Visiting Peter Jackson’s amazing cinema in Miramar, Wellington

The other day She Who Must Be Obeyed and I went to have a look at the Roxy Cinema in Miramar, Wellington. It was done up a while back in classic golden-age cinema deco by Peter Jackson and Weta Workshop, among others. There is a magic about the cinema that we’ve lost, these days. Except … More Visiting Peter Jackson’s amazing cinema in Miramar, Wellington

So is it muddle earth and not Middle Earth?

Viggo Mortensen’s recent suggestion in the British Telegraph that filming on Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings was chaotic got me thinking about how a book of that scope can be adapted to the screen, anyway. Some years ago I had a chance to hear Phillipa Boyens, the script-writer, explain how they’d … More So is it muddle earth and not Middle Earth?

Two interesting but possibly silly factoids about Star Wars

A while back Peter Mayhew – the 7’6” guy inside Chewbacca’s costume in the original Star Wars – released a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ stills from the production. They’ve got a period look – the movie was shot in the age of disco, flares and vinyl-topped cars. But it’s kind of cool to think Star Wars still has the … More Two interesting but possibly silly factoids about Star Wars

All the good Trek stuff was invented by Robert A Heinlein

OK, so ‘Captain James Tiberius Kirk’ got pinged on Monday for drink-driving, here in New Zealand. Well, not actually Kirk, he’s fictional. I mean Chris Pine, who plays him in the movie re-boot. According to the reports, Pine was stopped in Methven (of all places), after a wrap party for a movie he’s been shooting here. … More All the good Trek stuff was invented by Robert A Heinlein

Bring me my interositer, pathetic Earthlings!

Anybody remember those cheesy alien movies from the fifties? Aliens with googly eyes and big heads arrive to steal women, steal Earth’s water, or both. Needless to say, movies such as This Island Earth, I Married a Monster from Outer Space, It Came From Outer Space and Brain from Planet Aurus (which was about a brain … More Bring me my interositer, pathetic Earthlings!

If you think of Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ as a fan-fic video game it makes more sense

I finally caught up with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Part two of the trilogy – and don’t we know it. The film ended – splat – in the middle of what was structurally the build-up to the dramatic finale. It also confirmed what I pretty much understood from watching the first instalment, The … More If you think of Jackson’s ‘Hobbit’ as a fan-fic video game it makes more sense

Why I like ‘Dr Who’ when I usually diss stupid science in SF

I’ve been a huge Dr Who fan ever since I was a kid and had to hide behind the couch when the Yetis appeared. It’s great. Scientifically hokum – but great. Which sounds odd given that I usually diss bad movie science. What gives? It’s like this. A lot of Hollywood SF is set in … More Why I like ‘Dr Who’ when I usually diss stupid science in SF