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20 Million Miles To Earth (1957)

A spaceship returning from the first manned space flight to Venus crashes near Sicily, releasing a fast-growing reptilian beast that rampages through Rome in one of animation master Ray Harryhausen's best fantasy films, and his own personal favourite. The snake-tailed giant Ymir monster is also one of Harryhausen's finest creations: it has a well-defined personality and(...)

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (1954)

For its first big-budget live-action movie, Disney turned to a classic: Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The studio also turned to a few major Hollywood stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre. Set at the close of the 19th century, the story opens in San Francisco, where terrified sailors spin tales of(...)

200 Motels (1971)

200 Motels (1971)

Taking a leaf out of the cute anarchy of A Hard Day's Night (1964), directors Frank Zappa and Tony Palmer invest Zappa's own music (performed by the Mothers of Invention) with animation, sketches and jokes, much of it skewed towards a comic critique of touring, rock-band style. Zappa's group live their plastic lives in the mythical(...)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Although collaborators like writer Arthur C Clarke and effects gurus Wally Veevers and Douglas Trumbull were important to the success of 2001, the film is basically a triumph for its producer-director, Stanley Kubrick.  No cinema epic had been so completely the vision of one man. What is most remarkable about the film is that it has(...)

2010 (1984)

Dazzling special effects and fancy space hardware dominate this follow-up to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Yet, there's no feeling of awe, mystery or imagination as a joint American and Russian space crew try to find out what went wrong with the spacecraft Discovery lost in space some nine years ago. This high-tech misfire winds down with(...)

2069: A Sex Odyssey (1974)

2069: A Sex Odyssey (1974)

Disguised as the French Olympic ski team, a squad of women from Venus come to Earth to carry sperm back to their home planet. Alena Penz Nina Fredric Gerti Sneider Raul Retzer Cathrene Conti Heidy Hammer Michael Mein Herb Heesel

24 Hours to Kill (1965)

Tarzan star Lex Barker and Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney head a glittering international cast in this crime thriller from British B-movie mogul Harry Alan Towers. Barker stars as the pilot of a stricken American airliner (forced to spend 24 hours in Beirut after an engine failure) and Rooney as 'Jonesy', the purser whose eye for easy(...)

27th Day, The (1957)

This quite extraordinary anti-communist tract masquerades as naive science fiction. An alien gives five people from five different countries a box of capsules capable of destroying life on their continent if opened. The capsules become harmless after 27 days or on the owner's death. Suicide or destruction is the choice until the Russian emissary is(...)

30 is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia (1968)

The much-loved Dudley Moore starred as shy nightclub pianist and composer Rupert Street, who is determined to write a hit musical masterpiece and marry the ideal wife - all within a six-week deadline (the date of his fast-looming 30th birthday). Dud (who also wrote and performed the film's jazzy score) falls in love with teacher(...)

40 Carats (1973)

40 Carats (1973)

After a brief holiday romance in Greece, Ann Stanley (a woman of 40) finds romance with 20-year-old Peter Latham in this comedy drama. Ann does not imagine that she'll see Peter again. But, back in New York, they meet by chance and find that they are still attracted to one another. Swedish import Liv Ullmann, in(...)

48 Hours (1982)

48 Hours is a Clint Eastwood movie without Clint Eastwood in it. Instead, it's got Nick Nolte, looking puffy and out of shape, as a bedraggled, two-fisted cop on the trail of two mad-dog killers terrorising San Francisco. So far, so bad. But 48 Hours also has Eddie Murphy as a horny, wisecracking convict, temporarily released from San(...)

4D Man (1959)

Research scientist Robert Lansing discovers the secret of penetrating solid matter when he accidentally opens a fourth dimension thanks to an electric motor stirring up his brainwaves. Entering a sordid life of crime due to his power, he must keep replenishing his life force by passing through the bodies of others or else suffer from(...)

5,000 Fingers of Dr T, The (1953)

Beloved children's author Dr. Seuss made his first and only foray into feature films with The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., which he conceived, co-wrote and helped design. Not surprisingly, the look and story were unlike anything audiences had seen before. Young Bart Collins doesn't like his piano lessons any more than most kids, but in(...)

52 Pickup (1986)

Elmore Leonard's clever screenplay and John Frankenheimer's staccato direction work effectively to bring about this chilling crime drama with colourful heroes and villains. Roy Scheider plays an industrialist who has an affair with an exotic dancer and is subsequently blackmailed by three creepy thugs. This dark melodrama is propelled by the way he deals with(...)

55 Days At Peking (1963)

In 1900 China, an American major (Charlton Heston) tries to protect Westerners from the violence of Chinese nationalists in Peking during the infamous Boxer Rebellion. As the film unfolds, the foreign embassies in Peking are being held in a grip of terror as the Boxers set about massacring Christians in an anti-Christian nationalistic fever. Inside(...)

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