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Jupiter’s Darling

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When it comes to Roman epics, I usually figure they are going to be big productions full of battles and bloodshed. Underwater musical numbers are not usually on the docket. However, for the 1955 Cinemascope spectacle Jupiter’s Darling, the star is Esther Williams. She’s gonna get we at some point. Heck, she could’ve starred in a film that took place in the middle of the desert and still there would be a reason to get her underwater. Needless to say, this is not the same ancient Rome I remember studying in my high school history class.

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Williams plays the lovely Amytis, who is engaged to Roman general Fabius Maximus (George Sanders). She’s not really that into Maximus, though; putting off their nuptials for years. However, she does find herself, shall we say, curious about this manly man known as Hannibal (Howard Keel) who is about to storm into the city with his huge army of soldiers and elephants. So, she decides to head off with her slave girl Meta (Marge Champion) to sneak a look at Hannibal for herself. Of course, the two are captured as spies.

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Naturally, Hannibal soon finds himself quite taken with Amytis, who he does not suspect is betrothed to the leader of his enemy’s army. In fact, he becomes so smitten with her that he keeps postponing the attack in favor of…well…what do you think Howard Keel and Esther Williams would be doing in a private tent all day? Of course, they do interrupt those activities to burst into song from time to time.

I’m not going to sit here and say that Jupiter’s Darling is a particularly good film. However, it is one of the more delightfully campy films I’ve seen in quite some time. You know you’re in for a strange ride when one of the first big musical numbers features a character singing about how happy is to be a slave. Of course, that’s because he’s just been purchased to be someone’s love slave, so maybe that’s understandable. If that number doesn’t freak you out enough, though, you need only wait a few minutes to hear Howard Keel belt out a tune called “I Never Trust a Woman.” Simply put, this is a weird bunch of songs.

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Weirder, though, are  the production numbers themselves. As stated earlier, our headliner is Esther Williams, so underwater action is a given. Her first big number has her performing a tune called “I Have a Dream” while fondling a bunch of statues that come to life and frolic around in the pool with her. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of Williams’ aquatic abilities. She was an amazing talent, and I admit she’s one of my classic movie crushes. As captivating as the sequence is, though, it’s nuttier than the Planter’s peanut factory. Speaking of peanuts, there’s also music number in this flick that features dancing elephants. Again, a charming sequence, but one that makes the viewer question their own senses. “Am I really seeing this, or is this one of those Pink Elephants on Parade things?”

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The camp factor extends beyond the musical numbers, though. Many sequences are all about playful banter between Williams and Keel, and the script does have some funny moments. This would be the last of three films Williams and Keel would star in together. They had a degree of chemistry, but there is no attempt to portray that subtly here. One scene in particular has Keel describing to Williams how a general needs to put his armies into the right “position” as she reclines and allows pieces of her garment to fall away. Both actors are pretty cartoonish in how they approach the scene, and yet it still manages to be steamy in a bizarre sort of way.

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I definitely had fun with many aspects of Jupiter’s Darling, but it’s a film that struggles a lot. It wants to have elements of both a Roman epic and a light-hearted musical romp, but doesn’t quite strike a good balance between the two. The scenes that really try to go for the epic feel seem constricted, even when there are tons of extras and elephants marching around. The film does not make good use of Cinemascope. However the smaller moments, where our two leads get to flirt with each other are charming and playful. Jupiter’s Darling is a film that does manage to entertain, just so long as you’re in the mood for something kind of strange and cooky.

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For The Love Of Sci-fi 2019

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Monopoly Events Presents ‘For the Love of Sci-fi 2019’

The world’s biggest Sci-Fi fan convention is BACK and bigger than ever! Join the party as FTLOSF celebrates its 5th birthday with its army of loyal fans and celebrity guests at Bowlers Exhibition Centre, Longbridge Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1EH, on the 7th and 8th of December 2019 (with a special opening concert on the evening of Friday 6th.)

Here is a look at the 2019 Guest line up so far:

  1. Karl Urban – is a New Zealand actor. Karl is known for Judge Dredd, Vaako in the Riddick film series, Lord of the Rings and Amazons television series The Boys.
  2. Jon Bernthal – is an American actor. Jon is known for his roles as Frank Castle in Punisher, Daredevil, The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario, The Accountant, Baby Driver, Wind River, and Widows.
  3. Peter Weller – The original Robocop himself! Peter has appeared in more than 70 films and television series, including turns as the title character in RoboCop (1987) and its sequel RoboCop 2 (1990).
  4. Dolph Lundgren –  is a Swedish actor best known for his roles of Ivan Drago in Rocky 4, and Andrew Scott in Universal Soldier. He also appeared in over 40 other movies. He is the ultimate SciFi/action legend!
  5. Ron Pearlman – is an American actor and voice actor best known for playing the part of Hellboy in Hellboy 1 and 2 and Clay Morrow in the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy.
  6. Danny Glover – is an American actor, film director, and political activist. He is known for his lead role as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon film series, Predator 2, Angels in the outfield and Operation Dumbo drop.
  7. Charlie Heaton – is a British actor and musician, best known for his role of Jonathan Byers, the older brother of Will Byers and son of Joyce Byers, in the Netflix hit TV show, Stranger Things.
  8. Natalie Dyer –  is an American actress best known for her part of Nancy Wheeler, the elder sister of Mike Wheeler in the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things.
  9. Ray Park – is a Scottish born actor who is easily most recognisable as Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I as well as Snake Eyes in the G.I. Joe films.
  10. Brian Blessed OBE – is an English actor, writer and presenter. He is known for his booming voice and his roles in Z-Cars, I, Claudius, Blackadder, and Flash Gordon.
  11. Sam Jones – ‘Flash ah-ah’ – is an American actor. He is best known for having played the title character in the 1980 film Flash Gordon and The Highwayman (1987–1988).
  12. Ray Wise –  is an American actor best known for his roles in Swamp Thing, RoboCop, Twin Peaks, Jeepers Creepers 2 and his role as The Devil in Reaper.
  13. Al Leong – is an American stuntman and actor. Best known for his role as Genghis Khan in Bill and Ted and his memorable roles as a henchman in many popular action films.
  14. Mark Dodson –  is an American actor who is known for being the voice of Salacious B. Crumb in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and various Gremlins in Gremlins 1 & 2.


