I’m not quite sure what to make of Aziris nuna. All I really know is that I enjoyed it. An archaeologist learns that an ancient Egyptian stone head at his museum has cracked, revealing something metal inside. He’s obsessed by stories of ancient aliens, so naturally he suspects that it is a spaceship. His two sons […]Read more "Aziris nuna (2006)"
Not long ago I reviewed a movie directed by Stargate Atlantis Alumnus David Hewlett. This time, it’s a film directed by former Doctor Who companion Noel Clarke. Somehow a lot of actors who’ve done extensive work in the world of SF seem drawn to the genre and end up writing, directing or producing more SF. […]Read more "The Anomaly (2014)"
A burned out investigator arrives on Titan in the middle of a howling storm. Before long, he’s questioning the surviving members of the team on the station about the apparent suicide of their project director, with the help of a device that he seems to have borrowed from Dekkard in Blade Runner. However, his tightly controlled investigation […]Read more "Ascension [Death on Saturn’s Moon] (2000)"
Right. We’ve got a dimension hopping police agency, all of whose agents happen to be sexy girls in tiny costumes. We have official sexy girl agent uniforms with leather hot pants or mini-mini skirts and laced up leather bodices. And they protect the wearer from physical blows – even when you hit them on the […]Read more "Travelers: Dimension Police [Toraberāzu – Jigen Keisatsu] (2013)"
French animated SF films tend to be more surreal than science fictional. This is certainly true of Laloux’s Fantastic Planet and Gandahar (although Time Masters is more SF) and even of later efforts like Kaena the Prophecy (2003) and Renaissance (2006). And it is more than true of Gwen, le livre de sable. Gwen is a very strange […]Read more "Gwen, le livre de sable [Gwen, the Book of Sand] (1985)"
Mamoru Oshii is a curious puzzle. He put himself on the map with his work on the Patlabor series and movies, became an Anime superstar when he directed Ghost in the Shell – and yet he’s only directed two anime since then. And the last one was back in 2008. His films combine intense, over the top action […]Read more "Garm Wars: The Last Druid (2014)"
Eternity reflects two of the major factors that are shaping the future of Science Fiction on film: the upsurge in small truly independent films made with minimal pressure from the powers-that-be in the film industry; and the increasing availability – and affordability – of CGI effects. A young policeman takes part in an experiment where his consciousness […]Read more "Eternity (2013)"
It shouldn’t work as well as it does. Not with its heady mix of what would seem incompatible elements: space stations, vampires and a stage coach; science fiction, gothic horror and even a Western. And yet, there it is, one of the finer examples of the art of Japanese animation, a dark action film with […]Read more "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust (2000)"
This was one of my greatest frustrations back in the Nothings. And not because of any part of the film itself. After all, I hadn’t seen it. But I had seen a wonderfully insane trailer, full of spaceships, creatures, strange worlds and what looked like a vast fleet of sailing vessels flying into battle. At the […]Read more "Thru the Moebius Strip (2005)"
This has always been one of my favorite dinosaur movies. Yes, it’s cheesy. We know that. The T-Rex here has to be the worst screen dinosaur ever (how can it eat anything when there is no opening into its throat inside its mouth?), and the shot of a boulder bouncing off its head is so […]Read more "The Last Dinosaur (1977)"