Posts Tagged ‘star trek’

4 FASA Star Trek starship miniatures (Klingon D18, Romulan Winged Defender, USS Chandley, USS Reliant), via eBay @ £31.52

AD&D Charlemagne’s Paladins Campaign campaign guide, via eBay @ £5.80

Lost Prehistorica, D&D sourcebook, via eBay, @ £6.39

Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer model kit, via ModelZone, @ £9.50

2 Fantasy Forge Kryomek Nexus bunkers, via eBay, @ £8.76

FASA Renegade Legion Legionnaire role playing game, via eBay, @ £13.11

Large bottle of PVA wood glue, via ModelZone, @ £7.99

Wargames Illustrated #308, @ £4.50

Miniature Wargames #360-#363, @ £4.25 each

Salute – Ticket, @ £11

Heresy – Sharclon squad and robot with security upgrade, @ £22

Crooked dice – Future Freedom Fighters, @ £25

Otherworld – giant weasels, @ £11

4ground – High Medieval Cottage, @ £18

Total: £191.57

Wargames Illustrated #299, @ £4.50

Miniature Wargames #354, @ £4.25

Wargames Soldiers & Strategy #62, @ 4.20

FASA Stardate Magazine #3.2 and #3.2 via eBay, @ £6.35

FASA Romulan Winged Defender and Klingon D-18 miniatures, via eBay, @ £22.18 – not arrived yet :-(

4D Master Fire Dragon plastic model, via The Works, @ £4.99

Total: £46.47

Fantasy and Sci Fi miniatures from Heresy Miniatures, @ £34.90

Tribes of Legends, Greek mythology wargames rules, from Wargames Foundry, @ £15.40

Wargames Illustrated #295, @ £4.50

Miniature Wargames #349, @ £4.25

Salute Ticket, @ 11.00

Teutonic Knights box set from Fireforge Games, @ £17.00

Primaeval Designs Spinosaurus and Pachyrhinosaurus from Magister Militum, @ ~£40.00

A Call to Arms: Star Fleet rules from Mongoose Publishing, @ £22.00

Lady Sylvia Winterly & Stefan ‘Grief’ Travers and Federated Security Guard Patrol from Crooked Dice, @ £16.00

Total: Somewhere round about £165

As a follow-up to Desert Island Discs, the team at work have been doing our top ten films, and this week was my turn. The only condition was that one of the ten had to be set in London. Once again, I’ll be buggered if I’m writing all this lot up and not turning it into a blog post.

Forbidden Planet (1956)

I remember watching this, aged about 8, sitting on the floor at school during one of our headmaster’s film nights. As most people know, it’s Shakespeare’s Tempest mixed with a bit of Freud and set in outer space. The special effects contain some real “how did they do that back then?” moments. And notice that the starship is a flying saucer and the crew are all men – that was the status quo in almost all science fiction back then and would be for another ten years, until Star Trek rewrote the rules. The “sequel” is also well worth seeing 😉

Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966)

My London film. Well the first half is set in 22nd century London (that looks awfully like 1960s London).
This is the second of the two Peter Cushing Doctor Who films, big(-ish) budget, technicolour, remakes of the first two Dalek TV stories. To be honest I prefer the TV version – the scenes of Daleks patrolling an abandoned London are much more atmospheric in B&W. But this film is more important because this was repeated on telly almost every summer holiday from the mid-70s onwards so several generations of Doctor Who fans grew up with this version in their childhood memories. So much so, that at least one later TV episode references events as they took place in the film, not the original.

The Italian Job (1969)

(Also got some London bits) I haven’t seen the remake. Why would I want to?

Kelly’s Heroes (1970)

Just a private enterprise operation.

The Sting (1973)

Probably the best confidence trick movie ever. And parts of it are ripped off by almost every episode of Hustle.

Star Wars (1977)

I am a member of the Star Wars generation. This film came out at the exact moment in my childhood for me to be hooked. And that’s why we have the original here, not the “more grown-up” The Empire Strikes Back. This was when George Lucas knew how to have fun, before CGI, before the “expanded universe”, before we all became cynical.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

There have been 11 Star Trek movies to date. Some of them are rubbish; some of them are good fun; two of them are really quite splendid. This is the film that saved Star Trek. After the worthy but dull and expensive Star Trek The (Slow) Motion Picture, this is the film that remembered that Trek should be fun and brash and really over acted. This is the film that gave us some of the finest Shatnerisms. (Including, of course, Khaaaaaan! )

Aliens (1986)

I think that the Special Edition of this was the first film I owned on video tape. An incredibly influential film – twenty years later and films, comics, computer games are still playing with variations of the future-war look created here. “I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

The Usual Suspects (1995)

This was from a period when I was going to the cinema a lot and seeing a lot films that have really stuck in my mind (Unforgiven, Apollo 13, Once Were Warriors, Quiz Show, Strange Days, Ed Wood) but this one stands out. Repeated viewings are about spotting clues and inconsistencies but if you saw it first without any spoilers, watching the story unfold without knowing how what came next was something special.

Hot Fuzz (2007)

(Also got some London bits) Best British film of the decade? If you grew up in the home counties, where winning village of the year was a big deal, then parts of this film are worryingly accurate…

Via SFXmagazine on Twitter.

To describe someone as “the best actor in TNG” obviously falls into the category of damning with faint praise. 😉

What prompted my previous post was going to see Waiting for Godot on Wednesday, this production has a very impressive cast list: Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ronald Pickup and Simon Callow. And it struck me that Patrick Stewart looked a little uncomfortable and stiff, in particular with the physical comedy aspects of the production.

Basically, what Linnie said.

I would sit down and watch Patrick Stewart in almost anything (but I gave up on Eleventh Hour after one episode ‘cos it was just dull) but there’s a certain type of part he does very, very well and outside of that he’s still good but not the greatest.

We only think of Patrick Stewart as a really good actor because he was the best actor in TNG.


The new Star Trek film rocks.

Everything that mattered was right, and many of the things that didn’t matter as well (they even did the sideburns).

However, I have a problem with Scotty, it’s quite simply that Simon Pegg + scottish accent = Wee Hughie from The Boys and that brings to mind all sorts of very strange crossovers.

Seen the pics from the new Star Trek film yet? Spoilers ahoy ‘cos here are the treknical ones…

Hands up who thinks that this ship looks like it should be an intermediate stage between the movie-era Enterprise and the Ambassador class? I can hear the fanboys screaming…

So this is the USS Kelvin, destroyed some time before the main timeframe of the movie. NCC-0514. Hmm, I want to see more. And, on the really pedantic level, how does this fit into the same registry scheme that includes the NCC-638 USS Grissom form ST III?

And has it really been four years since I updated my Star Trek ships web site? Ouch.

Went to see 10,000 BC this afternoon. Oh boy, history, biology, geography, astronomy – they all get a hammering in this film. I can’t be bothered to even start listing everything that was goofy here.

It was one of the most by-the-numbers renditions of (the easy to understand bits of) Joseph Campbell’s monomyth that I’d seen in a while. I smiled at the bemusement when hunter-gatherers first came across the evidence of agriculture, but of course in Campbell’s scheme there has to be a ‘boon’ to take back home at the end (sorry, that was a spoiler). There were also bits lifted from the Bible, Stargate, Conan and 300, just in case the mention of Campbell misled you into thinking there were highbrow sources being used.

The action and CGI were very good, the actors managed to keep straight face. It’s not a bad movie in the sense that it’s exciting and visual, but it’s certainly one to watch with the brain switched off.

Oh, by the way, the Doctor Who and Star Trek trailers look amazing on the big screen.