Jeff, Who Lives at Home
Amy and I decided that we should try to make a real effort to watch more films because it is something that we both love to do that we somehow fell out of the habit of doing. To think back in the days of working at the cinema I was watching around 100 films a year.
We started with a quirky comedy that my brother recommended to me called Jeff, Who Lives at Home.
Indulged in a bit of 80s nostalgia today when I happened to catch each of these movies on TV on different channels. Strange coincidence they were screened in the same order as they came out in cinemas.
Back to the Future
Beverly Hills Cop II
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
This reboot of The Planet of the Apes proved to be an interesting and intelligent movie about the ethics of animal research as well as an exciting SF thriller.
I think the work done to bring the apes to the screen both the CGI and the underlying performances of the actors was fantastic, very believable as apes and excellent in the way that the increased intelligence was implied.
The rights to the Otherland tetralogy by Tad Williams have been acquired by Warner Brothers. The fact that they have purchased the rights however doesn’t mean that we will see them actually adapt the books into movies and in any case I think that a television series would be a better format.
It is a science fiction story told on an epic scale as each of the four books is several hundred pages long and they follow on directly from one another. Set towards the end of this century the eponymous Otherland is a virtual world made of many different realms many of which are based upon works such as Through the Looking-Glass, The Odyssey and The Iliad, The War of the Worlds, and The Wizard of Oz.