Remembering Wendie Jo Sperber (Linda McFly from Back to the Future)

Twelve years ago Wendie Jo Sperber died of breast cancer which had been diagnosed eight years earlier. She was 47 years old. Do you remember her role in the SF comedy Back to the Future? Although Linda McFly is not one of the main characters of the movie, you should remember her; Wendie played the […]

Full Metal Jacket – the film, the novel, the man (and the birthday)

Jerry Gustav Hasford, the “The Short-Timers” author, was born 70 years ago. The novel was later made into a film “Full Metal Jacket” by Stanley Kubrick.

Zoroaster or Zarathustra? Ask Nietzsche

There are many wonders in the world. The miracle of life. The wonder of death. But one of the greatest wonders of them all is how did it happen that one of the most prominent philosophers ever, namely Friedrich Nietzsche, became a pop icon. (Same thing happened with Che Guevara, but that is another story.) […]

Robert Towne, Chinatown’s screenwriter, celebrates his 83rd birthday

Robert Towne, the screenwriter of Polanski’s famous film Chinatown, was born on this day in 1934. The masterful screenplay brought him a well-earned Oscar.

Slave New World

54 years have passed since the death of Aldous Leonard Huxley. His notable works include fictional, dystopian novel “Brave New World” (published in 1932) and non-fictional “The Doors of Perception” inspired by experiences of author’s using of psychedelic drugs. One of the greatest bands in rock music, “The Doors” named themselves after this book. “Brave New […]

In honour of Yaphet Kotto, the “Alien” actor, on his 78th birthday

The American actor Yaphet Kotto was born 78 years ago. He was made famous by his role of engineer Parker in Ridley Scott’s famous SF horror “Alien” (1979).

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