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Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
In a quiet backwater store, a scandal is brewing. The massed forces of the universe’s most passionate fans have gathered, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars… “Have you seen the price?!” That’s right. Forbidden Planet has released pre-order details of its Time of the Doctor Eleventh and Twelfth’ figurines… at
The post Fans’ Uproar Over Figures Price Disparity appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Alex Skerratt
With the sheer number of remakes and reboots Hollywood churns out on an annual basis, it’s hard to imagine there’s ever a proposed reimagining that doesn’t get the green light. It happens, though – and as proof, we submit Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner’s 1995 attempt to launch a remake of the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet. For whatever reason (apparently the script was terrible), Kershner couldn’t get the project off the ground, but that didn’t stop him from commissioning some elaborate concept art for the film from the likes of Ralph McQuarrie, Syd Mead and others. Some of that concept art is now available thanks to Ain’t It Cool News, which released it as part of an effort to help fund a book...
- Mike Bracken
The pair will be at Forbidden Planet's London Megastore from 6-7pm to celebrate their Titan Comics book.
Hayley Campbell will be launching her new book The Art of Neil Gaiman at Gosh! Comics on Friday, July 11 from 7-9pm.
The Ilex Press book explores the Sandman creator's career with never before seen sketches and material from Gaiman's personal collection.
The London Film & Comic Con will be held from July 11-13 at Earls Court 2.
While you’re waiting for the new season of Doctor Who, why not play Doctor Who: Legacy – with Free game codes from your local Forbidden Planet! Doctor Who: Legacy is a free-to-play puzzle-rpg game for iOS, Android and Kindle from BBC Worldwide, Tiny Rebel Games and Seed Studios. Steeped in 50 years of Whovian heritage,
- Christian Cawley
“Prom night… everything is all right!” If these lyrics make you recall Jamie Lee Curtis tearing up the dance floor at her high school prom in the 1980 slasher flick, Prom Night, then you might feel like dancing yourself now that Synapse Films has unveiled their Blu-ray cover art, bonus features, and release date for their Special Edition Prom Night Blu-ray that’s hitting shelves this September.
Paul Lynch’s Prom Night is making its Blu-ray debut and a fresh appearance on DVD this September 9th. Featuring a 2K transfer update of the original camera negative, the Prom Night Blu-ray comes with a host of bonus features, including a new audio commentary:
Brand-New 2K High-Definition Transfer from the Original 35mm Camera Negative New 5.1 Surround Remix Specifically Created for this Release (Original 2.0 Mono Included) Audio Commentary with Director Paul Lynch and Screenwriter William Gray The Horrors Of Hamilton High: The Making of »
- Derek Anderson
Christian Cawley is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.
Celebrate all things Who at Forbidden Planet! Rob Williams and Al Ewing will be signing our exclusive Variant Cover of Doctor Who 11th #1 in Bristol on July 26th from 3 – 4pm, and they will be joined in London on 2nd August by artist Des Taylor to sign both Doctor Who 10th #1 and
The post Meet Titan’s Doctor Who Comics Creators At Forbidden Planet! appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Christian Cawley
By David S. Schow
Hall: “Where’s the library?”
Dutton: “No need for books — everything’s in the computer.”
One of the few regrets of my adult life is that I never got to meet Michael Crichton, who died too young, November 2008. Eminently emulatable, he had conquered publishing, film and television and remains a personal hero. I was hooked from the moment my father returned from his Arctic DEWLine duties bearing a paperback first printing of The Andromeda Strain, which I plowed through while in high school. Then immediately re-read, and re-read again.
I still have that paperback.
