Monsters, Inc. is a science fiction film. There, I said it. I’m sure that it would come as no surprise if I called Monsters, Inc. one of the best children’s films ever made, or one of the best animated films, or best Disney films, or one of Pixar’s greatest accomplishments. But a science fiction film? Now, […]Read more "Monsters, Inc. (2001)"
It’s rare to find a remake that many think was better than the original film. In the world of science fiction, there are perhaps a handful of such films, like the 1988 remake of The Blob, John Carpenter’s The Thing, David Cronenbergs’s The Fly, and, of course, the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Now […]Read more "Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)"
It was perhaps the finest moment in John Carpenter’s career. Just three years after the surprise success of his genre-defining serial killer film, Halloween, with a couple of TV movies and an interesting ghost story (The Fog) in between, John made one of his most famous films, the Eighties movie of Eighties movies, Escape from New […]Read more "Escape from New York (1981)"
It was one of those rare, surprise successes. But could it be repeated? In 1953, BBC staff scriptwriter, Nigel Kneale, convinced the Beeb to let him write a SF/horror play to fill an empty Saturday night slot. It was a huge success, drawing a record audience, and inspired their competitors to make their own SF […]Read more "Quatermass II (1955)"
This post marks a particularly auspicious moment for me: it is my Five-Hundredth review since I began this site back in February 2016. It seemed an impossible goal back then, but somehow, it happened anyway! Thank you to all my readers, and to the many filmmakers and producers who have given me the opportunity to review […]Read more "Solaris [Solyaris] (1972)"
Bleak. Stunning. Beautiful. Dazzling. Emotional. Intelligent. Stylish. Perhaps the best SF film anyone has made in a long, long time. But yes, bleak. I never expected that I’d end up going to see a Blade Runner sequel in the theaters. The original was a strange, unrepeatable effort, a film that, as dazzling as it might […]Read more "Blade Runner 2049"