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StuOz (aka Stuart Rawe) (aka Actor on Housos TV series)
The Maze Runner (2014)
Ordinary People In An Extraordinary Situation
Lads are trapped in a mysterious maze.
I never expected this to be as good as it is! The Hunger Games is fine but this is better!
Ordinary people stuck in an extraordinary situation...I am am sucker for movies/TV shows of this type. An Asian hero as well as an American hero here! Times have changed in Hollywood films!
However, I was a bit turned off by the CG creature that attacks the lads...maybe I have just seen too many sci-fi movies to get taken in by such a monster...all monsters seem to look alike these days...give me a stuntman in a rubber monster costume any day?
I love the ending, I love the retro musical score, the casting is outstanding, an all round good sci-fi thriller!
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Great Cast And Wonderful Ending
William Shatner's final appearance as Kirk.
The later parts of this film where William Shatner, Patrick Stewart and Malcolm McDowell all meet up are some of my favourite Star Trek moments ever! So well scripted, acted, directed and scored (by Dennis McCarthy).
William Shatner as Kirk is a total knockout in this film and Generations is a touching end to classic Star Trek.
Don't forget to hang around for the end credits as Dennis McCarthy's closing title score is wonderful and perfectly matched to such a touching film.
Some Great Match Ups To The Old Show But...
A direct follow up to the original 1960s series complete with the same sets, costumes and musical scores. In this adventure, the trouble making Apollo, from the second season of the original, returns.
When I first viewed "Pilgrim" in 2013 I thought it was the best thing out. In 2013 I had never seen any of the other Trek web shows so "Pilgrim" was my very first taste of this whole grab-everything-from-the-old-show production style.
Today, I still think "Pilgrim" is wonderful for matching up sets and musical scores from the old series. I give it full marks for that.
But, for whatever reason, I have not made an effort to catch other STC episodes on YouTube?? Perhaps part of the problem is that I simply don't like spending 50 minutes watching a show on a computer...I would rather watch things on a large TV screen where I can sit in a nice comfortable chair and put my feet up.
Or perhaps I am just turned off by the new cast of STC?? Maybe I will become a fan one day...but not today.
Mongrel's Creed (2009)
Short Sci-Fi Film Is Too Short...But Good
Set in a rehabilitation centre of the future.
Part comedy, part drama.
The funny useless guy from the Oz film - Tomorrow When The War Began (2010) - is in this and he speaks in exactly the same full-on-Aussie-accent here as well.
This short film may only last a few minutes but it took a few days to film...I should know because I was in it as a credited "mongrel" extra: Stuart Rawe.
Mongrel's Creed is fine but just as it is warming up and getting you hooked...it ends! Perhaps they should consider turning this into a full length feature film with exactly the same cast.
I read somewhere that this short film was screened at a Sci-Fi convention somewhere.
Wonderful Characters And Plots
A passenger plane crashes and a group of mixed castaways on a mysterious island encounter oddball dramas.
I was originally drawn to this series in 2005 because it looked like a cross between science fiction TV's Land Of The Giants (1968-70) and Lost In Space (1965-68). And there is no question that some of those season one "Smoke Monster" in the jungle scenes do bring back memories of Lost In Space. But once we got into season two I began to understand that the show's title - Lost - was actually a reference to the state of mind of the show's main characters. Fine.
The characters in the series are some of the most interesting people seen on TV in decades. People like John Locke, Ben Linus, Sawyer, Kate Austen, Charlie Pace, Jacob and The Smoke Monster will hold your attention from episode one to episode 121. And the casting of these people is outstanding.
However, I can't say that every single castaway held my attention all the time and there was a bit of DVD picture searching when I was turned off by a character for whatever reason. But mostly they were fine.
Repeat viewings of Lost are essential. If you watched the series back in 2004-10 watch it again today as you will pick up on things that you missed the first time.
Lost is also filled with wonderful location filming in Hawaii, outstanding twists and turns and science fiction plots in season four. So don't be turned off by the odd dull episode because the show will probably be a total winner in the following episode...that is just the way things are in Lost.
Land of the Giants: The Clones (1969)
Classic Star Trek Writer Works For Irwin Allen!
