March 2017~ 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm

If you have never been to The Prince Charles Cinema before I highly recommend it. Situated just off of Leicester Square, the cinema itself is happily stuck in time. When you visit you will be reminded of how cinemas used to be back in the 70s (if you can remember that far back, or further!). The PCC shows a variety of cult films and the tickets are quite reasonable. £10 annual membership (or £50 lifetime) gets you discounts on all films plus discounts at the kiosks and bar.

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Last night I had the pleasure of seeing one of my favourite films on the big screen and in 70mm. It was a first for me with this movie as it came out 4 years before I was born. I’ve only ever seen it on Betamax and then VHS and DVD.

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The Prince Charles Cinema showing 2001: A Space Odyssey back in 1968 when it was released.

The film is Stanley Kubrick’s space masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’m a huge fan, I’ve read all four books in the series and seen both 2001 and 2010:The Year We Make Contact numerous times. I was so glad to see the cinema offering a showing starting each night at 20:01.

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The film was amazing. The special effects had stood the test of time and the physical models looked amazing on screen. The soundtrack was as awesome as ever. The quality of the 70mm print was much better than I expected. Having seen some other 70mm films at the PCC I expected the print to be a bit grainy and possibly discoloured in places with obvious splice-lines etc, but nothing. If it had been restored then the restorer has done a fine job, otherwise it’s been very well looked after.

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It was also quite amusing to have an intermission during the movie. Something I’ve not experienced for a very long time.

So as I said, if you like cult films (or even Disney’s Frozen sing-a-long version) then The Prince Charles Cinema is a must!

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Follow this link to see what they are showing: The Prince Charles Cinema

November 2016~ MCM Birmingham Comic Con

It has been a couple of years since I attended an MCM event as I had a few issues with the last one, but they had two guests I had to meet. Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Gary was also in the pilot for Star Trek as Gary Mitchell.

I had my Godson’s sister, Safiyah with me as she has been wanting to attend a con for a while now. We set out early and arrived at the NEC about 20 minutes before opening time. When the doors opened, we got in quite quickly.

The event hall was well laid out. Lots of space to move around and a nice variety of dealers. There was also lots of Pokemon stuff which kept Safiyah happy!

The autograph lines were well organised and I managed to meet Gary and Keir early on. Both were lovely guys!

My main gripe last time was twofold. Firstly, the staff at MCM seemed to be very young and in some instances very immature. I was pleased to see that it seemed to have changed. Yes, there were still a lot of young, immature volunteers, but the big jobs fell down to more experienced people. Second was the photoshoots. Last time they ran very late (2+ hours) and getting the photo afterwards was a free for all. This time it ran much more smoothly. On time for one thing. Once you had your picture taken you simply walked out and went to one of the many photo printers to collect it!

Lots of good cosplay on display too. Will definitely attend again as will Safiyah.

The only thing that let us down was the terrible Midland Train service on the way back!