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They don’t make ’em like this any more, and the original TV spots for James Gray’s accurate retelling of history almost didn’t know how to sell it. Charlie Hunnam spends his life trying to solve a riddle of the Peruvian rainforest, in between fighting in WW1 and dealing with class prejudice. Yup, one could say the picture was filmed in a ‘classic’ style . . . can a show like that find an audience these days?
Broadgreen / Amazon Studios
2016 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 141 min. / Street Date July 11, 2017 / 34.99
Cinematography: Darious Khondji
Original Music: Christopher Spelman
From the book by David Grann
Written for the Screen and Directed by James Gray
- Glenn Erickson
Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017
To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...
It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.
Ryan Lambie May 31, 2017
A major exhibition at the Barbican explores the history of the sci-fi genre. We catch up with curator Patrick Gyger to tell us more...
Science fiction is now part of the mainstream. No longer confined to the pages of niche pulp magazines or cheap mass-market novels, no longer the preserve of low-budget B-movies, the genre is just about ubiquitous in modern pop culture. From hit films like Interstellar and Guardians Of The Galaxy to such TV shows as Black Mirror and best-selling novels like The Hunger Games, sci-fi has become a vital means of exploring and making sense of the world around us.
For proof, look no further than Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, a major new exhibition which starts at the Barbican Centre on the 3rd June. »
Louisa Mellor Mar 16, 2017
Fans of BBC Radio 4's Dangerous Visions sci-fi strand might like to know that a new season of dramas celebrating nineteenth century adventure fiction is poised for take off. The station will be venturing into the unknown with a half-hour documentary on the cultural legacy of the adventure novel airing at 10.30am this Saturday.
That's followed by the first instalment of a two-part Jules Verne dramatisation, Journey To The Centre Of The Earth, airing at 3pm on Sunday. The story of an eccentric professor's obsessive and dangerous voyage miles below the Earth's surface, it sounds like just the thing to transport us »
4 items from 2017
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