This is a movie based on Einstein’s theory of relativity. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. On the first test flight of a high altitude balloon, the comedy relief tries to hide the fact that he’s smoking and ends up sending the balloon rocketing far into space at incredible speeds. When it returns, the two hapless […]Read more "Croisières sidérales [Sideral Cruises] (1942)"
Hmmmm….Does this film actually belong here? After all, there have been plenty of routine horror films which have tied zombies to flying saucers (something the creators of this film actually have the nerve to point out by including a few snatches of Ed Wood’s classically bad Plan Nine from Outer Space in the opening scene). But […]Read more "Hide and Creep (2004)"
There must be a kitchen sink in this movie somewhere. They’ve got everything else. When Star Wars came out, Toho Studios toyed with the idea of making their own version. Instead, Sakyo Komatsu sold them on making their own, unique SF epic. And epic is the right word. Everything about this film is epic – at […]Read more "Sayonara, Jupiter [Sayônara, Jûpetâ] (1984)"
Okay, it’s strange. I’m glad we got that out of the way. This is of course, the real thing. A genuine, totally outside the system, independent film. Made for a reported half-a-million, William Eubank built the incredible interior set of his international space station in his driveway. Yes, it looks a lot bigger than that, […]Read more "Love (2011)"
My first impression of this film was that it was a lot like Georges Franju’s Judex. Both films came out within a few years of each other, both films have a very similar black and white aesthetic, with lots of sharp, high contrast compositions, and both films are set in the past to tie them in […]Read more "The Hyperboloid of Engineer Garin [Giperboloid inzhenera Garina] (1965)"
There’s a marvelous little sequence in Doug TenNapel’s graphic novel Cardboard that comes to mind: the hero, Mike, tries to find out the origin of the mysterious cardboard box he bought for his boy’s birthday, which makes everything made from it come to life. The old man who sold it to him explains: “A renegade bunch […]Read more "Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla [Gojira VS Supesugojira] (1994)"
It’s curious how a little distance can give us a new perspective on things. When I first saw this, I dismissed it as one of John Carpenter’s long list of current missfires – better, by far, than his take on The Village of the Damned (a painful demonstration of how easily one could take great material […]Read more "Ghosts of Mars (2001)"