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  • Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

    Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

    ★★

    Did you know that Gerry Anderson (creator of numerous puppet TV series like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlett), once wrote and produced a live-action movie with his wife Sylvia Anderson?

    This was Doppelgänger from 1969, later renamed Journey to the Far Side of the Sun, which utilises many of the same miniature effects as Anderson's signature TV shows, for a Twilight Zone-esque story about a manned mission to a new planet discovered on the other side of the sun.

    It sounds…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★½

    Old people love to talk about the past, to relive it, but old film directors get to remake it. Ridley Scott has two stone-cold classics in his filmography, few would deny: Alien (1979) and Blade Runner (1982). He’s recently become committed to resurrecting them both, almost 40 years after they established him in Hollywood. The movie closest to his heart seems to be Alien, which he resurrected as Prometheus (2012). That prequel intended to dissipate a lot of the mystery…

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  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★

    Lovely performances and an intriguing catalyst, but it doesn't really go anywhere all that interesting. 45 YEARS would've made a good television drama on ITV one Sunday. For some reason it's a movie.

  • Spawn

    Spawn

    One of the worst superhero movies ever made, SPAWN killed a promising comic-book character's big-screen ambitions stone dead. There's been talk of a reboot for over a decade from creator Todd McFarlane, but there doesn't seem to be much appetite for the Spawn character from audiences now. Maybe he was strictly a 1990s cult item.

    I like the concept of SPAWN (essentially a mix of THE CROW, GHOST RIDER and ROBOCOP), about a government hitman who's murdered by his corrupt…