‘Subway’ is a French comedy drama film directed by Luc Besson. Released in 1985 it starred Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani and was classified as part of the then newly-dubbed “cinéma du look” movement. This was a brief French cinematic resurgence that witnessed a younger generation of filmmakers looking back to the days of Godard, Truffaut and the ‘Nouvelle Vague’; combining a sense of playful experimentation with elements of early 80’s pop culture.
Upon release ‘Subway’ was a huge box-office hit in its native France and became somewhat of a cult film here in the UK. It has subsequently been seen as a companion piece to Jean-Jacques Beineix’s earlier art-house classic, ‘Diva’ (1981). Together, these two films can be seen as both the development and continuation of the concerns and preoccupations of early 80’s pop culture, centred on somewhat doomed relationships and an irreverence to money.
It would be the film that finally introduced Besson to wider commercial audiences outside of the confines of French art-house and features an ensemble cast which includes Jean Reno, Michel Galabru, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Richard Bohringer and Éric Serra.
OK, here we go with the first of what will, in time, I hope become one of many Doctor Who reviews. When reviewing Doctor Who serials, we will be not only looking at the how the DVD has been put together, but also reviewing the serial more generally. I hope this makes sense.
I was a bit undecided as to where to start with the reviews for the good Doctor, as I have so many favourites.. ..indeed, up until Peter Davidson took over the helm, there were only a few serials I really didn’t enjoy. As you will see as my blog continues I am not really a big fan of the newer Doctor Who’s.. ..don’t get me wrong the productions are fantastic and some of the stories look really interesting, but for me there is just something missing. Truth be told, I think when Tom Baker relinquished his lengthy reign as the Doctor I started to ‘tune out’.
So, shall we start with ‘Genesis of the Daleks‘, or maybe ‘Pyramids of Mars‘? No.. ..for my first review I have decided to tackle a quirky little story from the Pertwee era.. ..’Death to the Daleks‘. I’m not quite sure why I have started with this one, it is certainly not ‘classic‘ Who.. ..maybe because it has always made me smile. Anyway, here we go.
‘From Beyond The Grave’ was released in 1974 by Amicus Productions. It is a British horror film anthology directed by Kevin Connor and produced by Milton Subotsky. The film is primarily based on stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes. It was originally titled ‘The Undead’ and depending upon where you are in the world, you may recognise it as ‘The Creatures’, ‘Tales from Beyond The Grave’, and ‘Tales From The Beyond’.
For my second Doctor Who review I thought I would write about the only classic serial that has so far been released on Blu-ray.. ..’Spearhead from Space’. So we are going to be taking a look at another Jon Pertwee story, indeed his first as the Doctor.
‘Spearhead from Space’ was the first serial of the seventh season, first broadcast in four weekly parts from the 3rd January to the 24th January 1970. The serial was a first for many reasons: (i) the first to be shot in colour, (ii) the first to feature Pertwee, (iii) the first to feature Liz Shaw and (iv) the debut of the Autons as an enemy of the Doctor.
‘Prometheus’ was released in 2012 by 20th Century Fox. It is a science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof. It stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green, and Charlize Theron. Set in the late 21st century it revolves around the crew of a spaceship, Prometheus that is seeking the possible origins of humanity.
‘Hammer House of Horror‘ was a British television series made in 1980. It was an anthology of horror serials created by Hammer Films in association with Cinema Arts International and ITC Entertainment.
In total there were thirteen episodes created which were broadcast on Saturday evenings on ITV. Each self-contained episode ran for just under an hour and featured a different kind of horror story; varying from ghosts, werewolves and witches to devil-worship and voodoo. The series also included non-supernatural horror stories such as cannibalism, confinement and serial killers. Episodes were directed by Alan Gibson, Peter Sasdy and Tom Clegg, among others, and the script-editor was Anthony Read. When the stories were good, this imaginative series could send a shiver down the spine.