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4 items from 2011


Old Ass Oscars: San Francisco (1936)

20 February 2011 9:42 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Every Sunday in February, Film School Rejects presents a nominee for Best Picture that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents the story of a burning love in the poorly fire-coded Barbary Coast of San Francisco. A beautiful opera singer is given a break and finds herself in the bosom of showgirl life, under the thumb of nightclub owner, and falling in love. San Francisco (1936) Directed by: Woody Van Dyke Starring: Clark Gable, Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, Jack Holt, and Clark Gable’s Ears Most disaster movies start with an introduction to the characters in an attempt to make us care about them before dropping a forest fire, tornado (never thought about Wizard of Oz as a disaster film before, eh?), earthquake, or some other terrifying destructive force into their laps. San Francisco may be the only disaster film that waits to show the »

- Cole Abaius

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Outcasts: series one, episode four

15 February 2011 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Finally, some signs that Outcasts might be rather better than previous episodes suggested. But is this a case of too little, too late?

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching Outcasts on BBC1. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode four …

Phelim O'Neill's episode three blog

That was a bit more like it. Tonight's episode – or to a lesser extent last night's one – would have made a much stronger series opener than the time-wasting episode one we were given. It wouldn't have taken much tweaking, and we could have picked up all the vital information on the hoof – dispensing with the standing around talking that slowed the first two instalments to a crawl. By contast, episode four was pretty solid, definitely passable entertainment. High praise indeed given the drivel we've had to sit through so far.

Tonight's episode came from a different writer, Jack Lothian, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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Outcasts: season one, episode three

14 February 2011 2:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Despite the gorgeous South African locations and some actual danger, this sci-fi show is really struggling to entertain

Spoiler Alert: This blog is for those who are watching Outcasts on BBC1. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three …

Phelim O'Neill's episode two blog

Would I still be watching Outcasts if I wasn't writing this blog? The answer – possibly tinged with sadness – is yes, I would. I've enjoyed enough science fiction shows to know that almost all of them endure a messy birth. Some, of course, hit the ground running (Battlestar Galactica, Lost) but plenty more take a while to find their feet (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Farscape). Some come from wretched beginnings, but they can always either improve (Defying Gravity) or continue to plummet in quality (The Deep, Paradox). Even the bad ones can provide some measure of enlightenment; you can see what's missing, what needs more work. »

- Phelim O'Neill

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TV Review: Outcasts, 1.1

8 February 2011 2:20 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The BBC have a tendency to produce sci-fi that, as a result of low budgets and a desire to appeal to audiences who wouldn’t ordinarily watch the genre, are often confined to a present-day milieu. Even time/space-hopping Doctor Who tends to flit between Cardiff and London. There are few examples of UK TV shows that have the cash and courage to transport audiences to other worlds, but expeditionary sci-fi seems to be in vogue right now. Battlestar Galactica’s remake was the early-’00s vanguard, Avatar took it mainstream in 2009, Terra Nova aims to capitalize for Us TV this summer, and before then the BBC have their long-gestating Outcasts. The aforementioned stories all concern people leaving their home environment, often because of irreparable disasters, for the sanctuary of a foreign world. Are sci-fi ideas in constant rotation, or do they come into fashion because of an underlying mood writers capture in their fiction? »

- Dan Owen

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