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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “The Day The Sky Exploded” (1958)

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I was just thinking the other day how I’m kinda’ tired of American B-movie SF. I mean, I enjoy it, don’t get me wrong, but occasionally you just need a little variety, you know? A different perspective? A bracing little bit of spice, just to season my steady diet of Steak and ‘Taters.

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: "Cat Women of the Moon" (1953)

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The first rocket to the moon will take a whopping ten hours to get there! Its crewed by four boring men - one of whom is Sonny Tufts - an a woman who has a kind of Betty Davis thing going on in the face, but isn’t really as pretty as the script says she is. But then Sonny Tufts isn’t nearly as handsome as he used to be, either. Perhaps this movie is a heartwarming-yet-sad tale of two middle-aged folks, going to seed, who find a kind of happiness by settling for someone who’ll say “Yes” before the last gasp of their good looks fade?

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CLASSICS FOR KIDS: “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

Ok, sure, so we all know the classics, the movies that grabbed us when we were young, but it's hard for us to think about them objectively, to recognize that they may have a different effect on the youth of today than they may have back in our day. To that end, this is the first in a series of genre classics to be reviewed by Republiboy (Age 11):

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NON-SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE REVIEW: “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” (2010)

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It’s kind of a terrible title, isn’t it? It sounds like something from a bad Ramada Inn Lounge cover band. “I am Percy Jackson, and these are The Olympians! Goodnight, Lompoc, we love you! Be sure to check out our debut album, ‘The Lightning Thief’ at our van in the parking lot after the show!” Of course this is a Fantasy film, and not in the SF genre, but since it’s a slow Sunday and there’s not much else going on, I figured ‘what the hell.’

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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “At The Earth’s Core” (1976)

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Last week you may recall that I mentioned Disney’s 1954 film “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” began a subgenre of Victorian SF. Well, if that film was the first of a generation, then today’s movie is more or less the ragged end of that generation, gasping for breath in the moments before extinction.

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