Escape from New York (1981)

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 […]

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Quatermass II (1955)

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 […]

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Solaris [Solyaris] (1972)

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 […]

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Blade Runner 2049

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 […]

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