Donald Pleasence in Fantastic voyage

Not now, Cora!

There are some great lines in Fantastic Voyage (some of them cited below), but I ended up going for a cheap joke at the expense of Raquel Welch and Donald Pleasence. I was inspired by the strip in the middle of the postcard above here, which is a still from the DVD. (What she’s actually doing is zipping her wetsuit closed preparatory to leaving the submarine to help unclog intake filters.) In my defence, the film-makers blatantly included Ms Welch in the cast only for her well-endowed chest – she has minimal acting duties. I don’t know when I first saw Fantastic Voyage. I’d like it to have been at a matinée performance when it was released in Britain in … More…

Spock to Spock: Live, floss and prosper

Live, floss and prosper

The second DVD out of the box as I work through my birthday present to myself, is JJ Abram’s Star Trek from last year (2009). Taking this film as my subject here also gives me an opportunity to brush off and republish my original review. (‘Review’ doesn’t seem quite the right word, but judge for yourself here.) Star Trek is a film with a wonderful flora of quotes, but so many of the good ones are in-jokes for fans of the original series. I choose to illustrate instead one of the most puzzling features of the future. The lack of development in prosthodontics. Poor Leonard Nimmoy, the original Spock, reappears (through one of those handy wormholes in the time-space continuum … More…

You wouldn't want one as a pet

Human teenagers

As my own birthday present to myself, I bought a box of DVDs (mostly Science-Fiction related). I anticipate working my way through them bit by succulent bit (inclding, of course, all the Extra Material) and boning out some favourite quotes. Which I plan to share here in postcard form. As chance would have it, the first film I watched was Tim Burton’s remake of The Planet of the Apes from 2001. It’s not a better film than the 1968 original, but it’s not nearly as poor as the reviews made out – those I read when it first came out and which put me off seeing it on the cinema screen. Some of the actors behind the mask produced some … More…