(aka Invisible Avenger) Sometimes things just don’t work out. Take the case of Tômei ningen: it was Toho’s second science fiction film, a more-or-less adaptation of the famous novel by H.G. Wells (more less than more!) with some moderately impressive effects provided by Eiji Tsuburaya. You’d have expected it to do well at the box-office. And […]Read more "Tômei ningen [The Invisible Man] (1954)"
Some movies just leave you asking what they were thinking. Take The Drifting Classroom, for example. This is a movie which hasn’t been seen much outside of Japan — and I really don’t know how hard they tried to market it here — but it is mostly in English, with burnt-in Japanese subtitles. It is […]Read more "The Drifting Classroom [Hyôryu kyôshitsu] (1987)"
This is an absolutely preposterous movie. I enjoyed it. This is sort of the Indian version of Armageddon, mixed with a heist film, complete with a James Bond-ish villain, enough plot twists and turns for three movies, some thoroughly impossible cartoon physics, a touch of stage magic, a father’s love for his son and anything […]Read more "Tik Tik Tik (2018)"
This is a very, very silly film. I like it. If you asked me what was the best part of all the films Charles Band produced under his Empire Films and Full Moon Features labels, I would be hard pressed to answer. At least at first. But, once I had a chance to think about […]Read more "Bad Channels (1992)"
Back in 1978, a virtually unknown young musician named Jeff Wayne shocked everyone when he released a concept album based on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. And not just any concept album, but something unprecedented: the one that defined what a concept album was supposed to be. He’d been a producer and had […]Read more "Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ (2006)"
This is a strange one. To put it mildly. What we have here is a heavy metal sci fi musical Ozploitation film. Not that that really suggests just how strange this film is. We’re talking a decaying near future, a repressive government out to get our hero, a robot, time travel, a sword and sorcery […]Read more "Sons of Steel (1988)"
It isn’t enough to say they don’t make movies like this anymore. The only place anyone ever made films like this was in Mexico, and even they didn’t make that many. This is one of the silliest movies ever made. Ever. It is also a lot of fun. I think the general idea here must […]Read more "La nave de los monstruos [The Ship of Monsters] (1960)"