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Taylor and Burton at their most powerful - which is saying something
I first saw this film on a late night tv slot back in 1991 and I couldn't believe I had allowed so much of my life to go by without being exposed to this treasure. The mechanics of marriage (of 2 marriages, in fact) are dissected mercilessly, but not without a tang of bitter and dark humour. The transition from stage to screen seems well achieved, and not being an Elizabeth Taylor devout fan, I have to say she is superlatively good in this one. The score helps. The stunning black&white photography perfectly suits the intricate moods. Edward Albee must have been proud. I'm sure Mike Nichols was. Sandy Dennis and George Segall are more than up to the challenge, and I for one think all 4 players thoroughly deserved the Academy Award. Still, 2 out of 4 ain't bad - and all in all the film got 5 oscars, so... Go see it!
Space: 1999 (1975)
Best Sci-Fi series ever (1st season)
I have been a huge fan of Space:1999 since I was about 5 years old (yes, really) But whereas at that age it was mostly the special effects, and the Eagles that grabbed my attention, as time went by; I started to realize that most of the first season episodes were imbued with a metaphysical element that had totally escaped me before. I think this is by far the most well-conceived science-fiction series ever, and that the cast was not only diverse and representative but also acted very well. In some important ways Space; 1999 (having caught me at a most impressionable age) helped shape many of my thoughts on the future of humanity - and on the relevancy of Science-Fiction to our increasingly globalized culture - an absolute novelty back in 1975. My last words on this wonderful series: Please don't miss it!