Subsequently I devoured everything Crichton wrote — the “John Lange” potboilers written to pay his way through medical school; the landmark A Case of Need (written as “Jeffrey Hudson;” a stingingly strong pro-choice novel done prior to the Roe v. Wade decision); even the dope fantasia Dealing, written with his brother as “Michael Douglas. »
- TFH Team
On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean Cocteau Cinema, a revival theater that he owns in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he has lived since 1979. The Cinema had been showing the first three seasons of HBO's megahit series Game of Thrones, which is based on Martin's still-in-the-works saga A Song of Ice and Fire. After viewing the ninth episode, "Baelor," in which the story's apparent hero, Ned Stark, is unexpectedly beheaded, with the screen falling to black, Martin sits quietly for several moments, »
Rebecca Crockett is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.
While the official 50th anniversary of Doctor Who was back in November, it seems we are still seeing new products coming to market based on The Day Of The Doctor. Character Options, well know to Whovians as makers of various collectibles including mini-figs and various action figures and collectible figures, also produce the officially licensed
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- Rebecca Crockett
There are no movies more fun to watch than 1950s science fiction. The first of these films went from the sublime to the ridiculous, from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) to Cat Women of the Moon (1953). But they all had something for fans who couldn’t get enough of the exciting and popular new genre. The results were mixed but when they were good, they were very good.
Science fiction films of the 1950s have a well-deserved reputation for being cheesy
The first wave of films appealed mostly to the young who were growing up in the Golden Age of Science Fiction. The genre went from the books fans were reading to movies easily. The special effects were new and exciting for viewers who accepted that space travel was possible, there was life on other planets and there were fantastic things on Earth yet to be discovered.
Science fiction films »
- Gregory Small
It takes a special kind of nerd to walk through the streets of London obsessively looking at the driver of every taxi in the hopes of spotting Tony from the Up films. That was me on Saturday during a brisk walk through the rain on my way to catch a train to Sheffield for this year’s Doc/Fest. Also in that wet walk: a brief stop at Covent Garden for a feeling of disappointment that it doesn’t look as it does in Lindsay Anderson‘s 1957 short Every Day Except Christmas. Or My Fair Lady – because I’m not just into docs. I also stopped into the original Forbidden Planet to look at Doctor Who toys and almost bought a t-shirt that says “Keep Calm and Don’t Blink.” Again, a special kind of nerd. The last time I was in England was 1995, for an art class trip. In those days, I »
Hollywood has introduced us to a ton of awesome robots over the years. Robots have always been extremely cool, and they've sparked the imagination of what is possible. The robots we've seen in the movies have inspired technology and science. There are engineers out there who have created robots of their own and are constantly trying to perfect them. One day those robots will take over the world and destroy us all.
We all have our favorite robots, and I thought I'd come up with a top 10 list of my personal favorites. Note: Cyborgs like RoboCop don't count as robots on this list.
If you'd like to share your own favorites, please feel free to post them in the comments section below!
Iron Giant - The Iron Giant
The Iron Giant is by far my favorite robot. He's the one I would have loved to play with as a kid. »
- Joey Paur
What true geek doesn't love a great science fiction film? Ever since I saw E.T. in the movie theater as a kid I was hooked on sci-fi. Over the years I've gone back and watched a ton of older films before my time, and continue to enjoy the awesomeness of this genre. Vimeo user 60fotogramas created a fantastic supercut that pays homage to the best sci-fi movies ever made. He calls it "Sci-Fi: Since 1902," and says:
This is a montage of some of the best science fiction films ever made. A total of 62 films ordered by release year, from 1902 to the present. Thanks for watching, enjoy.
I've included a list of all the movies in the video below:
1902- Voyage dans la lune
1929- Fraud in Mond
1933-The invisible Man
1936-The Devil Doll
1953- The War of the worlds »
- Joey Paur
Gambling on the stock market? It’ll certainly get you fast results, but one of those results could be a fraud conviction. Starting your own business? You reap all the awards, but you suffer all the downsides too, and it’s pretty risky. Robbing a bank? Well, you get to wear fun masks, but there’s a good chance you’ll get shot. Nope, the easiest way to get rich these days is a lot more simple than that: just sell some old comic books.
