Unlike other recently-resurrected Who monsters such as the Daleks, Cybermen and Silurians, the Zygons don’t seem to be getting much of an overhaul. The essential design is the same, but now it looks a lot more refined; he actually looks like a monster, not a man in a monster suit. Personally I think he looks like something out of Farscape, but since that’s my other (other) favourite Sci-Fi show of all time, I’m not complaining.
Coupled with the news that David Tennant and Billie Piper are returning for the as-yet-unnamed Anniversary Special, and being joined by the living legend that is John Hurt (Spaceballs, Frankenstein Unbound), this is shaping up to be one hell of a party. (Interesting to note that
Take One: Brighton Rock (2010)
Hurt has alternated starring roles with supporting performances since he began acting in films with The Wild and the Willing in 1962. The amount of quality supporting turns he’s delivered over the years is vast: 10 Rillington Place, Midnight Express, The Shout, The Hit, Scandal, The Field, Contact, The Proposition, Melancholia, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy are a mere few. His fine turn as accountant Phil Corkery in the Brighton Rock remake (backing up Helen Mirren, Sam Riley, Andrea Riseborough and Andy Serkis) is a recent solid addition to the list and deserves due credit. Phil’s a gaunt shambles, but loyal to Mirren’s Ida, his long-time crush. He’s one of the old guard. A proud man accustomed to propping up bars whilst waxing forth about the state of the world. He’s the
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves because therein lie the gems of VHS past for a large share of both the winners and folks who were nominated. Highlights include a win for Melissa Leo (nominated two years ago for Frozen River), whom we remember best as Judith 'MaMa' Baer in Deadtime Stories. And who could forget Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho? My fellow fright fiends, he brought home the gold last night.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the Paramount - you do learn quite a bit about the Filipino exploitation films of the 1960s and '70s from Hartley's follow-up to his wildly entertaining history of the Australian exploitation film, "Not Quite Hollywood," even if it's not what you'd quite expect. Like that film, "Machete Maidens Unleashed" is often more fun than the films it tells the behind-the-scenes stories of since it freely uses the money shots and arrives bursting with energy to spare. At once, the film is a tribute to native Filipino directors Cirio Santiago, Bobby Suarez and Gerardo de Leon,
Adapted Roughly 35 Times
MacBeth is perhaps one of the best Shakespeare stories and also one of the most difficult to adapt successfully,
Roger Corman began his directing career with 1955's Swamp Women and last sat in the director's chair for 1990's Frankenstein Unbound, but he still remains active as a producer, such as his forthcoming Syfy production DinoShark. As one of his assistants once told me, "He'll be making movies until the day he dies."
If any of you are wondering why they would bestow an Oscar, Honorary or otherwise, upon a man whose cinematic canon includes the likes of It Conquered the World and The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent
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