Dr Who – Planet Of Evil (1975 UK)

This adventure is the start of moving the series onward from the Earth based, UNIT adventures into new territory. UNIT had an excellent story Terror of the Zygons, prior to this, with the Brigadier and Benton on top form. But to expand the series scope back out to space was a good move even if it meant sadly phasing out UNIT. But Planet Of Evil is not regarded as a classic story by most Who fans. It rips off 1956’s Forbidden Planet along with Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. So it does get rather formulaic in places, but director David Maloney played up Louis Marks script to its main strength: atmosphere. Plus there’s a jungle to get lost in… [Read more…]

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Funny Title, Nice Song

A Song For The Sensitive

The studio album version of this very dreamy tune is longer and has quite a long, slow intro. This live version cuts to the chase a bit quicker, albeit without the violins and echoing guitars. I’m quite impressed with how clear and strong his voice is. There’s even onscreen lyrics.

Night Moves (1975 USA)

2705697_origWhat we have here overall is a nicely detailed screenplay and director on top of their game. Still a fascinating film noir after all these years. One of the superior 1970s thrillers, when happy endings were not always the norm. The overall result is satisfying though. [Read more…]

JAWS (1975 United States)

Jaws_The-Unseen-Monster_pierThe mechanical shark in Jaws (“Bruce”) reportedly would not work very well for director Steven Spielberg, subsequently Spielberg resorted to point of view shots to achieve the terror he desired. This was an inspired technique, far better than actually seeing the shark. [Read more…]

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