You know, it used to be a good thing when Bruce Willis was in a movie. For some reason he ended up doing Breach and this film back to back, although he hadn’t made a full-fledged science fiction film since 2015’s Vice — and a lot longer than that since he made one set in […]
Read more "Cosmic Sin (2021)"
Let’s see: We’ve got a fun time travel story, complete with a brilliant scientist, a twisty time-spanning plot, a good looking guy, a cute girl, an evil twin brother (complete with evil twin brother beard), and an actor playing three parts. And if I point out that it also includes three big production song numbers […]
Read more "24 (2016)"
I find it amusing that the only explanation we ever get for the origin of the nasty parasite in this film is dropped very casually at the beginning of the film, when Seth and Polly, a couple out to celebrate their anniversary with a night under the stars, pass a sign that says: “Keep out […]
Read more "Splinter (2008)"
(aka, Dune: Part One) I read Dune when I was in High School. A lot of us did at that time, and for the same reason I did — one of my friends told me that I had to read it. The third book had come out only a few years earlier, and it was […]
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This one starts so well. I know, I’ve said that before, and it’s usually a prelude to telling you that, despite a promising beginning, things do not go well by the time the movie is done. Which, yes, is the case here, although it isn’t exactly a bad film. It’s just not the film it […]
Read more "Yesterday’s Target (1996)"
I’m not quite sure of what I think about this one. Now I need to note two things straight out: one, I’ve read Sandcastle, the original graphic novel by Fredrik Peeters and Pierre-Oscar Lévy this movie is based on and didn’t much care for it, for many of the same reasons I’m not a big […]
Read more "Old (2021)"
Honorable Mention (well…you can argue that it is science fiction…) What a truly remarkable film. I know that is easy to say, and that we tend to hear it all the time about the latest overhyped corporate product which is so loud and fast that you never really notice that there isn’t much of anything […]
Read more "Pontypool (2008)"
It reminds me of nothing so much as one of those dramatic crime series the BBC turns out, the kind with dark, moody lighting, and a lot of personal drama wrapped around a complex detective story, with a damaged hero struggling with his private life while he tries to unravel the mystery… And then that […]
Read more "The Mutation (2021)"
Look, there are some films which aren’t for everyone — And there are a few which are only for a few weirdos, oddballs, fanboys and movie reviewers. That is the sort of film Damon Packard has been making over the course of his odd independent film career, and Foxfur is no exception. It’s hard even […]
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“The sky above Neo-Berlin has the color of a broken television.” A city, wrapped in darkness and smoke and drenched by eternal rain. Against this dark, grey background, we see blinking lights, dingy, badly lit signs in strange languages, and flying cars. It’s like it’s the Eighties once again and we’ve wandered into the one […]
Read more "Attack of the Cyber Octopuses (2017)"