Science Fiction Film and Television

Articles from Vol. 2, No. 2, 2009

Aika & Aine (Time and Matter): A Compilation of Short Films and Documentaries
(ProQuest: ... denotes formula omitted.)Aika & Aine (Time and Matter): A Compilation of Short Films and Documentaries (Mika Taanila Finland 1998-2005). Reel 23. Original aspect ratio. PAL all regions. £24.99. Available from www.reel23.com.Roger LuckhurstThe...
Alternative 3
Alternative 3 (Christopher Miles UK 1977). Soda Pictures. PAL region 2. 4:3. £15.99Peter WrightTrust can be a hazardous undertaking, particularly when it is invested in institutions rather than individuals. When that trust is placed in the media, it...
Branding the Future: Syfy in the Post-Network Era
In March 2009, the Sci Fi Channel announced that it would change its name to Syfy. This name change, part of a re-branding effort that would accompany a new logo and a new tag line ('Imagine Greater'), was an attempt, in the words of network president...
Dante 01
Dante 01 (Marc Caro France 2008). Momentum. PAL region 2. 16:9 widescreen. £12.99.William BrownIt is impossible to write about Marc Caro without making reference to Jean- Pierre Jeunet, the director with whom he made a number of shorts and the successful...
Death of a President
Death of a President (Gabriel Range UK 2006). Lionsgate. NTSC region 1. 16:9 widescreen. US$14.98.Carl FreedmanLike vers libre, or the 'talking blues' associated with Woody Guthrie and the early Bob Dylan, the fictional documentary is one of those genres...
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Reid UK 1980). Second Sight Films. Full screen. PAL region 2. £19.99.Martin DanahayThis version of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, first broadcast on 20 November 1980, has all the hallmarks of a BBC production, with period costumes, sombre...
Essays on Luc Besson: Master of Spectacle
Susan Hayward and Phil Powrie, eds., Essays on Luc Besson: Master of Spectacle. Manchester: Manchester UP, 2006. 197pp. £45.00 (hbk).William BrownEssays on Luc Besson is a welcome addition to the relatively small amount of literature dedicated to one...
Experimental Moments: R.U.R. and the Birth of British Television Science Fiction
At the beginning of the BBC Television Service, the general attitude was that the medium was best suited to the relay into the home of events happening at that moment somewhere else. As T. H. Pear put it, in a response to the start of British television,...
Privilege
Privilege (Peter Watkins UK 1967). New Yorker Video/Project X. NTSC Region 1. Widescreen 16:9. US$26.99.Rehan HyderPrivilege has long been regarded as Peter Watkins' great lost movie that, since its truncated initial release, has remained largely unseen...
Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime
Christopher Bolton, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr and Takayuki Tatsumi, eds., Robot Ghosts and Wired Dreams: Japanese Science Fiction from Origins to Anime. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2007. 288pp. us$20 (pbk).Isolde StandishThe collection of essays in...
Simians, Subjectivity and Sociality: 2001: A Space Odyssey and Two Versions of Planet of the Apes
Animals have long functioned as foils for humanity. They simultaneously serve to mark the outside of what constitutes 'the human' and as uncanny mirrors for humanity. Narratives of the human/animal boundary can equally be used to emphasise what humanity...
Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style and Politics
Jeffrey Sconce, ed., Sleaze Artists: Cinema at the Margins of Taste, Style and Politics. Durham: Duke UP, 2007. 340pp. US$23.95 (pbk).Leon HuntIn the ever-growing terrain of cult film analysis, the study of 'trash', 'sleaze' or (to use Jeffrey Sconce's...
States of Weightlessness: Cosmonauts in Film and Television
Representations of cosmonauts on film and television are as shaped by the genre of tragedy as they are true to the history of Soviet-Russian space travel. Tragedy dominates both narrative and documentary forms. The fortune of the cosmonaut is tied to...
Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir
Paul Meehan, Tech-Noir: The Fusion of Science Fiction and Film Noir. Jefferson: McFarland, 2008. 264pp. us$55.00 (hbk).Alexia L. BowlerOn receiving this book for review, the exciting prospect of a new critical study on the commonalities and the culmination...
Television, Gender and Space: An Overview of Lynn Spigel
Lynn Spigel, the Frances E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures at the School of Communications at Northwestern University, is a feminist media scholar who works on television and cultural history. Over the past two decades, she has produced a body...
The Perfect Panopticon: Rainer Werner Fassbinder's Welt Am Draht
Immersion and paranoiaIn her seminal definition, Janet Murray characterises immersion as 'the sensation of being surrounded by a completely other reality that takes over all of our attention, our whole perceptual apparatus' (98-9). While it is often...
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Jeffrey Weinstock, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. London: Wallflower Press, 2007. 131pp. £10.00 (pbk).Matthew TinkcomThe idea of the cult film is a tantalising one, not least to historians and critics of cinema and popular media, because it offers the...
Women Scientists in Fifties Science Fiction Films
Bonnie Noonan, Women Scientists in Fifties Science Fiction Films. Jefferson: McFarland, 2005. vii+225 pp. us$35.00 (pbk).Ximena Gallardo C.Women Scientists in Fifties Science Fiction Films is a somewhat inaccurately titled book since only five of the...
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