The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For A.I. Artificial Intelligence


 

A.I was planned and prepped by Stanley Kubrick, then taken over by Steven Spielberg after the auteur’s untimely death. The resulting film is a strange mix of the two director’s signature styles, and even now it polarises opinion. Rob and Clive take a detailed look at the film, its themes and the inhumanly excellent performance of Haley Joel Osment.

Let’s go in search of the Blue Fairy…

(we apologise for the state of Rob’s voice. The space lurgy has him in its snottily-tentacled grasp…)


 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Aeon Flux: The Movie


 

Charlize Theron was an action heroine long before her role as Imperator Furiosa, you know. Rob and Clive take a step back in time to 2005, and her role as dystopian assassin Aeon Flux.

Is the film as freaky as the TV show? More importantly, does Charlize get to wear the leather straps? Listen in and find out!

The Best Western You Haven’t Seen

Consider the western. Once, it was the staple diet for cinema-goers everywhere. Cheap and easy to make, the average horse opera was appropriate for all ages, for every type of audience. It was sturdy, uncomplicated fare, with a clear moral message. From Tom Mix, through to Gene Autry and the daddy of them all, John Wayne, there was little confusion, no grey area. Westerns were a genre that hearkened back to simpler times, to a world before global conflict and uncomfortable discussions about race. Continue reading The Best Western You Haven’t Seen

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Aeon Flux (the animated series)


 

A female assassin clad in leather straps, dealing in extreme violence, having sex whenever she feels like it with multiple partners… did we mention this was an animated series that went out on MTV in the early 90s?

Aeon Flux is a strange mixture – a kinky, arty mashup of Euro sci-fi style and arch, deliberately impenetrable storytelling. Rob and Clive try to figure out what the hell was going on…


 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Angel


A show that started as a spin-off from one of the most successful fantasy shows of all time managed a rare feat–carving out its own voice and identity.

Rob and Clive celebrate the David Boreanez-starring Angel, and mourn a endlessly inventive show that unfairly disappeared before its time. I mean, how can you not love a programme that featured eps where the brooding hero was turned into a puppet, or revealed his inner thoughts through the medium of karaoke?

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To Leicester Square, where I gave up a chunk of my day to sit and watch the new Quentin Tarantino western, The Hateful Eight. Why would I drag my sorry ass all the way to That London, when I have two perfectly good cinemas within easy travelling distance showing the same movie?

Well, they weren’t. The Odeon Leicester Square is one of the few movie houses in the country that’s able to show the Roadshow Presentation of The Hateful Eight, in glorious 70mm. If you’re a film geek, this is the gig to get to.

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The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Airwolf


 

In the crowded arena of TV shows featuring super-fast, super-secret helicopters, Airwolf was the stand out. Mean and moody lead? Check. Comedy sidekick? Checky-check. Conspiracy and tension between the Airwolf crew and the agency they ostensibly worked for? Check-o (in the first season, at least).

Rob and Clive run through the story, dig out the old cello and yes, even take a pass at the theme song…*

 

*I didn’t say it was a good pass…