Just started watching the first few mins of Eagle Eye starring Shia Leboeuf… and I noticed that the first few seconds of children running along the desert with a stick reminded me of something.

And then it hit me, I would swear that almost the exact same scene with the camera then following them over the crest of a hill is taken from Independence Day – yunno, the end bit where they’re all excited cos the big ships are crashing down all over the planet. Yay!

Anyway, anyone else find this or is it just me? Or am I wrong and it’s a rip-off from a *different* movie?

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I’m having a really good time watching old(ish) films at the moment and Logan’s Run was begging me to watch it. It’s a truly great story and though you think you’ll have heart it before (it’s a fairly common Sci-Fi yarn) you might just find out that this is the first film that really “did” this story, and did it so well.

Basically it’s about a society which is cocooned up in domes after some catastrophe in the outside world. Society is basically entirely hedonistic but that kinda depends on what “class” of citizen you are. The Sandmen in particular, who are the gendarme of the society, seem to live pretty darn well, plush flats, sex with babes whenever you like (classic scene where Michael York’s character, Logan, is offered a male concubine for the night :) ). Anyway, the trick is that in this society you’re only allowed to live to 30 – after which you’re sent to “Carousel” which is a bizarre ceremony in which you might be renewed but otherwise you float up to the ceiling and get blown up… but the “renewed” part isn’t really ever explained because there simply ARE no old people in the society. Weird.

Anyway, so everyone has these little jewel dealies implanted into their hand which gives away their age. At 30 it starts flashing and you’re going to have to pop your clogs. Damn. Some people don’t really like this though and become Runners – trying to avoid Carousel. The Sandmen hunt the runners. No-one escapes.

Logan is a Sandman who becomes a runner. Ah – you see? Good eh? The story unfolds…

It’s a brilliant film, I think the effects are pretty good for the time as well, lots of miniature cities and stuff, it’s funky and futuristic. Michael York (the hunk), Jenny Agutter (the babe) and Peter Ustinov (the old man) are excellent portrayed and written.

I give Logan’s run a wicked 9/10.

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I feel really, really bad. I don’t know why but the media has made me feel awful? Why? Because I have no idea who Natasha Richardson actually is! I do now – she’s the wife of Liam Neeson. Er, no, I’m sure she’s a heck of a lot more than that but again, the media has done this to me. Help!

I feel very much that I ought to know exactly who Natasha is, I have to admit the name kinda rings a bell… and weirdly I do watch a fair number of films but still – no bells are ringing :(

I feel very much when a celebrity/star dies who is very well respected that I should go out of my way to try to look at their back-catalogue (so to speak). I’ve done the same with music stars, gone on from their deaths to get a few albums and respect that artist’s life. I intend to do as such with Natasha Richardson and check out her films. I have a feeling that she’s more of a stage star as well, which obviously I have no hope of being able to follow up.

Nathasha Richardson – I do apologise, I have no idea who you are but I thoroughly intend to find out.

I’m going to score myself a 2/10 for at least knowing who Liam Neeson is.

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James Brolin and Christian Bale

Father and son? Similarity and likeness is amazing

It’s truly an amazing likeness between Brolin and Bale and, having done a very little research it appears there are lots of rumours that Brolin is Bale’s father, and Bale Brolin’s illegitimate son, however, that is purely rumour and pretty scurrilous at that.

My first encounted with Brolin was in The Amityville Horror with himself and Margot Kidder. Damn! Are they ever dopplegangers. Recently I’ve also seen him in WestWorld, Skyjacked and, interestingly, in Batman the TV Show.

The likeness is uncanny but surely it is just that. That they look alike, combined with an apparent similarity in facial and bodily gestures is quite amazing.

I rate the likeness an pretty substantial 10/10!

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Ah, Westworld. Not sure the first time I saw it but whenever I have seen it it’s been late at night, very late, and something I’ve come across by accident. Think I’ve seen it about 3 times accidentally, once intentionally, and today – very intentionally again.

It’s an amazing film, another Michael Crichton wonder, this time written AND directed by himself. Effectively it’s a themepark of recreated, re-enacted worlds, comprising of 3 areas, Westworld (the wild-west), Roman world (speaks for itself) and Medieval world. Many of the people within the $1000 a night are tourists rich enough to pay for the privilege. But most of the occupants of the worlds are robots, specially programmed to behave, threaten, cajole, drink and womanise in exactly the same way as any human would.

It’s an awesome concept, really, as one would expect from such a brilliant writer as Crichton. The roles, played by James Brolin (Christian Bale anyone?!?), Yul Brynner and Richard Benjamin, are as scary (Brynner) as they are genuine (Benjamin).

Seriously, a great film, thoroughly recommended to anyone.

9/10

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Just sat down to watch the first few minutes of Live and Let Die… not quite sure why, was only really in the mood for a few minutes of it. But it’s all good, a great start to a Bond film, and (I believe) Roger Moore’s first Bond outing.

It starts with a series of deaths, a murder in the UN – death by high-frequency sound! The most hilarious the bloke who’s watching the funeral procession being led by a brass band.. turns out the procession is for him and he gets picked up into the coffin, then the band goes all JAZZ and it’s a street party. Ace. Didn’t actually get to the bit where Moore actually gets on screen but that’s not the point. I know how the rest goes and it’s a brilliant film, great debut for Roger Moore and the whole film’s very Bond.

Not to mention the title track sung by Sir Paul McCartney – a wicked bit of music, perfect for Bond though actually quite different. Amazing stuff.

I give the first few minutes of this film a very strong 9/10, though overall I think I’d temper it by saying that it’s not the best Bond film by any means and so overall the film gets 7/10.

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A review of R2-D2 from Star Wars

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I fell in love with good old “Artoo” when I was a nipper. Star Wars was released in ‘77, sadly two years before my time so I wasn’t able to see it at the cinema until it was released for the Special Edition in… er… 95 I think it was, with all the gooey CGI “updates” that weren’t needed. But that’s all history, point is I grew up as a child of the ’80s and as such Star Wars was all a kid could need. Along with He-Man. And Knight Rider and all that.

Artoo was my favourite, never before has a word-less beeper ever said so much in a single whistle to make you feel like, “Yeah, I’d totally be friends with him and rip the living p*ss out of Threepio all the time.” The way his little head swivelled. The way he’d let down his middle leg to set off on a trundle that’s clearly going to make him run into the side of the corridor (good camera cutting, Lucas!). The way he fell over when the Jawas zapped him with their little electricity gun. Good times.

You know, no other robot without any real means of mechanical expression can raise their eyebrow or roll their eyes in quite the same way Artoo could whenever “dweeb” Luke was talking to him (yunno, before Luke got all cool and had a robot hand and stuff).

So I say “Thank you!” Artoo. Thank you Kenny Baker (the mini-man inside the bot), thank you Ben Burtt (who did the whistles and beeps) and thank you to everyone who made Artoo the true star he is. Oh yeah, thanks George Lucas – I guess you did OK too.

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