The Fly (1986)

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 […]

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Westworld (1973)

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 […]

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Memories [Memorîzu] (1995)

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 […]

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Darkman (1990)

Wow. I really miss Sam Raimi. You have to wonder what happened:  one day, you are making some of the most insane, whacked out and totally unique movies ever and the next?… You look just like everyone else. Now, I know the cynical among you will say that this is because someone in Hollywood waved […]

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Steamboy [Suchîmubôi] (2004)

Katsuhiro Ôtomo has been called the god of Anime, and it seems fitting, even if in his long career he’s only directed two full-length animated films. Akira seems almost the font that all later serious anime came out of, a film whose look, plot, characters, pacing and just about everything else has been borrowed, reworked […]

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