The A To Z Of SFF: Attack Of The Ion Storm! (Part 2)


 

HOLY SMOKES! CycloMedia is getting worse, and the situation becomes ever more desperate for our hapless duo. As the ship is lashed by energetic particles, the question has to be asked… could this really be the end for the Ulysses?

Rob and Clive review:

Attack Of The Crab Monsters
The Atomic Submarine
Arena
The Astronaut’s Wife
Abraxas, Guardian Of The Universe

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Alien Resurrection


 

The red-headed stepchild of the Alien franchise gets a brisk going-over from Rob and Clive. Surrealist French director meets a series that badly needed a shot in the arm. It’s pretty out there. Worryingly, they find lots to like in Alien Resurrection. Have they been out in the depths of space maybe that little bit too long?


 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Alien3


 

Controversy on the Ulysses, as Rob confesses a sneaking admiration for David Fincher’s bleak take on the Alien franchise. Can Clive talk him back to his senses, or does our noble astrogator have a point?

One thing’s for sure: this time, it’s personal.

 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Aldiss


 

The Grandmaster of Science Fiction. Not just prolific but absurdly talented, Brian Aldiss is a Great British Author in every sense of the word. Rob and Clive celebrate the man and his work: not just as writer, but editor, artist and advocate for SF in all its forms.

If his work is good enough for Kubrick and Spielberg, it’s good enough for us!


Here’s a look at the film version of his deeply odd conjoined-twin punk opera, Brothers Of The Head. A strange and very English piece of work.

 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Army Of Darkness


Time travel, skeleton warriors, heroic fantasy tropes upended and shaken till the lint drops out of their pockets… of course the film also known as Evil Dead 3 fits into our bailiwick!
Join Rob, Clive and CycloMedia as they tease out what makes Army Of Darkness such a great movie for Halloween. Because when you’re travelling the universe at trans-luminal speeds, it’s always October 31st somewhere…


 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Altered States


Outer space is all well and good, but all the cool kids know that inner space is where it’s at. Rob and Clive take a look at the Ken Russell adaptation of Paddy Cheyefsky’s Altered States, and come to the conclusion that the greatest discovery of all is the ability to love…


 

Here’s a taste of the wild visual invention at play in Altered States. In this scene, Professor Eddie Jessop takes native hallucinatory agents in a field trip to South America. The resulting trip is… unsettling.

 

 

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Adele Blanc-Sec


Mon Dieu! Rob and Clive peek into the world of French SFF, with a nose around Les Adventures Extraordinaires de Adele Blanc-Sec. A crazy steam-punk mash-up, part Indiana Jones, part Amelie, part Tintin, with a wink to Melies. Mummies! Pterodactyls! Bringing people back from the dead! It’s all in here!

We apologise in advance for the ‘Allo ‘Allo-style dodgy French accents.


The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension


Cult classic? Unwatchable mess? Both? After a week struggling through an asteroid storm, there’s no rest for Rob and Clive. CycloMedia throws them straight back into the fray, demanding an overview of a film that doesn’t so much polarise opinion as tear it into little bits and throw them off a cliff.

Strap in, team-mates. We’re firing up the oscillation overthruster on this one.


The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For A For Andromeda


CycloMedia points Rob and Clive at a story about a supercomputer with a mysterious agenda. How very appropriate.
A For Andromeda is a classic piece of British TVSF that would be well worth your attention. If only there was a way to see it…

The A To Z Of SFF: A Is For Attack The Block


A look at the directorial debut of Joe Cornish (sort of Ant-Man co-writer): the alien-siege hoodie-centric action-comedy Attack The Block.
This is one on which Rob and Clive have to disagree. But can they come to a conclusion that will satisfy CycloMedia?