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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: "Thunderbirds" (2004)

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What can I say about this movie that hasn’t already been said? Ebert puts it pretty succinctly when he mentions that, “This is a movie made for an audience that does not exist…fans of a British TV puppet show that ran from 1964 to 1966.” He goes on to quote David Rooney from Variety for some basic info on the show because, as Ebert himself says, “I had never heard of the series, and, let’s face it, neither have you.”

In fact, owing to my mad geek creds I *have* heard of the TV show, and even watched it a bit. It’s not a fond memory from my youth which I was greatly attached to, rather I first saw it when Sci-Fi ran repeats of it and other Gerry Anderson “Supermarionation” series in their morning block of children’s programming in the early 90s. I watched it when getting ready for work in the mornings, not because it was particularly interesting, but mainly to catch the cool miniature work done by the late great Derek Meddings. It was never my favorite, though. I much preferred “Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions.” Though never a fan, there is some part of me that can’t help but have some misguided affection for marionettes who have love lives, and shoot each other.

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Thunderbirds Are Go...Again

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Well, it looks like WETA Workshops has had a hand in rebooting the old Thunderbirds television series, some 50 years after the original aired.  There have been a few abortive attempts to remake Gerry Anderson's most successful puppetshow, some creepier than others, but this one captures the meticulous look of the original, while using CGI to update the characters so they retain the spirit of the originals while having better proprtions and movements.



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Fan Film Friday: Thunderbirds 2010

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A neatly done little fan film.  The effects shots are very good (except where they try to put CGI Character into them.)  This was done by the same fellow, Chris Thompson, who did the UFO fan film from a few weeks ago.  This must have been him 4 years younger.


The acting leaves something to be desired, but otherwise, it's top notch!



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Who Ruled 1960s SF On Television? The Answer May Enrage You...

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When you think about science fiction on TV, probably, like most people you think of Gene Roddenberry. This means that probably, like most people, you don’t watch a lot of repeats, because Roddenberry was a shameless self-promoter who lucked into a lucrative franchise by passing off other people’s ideas as his own, but when all is said and done, he really only had one show at a time when a zillion other shows in the genre were running. Now, I’ll be the first to admit that those other shows were mostly crap, but a large - and unsung - part of the success of Trek was that it was running in contrast to the crappy shows. Compared to Dr. Kildaire or Gunsmoke, Trek looked pretty damn lame, but compared to Lost In Space and Stingray, it looked glorious indeed.

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FAN FILM FRIDAY: Tim Smith Talks To Us About The Making Of UFO: 1999

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Good morning, happy Friday, and welcome to another installment of "Fan Film Friday." Today we'll be interviewing Tim Smith, an in-the-trenches, oldschool Fan Filmaker from Florida. Tim is one of the the two principle creators of the "UFO: 1999" Fan Film series that we've been featuring here on the 'Bot. Tim, thank you very much for agreeing to be with us here, today.

 

TIM SMITH:

Thanks so very much. It is indeed a great honor to be asked to speak about this old project.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun” (1969)

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I woke up this morning in a vaguely Derek Meddings mood, and wanted to watch something he was involved in. The only thing I had on hand was a copy of “Journey to the Far Side of the Sun”, also known in some markets as “Doppelganger,” so I decided to re-watch that. Of course I’ve seen it a zillion times - this is the kind of B-movie that was late-night gold when I was growing up. Shown infrequently at 3AM on Cable, it’s just a near-perfect example of what’s good and what’s bad about ‘60s SF movies

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BREAKING NEWS: Big Screen UFO?

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Maybe this will break Republibot 3.0 out of his depression-

Robert Evans and ITV are bringing back Gerry Anderson's UFO

This could go well, or not so well... but that's the same with all projects like this. As long as it's better than Thunderbirds, I think we'll be okay...

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