K, trying to break the block, finally got around to setting up [community profile] fantastic_films, a blog community about the best of classic science fiction, fantasy and horror movies. The idea is to come up with ideas for showing at the annual Fantastic Films weekend, as the organiser is always open to new ideas.

Given that Ghostbusters is being shown on Fiver and I'm sitting through it in growing horror. I loved this film once. Am I being overly cynical?

Who you gonna call?
How time flies. It seems like the last one was just a few months ago, and here I am forgetting to promote this one properly. Every year, in June, the National Media Museum holds a festival of SF/fantasy/horror themed films, TV shows, talks, etc. 9th Fantastic Films Weekend sacrifice and horror films festival UK

Jennie first dragged me up for the 2007 weekend, soon after we'd met, and I've been to each one since. I normally find the whole thing utterly exhausting, so this year will be cutting back attendance a bit. And probably baking more cakes in the time I'm back here. OTOH, I might just take the netbook and sit in the cafe when too exhausted to watch.

The IMAX'll be showing Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and Prince of PErsia, none of which I've seen yet. The free FFW2010 TV Heaven looks interesting (Captain Scarlet!) and they've got a great archive of other stuff to watch as well, last time I went I watched an episode of Mr Benn, that was cool.

Oh, they're also doing a double bill of 28 Days/Weeks later, showing David Bowie's first screen role, showing Psycho and a big pile of other films I haven't seen yet (What's On).

It's just up the road from us by bus, there're local B&Bs, and there's a possibility of floor space still, but we might be overbooked on that one. If you're on my access list, my 'how to get here' from two years agos is still current: Come visit! Watch films! Drink!

So, late notice, but, y'know, elections; anyone else planning to attend?

ETA: How did I miss Robocop on the programme? Sun, 6 Jun 18:45, surely worth coming just to see that on the big screen, right?
Heh. The Honourable Lady Mark[1] mourns the death of Ricardo Montalbán, saying:
[he] is probably best known in this country for his role as the proprietor of Fantasy Island
Which, quite frankly, is probably wrong. So I decided to solve the discussion by science. Well, an LJ poll[2]:
[Poll #1331922]
So, who is Ricardo Montalbán? You decide.
ETA: Yeah, OK, typos in the poll, too late to edit. It's 1am, I did proofread, honest.

[1] He married a Baroness who went on to become a President, what else do you call him?

[2] I studied polling theory. I know exactly how scientifically (in)valid an LJ poll is. But you can vote with an OpenID, so people thinking the self selecting sample of my readership is biased are free to promote the poll elsewhere.
I think I'm beginning to recover from the exhaustion now. Had a simply marvellous (darling) weekend, involving meeting many people, consuming much alcohol and watching many many many films. On Friday alone I was sat in various cinemas for over 81/2 hours. So, for those interested, a summary review of the films I watched, in order of showing.

Day one: Friday 13th

12.00: Brain Dead—but not the one I expected )
14.15: Vampire Diary—including unexpected friends in the crowd )
16.00: Black Christmas—traditional college slasher pic )
18.15 An American Werewolf in London—so much better than I was expecting, and I knew it was good. )if like me you've never seen this film?
Go and watch it. Now.really, just do it )
20.15: The Mist )


After that, we went to a local Moroccan restaurant for a meal (hint to the waiter—if you want a decent tip, try to avoid serving the chicken dish to the vegetarian and telling him it's cheese), then onto the Gasworks. I was at this stage utterly exhausted (films tend to tire me anyway, enclosed atmospheres, etc), but it was fun. We eventually rolled home in the early hours.

I'm posting this via the flickr blog this tool from [livejournal.com profile] karohemd's picture of yself and [livejournal.com profile] snapesbabe in front of [livejournal.com profile] pmoodie's poster art, I'll do day two and three later.
Whatever thoughts crossed my mind that weren't worth a whole post.
  • 12:56 Watching the wrong Brain Dead. It makes Jackson's film look good. #
  • 14:14 is at the Fantastic Films Festival waiting for the next film. Lesbian vampires in goth club London. Sounds like a plan... #
  • 20:06 No one ever told me American Werewolf was Funny. Would've watched it ages ago #
  • 22:48 is thinking 502 minutes of film running time is enough for one day. Now we go clubing? I need sleep! #

Microblogging using LoudTwitter and Twitter. [livejournal.com profile] matgb_twitter is there if you're mad enough.
The National Media Museum have finalised the programe for the 7th Fantastic Film Weekend and updated the website. They've also put up the rather nice artwork they commissioned for it, which the artist is justifiably pleased with, feel free to go congratulate him (after you've booked tickets, naturally).

