Category: Channel Flip
Channel Flip: The Cutting Edge
Channel Flip: The Cutting EdgeChannel Flip! Nutshell: Strange Horizons did fundraising, and as a columnist there I offered to watch ten minutes of anything, and discuss it with as little context as possible. Which is great, until someone requests The Cutting Edge, aka Taming of the Shrew on Ice. Timestamp: 0:51:43 LAST NOTE of a montage!…
Channel Flip: El Cid
Channel Flip: El CidChannel Flip continues! We’re in the home stretch, this time with a movie that takes up two entire discs, one of which was probably just the credited cast: El Cid! Timestamp: Disc 2, 00:02:51 (I can only assume that the actual timestamp is something like 4:02:51 into an eight-hour movie.) So, we open as a gent on a horse rides up to a convent!…
Channel Flip: “Space Precinct”
Channel Flip: "Space Precinct"The Channel Flip continues! Is this two space operas in a row? You bet. Is this because Netflix sent me irrelevant discs without any particular reasoning? You bet! And until they arrive, more blurry screenshots from shows that are set “in the future” even though they are firmly dressed for the early ’90s, like Space Precinct.…
Channel Flip: Blake’s 7
Channel Flip: Blake's 7The Channel Flip continues! This time on the block: SF mainstay Blake’s 7. Episode: “Cygnus Alpha,” selected at random. Timestamp: 00:09:49 Open on two men and a lady wearing space costumes! They look miserable. I don’t blame them. One of them is dressed exactly like a medieval peasant, and his haircut is not helping.…
Channel Flip: Blade: Trinity
Channel Flip: Blade: TrinityThe Strange Horizons Channel Flip continues! You have under Sunday to donate/request ten minutes of whatever movie you’d like me to sit through! And someone chose Blade: Trinity. Shall we? Timestamp: 00:49:15 Well, somebody’s on the hunt! Wesley Snipes (who is sort of delightful as Blade, if we’re being honest), Ryan Reynolds (who tries so, so hard to be delightful), and Jessica Biel (incapable of being delightful) march their way into Montage Town.…
Channel Flip: “The Fifth Element”
Channel Flip: "The Fifth Element"That old SF-drama-action-comedy, The Fifth Element, is a Strange Horizons channel-flip! Timestamp: 1:40 Bruce Willis went to an arts festival! And, as happens when Bruce goes anywhere in a movie, ever: Explosions. Aliens shooting up the place! Marble dust everywhere! Bruce Willis asks beefcake Mozart for a gun, but the guy can’t hear him, and rolls him…balls of gum.…