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Comment by Dave Miller on August 14, 2016 at 1:23pm

On March 31st of 1964, Stanley Kubrick initiated contact with author Arthur C. Clarke by way of the following letter, in which the filmmaker declared an interest in the two collaborating to produce, in his words, "the proverbial 'really good' science-fiction movie." Clarke was immediately keen — so much so that just three weeks later, on April 22nd, the pair met at the Plaza Hotel in New York and, according to Clarke, "talked for eight solid hours about science fiction."

Four years later, the groundbreaking result of their partnership — 2001: A Space Odyssey — was released to the public.

(Source: Amy Fletcher; Image: Clarke & Kubrick on the set of 2001: A Space Odyssey, via.)


March 31, 1964

Mr. Arthur C. Clarke
[Address redacted]

Dear Mr Clarke:

It's a very interesting coincidence that our mutual friend Caras mentioned you in a conversation we were having about a Questar telescope. I had been a great admirer of your books for quite a time and had always wanted to discuss with you the possibility of doing the proverbial "really good" science-fiction movie.

My main interest lies along these broad areas, naturally assuming great plot and character:
The reasons for believing in the existence of intelligent extra-terrestrial life.
The impact (and perhaps even lack of impact in some quarters) such discovery would have on Earth in the near future.
A space probe with a landing and exploration of the Moon and Mars.
Roger tells me you are planning to come to New York this summer. Do you have an inflexible schedule? If not, would you consider coming sooner with a view to a meeting, the purpose of which would be to determine whether an idea might exist or arise which could sufficiently interest both of us enough to want to collaborate on a screenplay?

Incidentally, "Sky & Telescope" advertise a number of scopes. If one has the room for a medium size scope on a pedestal, say the size of a camera tripod, is there any particular model in a class by itself, as the Questar is for small portable scopes?

Best regards,


Stanley Kubrick

Comment by Dave Miller on May 1, 2016 at 12:10pm

New at the SciFi/Fantasy Cinema: Ladislas Starevich - The Tale Of The Fox (1930)

Comment by Dave Miller on April 30, 2016 at 9:55am

20 Most Hilariously Cheap-Looking Monsters From Vintage B-Movies

Horror fans, it’s probably fair to say, love a cheesy movie monster. And even while filmmakers are pushing the boundaries of special effects and redefining what’s possible on screen, bizarre beasties are still appearing ready to terrorize folk in camp, low-budget horror flicks like Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and Mega Shark Versus Kolossus – both out in 2015.

However, with their handmade, slightly ramshackle charm, there’s perhaps something even more endearing about the B-movie monsters from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. Moreover, they feature in films so imaginatively ridiculous that they’ve gone on to become cult hits, celebrated as some of the “best” worst movies ever made.

Here are 20 of the funniest vintage movie creatures ever seen on screen. Think everything from dogs posing as killer shrews to a giant primeval praying mantis that is unfrozen by a volcanic event.

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Comment by Dave Miller on March 10, 2016 at 1:50pm

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Comment by Ktrek on February 29, 2016 at 10:39am

Scary Monsters Magazine reached a milestone of 100 issues this month. Unfortunately Dennis has decided that landmark was where he would retire. Fortunately though someone else has bought the magazine and will continue to publish it. I just hope there are not many changes to it because I like the format it was done in. It was very similar to the Famous Monsters of Filmland when Ackerman was alive.

Comment by Dave Miller on February 2, 2016 at 1:27pm

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Comment by Dave Miller on January 18, 2016 at 12:14pm

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Comment by Dave Miller on December 24, 2015 at 10:58pm

My Life In Monsters: Meet the Animator Behind Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and 'Mad God'

Comment by Dave Miller on December 17, 2015 at 10:45pm

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Comment by Dave Miller on December 4, 2015 at 6:10pm

New at the SciFi/Fantasy Cinema: Journey To The Seventh Planet


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