Dad at the Movies

Peter Seller’s Directorial Debut “Mr. Topaze” (1961) from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

In the digital age, it’s hard to imagine a film being lost and there being no prints or copies available. And yet, it turns out that there are thousands of films from throughout cinematic history that are missing in action. In fact The Film Foundation estimates that half of all American films made before 1950 and over 90% of films made before 1929 are lost forever. That’s why it’s great that Film Movement is involved in film preservation and keeps…

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Banal Sci-Fi Action Thriller “Lockout” (2012) from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

This is a republication of a film review I wrote for ScienceFiction.com when this Luc Besson mess was first released. It’s now seeing a resurgence of interest from the Netflix crowd so I thought sharing it here would be helpful for people poised to waste two hours of their lives watching this daft mess of a sci-fi thriller… Let me cut to the chase: I am a Luc Besson fan and love both action movies and science fiction films, but…

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Whisky Galore! (1949) from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

If you’re a true connoisseur of British comedy films, you’ll have a soft spot in your heart for the fabled Ealing Studios. At its heydey in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, this production house churned out sly, witty and hilarious films that remain a delight to watch. Their best are The Man in the White Suit (starring a delightful Alec Guinness and which I reviewed here), Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield Thunderbolt and Passport to…

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Film Review: Spaceship Earth from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

In the movies, small self-contained living spaces tend to be comfortable and easily maintained. The people sharing the space, whether it’s deep under the ocean, floating in space or on another planet, all get along pretty well and there’s never really much tension. Balancing oxygen and carbon dioxide? No problem. Producing enough food to eat well? Not only is that not a problem, but there are magical devices that let you enjoy just about anything you can imagine. But in…

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Film Review: Ouijageist from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

An evil spirit released unwittingly by a single mother who finds and decides to try a Ouija board? Baby in peril? Priest pushed out of the evil house by unseen malevolent spirits? A house that might just be haunted? Ouijageist is a collection of basic horror film tropes but, surprisingly, this modest UK indie horror film isn’t entirely bad. It’s also not entirely good either, so you’ll want to be pretty bored to allocated the 90 minutes or so for…

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Film Review: Lancaster Skies from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

It’s easy to become numb to the statistics when reading about war. Hundreds killed from this bombing run, thousands dead on that battlefield, thousands more injured or homeless from the destruction. But large scale events are made up of very individual stories, the stories of the people who have their home destroyed, are shot down during an attack, are killed when their unit is ambushed by the enemy. There are also some wars that capture the imagination, with great stories…

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Seance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

Myra (Kim Stanley) is a psychic who makes a living holding seances in her front room. Her meek and compliant husband Billy (Richard Attenborough) has learned to stay out of the way even though he’s stuck at home on disability. Seances are Myra’s thing. They had a son together, but he passed away at a young age, leaving a hole in their lives. Myra still talks to him in spirit, however, and he inspires her with a dastardly idea; to…

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Film Review: Same Boat from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

It’s that old story: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy turns out to be a time travelling assassin and the girl is his target. Now what? As it turns out, Same Boat does a surprisingly good job of finding the balance between a kitsch self-aware low budget comedy and an actually engaging and watchable movie. Yes, that reveals some of my bias towards modern indie comedies! Much of what works on screen comes from the performances…

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Blumhouse’s The Hunt from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

The concept behind The Hunt is an ingenious one: what if radical members of one political group kidnapped and then hunted members of the diametrically opposite group? Kind of The Hunger Games, but with Elites versus Rednecks, Liberals versus Deplorables, Red versus Blue, you get the idea. Not The Hunger Games, though, something more akin to the classic Japanese horror thriller Battle Royale (Batoru Rowaiaru); it’s people versus people, not people versus the system. When word of the storyline of…

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The Invisible Man from GoFatherhood® – Single Dad, Parents Article

In the classic 1933 horror film The Invisible Man, Dr. Jack Griffin (memorably played by Claude Rains) embodies the mad scientist. He figures out a way to become completely invisible, but, as luck would have it, goes insane along the way. The film is ostensibly about this murderous wack-job of a scientist but it’s just as much a warning on the dangers of science and unfettered research. The latter is, of course, a theme that runs throughout all speculative cinema:…

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