Croisières sidérales [Sideral Cruises] (1942)

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 […]

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Hide and Creep (2004)

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 […]

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Love (2011)

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, […]

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Ghosts of Mars (2001)

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 […]

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The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (The Osiris Chronicles) (1998)

This television movie is one of the most obscure of the movies Joe Dante directed. Unfortunately, that is probably the most interesting thing about it. Curiously, it bears enormous resemblances to Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda which would debut in syndication two years later:  both involve an attempt to restore a fallen Republic, with the help of the […]

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Small Soldiers (1998)

Joe Dante has made some utterly marvelous films.  Joe Dante has made some truly terrible films. One need only compare Gremlins with Gremlins 2 to see what I mean.  The original is brilliant, absurd and, at times, a little over the top.  The sequel is silly:  He abandoned any sense of restraint, ignored any attempt to make […]

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Infini (2015)

It’s hard to pin down exactly what I think about this one. So much of it is far better than one expected:  not just the sets and design of the world of the future, but, far more important, the basic social reality of that future has clearly received some thought.  The notion of travelling by […]

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