It was the age of reboots. Or at least, in the world of Tokusatsu films. Toho’s Millennium Series of Godzilla films had just come to an end with Godzilla: Final Wars. Of the six films, all but one were reboots. Mothra had appeared in a reboot series a few years before that had no connection […]
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The French Nouvelle Vague short film, La Jetee, occupies an interesting place in science fiction cinema. It is hailed as a great art film and formal experiment — and yet at the same time it is held to be a SF classic. There are only a few films you can say that about. It uses […]
Read more "Missing Pages (2006)"
Michael Medved once said that the most difficult part of being a film critic was staying awake. When you see as many films as a professional critic, after all, most of them would start looking very, very familiar. Oh, wow. Another RomCom where the girl reconnects with an old flame. It’s a professional hazard. Michael […]
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It was the end of Godzilla. Again. For the third time, Toho’s series of Godzilla had come to an end, this time with the release of Godzilla: Final Wars. But that didn’t change the fact that there were a lot of people out there who still loved giant monster movies. So, in that decade before […]
Read more "Chohatsu Daikaiju Gehara [Gehara: The Dark & Long Hair Monster] (2009)"
(aka Earth Defense Force) A series of strange and seemingly unconnected events have occurred in a remote area. When the military gets called in to investigate the destruction of a small town, they find a monstrous burrowing robot. They destroy it after a heated battle, but then have a mysterious dome rise up out of […]
Read more "Chikyû Bôeigun [The Mysterians] (1957)"
(aka Space Men Appear in Tokyo, The Mysterious Satellite) I finally saw the original Japanese version of this film. It is amazing what a difference that can make. Frankly, I didn’t think much of this one when I saw the American dubbed version of this film, bundled in a set with several other public domain […]
Read more "Uchûjin Tôkyô ni arawaru [Warning from Space] (1956)"
Uggghhh. I guess we can blame the internet for this one. In the early days, people uploaded almost anything to Youtube, including the sort of stuff that would only ever have shown on a local access channel. Of course, if you’d rather, you could blame the early days of VHS. Back then there was this […]
Read more "The Toxic Slime Creature (1982)"
It’s funny how things work. I didn’t think much of this one the first time I saw it, liked it the second time, and this time around… Well, I guess I find myself on the fence. Now I’ll admit one does not expect a lot from any film from the team of producer Sidney Pink […]
Read more "The Angry Red Planet (1959)"
I quite like this one. Yeah, I know it gets its share of mockery — well, more than its share — thanks to the less than special “special effects” of its climax, but The Trollenberg Terror (better known here as The Crawling Eye) is actually a tense little horror film if you ignore the effects. […]
Read more "The Trollenberg Terror [The Crawling Eye] (1958)"
The word here is “routine.” After all, it’s from the SyFy network. Okay, I’ll admit it, we do find the odd SyFy offering which proves to be something special. Well, at least we used to. I’m not sure that’s as true as it once was, when they would go out and buy some Indie film […]
Read more "Sand Serpents (2009)"