“Human beings have only four preferences: TV, cinema, food and gossip” You know you are watching an Indian film when the scenes featuring the hero riding on a big flying bike only appear in the final dance number… For those of you coming in late, back in 2010, the enormously successful Indian producer and director, Shankar, […]Read more "2.0 (2018)"
This one was a pleasant surprise. I’ll confess I didn’t expect too much of it: it was produced by Robert Emenegger, who made a whole bunch of super cheap movies within a year or two of each other in the early Eighties. He also gave us Warp Speed (1981), a creepy haunted space ship movie which […]Read more "PSI Factor (1980)"
(aka Hanuman pob Jed Yodmanud, The 6 Ultra Brothers vs. the Monster Army) This is the rarest of all Ultraman films. And there’s a very good reason for that. Now you can’t say you weren’t warned. After all, any time the title song includes the line “Watch this wonderful movie” — a sentiment apparently offered […]Read more "Urutora 6-kyodai tai kaijû gundan [Hanuman vs. 7 Ultraman] (1974)"
Minoru Kawasaki is one of the quirkiest and most original of Japanese Directors. His works often have an absurd and surreal edge to them. He gave us a world where anthropomorphic animals work unnoticed alongside human beings in otherwise normal business offices (Executive Koala) or where a giant squid becomes a wrestling star (The Calamari […]Read more "Autâman [Outer Man] (2015)"
Okay, let’s see if we got this straight: This is the first Godzilla copy made in Denmark. It is also the only one. At least so far. This really isn’t that much of a surprise, although it does seem that everyone seemed to be making Godzilla copies at the time. Reptilicus was created by the […]Read more "Reptilicus (1961)"
(aka Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters) This one came as a surprise. Mostly because I did not expect much from it. Not long ago, I reviewed Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea [Shinkaijû Raiga] which was this film’s…perhaps “follow up” is closer to the mark than “sequel.” Frankly Raiga isn’t that great. Particularly […]Read more "Shinkaijû Reigô [Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato] (2005)"
The giant bug comedy is one of those sub-sub-genres which seems to produce consistently poor results. True, there have been a few sterling examples (well, mostly Brett Piper’s Arachnia. And Eight Legged Freaks) and a few quite entertaining lesser films (Lavalantula, Mosquito). But for the most part, it is a vast, bug-filled wasteland. So, after recent […]Read more "Infestation (2009)"
I have to admit it makes my day when I open a new DVD and find inside a short full-color mini-comic book. Not only is it a fun little extra, but it suggests that someone put in some overtime creating extra layers of depth to its world. More than most SF films do, perhaps. This […]Read more "Sentinel 2099 SE (2018)"
Okay, let’s face it, this one is barely science fiction. Not that that changes the fact that it uses its rather curious premise to build a very solid drama, where the hidden secrets of the characters are, ultimately, far more important than the strange circumstances afflicting them. Liam wakes up after a car crash with […]Read more "Radius (2017)"