It’s one of those things that happens far too often in our modern business world. That Laser Disk Game company just collapsed and you bought out the big game they were working on before they went under, along with a bunch of other bits and pieces of other games. So, what do you do with […]
Read more "Game Over [Maximum Surge] (2003)"
I’ve always loved animated science fiction films, particularly those which are set in outer space. Unfortunately, they are quite rare. Well, outside the world of Japanese anime, that is. Very few were made in the English-speaking world, but for some reason a number of quite interesting examples came out of Europe. Or it might be […]
Read more "Fiul Stelelor [The Son of the Stars] (1985)"
Honorable Mention Before there was the Hacker film, there was the High-Tech computer thriller. Mind you, it may seem hard to picture George Kennedy — who made a career out of playing big tough guys — as a computer hacker, although we do get to see him doing so many of the things computer hackers […]
Read more "The ‘Human’ Factor (1975)"
Wikizilla described this one as the first black and white Kaiju film since the original Gamera in 1965. Well…I guess. Maybe. You might call it that. If you absolutely had to. Now the reality is that this is instead a strange found footage film made during the height of the pandemic which just happens to […]
Read more "8-ka de shinda kaijû no 12-nichi no monogatari [The 12 Day Tale of the Monster that Died in 8] (2020)"
This is the fourth of Alvaro Passeri’s films I have seen. And so far it is the only one which disappointed me. Passeri was a veteran special effects expert from the Italian film industry who decided in the mid-Nineties to make his own movies. The five he created were all made on ridiculously small budgets, […]
Read more "Flight to Hell (2003)"
This one wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Or maybe it was. I’m not sure. After all, I’ve been waiting for it a long time. It was announced, supposedly due to be released, delayed, delayed again, and finally came out — in Japan. More waiting. What I expected, when it was first announced, was a […]
Read more "Shin Ultraman (2022)"
It’s amazing what you can do with very little. Consider Loop, an amazing eight-minute short film from Argentina which has been shown at an incredible number of film festivals and is now available on YouTube. Pablo Polledri, a prolific Argentinian filmmaker, wrote and directed this stunning exercise in limited animation: Loop uses a driving score […]
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(Literal Translation: The Time Breakdown) I haven’t seen too many Brazilian Science Fiction films. There have been more than you’d think, although the one which might have come to your attention was the excellent Indie comedy, The Man from the Future (2011), which got a little play here in the United States. Somehow or other, […]
Read more "A Repartição do Tempo [Punch the Clock] (2016)"
As I noted in my review of The Man with Nine Lives (1940), the late Thirties and early Forties were one of the busiest moments in Boris Karloff’s career, as he took on an impressive number of projects at different studios. And many of these were mad scientist films. Before I Hang was one of six […]
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(Literal title: The Golden Grain) What would you get if you combined Star Wars with The Princess Bride? I don’t know, but it wouldn’t be Fantastic Games. Not even if you threw in a bit of The Neverending Story. Or switched out Star Wars for its extravagantly silly Italian rip-off, Starcrash (1978). Although you would […]
Read more "Il chicco d’oro [Fantastic Games] (1998)"