Well this is the point that I let you know some
of my opinions on what's good and bad in my eyes. I tend to go for Sci-fi
related stuff mainly but I also like books and films that make you think and
are well produced. As my sense of humor is well warped there are some lighter
hearted bits as well.
One of my favorite authors is Arthur C Clark who by the way invented the
communications satellite network that we use today. You can find his original
paper on the Internet (yes he does regret not patenting it) read it, it is very
forward for its day. One of his short stories called "The Sentinel"
was adapted to produce the Stanley Kubrick film 2001 one of my all time
Another favorite Sci-fi author is Larry Niven who's book's of known space have
many prophetic parts, (like "Newstapers" that are equivalent to
today's one man video news reporter) some of which are coming true 20 years on.
They are also a damn good read.
For humor above and beyond read the Terry Pratchet DiscWorld novels in order if
you can. This man has a sense of humor almost as bad as mine and he will put
Death into a new perspective for you, as well as lots of other things. Stop
press.... Wryd Sisters and Soul music have been made into video cartoons and
very good they are too.
For a good psychological thriller Thomas Harris who wrote "The Silence of
the Lambs" also wrote one called "Red Dragon" which has been
made into a TV movie. Shiver !
To get a realistic idea of the horror of war read Sven Hassel's "Wheels of
Terror" which is written from a German soldiers point of view during WWII.
There is a film based on the book but as good a film as it is it does not
portray the horror and atrocities of war. Later book sequels are no where near
as good and have been dramatized too make a "better read".
Of course A.A.Milnes "Winnie the Pooh" and Lewis Carroll feature in
my list of favorites. So basically the Wookiee's motto is "if its
readable I'll read it".
OK as I said before 2001 stands out as one of
my all time favorite films, even now nearly 30 years on it has not dated as
much as you would expect.
Two films involving submarines that are really worth watching are "The
Hunt for Red October" and for edge of the seat tension "Crimson
Another film that I like is the original "Highlander" which like some
other films and books has been let down by the sequels. The "Alien"
trilogy held up better than most although I felt that the 3rd one
was not as good as the first pair.
Not a film but a BBC 6 part series available on 2 VHS tapes is "The Edge
of Darkness" which stars Bob Peck and Joanne Whalley-(Kilmer) in an
intrigue about a nuclear reprocessing plant. With excellent music by Eric
Clapton and Michael Kamen this story has intrigue and cross plots down to a
fine art. Pics are now available on screen 1 at the
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Don't you just love the picture or Ronald Craven cuddling his very recently
murdered daughters teddy bear with a gun in the other hand?
Speaking of intrigue and cross plots I like most Sci-fi (Sci-fi full stop) but
"Babylon 5" has to be by far and away the best Sci-fi program that I
have come across to date. As well as brilliant plots the special effects and
makeup are superb, plus the acting and directing also present a challenge that
will take a lot of beating. Although each episode is self contained if you have
not seen it from the start then you will miss out on some of the plot and
intrigue. From the same writer is the follow up / spin off called Crusade.
Another good spin off is Stargate SG1 from the motion picture Stargate well
worth a look.
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Currently one of the best programs running on British TV is "Frost" a
detective series starring David Jason of Only Fools and Horses fame as an
offbeat detective. The acting is very good and the production in the same
category with the plots being quite involved, although serious it does have
some good lighthearted moments. Also good from the BBC is Jonathan Creek and
series of who-done-it in a locked room which has so far had very good plots and
a quirky sense of humor.
Finally but by no means least are the Nick Parks Wallace and Gromit animations
"A Grand Day Out", "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close
Shave. Well recommended as each time you watch them you see more details, plus
they are funny full stop.
Now here's a tricky one. Well I like most music
but..... I think I'll keep it simple and just list a few that I think are
notable in my view.
Pink Floyd rate up there amongst my notables as producing excellent albums that
are performed on stage with a technical expertise that has been ground breaking
Genesis also get a worthy mention for being among the great lyricists and
technically good albums and stage shows.
A group that brings out mixed feelings in people are Queen who produced great
music and stage shows in their day. But I still like most of their music
especially the Highlander soundtrack "A kind of magic".
I also like The Beautiful South, Olita Adams, Julia Forham,
Judy Tzuke and the now defunct All about
Eve. Although the new American group No Doubt sound like a cross between All
About Eve and some other good groups. New to my long list of likes are Jewel,
Texas and Alisha's Attic. As I said before there are exceptions and this in not
a comprehensive list of total likes and dislikes. Generally it takes a lot to
put me off a group though a couple will remain nameless and I will listen to
most things at least once.
Well thanks for reading my rambling's now go and look at the rest of the site