Thunderbirds Are Go! Goes Practical (Sort Of)

Gerry Anderson as a producer has always fascinated me.  Despite being behind some of the most innovative puppet (Supermarionation)-based television series, he was never entirely satisfied with working with them, and always wanted to work with flesh and blood actors. That being said, he first time that he did so, in UFO, Journey To The Far Side […]

Why Is The Upcoming Thunderbirds Are Go! Seemingly All CGI?

Maybe it’s just me, but I am just not seeing the logic.  Computer graphics have enabled filmmakers to create the seemingly impossible, and while I think that I will always prefer practical effects, I do understand that the leaps that CGI have reached are pretty impressive and such effects can’t often cannot be done any other way. […]

‘Thunderbirds’ Strike Again

There’s a new Thunderbirds series coming from ITV, which is a good thing.  The not-so-good-news is that the Anderson estate has nothing to do with it (if Jamie Anderson has a connection, he’s not telling), though perhaps that’s counterbalanced by Jonathan Frakes also having nothing to do with it, considering the mess that he made of […]

‘Zeroids vs. Cubes’ Coming Soon!

There is no doubt that Gerry Anderson, the creator of iconic series like The Thunderbirds, Terrahawks, UFO, Space: 1999 and Space Precinct, is a creative genius. That being said, I don’t think that he ever really grasped the potential of the Internet, as a creative avenue to enhance his existing series, or introduce new ideas, […]

Gerry Anderson’s ‘Firestorm’ On Kickstarter!

Gerry Anderson, the prolific British producer of shows like Space Precinct, UFO, Space: 1999, Terrahawks and Thunderbirds, died in 2012 but despite that fact he’s in a sense back with a new series, Firestorm, with the initial episodes being funded via Kickstarter. As I said, Anderson embarked upon the greatest adventure two years ago, though before […]

Practically Speaking

If you’re a big fan of movies, particularly horror and sci-fi, you’ve probably taken a position on whether or not movies should use CGI (computer-generated imagery) or practical effects (which include prosthetics, animatronics, models and miniatures). Personally, I am a HUGE fans of practical effects.  That being said, I understand that there are things that you […]

Space: 1999 Vs. Space: 1999

The debate over whether the Year One or Two of Space: 1999 is one that will probably rank relatively low among the questions that plague mankind by their elusiveness. Unless you happen to be a person that prefers one or the other, in which case the answer is fairly obvious and the question somewhat pointless. Space: 1999 is the […]

‘Rosemary’s Baby’ Reboot

This is going to sound like sacrilege, but I have to say it:  I never liked Roman Polanski’s “Rosemary’s Baby.”  There, my secret is out.  It’s treated like some sort of classic of slow-burn horror by most people who have seen it, but from what I could tell, it’s just slow.  In some ways the […]

‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ Review

“A Very Entertaining, Though (Seemingly) Unoriginal, Voyage Of The Starship Enterprise” Let me say for the record I am not a Trekkie.  While more people are probably into the work of Gene Roddenberry I preferred Gerry Anderson and shows like “Space: 1999,” “UFO.” and “Space Precinct.”  That ’s not to say that I didn’t respect […]