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 […]Read more "Them! (1954)"
(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. […]Read more "Kamikaze 1989 (1982)"
It can be so hard to tell whether a zombie film is science fiction or not. Take The Return of the Living Dead: we have the usual government secret weapon, we have barrels full of zombies, and the usual accidental release. But this time around, those darn zombies don’t seem to have any physical constraints […]Read more "The Return of the Living Dead (1985)"
(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 […]Read more "Abdulladzhan, ili posvyashchaetsya Stivenu Spilbergu [Abdullajon] (1991)"
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 […]Read more "Krakatit (1948)"
(Literal title: Bend it! Spoon) This is an absolutely incredible film. You need to see it. Unfortunately, none of you are likely to be happy with a bare statement like that, so we’ll have to go into a bit more detail. One of my favorite Japanese comedies is Summer Time Machine Blues, a beautifully minimal […]Read more "Magare! Supûn [Go Find a Psychic!] (2009)"
What a lovely little film! For some reason, some of the best stop motion animated short films ever made came out of Eastern Europe in the SIxties and Seventies. I honestly don’t know why this was true, perhaps because of they applied their traditions of craftsmanship in making toys and dolls to creating the wondrously […]Read more "Kybernetická babicka [Cybernetic Grandmother] (1962)"
(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. […]Read more "The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)"
Okay, I’ll admit it. I just love this film. A lot. Probably far more than it deserves. And as this is one of Ray Harryhausen’s best films, that’s already quite a bit. I’m not sure he had a finer moment as an animator than the scene where lariat twirling cowboys go up against a dinosaur. […]Read more "The Valley of Gwangi (1969)"