Hollywood fifties sci-fi – a tribute to the golden age of cheesiness

Has anybody seen much 1950s-era Hollywood sci-fi? By 1950s I mean more than just 1950-59 (or 1951-60, depending on how you count) – I mean a mind-set that broadly kicked off at the end of the 1940s, which lasted at least until the early 1960s – and which spawned a whole era of amazingly silly … More Hollywood fifties sci-fi – a tribute to the golden age of cheesiness

Pointing the foam finger at twerking and other dumbness

I had to look up the word ‘twerking’ to understand the storm over Miley Cyrus’ adventures this week. Like most neologisms it’s mutated; in the 1930s Walter Edmonds used it to mean ‘an insignifcant male’. It was related, in that sense, to ‘twerp’. Today’s meaning’s been added to the OED. I’m not sure that’s wise; … More Pointing the foam finger at twerking and other dumbness

Write it now, part 27: when badder is better

There’s been a storm this week about Sharknado – Asylum’s latest ‘so bad it’s good’ take on big-budget disaster movies. Global warming causes uber-tornadoes that send sharks plunging into the streets of Los Angeles. Chomp. The physics of it don’t work out. But hey… Asylum make ‘mockbusters’ like last year’s Nazis at the Centre of the … More Write it now, part 27: when badder is better

Remember Gandalf? He’s baaack….

Stars of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit have re-convened here in Wellington NZ for final pick-up shooting. I’m undecided whether I’ll see the rest of the trilogy. I saw the first – and wasn’t impressed. My gripes? The cast couldn’t be faulted. Wonderful, wonderful performers. But The Hobbit (novel) was a tightly constructed hero journey. Jackson’s first-part … More Remember Gandalf? He’s baaack….