(Literal Translation: Cube: Once You Are Done, the Last) I suppose it was inevitable. This is, after all, the age of the remake, of the totally unnecessary sequel, and, dear Lord help us all, the “re-imagining.” Now the original Cube was an absolutely brilliant films, which found a way to take advantage of its minimal […]Read more "Cube: Ichido haittara, saigo [Cube] (2021)"
I hate sequels. I know, I know, there’s a certain appeal to getting the team back together one more time. There’s that feeling we all have, of how much we loved this film and how we wish we could just keep experiencing it over and over again — only different. Let’s face it: we’re all […]Read more "Feeders 3: The Final Meal (2022)"
(aka, Polar Pursuit) Okay, I’ll admit it. Twelve Hours feels a lot like winning the big Jackpot. Yeah, yeah, I know I grumble all the time about all those Chinese made science fiction and horror films which keep appearing on Youku’s Youtube channel. About how they have all these great effects, potentially interesting storylines and […]Read more "Ji Di Zhui Ji [12 Hours] (2022)"
Hoo Boy. Some of these films, I tell you… Now I suppose it’s worth noting that this one was directed by Kenneth J. Hall, a long-time special effects guy who worked on a lot of movies, including Critters but is also remembered for directing a rip-off of The Wasp Woman for Fred Olen Ray called […]Read more "The Halfway House (2004)"
Honorable mention Real Genius is about the development of a death ray laser. And any picture of the film you’ve just imagined is probably completely wrong. Although, to be fair, the first few moments of the film would undoubtedly support those images, because we witness the launch of a cool, lifting body spaceship (which looks […]Read more "Real Genius (1985)"
This one was a dry run for Richard Stanley’s legendary and very punk cyberpunk cult film, Hardware. Although I’ll warn you: it is a very different film from Hardware, even if the similarities are there. And rather obvious. However, I do need to warn you about one important detail: it isn’t a story about fighting […]Read more "Incidents in an Expanding Universe (1985)"
Wow. If you watched Dislocation with no idea of where it came from, you might think that it was made by the French New Wave. Well, at least if you had the sound turned off. Instead, this is a stunning, deeply artistic film which somehow got made in Communist China, a funny, satiric and yet […]Read more "Cuo wei [Dislocation] (1986)"
The first warning, of course, was seeing Eddie Romero’s name emblazoned proudly at the beginning of the credits. Back in the Seventies, Eddie had this incredible epiphany which revealed to him that the Philippines had one incredible selling point for film makers and investors: You could make movies there really, really cheaply. So he churned […]Read more "Beyond Atlantis (1973)"
Years ago, back in 2000 to be precise, there was a movie called Time Code. It showed four different movies at once on a split screen, although the stories did overlap just a bit. Actually, the idea is a bit older and there was a 1973 psycho killer comedy called Wicked, Wicked, in what they […]Read more "Nightmare Code (2014)"
More than anything else, Stasis reminds me of Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, a ghost film told from the perspective of the ghost. Which is an odd thing to be saying about a Time Travel movie. And yet it really isn’t that far from what we have here: One morning, after a particularly bad party, Ava wakes […]Read more "Stasis (2017)"