(aka, Russian Road to the Stars) Great accomplishments in film never stand on their own. Take for example Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey: It stunned audiences of its day, giving them an incredible glimpse of our solar system and the future of space travel, with a level of detail, scientific accuracy and believability never […]
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Now for those of you interested in the history surrounding movies — the times they were made in, and the effect they had on the world around them — will probably find that the most interesting thing about Frozen Scream is that it was on the original list of 72 films labeled as “video nasties” […]
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Look, I can’t help it. I know, I know. I usually would be the first to tell you that we should judge an adaptation by the film itself and not by how well it adapted our favorite book, or comic, or TV show, or whatever. But sometimes, the very places where an adaptation fails are […]
Read more "Ender’s Game (2013)"
You never know what to expect from a Lovecraftian film. I mean, we all know the basics: the sheer horror of the abyss; beings older than our puny speck of a world; a cold, uncaring, multi-dimensional universe full of beings too powerful to even notice us, let alone care what happens to us Heck, you […]
Read more "Black Site (2018)"
I suppose a few words about Avi Nesher are in order. Avi wrote, produced, or directed a lot of genre films in the late Nineties and early Nothings. While many of them are more or less routine B-Movies, they included several that are notably strange. She, the first English language film he directed, which features […]
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(aka, Ori okeanis saidumloeba, The Secret of Two Oceans) Sometimes it is impossible to understand what is happening in the world of film without a solid look at the culture around a particular movie. Now for those interested in Soviet Science Fiction, there is a strange and rather awkward gap between the early science fiction […]
Read more "Tayna dvukh okeanov [The Mystery of Two Oceans] (1957)"
They’re at it again. You’d think the aliens would have something better to do by now than invade the Earth, but I guess it must be a tempting prospect: after all, we have something every self-respecting alien race wants. Women. Lots of beautiful, genetically compatible females for them to breed with and produce a new […]
Read more "Cute Little Buggers (2017)"
Look, it’s a question of time and place. When a mysterious boy who seems to be from the future or another reality appears suddenly in England’s West Country and says he is looking for a mysterious intersection of all the lines of power called “the Juganet,” I instantly guessed what it was. After all, I’ve […]
Read more "Sky (1975)"
Look, don’t hate me for saying this, but I like Cosmoball. Yeah, I know the reviews haven’t exactly been great, but the night I watched it, I was hoping to find something fun, light-hearted, and entertaining and had a great time watching this film. I almost regret not buying a copy when I had a […]
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There is a solid lesson to be learned from Madelines: Never drink and time travel. Mind you, this is common sense: any experiment combining cutting edge homemade scientific equipment and lots of math demands clear and careful thought about every single step. Which makes rushing into it after you’ve had one (or more) too many […]
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