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Science Fiction Inspired Song: The Rolling Stones’ ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ (1967)

I’d completely forgotten about The Rolling Stones’ interesting (if somewhat underrated) psychedelic album Their Satanic Majesties Request (1967) and its few noteworthy tracks until one popped up on my pandora station.  The sci-fi and LCD inspired ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ Continue reading Science Fiction Inspired Song: The Rolling Stones’ ‘2000 Light Years From Home’ (1967)

Book Review: High-Rise, J. G. Ballard (1975)

4.5/5 (Very Good)

J. G. Ballard’s High-Rise (1975) is a fascinating yet relentlessly mono-thematic novel inspired by the effects of class conflict, urbanization, and overpopulation on society drawing on some ideas explored in earlier SF masterpieces such as John Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar (1969) and Silverberg’s The World Inside (1971) (both of which I prefer to High-Rise). Continue reading Book Review: High-Rise, J. G. Ballard (1975)

Update: 2010 in Review, best books, movies, etc

Here are my favorite films and books I reviewed this year.  They are all highly recommended…

Best Science Fiction Novel

Brian Aldiss, Non-stop (variant title, Starship), (1958)

MY REVIEW HERE

Starship is a top-notch 1950s work: fast, action-packed, thoughtful, Continue reading Update: 2010 in Review, best books, movies, etc

A Film Rumination: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fassbinder (1972)

8/10 (Very Good)

The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972) is by far my favorite Rainer Werner Fassbinder film I’ve seen and like all of his films, an acquired taste.  I’ve not always appreciated his works — I barely tolerated The Merchant of Four Seasons and managed to watch only half of The Marriage of Maria Braun (I did enjoy Veronika Voss). However, Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Fassbinder (1972)

A Film Rumination: The Battle of Culloden, Peter Watkins (1964)

7.5/10 (Good)

The pseudo-documentary (docudrama) The Battle of Culloden––made for BBC Television––was the first feature film by the soon to be famous (in somewhat esoteric circles) radical pacifist Continue reading A Film Rumination: The Battle of Culloden, Peter Watkins (1964)

A (short) Film Rumination: 9 Variations on a Dance Theme, Hilary Harris (1966/67)

7.5/10  (Good)

While ambling aimlessly on youtube looking for interesting short films, I discovered this forgotten gem by Hilary Harris.  I’d never heard of this filmmaker nor are most of his films listed on Internet Movie Database (besides his oscar winning short subject documentary, ‘Seawards the Continue reading A (short) Film Rumination: 9 Variations on a Dance Theme, Hilary Harris (1966/67)