The third part of our year-long anniversary presents an opportunity that some of us are sorely in need of…

This time around, the Roundtable will be focused on those films that we always meant to get around to…that surely by now we should have gotten around to…that were THE ENTIRE REASON we founded our sites in the first place…

…but you know…it’s been a pretty hectic twenty years:

1000 Misspent Hours and Counting
And You Call Yourself A Scientist! Woman in the Moon (1929) Genuinely hard science-fiction films are few and far between; yet throughout the history of film – indeed, from films earliest days – there have been ventures in this area that have proven, with the benefit of hindsight, almost eerily prescient. Probably the most famous among this subset of films is 1950’s Destination Moon, but it was not the first. That came as early as 1929, in Fritz Lang’s Frau Im MondWoman In The Moon – which like its American descendant painstakingly incorporates contemporary understanding of astrophysics and engineering into its depiction of the first manned flight to the moon.
Them! (1954) Them! is the first American film to really place the possible consequences of “the bomb” front and centre. Sure, just the year before, it was an atomic test that woke up The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms; but in that film, as in so many to follow, that was really just an excuse: rather like calling a scientist “mad”, once you’d said “radiation” in a film of the 1950s, you could get away with anything. But Them! isn’t playing that game; it isn’t playing a game at all. Instead it deals explicitly with the genie out of the bottle, arguing that what started at White Sands did not simply stop at Hiroshima and Nagasaki; that such forces, once unleashed, have a tendency to take on a dangerous momentum of their own…
Jabootu’s Bad Movie Dimension
Teleport City
The Unknown Movies The Great Silence (1968) It’s interesting that there are a lot more scenes with Loco than there are of the movie’s chief protagonist Silence. This does weaken the movie somewhat, but at least the scenes with Silence are good thanks to the acting of Jean-Louis Trintignant. His role is challenging because his character does not utter a single word during the entire movie. But with his facial expressions alone, Trintignant speaks volumes. We see that the character is constantly in pain (physical and mental), and that helps win him over to the audience since like us he is far from a perfect person. It also makes the movie more exciting, since there is a question as to whether or not he’ll succeed in his aims or even just survive. I still won’t say what happens at the end, but I will say that if you have any interest in westerns – or are tired of typical westerns – The Great Silence is a breath of fresh air… despite that air also being cold and at times overwhelming.