Moonraker (1979 United Artists)

For children in the late 70s Roger Moore was The Man. Suave, sophisticated and debonair. We didn’t care that he was as old as the hills. If you could fashion a man out of a bottle of Old Spice–Rog would be that man. You could smell his classiness from your cinema seat. I don’t think anybody walked out of a Timothy Dalton Bond feeling like they could conquer the world, but with Roger we did. No matter how many actors play the role, he’s the one I remember with most affection. This was 007’s eleventh adventure on the big screen. This was big. Huge! Biggest budget yet. Biggest box office profit. But Moonraker is strangely unloved. “Too unlike the novels, too much like Star Wars, too silly…” say the naysayers. I disagree. [Read more…]

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Soulful George!

Cut The Applause And Dim The Light…

“We Torked and torked unteel it wos light…”

“…why doa feel dis payen, I fought we torked eet aht.” The most Cockney band ov em all, guv. They showed us a good music vid did not need to cost an arm or a leg. They could be churned out as cheap as chips down at your local Arm & Leg. What better pub band in Britain was there than Madness? And who else had a lead singer with the genius name of Suggs? His angry twitching and jerking is probably the most threatening stage act of any singer ever. That bobbing forehead gets awfully close to the cameraman. Its nearly a Liverpool kiss.

Lair (James Herbert)

Even rats relocate to the country. Epping Forest in this case…I have a weakness for stories where animals or insects turn on humans. This is Part 2 of his Rat trilogy of books and it still holds up well nearly 40 years later. Along with Stephen King, Herbert was an innovator and modernizer of the horror novel. Its no coincidence the pair published their first book the same year, just on different sides of the pond. But there is a character in Lair that might be an insight into James Herbert’s real dark side – what if he had not become a success as a writer? Might he have turned into the gym teacher character I’ll bring up later in this review? [Read more…]

The Warriors (1979 USA)

a film posterThey look a bit like the Village People. Little did they know they would end up as an Xbox video game. Or that people in the future would view the savage brawl in the public toilet as not The Warriors against a rival gang of young thugs, but what appears to be some kids’ TV presenters (one of whom chooses to fight in roller-skates). You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a man dressed as a toddler hurled, upside down, through a wooden toilet door. But to give credit, this was a spot–on portrayal of New York in the 70s. The city was a mess, on the verge of bankruptcy. Many neighborhoods that are now full of $5 million apartments were war zones. One did not ride the subway at night and the gangs ruled most of the city’s turf.
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Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979 USA)

star trekThe film follows a familiar, if unspectacular, singular line framework – regular battles must be conquered along the way to ending where they do. The individual misunderstandings crew members have with each other need to be resolved, but it is remarkable how by the time the final act arrives, the story is willing to abstain from conventional conclusion. [Read more…]

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