Firestarter as a romantic comedy? Well, yes, more or less. Although it is as much about the relationship between two feuding brothers as it is about the romantic triangle that kindles (sorry, you can’t help it with this sort of film) their long-smoldering (see what I mean?) resentment against each other. And I suppose it does […]Read more "Wilder Napalm (1993)"
Honorable Mention (Well, some of it is Sci Fi..) This is a totally bizarre, silly, and wild little film. It seems a shame so few people have heard of it, let alone seen it. No real summary of the film can do it justice. A janitor at a Jazz club accidentally discovers a secret trove […]Read more "Alabama’s Ghost (1973)"
(Warning: Spoilers ahead!) Phantasm would seem to be the Platonic ideal of a movie — or a movie franchise — that was exactly the sort of borderline, off-beat, non-traditional science fiction film this site is always looking for. And yet I have never reviewed any of the films in the series. Until now, that is. […]Read more "Phantasm: Ravager (2016)"
Honorable Mention This one is strange. And rather disturbing. A young man keeps having these weird seizures where he howls and jumps about uncontrollably. It’s as if something is taking him over and it keeps getting worse. Then he starts transforming — at first just an arm or a leg — during these fits into…something. […]Read more "Henge [Metamorphosis] (2011)"
I have no idea what this film is trying to be. There are so many elements which just don’t mesh together. It’s set in a tiny Gold Rush era town which has been restored to its former glory by a wealthy historian, Charles Silverdale. He envisions a town where people live the way they did […]Read more "Godmonster of Indian Flats (1973)"
It is one of those images you just can’t forget once you’ve seen it: a man in some sort of space suit, taking out the trash on an ordinary city street. And it is the very first image that Chema Garcia Ibarra offers us in Protopartículas. What we have here is another brilliant minimalist Black […]Read more "Protopartículas [Protoparticles](2009)"
The French Nouvelle Vague short film, La Jetee, occupies an interesting place in science fiction cinema. It is hailed as a great art film and formal experiment — and yet at the same time it is held to be a SF classic. There are only a few films you can say that about. It uses […]Read more "Missing Pages (2006)"