This is an amazing film. It may be the best film that Andrew Niccol has made. Now I realize that’s actually quite a claim: his first film was Gattaca, one of the best SF films of the Nineties. And, even if he didn’t actually direct it, he wrote the script for the equally remarkable The Truman […]
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(aka The Monsters’ Desperate Battle–Daigoro vs. Goliath) This is perhaps the most obscure Kaiju Eiga film Toho made. I said “perhaps” because that puts it in company with a handful of films that most American audiences haven’t seen — like Orochi the Eight-Headed Dragon or The Three Treasures — and a few more whose “eiga” status […]
Read more "Kaijû daifunsen: Daigorou tai Goriasu [Daigoro vs. Goliath] (1972)"
Just for the record, this is not Toho’s 1954 Invisible Man film, Tômei ningen: instead this one is by Daiei and is the oldest preserved Science Fiction film made in Japan — and, depending on how you count the two King Kong copies they supposedly made in the Thirties, quite possibly the first one made. It […]
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I’m sorry, but I find this one a rather sad little film. After working together for almost thirty years, the legendary partnership of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello had broken up a year earlier. While Bud more or less retired, Lou got his first — and only — solo starring role in this…ummmmmmm…”comedy.” He would […]
Read more "The 30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)"
“I…am DJ Apocalypso. (It’s not my real name) I’m the Leader here.” “I’m Kate. (It is my real name.)” Martin Gooch is one of those directors who’s got a lot of attention from this site and there’s a reason for that: his incredible first film, After Death (2012). It is a lovely mix of ghost […]
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I’ll admit it, I love this film. One of the main reasons is obvious: this was one of Ray Harryhausen’s movies, and we get lots of visual effects and creature animation. Which is the main reasons we love any Ray Harryhausen film. Another good reason is that Nigel Kneale, best remembered for creating the Quatermass […]
Read more "First Men in the Moon (1964)"
Okay, I’ll admit it. I was impressed. Okay, now we all know this was yet another of the long series of post-Apocalyptic kickboxing cyborg movies Albert Pyun made. In fact, it was originally meant to be a sequel to Von Damme’s Cyborg. And, yes, it is very familiar territory, with lots of action, lots of […]
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It’s hard to believe that this is a Fifties film. It certainly doesn’t look like most of your typical Fifties SF films: for one thing, it is in color. I’ll admit that is hardly unknown, and even some fairly early films like Flight to Mars (1951) were in color, but it is certainly rare for that staple SF […]
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Curt Siodmak is best remembered for writing Donovan’s Brain. He actually had a rather long and busy career writing screenplays with the occasional novel or short story thrown in, but let’s face it, people rarely notice who actually wrote their favorite movies — even though we pay a lot of attention to who may have […]
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I find it rather disturbing: We keep hearing, in movie after movie, TV series after TV series that we are on the brink of some massive ecological cataclysm that will wipe out the entire human race “Real Soon” (to quote Dr. Lizardo). And yet, even the most alarmist models of global warming usually end up […]
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