Oh, for those still thinking of visiting, my parents stayed at the Waterfront Lodge last week and gave it a seal of approval, bus from outside goes straight to the museum and it's got a lot of other attendees in it, while being just downt he road from us.

Go on, y'know you want to...
Just received by email from the organisers of the 7th Fantastic Films Weekend (Friday 13 to Sunday 15 June):
Hot off the press (or whatever the equivalent is on the interweb) here's the full FFW 2008 programme, almost all confirmed...

Cut for length )
Weekend Pass £40 (£35 concs)
Day Pass £20 (£15 concs)
Grindhouse/Dr. Phibes double-bills £10 (£7 concs)
BTW. Passes do NOT include IMAX titles

If you've got any questions let me know. Oh, and I hope to have at least some of the John Carpenter's exclusive intro to The Thing on YouTube for you all in the next week or so, as a nice little teaser.


Your friends at FFW HQ
I've bolded the stuff I'd like to see, but nothing specifc yet—some of the stuff I haven't highlighted (like Phibes) is cool but I've watched it recently as Jennie's got the DVD. It's in Bradford, 20 minutes by bus from us here in Brighouse, anyone wanting advice for accommodation give us a shout, sofa space may still be available.

Facebook event for those interested.
I've mentioned the Fantastic Films Weekend a few times recently, but today the National Media Museum put the new website live so we have some details:
This year the line-up includes the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse double-bill, the ultimate Cushing/Lee pairing in Dracula, Daughters of Darkness, Eyes without a Face, Blood on Satan’s Claw and John Carpenter’s The Thing in 70mm with an exclusive video introduction from Carpenter himself. Our guests will be cult filmmakers Harry Kümel, Peter Duffell, Piers Haggard and Robert Fuest.
Now, I'm not a massive horror film fan (because most horror films don't involve space ships), but I can appreciate a good flick, and the normal selection they've had has been brilliant, last year included Soylent Green, 300 on the IMAX, a showing of Ghostwatch and Forbidden Planet. So that's some proper SF, some decent horror, some weird FX driven stuff and SPARTA!

It's a really cool venue in Bradford, just a few minutes walk from Bradford Interchange bus and rail station, incredibly easy to get to. Especially from our house, the 363 takes 20 minutes from the end of our street. So that's:

7th Fantastic Films Weekend runs from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 June

Admit it, you're interested. And you want to come. You can even throw in a visit to sunny Brighouse and see where I live and everything.

And, honestly? Bradford's actually quite a nice place as well. Honest. Or you could do what some of the British Horror Forum regulars are doing (including [livejournal.com profile] pmoodie?), and stay in the hotel down the road from us because it's dead cheap and really nice. And they probably won't bite. Unless you're into that sort of thing. And I know you lot, some of you are...
Very (very) very cool. A few clunkers, a few wastes of time, some awesome silliness (Big Trouble in Little China on the big screen anyone?), 300 in an IMAX.

Countess Dracula. Ah well, can't all be good. Short films varied from fun and silly, to thought provoking to downright weirdness. Might manage a coherent revue, or at least summary, when I've got some functioning brain cells left, but, um, we left the house at 10.30am this morning, having started watching Doctor Who last night at about 2.30am. Oops. Jacobi interesting, end of the universe heat death interesting, "post humans" badly explained plot monsters, the rest, well, like an old school report; Could Do Better. If I'm coherent I might manage a poll thingy but odds are small.
[livejournal.com profile] comedyjim posted this, kismet. Reminded me I had an email to reply to and some tickets to book as well.

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How cool is that? And I get to see the film in two weeks, on the big screen. OK, it's in Bradford, but still.

*fingers crossed as I hit 'post' for this one*
*and now the edit to try to clean up their nasty code*
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