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Sci-Fi London Film Festival: Domain – Review

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In a dystopian future, humanity is living underground in individual, one room bunkers, to outlive the disease that’s razing humanity on the surface. In small groups of seven, the survivors communicate through an interface where they can group chat and build relationships. But there are pressures living underground, and when one of their number becomes unbearable, they breach the system and exclude him from their group, which starts off a chain of events.

Isolated from all but each other, the tensions within the group are drawn to the fore, and we can only watch as they go through their routines which are all they have to keep them sane. And we can only watch when things start to go wrong and someone starts to kill members of the group one by one.

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What’s really going on? How can someone be entering their cells without catching the disease outside? Is it…

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Sci-Fi London Film Festival: Unspeakable Horrors – The Plan 9 Conspiracy – Review

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One of my friends is an actor, and as someone who has to face rejection in auditions on a daily basis, he has moments when he has to deal with thoughts about not being good enough and what success really means, and self esteem crushing things of that nature. His big trick for getting through those dark feelings of not being good enough, he always says, is to watch Ed Wood.

Ed Wood was an American writer/director who was most active in the 50’s and 60’s, and his film Plan 9 from Outer Space, a film about aliens coming to Earth and reanimating the dead in order to take over the planet, is credited as being the worst film ever made. But his sheer enthusiasm for films and film making, his ability to keep on creating and motivating other people to pay for his films, or agree to star…

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Morgan (2016)

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Horror Round Up: Trips away (or to the underworld) can be deadly

The Darkness (2016) Anything in life can be made slightly better when there's Bacon. In this case, Kevin Bacon. This horror follows a family whose darkest feelings come to the surface when their autistic son attracts the attention of Anasazi spirits following a desert holiday. It's fairly dull fair, with jump scares that don't jump,… Continue reading Horror Round Up: Trips away (or to the underworld) can be deadly

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105 Must See Films: The Fly (1986)

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz Director: David Cronenberg A scientist meets a cute journalist at a party, (Goldblum and Davis) and takes her home to impress her with his matter transportation device. Whilst she documents his research, a romance developes, but one night, while drunk and in a jealous pique, the scientist puts himself into… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: The Fly (1986)

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Midnight Special (2016)

Starring: Michael Shannon, Jaeden Leiberher, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst Director: Jeff Nichols Jeff Nichols has made a name for himself as a very emotive and intelligent director,  with films like Mud and Take Shelter. Here he earns more stripes as a man to watch, teaming up again with Michael Shannon to bring you a subtle sci… Continue reading Midnight Special (2016)

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105 Must See Films: Gravity (2013)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Director: Alfonso Cuarón Overhyped film about astronaut Ryan Stone (Bullock)  who is separated from her spaceship during a freak accident, and must use all her ingenuity to survive. The central performance by Bullock is the actress at her finest, and perhaps the accolades that the film received are highly deserved.… Continue reading 105 Must See Films: Gravity (2013)