Seriously! Since 2000, the Certified Guaranty Company – or Cgc – have been “grading” comics on a ten-point scale (ten being mint condition, one being that mouldy old Beano you found in your grandparent’s attic which the dog then ate), which means collectors can independently verify how much their funny books are worth. And as much as you covet your longbox collection, when you see how »
- Tom Baker
Star Wars is important not just as a pop culture phenomenon, but also because the original trilogy was so innovative in its storytelling and production. Here is a list commemorating the top 25 aspects of movie making that Star Wars has forever changed.
Movies that usher in a new era of filmmaking are very rare. They exceed expectations not just because they are entertaining or have memorable stories, but because they expand our expectations as far as what movies are capable of. The original Star Wars trilogy is one collection of such films. A New Hope especially was a film that effectively raised the bar as far as what movies were capable of. The following is a list of the most important things that Star Wars has taught us about making movies. Audiences everywhere are forever indebted.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Transcendence casts Johnny Depp as a brilliant scientist who plots out grand plans for The Singularity, only to become that omnipotent, sentient technological himself when an assassination attempt goes awry. While the new film is a look at what happens when technology becomes humanoid, it’s certainly not the first movie to ever do so. In fact, cinema has been toying with the idea of The Singularity — the point at which A.I. acquires beyond-genius-level intelligence — since the 1920s, even if it was never called that back then. The Singularity has been showing up in films for decades, ranging from talking, all-knowing computers who refuse to do what we say to robots who serve along humans without explicit direction or order. As such, there are some amazing examples of Retro Singularity, a primitive, Tomorrowland-esque version of the future that writers of the past may have not even known they were predicting. Think »
- Samantha Wilson
Nick Kitchen is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.
Sweet Rassilon’s Ring! Forbidden Planet has just announced pre-orders for a brand new line of Twelfth Doctor T-Shirts celebrating the brand new look the Doctor will sport when he returns to our television screens late summer/early autumn. Each of the designs take their cue from Capaldi’s forthcoming costume and are rather smart! 100% Rebel Time
The post 100% Rebel! Twelfth Doctor T-Shirts Announced appeared first on Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews. »
- Nick Kitchen
Trevor Hogg reviews the DVD releases of The Complete Third and Fourth Seasons of Maverick...
As much as James Garner (Murphy’s Romance) is associated with the Western television series Maverick one is reminded when watching the episodes again that other members of the family of con artists and poker players make an appearance, in particularly Jack Kelly (Forbidden Planet) who unlike Garner appeared in all five seasons. The partnership of brothers Bret (Garner) and Bart (Kelly) allowed for a lot of mischievous antics which saw them encounter corrupt lawmen, hostile Indians, beautiful damsels, and conniving cattle ranchers.
Always quoting words of wisdom from their dear Pappy, James Garner got the opportunity to play dual role of the elder Maverick in an episode named after him; the show stars Adam West (Batman) as villain with a cowboy hat which predates his transformation into a superhero wearing a cape and cowl. »
If you’re within shouting distance of London, and you collect Doctor Who novelizations and original fiction, you might want to head to Forbidden Planet on Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday, March 15th, for a signing with a bunch of authors. Forbidden Planet:
Join us for monsters!
To celebrate BBC Books’ ‘The Monster Collection’, each featuring a classic monster from the Doctor Who series, Forbidden Planet are hosting a signing with authors Trevor Baxendale, Stephen Cole, Terrance Dicks, Jonathan Morris, Justin Richards and Mike Tucker, on Saturday 15th March 1- 2pm at the Forbidden Planet Megastore in London.
This series of books includes Trevor Baxendale’s ‘Prisoner of the Daleks’, Stephen Cole’s ‘Sting of the Zygons’, Terrance Dicks’ ‘Shakedown’, Jonathan Morris’ ‘Touched by an Angel’, Justin Richards’ ‘Sands of Time’, and Mike Tucker’s ‘Illegal Alien’,
Each story features an individual adventure across space and time, and the titles include the Third, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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