Evil clones are made of the "little people".
Oliver Crawford, the guy who scripted a few classic Star Treks, including one of the show's most famous and BEST adventures, Let That Be Your Last Battlefield (the one about the black/white coloured aliens), wrote for Irwin Allen...with The Clones.
However this hour, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea's The Lost Bomb, were the only times Oliver worked for Irwin.
Oliver did a fine job with The Clones and that footage between Dan the clone and Steve is chilling indeed. The regular cast of the series must of been thrilled to get such a great script.
Please note, the story requires two Barrys and when filmed from behind it is very obvious there is a fake stunt double playing Barry...but who cares.
Land Of The Lost Room
The little people fly away in a balloon to an even more dangerous land.
Wow! The John Williams scored teaser is so strong with the disaster of the earthlings being sent away in a balloon by mistake. Act one then gives us welcome hints that something terrible lies ahead in the Land Of The Lost.
But once we get to act two, we become aware that "the most expensive TV series ever made" perhaps went over-budget in recent weeks as the Land Of The Lost is just a room with giant guys in funny cloths all standing around our captured little folk. I was expecting something more...but I guess we get that in the later episode...The Graveyard Of Fools.
Meanwhile back in the "normal" land, Fitz is turning out to be an all out pain as he attempts to blow up a giant balloon with his mouth!
I like the way season two does shows where the little people go places (Earth, Limbo, Graveyard and Earth again) but this hour lacks the required budget to create a pleasing location.
Two Boys Need A Dog
Barry's dog is injured so Barry puts himself in a dangerous position by going to a giant Vet.
Generally speaking, I like Giants season one more than Giants season two. Season two is fine but it contained too many of these adventures where the "little people" feel the need to reveal themselves to the giants. When you get too much of this it ends up making the giants seem like less of a menace. And the giants being a menace is what season one was all about.
But having said all that, Every Boy Needs A Dog is fine, mainly because it features one of the most horrible giant characters and one of the best giant characters to appear in the whole 51 episodes of the series: and he is just a long haired boy.
Adding to this, the hour does a nice job of presenting the day in the life of a Vet's shop, and the trouble making kid gets what he deserves in the end. If this story were made today it probably would of ended with the kid walking the streets making trouble somewhere else. But this story ends on a nice positive note.
In regards to the episode title, it is actually TWO boys who need a dog: Barry and the trouble making giant boy.
Quality Script and John Dehner
Mark Wilson is accused of killing giants.
A nice episode with a very welcome guest star playing Grayson: John Dehner.
Dehner got great guest roles in other 1960s shows like Twilight Zone, The Man From UNCLE and in Voyage to the bottom of the Sea's Menfish episode.
One short scene looks very out of place and goofy as it was obviously placed in the hour to fill in the 50 minute running time or perhaps Irwin Allen jumped on the set and yelled "we need some blinking light hardware and explosions in this thing".
I am talking about the mid-episode footage where the little people get sucked into a cave that is meant to be a trap set by the giants.
The ending of the hour brings back memories of QM's The Fugitive series (1963-67) where the fugitive (Richard Kimble) would save a cop from death and be rewarded for doing so.
Land of the Giants: A Small War (1970)
A Small War Aka Terrible Toys 2
A giant kid stages a war between "the little people" with his army of toys (which are of the same scale as the earthlings).
Wow, I am the first to review this classic episode! In the third season of Irwin Allen's Voyage to the bottom of the Sea series there was an episode titled, Terrible Toys, about invaders from space who used killer toys against the Seaview crew. Irwin went on record as saying the hour was one of his two favourite episodes of Voyage.
With that in mind you can't help but wonder if Irwin himself was busy on the set of this episode giving out ideas to the writers/crew?
Voyage's Terrible Toys used more effective music over the hour than A Small War does, but other than that point...this Giants adventure is a knockout!
I actually enjoyed this episode more as an adult than as a child. As a child I found the over-the-top giant kid too hard to relate to as I was the same age as him.
Special note, things get so out of control in this hour that even co-pilot Dan goes against the Captain's orders. Normally it is just Mark who does this, but Mark does his bit as well.