty in telling the flashbacks from the present day. Nobody looked that different 13 years…

SDTOTD #9: So Mega

Noticed this while watching the news. SUPREME COURT OMEGA SUPREME Guess he transforms into a court building too, ha! To catch a T/F

Recent Viewings 1/2

What telly have I been watching recently? Well, nothing much on Real Telly (except the F1 and Strictly obviously). Here’s a quick run-through of some stuff to start with. Rick And Morty (NetFlix and elsewhere) I’d heard a lot of good things about this series which bears the hand of Dan “Community” Harmon on it,…

Arrival Arrives & Ted “Theodore” Chiang

Meant to post about this when the trailers came out a while back. Definitely looks super-interesting, a cross between Torchwood: Children Of Earth and ST:TNG – Darmok, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. The main draw for me is the fact it’s based on a story by modern shortform sci-fi superstar Ted Chiang…

Pac-Merch

Happened across a couple of ’80s Pac-Man related ads which I didn’t remember. First, a red Pac-Man flogs 7-UP to the tune of a cruelly-repurposed version of Bette Davis Eyes. Second, here’s an ad for the classic boardgame which some kid always brought in to school on the last day of term. I didn’t realise…