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Captain Kirk vs Jesus

You couldn’t make this up – this is from the i paper a few days ago, headed ‘Why Kirk didn’t boldly go up against God’: It’s the greatest Star Trek movie never made – Captain Kirk and Jesus Christ slugging it out on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Gene Roddenberry, the Star Trek creator, … Continue reading

US Nuclear Bomb System Still on Floppy Disks

This is from last Friday’s i paper. It should strike fear into all of us. Or perhaps it says much about how solid and reliable they are. They may lack volume, but they are a lot harder to hack into or interfere with short of them being physically stolen. If they ain’t broke, don’t fix … Continue reading

2001: A Space Oddity

It makes me feel so old to think that I can remember when this film by the master Stanley Kubrick represented the future. Seeing it now, as part of the BFI’s Days of Fear and Wonder series, and with it an incredible 50 years old, is a very odd experience. It is incredibly long, and … Continue reading

District 9

This film is a few years old now, but is one of those rare things, a sci fi film that transcends its subject. It is set in modern Johnannesburg, it is the story of a giant spaceship that appears and just hovers over the city. No explanation is ever given for it, but eventually humans … Continue reading

Perched on a Nunatack Near Jango Bingo

This is from a pamphlet that accompanied the British Council’s exhibition a few years ago, subtitled New Architecture and Science In Antarctica. What little I know of life in the Antarctic comes largely from Werner Herzog’s film Encounters at the End of the World, of the US base, which is a sprawling ugly place full … Continue reading

Only In The States

The University of Michigan State has just announced either the most important or the most utterly useless course ever: How to survive a Zombie Apocalypse. Which way you see it depends on whether you believe in the chances of the said Apocalypse ever happening, so maybe it’s a good chance for the rest of the … Continue reading

In Ruins

Art historian Christopher Woodward’s brilliant book, In Ruins begins with a description of Charlton Heston as an astronaut returned to earth in the closing scene of Planet of the Apes when he sees the ruined Statue of Liberty and realised what happened to the idiots that had been the all conquering human race. In a csimilar vein, … Continue reading

Under the Skin

This is a very hard film to review, as it is one that really stops you in your tracks, or, as several viewers thought, it was just awful. Strangely, though many in the audience said they hated it, nobody walked out, which is unusual. It is mostly Scarlett Johansen as an alien in human skin, … Continue reading