2009 was a very good year for Science Fiction. After a long drought in the theaters following the release of The Lord of the Rings, when the big studios instead turned their energies to making epic fantasies, SF finally found its way back. While it started with a slow trickle, thanks largely to the efforts of […]Read more "Fissure (2009)"
(Warning: Spoilers ahead!) And once again we have another Chinese tomb raider movie, in full Indiana Jones mode, with a decidedly science fictional edge to it – which, yes, is much like last year’s Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe and the highly successful Mojin. As I noted in my review of that film, our neat categories of […]Read more "Time Raiders [Wu Xie Xiao Ge] (2016)"
There was a curious moment, re-watching this film after several years, when I looked at our animated heroes lined up for an important briefing and was irresistibly reminded of all those Filmation Children’s cartoons (remember He-Man, The Real Ghostbusters and the animated version of Star Trek?). I’m not sure entirely why: I think it was the […]Read more "War of the Worlds: Goliath (2012)"
This won’t take long. Under four minutes, in fact. But, oh, what Robb Pratt manages to do in that four minutes! Pratt is a curious one-man band phenomenon, a master of hand-drawn animation who has made a series of deliriously brilliant short animated fan films, starting with Superman Classic. Here he created a stunning short which is […]Read more "Flash Gordon Classic (2015)"
(AKA, Godzilla Resurgence, New Godzilla, True Godzilla, God Godzilla) This one was not at all what I was expecting – even though I already knew one of the film’s major secrets. It’s been twelve years since Toho made the “last” Godzilla movie, Godzilla Final Wars. The only other Toho Godzilla project (other than his brief, comic cameo in Always Sunset On […]Read more "Shin Godzilla [Shin Gojira] (2016)"
Allegiant does something truly unimaginable: it offers a more or less plausible explanation for the Faction system in the Divergent series. Of course, on the downside of that, it is part one of an adaptation of the final novel of the YA series, with a final film yet to come. Sigh. Okay, okay. You had to […]Read more "Allegiant (2016)"
My Dad grew up during the Great Depression and he fondly remembered going to the local theaters for the Saturday morning matinees, where they’d always show two pictures, a few shorts or newsreels, and of course, a chapter of a serial. These were sort of the precursor of television: cheap, quickly made, and churned out […]Read more "The Vanishing Shadow (1934)"