Hollywood Fantasy Draft: Taking History

I’ve been participating in a wee game over at Anomalous Material called Hollywood Fantasy Draft. Simple rules; you pick your director, you pick your stars, and then you pitch your movie idea. It’s been fun! Here’s my rough pitch, written on the back of a napkin in some L.A. eatery. Sort of. . Taking History (Time Bandits 2) Directed by Terry Gilliam Written by Richard Lamb’s insane twin Starring: John Cusack, Jodie Foster, Paul Giamatti, Angelina Jolie, Brian Cox, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen Logline: Who needs dwarves? . Cast…

The Ectomobile Comes to Town

On the whole, today was a bit of a shitty day. Lots of technical issues, you might say. However, my Saturday did deliver one very cool thing. Ecto 1! I live in a small, English town which really is the last place you’d expect to find the Ectomobile from Ghostbusters. We have horses, a park, lots of trees and some ducks, but full size movie memorabilia? Forget it. And yet, there it was sitting in the town centre, part of a charity event. Naturally, as an unashamed movie geek, seeing…

Summer Movie Blog-a-thon: 1984

I was born in the year 1970, which means I was an active human presence on this planet through that entire decade. However, other than Star Wars, the better episodes of Doctor Who and a few fashion traumas, there isn’t a great deal I remember about the Seventies. So, when nostalgia comes calling for me, it comes bearing the stamp of the 1980s. And when my nostalgia turns to movies, one year stands out above the other nine: 1984. What a year for the summer movie that was. Indiana Jones…

Free Inside! (via Blah!)

Today was my weekly grocery shopping expedition. I use the word expedition because that’s what it sometimes feels like when you don’t drive. Lugging three bags of groceries home is good exercise. Fascinating stuff, right? Don’t worry, I am working toward my topic. It was while I was standing there in Aisle 2, perusing the boxes of cereal, that I realised something astounding; not one brand of cereal was giving away free gifts inside the boxes. Wh … Read More via Blah!

The Thief of Bagdad and Simpler Times

When I was a kid, way back in the midst of the Seventies, movie viewing was restricted to visits to the cinema or the schedules of three TV channels. That’s right, kids, there was a dark time in our history when you couldn’t grab the remote and watch what you liked when you liked. There was a time, long since passed, when the bovine masses of Britain only had three TV channels to keep them distracted. In the days before pay-per-view, YouTube, DVD or even video tapes, we weren’t exactly…