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Author: The Hatman

A mysterious artefact, a hero wearing a leather jacket, Nazis, and a Zepplin. No this isn’t an Indiana Jones movie, it’s The Rocketeer. In 1991, 13 years after our first look at Iron Man (I’m not kidding… *this* is what he looked like in 1978), and 17 years before Robert Downey Jr would redefine the […]

As Sci-fi September comes to a close on The Back Row live show and we head into the spookiness of October, I thought it would be a good idea to cover a film that brings us a bit of both and which sadly does not get the love I feel it deserves. Growing up most […]

When you hear the name John Carpenter you probably think of horror movies such as Halloween, The Fog, They Live, and Village of the Damned. However, when you throw the name Kurt Russell into the mix, no doubt you think of The Thing or Escape From New York (and its sequel ‘Escape from L.A.’). However, […]

When you hear the name Jim Henson, you undoubtedly think of Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and all the other muppets. You probably don’t think about high fantasy, goblins, monsters, or David Bowie. However, that is exactly what you will get with the 1986 classic Labyrinth.  Labyrinth, written by Dennis Lee and Jim Henson, screenplay […]

1988’s Willow is a fantastic fantasy film from the mind of one of the greatest (albeit now more infamous) names in Sci-fi when he was at the height of his powers. Written by George Lucas (he did a little movie you might know called Star Wars) and directed by Ron Howard, best known for directing […]

In this article, we’re going to break away from the normal ‘forgotten gem’ format and take a look at a rather unique animated film, Away, that was the brainchild of Latvian filmmaker Gints Zilbalodis. And what a remarkable film it was. The film opens with the protagonist hanging from a parachute that has been snagged […]

Every once in a while I stumble across a film that leaves me wondering and with some serious brain hurt at the end. Generally, this is a bad thing as it usually means that the movie was a total mess. Other times it might be because I’m unsure about what I just watched, take the […]

No one can deny that 2020 has not been anyone’s year. From the dreaded ‘Rona, murder hornets, earthquakes, and more, it’s not surprising that many people are expecting aliens next (that or Cthulhu). However, what would you do if you made first contact? I know what you’re going to say… “first contact movies are a […]

The Princess Bride is a 1987 film based on a 1973 book by William Goldman. The film opens to the bedroom of a young boy (Fred Savage), sick in bed. His mother comes in to tell him that his grandfather (Peter Falk) who is there to read him a story, The Princess Bride, that tells […]

Take a trip back in time with me to the distant time of 2001. Think back to the December movie releases. Films like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Ocean’s Eleven, and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and The Majestic. You haven’t heard of The Majestic you say? Well, sadly […]


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