    • Live Q&As
    • Full-scale movie prop and set recreations – T-70 X-Wing – Battlestar Galactica Colonial Viper – Tie Fighter – Batwing – Tardis – Power Loader – A-Team Van – KITT & FLAG mobile unit – Vigo & Slimer – Stranger Things Alphabet Wall & Couch – Simpsons Lounge – Gremlins Kitchen Set with Gremlins – E.T Forest Set with E.T.
    • Attractions (FREE PHOTO OPS) Screen used Lawmaster from, Judge Dredd, Robocop ED-209, original armour suite and Beretta 93R Gun from Robocop. Flash Gordan’s Rocket Cycle Built for our guest Sam J Jones aka Flash Gordan – HERE
    • Star Wars Cantina with Props a full bar and cool free photos opportunities a Star Wars fan dream!
    • Friday night opening concert with Blues Harvest playing all the iconic sci-fi tunes LIVE – HERE
    • Pro Cosplay Sci-fi Guests – HERE
    • Cosplay competitions – HERE – 1st Place is £250!
    • Trading village
    • Live art
    • Sci-fi Afterparty in our special Star Wars Cantina – Tickets: HERE


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Purple People Eater

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purple-people-eaterThis was a game in which you had to remove little plastic people from the mouth of a gelatinous purple people eater. It worked in much the same way as Operation, in that you used metal pliers to extract people from the monsters metal-lined mouth.

In a way this is most 80s boys dream, getting gory with a pet monster. As well as playing it the traditional way and extracting the small plastic people one by one, I also spent a good few hours slowly feeding it the same people I had saved. I suppose it was a weird thing to do, but I though of it as payback. I’d saved them all and not a single one of them had thanked me, so they all had to systematically die one by one. In retrospect this will have been because their mouths were plastic, so my actions may have been deemed a little harsh.

If the prongs touched the metal monster mouth, the buzz the monster gave off really was quite substantial. I remember I had this and played it quite a bit, but after a few days it was decided by my parents that it should be kept at my grandads house, due to the fact that after playing it for extended periods of time it gave me really bad nightmares.

So just to recap, my parents, upon noticing that I was no longer sleeping peacefully at night, decided to NOT throw it away completely, but just control my access to it. Sort of in a “break him in gently” tactic in the same way doctors introduce therapy. All that happened was that I no longer feared going to bed at night, but feared going to Grandads instead.

Come to think of it I had this toy at my Grandads, along with Jaws and the Dusty Bin game. I wish I still had them. They were some ace games.


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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 131: Squirm

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For this year’s Halloween episode of the Forgotten Filmcast, Todd is joined by Rob from Movie Rob to discuss a 1976 entry in the animals attack genre of horror. Get ready for Squirm!

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Show Notes:
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Rob on Twitter

Movies Discussed:
The Ox-Bow Incident

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Stoppit And Tidyup

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Up until the age of 3, I thought my name was “don’t touch”. Bearing that in mind, here is a program with some characters with serious problems.

Welcome to the land of “Do as your told”. Stoppit is a mischievous little character that lives in a dump. Tidyup is his friend that lives just across the bridge in a very tidy neat little gherkin house.

In each episode we meet a new character, which could be anyone from “Eat Your Greens” to the big bad “I said no”. To say the whole thing is a little surreal would be a bit of an understatement. Basically the whole thing is tad bizarre , and makes you seriously think about exactly what “Don’t Do That” did to earn his name. It’s suppose to be perfectly innocent, but it really depends upon how your brain works.

Narrated by that strange knee-touching Irish man with a gravity problem, Terry Wogan, each episode lasts about 5 minutes and usually involves Tidyup sounding like a foghorn while Stoppit has some sort of object land on top of him.

All in all, it was very entertaining back then, and it still is now. I don’t honestly think that it would be the same without the voice of Terry Wogan. There’s something about his voice that compliments the 10 pints of lager needed to at least attempt to understand what the hell is going on. After the quick 5 minute burst, it leaves you with the feeling that makes you just want to say to yourself “What the hell???”. Or maybe it was just me.

Many thanks to Robert Hemsley who found this video for me. If I end up being carted out by men in big white coats, you know now who to point the finger at. For some reason I have an urge to go and boil a gherkin to death now.

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Hurry Up

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Poor Little Calm Down



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Forgotten Filmcast Episode 130: Mickey One

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It’s time for another new episode of the Forgotten Filmcast!  This time, Todd is joined by Troy Anderson from Andersonvision to discuss the 1965 film Mickey One.

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Show Notes:
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Movies Discussed:
Mickey One
Spider Baby

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