Quatermass and the Pit [Five Million Years to Earth] (1967)

Perhaps it would help if I started with a minor digression on the Quatermass movies. Now I’ve written extensively about them over the years — for example, in these essays at IRoSF and Clarkesworld — and have reviewed both the TV and Movie versions of Quatermass 2 (1957) and Hammer’s version of the first serial for […]

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Them! (1954)

I’d almost forgotten. I’ll admit it’s been a long time since I last saw Them!, but you think I’d have remembered. But then, it seems to be something that happens with the great classics — even if it is just an incredible classic of the Fifties genre of giant monster movies: We keep forgetting just […]

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Kamikaze 1989 (1982)

(aka, Kamikaze 89) “Suicide.” “It would be the first in four years.” “Sorry, I meant ‘premature death.’” You hear a lot about the French New Wave, and the Czech New Wave, but not as much has been said about the German New Wave of the seventies. Well, technically, the “Neuer Deutscher Film,” or New German Cinema. […]

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Abdulladzhan, ili posvyashchaetsya Stivenu Spilbergu [Abdullajon] (1991)

(aka; Abdulladzhan, or Dedicated to Steven Spielberg; U.F.O. Boy Abdulladzhan) “I watched a movie yesterday. It’s called “Stalker”. Andrei Tarkovsky made it. “I understood nothing. “But I liked it” And perhaps it will give you a clue to the gentle humor and keen understanding of film underlying Abdullajon if I point out that our unseen […]

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Krakatit (1948)

I’ll admit it, I was stunned.  This film surprised me. Now I’ve known that this adaptation of the novel by Karel Čapek existed for a long time, but missed my chance some years ago to watch it on Youtube with subtitles.  I’ve looked for it at times, but I’ll admit that I didn’t put too […]

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Pontypool (2008)

Honorable Mention (well…you can argue that it is science fiction…) What a truly remarkable film. I know that is easy to say, and that we tend to hear it all the time about the latest overhyped corporate product which is so loud and fast that you never really notice that there isn’t much of anything […]

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The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)

(aka, The Creeping Unknown) “Let me tell you something, Blake: they’ll fire the imagination so there’ll be a hundred men begging for the same privilege when we launch the second one.  You can’t stop it now.” “You mean I can’t stop you now.” “That’s right.” It starts with nervous violins playing against a dark sky. […]

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