Alien Nation (1988)
Film / Science Fiction

Alien Nation (1988)

After a promising start, this well made but thoroughly routine thriller, directed by Brit Graham Baker (The Final Conflict (1981), Impulse (1984)), settles into the rather mundane buddy-cop formula so beloved of 80s thrillers. What begins as a potentially intriguing film about human-alien contact and all the psychological and social possibilities that such contact entails … Continue reading

Ten great… Close Encounters of the Third Kind moments
10 Great... / Film / Science Fiction

Ten great… Close Encounters of the Third Kind moments

Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg released Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the second big game-changing science fiction blockbuster of the year after Star Wars (1977). Back in cinemas now in a new 4K restoration, what better time to reacquaint ourselves with some of the extraordinary, iconic images from the film. In truth Close … Continue reading

Ten great… British television title sequences part 1
10 Great... / Fantasy / Science Fiction / Television

Ten great… British television title sequences part 1

good television title sequence should set the scene, establish what’s to come, act as a curtain raiser for the ensuing drama/comedy/action/whatever it is it’s preceding. But they’re often more than. They’re more often than not the first thing we remember about a show, the thing that triggers memories – good and bad – the second … Continue reading