Dripping water. A pot of tea, a screw lying loose on the floor, moths trapped inside the light fixture, clothes in the washing machine. Space travel is slow, time-consuming, and there is little to distinguish one day from the next. But that doesn’t matter if you are a robot. Yoko Suzuki is an android whose […]Read more "Hiso hiso boshi [The Whispering Star] (2015)"
Mark’s 1000th Review! Help him celebrate by adding your comments and felicitations below! And by all means, settle back with your favorite vintage Soviet popcorn and watch one of his all time favorite Science Fiction films — And yes, one of the all-time best, as well! Ku! An ordinary Muscovite, is on his way to […]Read more "Kin-dza-dza! (1986)"
It’s amazing how many films which arrived amid paeans of praise have since vanished. It is even more remarkable that some of them debuted at the elite Cannes Film Festival and have since been long forgotten. But there have been a few, and what’s more, a few from Cannes’ glory days during the French New […]Read more "Manden der tænkte ting [The Man Who Thought Life] (1969)"
What an absolutely incredible film! I think. Some of you have perhaps heard of Ultra Q, if for no other reason that there was a recent DVD set released. It was Tsuburaya’s first TV series, the precursor of Ultraman (even if there are no giants in neoprene suits anywhere in sight), a light-hearted children’s mystery […]Read more "Urutora Q za mûbi: Hoshi no densetsu [Ultra Q the Movie: Legend of the Stars] (1990)"
As I’ve noted before, it is very hard to review a truly great film. Bad films? Why the review almost writes itself. You have so many things that really bugged you about them that the hardest thing is stopping. The average film isn’t much more difficult, as they provide lots of both good and bad […]Read more "Summer Wars [Samâ uôzu] (2009)"
As strange as it may seem, there are a few Classic science fiction films I have not seen. This was one of them. Blame it on that final gruesome scene, a fragment of which I saw on cable TV while someone was flicking around the dial. Or blame it on the disturbing storyline, which I […]Read more "The Fly (1986)"
If you’ve read any of the books on SF film published before Star Wars came out, then you’ve heard of this film. As there hadn’t been too many SF films made by the mid-Seventies — not by today’s standards, at least — those books used to list just about every SF film made, including quite […]Read more "La brûlure de mille soleils [The Heat of a Thousand Suns] (1965)"
This may be the best story Michael Crichton ever told… Even if it wasn’t one of his novels, but an original screenplay he also directed. And yes, he actually directed quite a few films, even if his greatest success came from his novels. Particularly Jurassic Park. But you already knew that. It’s been years since […]Read more "Westworld (1973)"
As I noted in my review for Steamboy, Katsuhiro Otomo has played an incredibly important role in the development of Japanese Anime. While he may only have directed two films (with a third, Orbital Era, in the works), he has been involved in dozens of films, providing scripts, storyboards, character designs, production help and who knows […]Read more "Memories [Memorîzu] (1995)"
It was one of those incredible, all too rare mountaintop moments: I got to show my nephews The Wrath of Khan for the first time. Khan is without question the best Star Trek movie ever made — and that probably will ever be made — whether old crew, Next Generation or Kelvin Timeline. It is […]Read more "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)"