(aka, Iron Armored Machine Crescent Moon) Keita Amemiya has been one of my favorite Japanese directors since I saw the utterly insane Cyber Ninja. He hasn’t made too many feature films, but they are all thoroughly weird and notable for their wild imagination and bizarre design sense. These include Zeiram, Hakaider, and Moon over Tao. […]
Read more "Tekkôki Mikazuki [Giant Robot Mikazuki] (2000)"
If there was one thing there was no shortage of in the Eighties, it was science fiction tinged effects heavy horror films. I suppose you could blame Alien, although all you have to do is look at the title of this film and it is obvious what one of the main inspirations was. Not that […]
Read more "The Rejuvenator [Rejuvenatrix] (1988)"
Time for a grumpy old man rant: There is nothing in the realm of science fiction — whether in print, a movie, or even in comics form — which bugs the hell out of me more than having a future/alien/distant past society based around some notion which was obviously invented just to sound cool. Or […]
Read more "Dune World [Sand World] (2021)"
I suspect that a lot of Star Trek fans have wondered what happened to Gene Roddenberry after the original series ended. After all, it would be a decade before Star Trek: The Motion Picture debuted, and his involvement in the Animated Series seems to have been minimal. In fact, he wrote a script for the […]
Read more "The Questor Tapes (1974)"
There are few things which can cause as much terror as a teacher in a movie telling a group of children that they have to “rehearse” for the big festivities. We all know where that’s going to lead. Now the best explanation I’ve seen for this film is that it had been fifteen years since […]
Read more "Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1969)"
This is one of those movies which show you the real dangers of having too much time on your hands. Back in 1998, John D. “Bud” Lofton IV and his brothers Matthew and Calvin, shot their own feature length “movie” version of Resident Evil on their Camcorder. It was edited the way so many VHS […]
Read more "Resident Evil: Childhood (2020)"
In the interest of full disclosure, I need to note here that I have never played the Resident Evil games and I definitely am not a huge fan of the franchise. I’ll even admit that I have a soft spot for Paul W.S. Anderson series of films starring Milla Jovovich, which are absurd, convoluted, silly, […]
Read more "Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City (2021)"
(Literal translation: Forbidden Reality) When I watched this one not too long ago, I had a rather strange moment at the very end of the film: I knew I’d seen that final scene before, but for the life of me I can’t remember seeing the rest of this film! Mind you, I know there was […]
Read more "Zapreshchyonnaya realnost [Interceptor] (2009)"
(Honorable Mention) When you go out in search of the lost and forgotten treasures of Science Fiction cinema, you end up following a lot of strange byways and cul-de-sacs. What led me to this one was Jeff Lieberman, a director who made a few interesting films in the late Seventies and Eighties. He has a […]
Read more "Blue Sunshine (1977)"
I’ll admit it, I was stunned. This film surprised me. Now I’ve known that this adaptation of the novel by Karel Čapek existed for a long time, but missed my chance some years ago to watch it on Youtube with subtitles. I’ve looked for it at times, but I’ll admit that I didn’t put too […]
Read more "Krakatit (1948)"