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Interstellar is, more accurately, a science fictional drama about inter-galactic travel. There is a cool realism to depictions of hardware, including designs for spacecraft like the 'Endurance',
so that everything from the technical gear of ship interiors to various weightless sequences and orbital action scenes is remarkably convincing, comparing favourably to such recent movies as
Gravity. In addition to the hard-SF concepts that inform the plot, this genre production also rationalises some paranormal/
apparently supernatural phenomena, like ghostly poltergeist activity, as initially misunderstood attempts to communicate via gravity waves across space-time.
Based upon Stephen King's short novel The Colorado Kid (2005), and produced in Canada, Haven is set in a picture-postcard fishing town in Maine. The
TV show is a likeable cross-genre series that mixes offbeat crime drama with fantasy horror, and has melancholy folk theme that's a cut above most music scores.
Lots of weird sci-fi and obviously supernatural things occur, and such events are very often caused by, or centred upon, otherwise quite ordinary local people
cursed with special abilities they simply cannot control, especially when they are struggling to cope with overwhelming emotions.
Kung Fu Killer is also known as Kung Fu Jungle and The Last Of The Best... Mixed martial artist Donnie Yen plays Hahou Mo, a police self-defence instructor who, at the beginning
of the film, is sent down for killing an opponent. Police Inspector Luk Yuen-sum (Charlie Young) is called to a homicide where the driver of a luxury sports car has been pummelled to death in a freeway
underpass. Hahou Mo sees news footage of the killing while in prison, and asks to speak to Luk to help her with the case, when his request is refused he takes on a newly arrived gangster's 17 henchmen
to emphasise his point.
I first saw this film on late-night TV, years ago, and it's always educational to revisit old haunts. It certainly looks like someone threw a pot of money at it. There are great outdoor locations,
plush interiors, and a recognisable cast - although no one in there with 'star' status. John Turner, wearing a beard that loses him marks as a matinee idol, had a healthy career in TV and cinema but
who is he exactly? Why, he's the odious Roderick Spode from the Fry and Laurie TV iteration of Jeeves and Wooster, that's who! He gurns and hams it up a treat in this, and once or twice reminded me
of William Shatner as James T. Kirk when called upon to do his 'acting', but convince he does not.