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Friday Feature: The 7 Best Film Themes by @destroytheearth

In honour of the upcoming Star Wars concert at the O2, this week our Friday Feature is an homage to the greatest film themes. I could waffle on for hours about how much good theme music can enhance a film, but I'm sure you all know that. Instead, hit the jump to read my picks for the best film themes and see if you agree.


Wednesday Rewind: She-Creature by @lexx2099

Major studios currently have one rule when it comes to horror: remake, remake, and remake again. Slasher flicks are the norm, usually with a tired, post-Scream makeover for the ironic/not-ironic-but-don’t-actually-know-any-better audience. With this in mind, it may come as a surprise to find STS championing a remake, especially one that doesn’t even have the benefit of decent source material.


Taking a bloody awful 1956 Samual Arkoff movie as source, She-Creature thankfully plays fast and loose with it, originally billing itself as ‘The Mermaid Chronicles Part 1’ it seems they couldn’t be bothered to make any follow-ups.

Monday Movie: Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by @destroytheearth

Sometimes, like a boulder rolling towards you down a hill, a film's impact is made by the momentum it has built up behind it. In the case of Percy Jackson and The Lightening Thief, this comes not only from a successful children's book being adapted by the director of the first few Harry Potter films, but also from the ancient Greek myths that still permeate our culture.


Friday Feature: The Future of 3D Fillm by @cartoonbeardy


I’m sure by now we’ve all seen some little art house flick called Avatar, and I’m fairly sure you’ve seen it in, what is currently Hollywood's latest craze: 3D.


3D isn’t a new thing by any means; as far back as the early 50s with films like Vincent Price’s horror classic House of Wax, audiences have sat cinemas with comically over-sized glasses on, as directors try to make everyone coo over thrown spears, pointing fingers and, in the case of Jaws 3D, chunks of shark floating before them. However, with the dawning of new technology, new film-making techniques and better methods of presentation, 3D has gone through a major renascence in the last ten years. So much so, that it rarely raises a flicker of surprise when a new production is announced as being produced in 3D.

Happy birthday @v_for_vienetta !

Would all you measly few join together in wishing one of our contributors a happy birthday! Happy returns to Alan, friend to celebrities and occasional werewolf:


Today's post relates to Alan: DVD/Blu-Ray tester/encoder, horror movie lover, video gamer, gym bunny, comic book reader and Joss Whedon completist. He also has the best Twitter name ever - @v_for_vienetta

Monday Movie: The Wolfman by @SatansPuppet

Universal are taking another stab at bringing their monster classics back to the big screen. The Wolfman, however, tries to put an end to the PG-13 trend; offering up a mediocre spattering of gore and an all-star cast.


Wednesday Rewind: Brick by @destroytheearth

It is the ultimate of high concepts: "Let's set The Maltese Falcon in high school!" It's mental, and it would likely have fallen apart were it not for one thing: conviction.


Brick makes not one step towards making a lick of sense; being more akin to one of those modern Shakespeare adaptations that are set on a council estate where everyone still speaks olde English and calls the local gang leader "my liege". Everyone in the film speaks and acts like they are in a 50s Noir film, despite being in the middle of smoking behind the bike sheds.

Friday Feature - Comics to Films: What's left?

In the 80s, it was books; the 90s had video games; but in the 21st century, creativity-bankrupt Hollywood is mining the rich stream of comic-book inegenuity for characters and plots. It all began with The Crow, X-Men made it popular, then there was Spider-man, but now we've seen the more interesting prospects appearing: Wanted, Surrogates, even the incoming Kick Ass. After that we have a double dose of Reynolds in both Green Lantern and (squee) Deadpool, and Venom, Y: The Last Man and Preacher are still in development hell.



Of course there are a lot of comics that are absolute drivel, as with any medium, though comics have more than their fair share of misses. Personally, I think that is their secret. The quality-control level on comics is almost completely absent, meaning not only rubbish gets through, but truly brilliant ideas that no other medium would touch.

The question now, however, is: what's left? Hollywood has gone for the obvious titles, what else can they exploit before they move on to something else?


New Movie, uh, Wednesday: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

The Ian Dury biopic opens  with a bonkers cartoony sequence of Dury (Andy Serkis) being driven around in his van, picking up members of his band and looking worryingly like Gary Glitter (complicated sideburn topiary and mag-quifficent hair). He begins narrating from the stage, addressing us as if we were in the stalls, rapt children being Told A Story.

Is it wrong to fantasise about Boba Fett?: Star Wars burlesque

I like Star Wars, I like scantily-clad women. Someone has combined my two favourite things:



Thanks to dirtydonrules for posting the video and ToplessRobot for the link

Screw The Oscars!

Sorry I didn't manage a Monday Movie this week, but none of our diligent writers went to the cinema this weekend. I went last night, but only managed to see Sherlock Holmes, which has been out for a month. Good though.



As consolation, we instead begin a campaign. Every year, the Oscars are met with a wave of interest from even the most cynical of sources, and what is the result? Disappointment, the films we love always miss out to pieces of intellectual masturbation by tired, old auteurs who should have retired years ago.

Not only do we face this annual humiliation, we also must put up with the yearly round of Oscar-bait. Dull, depressing, worthy garbage about heroic Nazis and historic legends that nobody actually liked.

So this year, we fight back; this year we say: screw the Oscars. We don't need an Academy to tell us what we want to see. To show your support, tweet #screwtheoscars on Twitter or add your feelings to the comments section.

N.B. - This post is not at all brought to you by a couple glasses of cheap Asti, nuh-uh
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