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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)

Posted in science fiction with tags , , on December 22, 2011 by mike k

Much to my family’s chagrin, I am becoming a fan of the silent film; particularly old science fiction and horror films.  As a child, one of my favorite science fiction stories was Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea which told the tale of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus and their adventures under the ocean deep. The film below is a restored version of the 1916 silent film produced by Universal Studios and directed by Stuart Paton. It was one of the first films to depict underwater scenes by using mirrors and watertight tubes to reflect images of underwater scenes staged in shallow, sunlit waters. The film was one of the most expensive of its era and was praised for its special effects (which aren’t bad for an early 20th Century film).

One of the very first ‘steampunk-y’ films. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea has been remade several times; including a popular 1954 film starring Kirk Douglas and two releases of the film in 1997 starring Ben Cross (Dark Shadows) in one version and Academy Award winning actor Michael Caine in the other.

No Dr. Who film this year

Posted in science fiction with tags on December 3, 2011 by mike k

My favorite Time Lord will not be jumping through hyperspace from our television set to the big screen … at least not this year. In an interview originally appearing on The Sun and reproduced on MSN.com, Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat said in response to rumors of the popular BBC show becoming a feature film that there are “no developed plans” for a film.

Although Matt Smith, who plays the current incarnation of the good Doctor, has expressed interest in moving into Hollywood films, Moffat has soured on the idea of Tinseltown getting its hands on any big screen Doctor Who project and reinforced his position that any big screen Doctor Who project will be made by the BBC, “To clarify: any  ‘Doctor Who’ movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and  certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot.”

For now, fans will get to enjoy another season of Doctor Who in 2012. The big screen will have to wait for another time.