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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 53: Roger Moore

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 53: Roger Moore

This week Elizabeth and Leland give a great tribute to the James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore. The second of only a few actors to play the world’s best spy: James Bond. They go over all seven of Moore’s Bond films and talk about the music, the action, villains and all the Bond Girls stupid names. Please download and enjoy.  Read On

Movie Issues: James Bond 50th Anniversary

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Movie Issues: James Bond 50th Anniversary

The James Bond franchise is the longest continually running film series in history. starting back in 1962. It has produced 22 films, with a 23rd on the way, and has grossed just over $5 billion to date making it the second highest-grossing film series of all-time behind the Harry Potter series. With the 50th Anniversary of Bond this year, MGM and 20th Century Fox have decided to release a box set that will undoubtedly rival all other box sets. The collection will include all 22 films thus far, nine of which are new to the Blu-ray format. With over 130 hours of bonus features, this is a dream come true for any hardcore Bond fan. Coming out September 25, 2012, this is one collection that shouldn’t be missed.

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Movie Issues: A View To A Kill

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Movie Issues: A View To A Kill

We wanted to start the New Year off with a bang, and nobody causes bigger bangs better than James Bond. This week Leland and Spooky go forth into the world of spy action and watch 1985s A View To A Kill.

This movie has it all: Action, sex, adventure, a bleach-blonde Christopher Walken. What more could you want?

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Topics of discussion include Roger Moore’s age and why Grace Jones could be the scariest cyborg in the world today. Once within, can we escape the unique madness of the Bond-verse?

Hope your New Year is off to a bang!

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Spice World

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It’s not Arrakis!
OK. I went to see this movie to wash the taste of Phantoms out of my mouth. I figured I would have to see it, having a movie review habit and all, but we did get three people in on one ticket, if that makes you respect me any more.

If you don’t have an idea who the Spice Girls are, what you really want, what you really want is to skip this movie. If you have an idea and are vaguely bemused by the phenomenon (you should see London) then it is actually a frothy, silly, harmless way to spend a couple of hours. This is no Titanic, people. This is a movie about women called Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Baby, and Scary, who sing and dance and wear the most horrible shoes invented.
The frightening thing is, I was pretty entertained. Maybe it was the cleansing colonic effect after seeing Phantoms, but a little bubble pop combined with like, 4 concurrent plot lines, all culminating in a live show and a little metafictional giggle, well, it hit the spot.

Along with some regrettably catchy ditties, some clever pseudo-dream sequences, a truly worth-a-dollar-by-itself visual gag with the tower of London, and some uncomfortably respectable actors making appearances make Bob Spiers’ Spice Opus quite watchable.
The movie is actually set up well for people who know nothing of all things Spice – they let us know what we need to know and then amuse us for a while. Richard E Grant is their maniacal manager, and he’s funny. Roger Moore in a self-mocking small role, is a cryptic megalobossman. Richard O’Brien (Riff Raff and author of Rocky Horror), Bob Hoskins, Alan Cumming, Meat Loaf, Elton John…

George Wendt and Mark McKinney are Hollywood agents trying to pitch a Spice Girls movie to Grant while the girls are touring. Cumming is a press man who wants to destroy their career for big headlines…um, or else he’s a documentarian following them around their tour, trying to get the real story. O’Brien is a spy hunting down incriminating photos, a la the royals. Their best friend is about to have a baby and they want to be there for the birth. On top of it, there’s dissension in the band and flashbacks and all kinds of silly stuff. Sad to say, compared to some of the crap that has paraded across the big screen lately, it’s downright complex and introspective.

One flashback to before they were famous, they sing and dance to a jam box in their friend’s restaurant in the same style (and lighting and camerawork style) as an old Cyndi Lauper video, where it’s supposed to look like her parent’s house and she’s just there, but really it’s a huge obvious set?

These blue trash gals are likable and not offensive on camera. They are having a great time making this movie and they just want us to have fun watching it. It demands no more of you than that. The previews take some of the goofy metafictional sequences and try and pass it off as the actual movie, which I think hurts them – in context, the scenes are more cartoony but there is a purpose.

Three people in the audience danced at the finale, too, male and female, so it couldn’t have sucked. If you’re a Spice fan, go.
No nudity, sorry guys.
So pay a buck, take a load off, sip a soda, and enjoy it for what it is. Or just buy their album.

*Note: originally rated Dollar Movie, which was between Catch the Network Premiere and Catch it on HBO

MPAA Rating PG
Release date 1/23/98
Time in minutes 93
Director Bob Spiers
Studio Columbia TriStar