The Gateway [Alpha Gateway] (2018)

There’s been an interesting trend in Indie SF lately. If you look at films like Yesterday Last Year,  Lea: Light Engineering Android, Young Ones, Melocotones, or The Infinite Man, you will note that, despite their SF elements, they are primarily movies about people, and the science fiction is part of the human story. Naturally, the sort of people who […]

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Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle [Gojira: kessen kidô zôshoku toshi] (2018)

(aka Godzilla: Battle Mobile Breeding City Godzilla: The City Mechanized for the Final Battle) This is, of course, a sequel to last year’s Godzilla: Monster Planet, which was the first Godilla animated feature and a curious hybrid of a very familiar Anime conventions — the shipload of survivors on the run from a terrible menace, the […]

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Galaxy of Terror (1981)

(aka, Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror Planet of Horrors, Quest) This one was Roger Corman’s first attempt to make an Alien rip off.  it would not be his last. But it is also one of the better ones. A hand-picked crew is sent on a rescue mission by the Master of their planet.  A spaceship […]

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R.O.T.O.R. (1987)

(aka, Blue Steel) You know you are in trouble when a movie starts with almost fifteen minutes of:  narration; the hero’s wordless daily routine; a dancing robot; and a board (i.e., “bored”) meeting; and random people in a car arguing, with just a quick break for the hero getting arrested and starting to explain his […]

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A Quiet Place (2018)

It seems almost impossible, and yet there it is: A movie, in the twenty-first Century, without a word of dialogue in its first hour. The silence of this film is almost painful.  Early on, there is only the faintest hint of a score, and a sudden noise is enough to make the audience jump. We […]

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Alien Blood (1999)

I’m not quite sure what to make of this one. The first half hour or so more or less makes sense — and is actually reasonably well done for a very low budget film.  At the eve of the millennium, a mysterious blonde woman and her daughter flee the mysterious group of commandos who are […]

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