War of the Worlds (1988) – The Second Seal, and Goliath is My Name

Team Blackwood has its hands full this week as the War of the Worlds continues. Patrick Barry pens the first episode up this week, that originally aired on 7 November, 1988. The Mortheren, still referred to as Martians at this point, attempt to take over a military base that may store information about the 1953…

War of the Worlds (1988) – The Resurrection

Back in 1988, a year after Paramount launched the Enterprise back into space with The Next Generation, they turned to another sci-fi property they owned, with the intentions of bringing it to the small screen in a weekly syndicated series. Serving as a sequel to the classic 1953 film, the series developed by showrunner Greg…

War of the Worlds: The Complete Series

Back in the late 1980s, I was first discovering classic science fiction film and was completely taken in by George Pal’s original War of the Worlds film from 1953. I was in my late teens, and as soon as I heard that there was a new series coming along picking up decades after the original…

Issues Vol. 18

It’s a quiet week for me at West End Comics, but Kirk still had a couple of interesting titles to throw my way, so without further ado let’s see what I was reading this week… Wild’s End: The Enemy Within (Boom Comics) issue 1 (of 6), written by Dan Abnett, art and letters by I.N.J….

War of the Worlds (2005) – Steven Spielberg 

  I dive back into more HG Wells cinematic adaptations with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, settling in to rewatch the Spielberg take on the classic invasion tale, done so well in the previously reviewed 1953 film. Spielberg’s updated take on the story is a modern, post 9/11 version which tries to walk the line, mostly successfully between modern sensibilities…

F for Fake (1973) – Orson Welles

The final Orson Welles recommended title following my screening of Citizen Kane for the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book, is this entertaining, quick-cutting, documentary about frauds, forgery, and fakery. Wandering delightfully from subject to subject, Welles regales the viewer with a number of stories, most based in fact, about lies and fallacies….

Tales of the Gold Monkey (1982) – Trunk From the Past & Once a Tiger…

This week’s installment of the Bellisario classic features some high adventure as Jake (Stephen Collins), Sarah (Cailtin O’Heaney), Corky (Jeff MacKay)and Jack the one-eyed dog find themselves squaring off against an Egyptian curse. Airing 3 November 1982, and written by John Pashdag and Brady Westwater, the story gives us some back story on Sarah, as it begins in 1937, and…

Independence Day (1996) – Roland Emmerich

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brings this combination of sci-fi in the vein of War of the Worlds and an Irwin Allen disaster flick, with a huge dose of popcorn entertainment thrown in as good measure. Now that being said, this film isn’t with its eye-rolling cheese, and its questionable plotlines… the most famous of which…

Robinson Crusoe On Mars (1964)

  Hey, they can’t all be winners, and this time, the 101 Sci-Fi Movies disappointed me a bit. Perhaps if they hadn’t called it Robinson Crusoe On Mars, but Planet X or something instead, because this one falls more solidly into the fiction side rather than the science side. Using Daniel Defoe’s classic novel of isolation of…

The War of The Worlds (1953)

The updated moral of the story may be remember to get your vaccination shots, but this film, a welcome re-discovery on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list is always an enjoyable watch. Based on the immortal tale by H.G. Wells, the story is updated, and lifted from England, and placed on the Pacific coast of the…