Superman Movie Retrospective, Part 3: Despite the behind the scenes conflicts of Superman The Movie which saw director Richard Donner fired, Superman II was still a huge success. Capitalising on this, the Salkinds moved forward with a third Superman movie. However due in large part to an awkwardly crowbared in Richard Pryor, Superman III is where things started to go off the rails.
After the surprise and smash hits of RoboCop and Total Recall, Paul Verhoeven’s career in Hollywood took a hit following the flop of Showgirls. In order to get things back on track, he once again ventured into the science fiction genre with Starship Troopers. Though an adaptation of the Robert A Heinlein novel, Verhoeven’s take on the themes of the book resulted in a much different political message in the movie. Nevertheless it would form the final chapter of the Paul Verhoeven Sci-Fi Masterpiece Trilogy!
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In 1978 RoboCop hit the big screen. Written by Ed Neuemier and Michael Miner, many assumed it would be a piece of schlock. However under the direction of Paul Verhoeven, RoboCop became a surprise hit and recieved critical acclaim. In 1990 Paul Verhoeven would make another forway into the sci-fi genre with the Philip K Dick adaptation Total Recall, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Superman Retrospective, Part 2: After an arduous and expensive production, Superman The Movie won widespread critical acclaim and became a box office smash. Its influence would be felt across the cinematic landscape for decades. However, as director Richard Donner and the cast prepared to resume filming on Superman II it wasn’t long before they ran into trouble… The chapters:
00:32 Development/Richard Donner’s Firing
10:20 Superman II (1980)
15:20 Release and Reception
16:10 Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut
The 1980s was a great decade for science fiction. Between Star Wars and Star Trek, original blockbusters and scrappy low budget B-movies, my favourite three from this era make up what I call the “Paul Verhoeven Sci-Fi Masterpiece Trilogy.” Those movies are Starship Troopers, Total Recall and the subject of this retrospective, Robocop!
After the cancellation of The Original Series, Star Trek was briefly brought back in animated form with Star Trek The Animated Series. How does it stack up?
In my previous video about Dune, I outlined how this newest adaptation managed to succeed with critics, audiences and importantly at the box office where the previous versions didn’t. In this video, I’m getting stuck more into the actual movie and exploring how the creative decisions by the filmmakers resulted in the best Dune adaptation fans could have asked for.
The newest adaptation of Dune, directed by Denis Villeneuve has finally hit cinemas – and HBO Max, but you should probably see it on the big screen – and against all the odds it has been a huge success, with Dune Part Two recently being green lit. While I will be releasing my thoughts on the movie – basically my review – later on, for this video I wanted to examine the marketing, box office trends and other factors which contributed to Dune becoming a hit when it seemed like such a difficult thing to pull off. After all if Dune can do it, maybe some other supposedly “unfilmable” projects can do it too.
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Rowan J Coleman is back talking about Star Trek, he couldn’t have stayed away for too long. Long time viewers of this channel will now he did Top 10 episode lists for all Star Trek shows a long time ago. However, as he updated his old Star Trek reviews with the Star Trek Retrospective series, he’s decided to do the same with new Top 10 episode videos. To kick things off here are his Top 10 Star Trek The Original Series Episodes!
When you talk about science ficiton, you don’t get past certan stories or franchises. One of these is STAR TREK. Now, if we want to take a look at STAR TREK, we have to take a look at its history:
One of the strong voices reporting on STAR TREK is Steve Shives, also he refers to himself as being “about politics, social issues, Star Trek, pop culture, and general smartassery and tomfoolery”. But let’s give him a welcome:
Here is a video about McGyver fighting Nazis:
Rowan J Coleman is a YouTube making retrospectives on various Science Fiction content, of course including Star Trek. He’s found a way, how to start watching the show:
And he gives a good overview over the franchise that is STAR TREK:
Another Looke beyond – this is Superman: