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)"
I find myself imagining the writers conference for this film as I write this. It must have involved ideas scribbled on cards, stuck to a dart, then thrown randomly at a bulletin board and tied together into a vague semblance of order. Thrown by monkeys, that is. Forget the novel by H.Rider Haggard. It doesn’t […]Read more "She (1984)"
This is not a film for little boys. Or for the timid. Two years before Shinya Tsukamoto burst onto the Underground scene with his bizarre cyberpunk-ish body horror film, Tetsuo: the Iron Man, he created this insane forty-six minute short, about a sad little boy who is bullied because he has an electric pole growing out […]Read more "Adventures of Electric Rod Boy [Denchû kozô no bôken] (1987)"
Somehow, one imagines the creators of The Raiders of Atlantis in a production meeting trying to decide just what type of film they were going to make: a Mad Max copy? An Indiana Jones retread? A Jungle movie? A lost world film? A science fiction film? An Action film? A sea-going adventure? A buddy cop movie? […]Read more "The Raiders of Atlantis [I predatori di Atlantide] (1983)"
“What’s the most irresponsible thing I can do in this bar?” As far as I”m concerned, saying that a film is Nacho Vigalondo‘s latest effort is more than enough reason to see it. Back in 2005, he suddenly thrust himself on the film world with his incredible, Oscar-nominated short film, “7:35 in the Morning“ which reveals with incredible clarity […]Read more "Colossal (2016)"
“The following transmission has been translated into local Terran dialect. Some visual distortion may occur” I have no idea what in the world Antonio Llapur and Matt Sjafiroeddin were smoking when they created Space Detective. I just hope someone buys them more of it – and soon. I find myself at a loss what in […]Read more "Space Detective (2017)"
Connections, connections… I’d stumbled across a reference to the Hong Kong action film, The Legend of Wisely (Wai Si-Lei chuen kei) because someone said it had the same basic plot as Franco Nero’s Top Line — but had been done better. However, when I looked it up, I learned it was one of a number of movies […]Read more "The Cat [Lao mao] (1992)"