“Metanoia” refers to a moment of spiritual growth brought on by an act of penitence and true remorse for one’s actions. As curious as naming a fictional video game after a Christian theological term may seem, it seems more curious that the main character of this film does, in fact, undergo such a change. Perhaps […]Read more "RPG Metanoia (2010)"
“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)"
This is an incredibly lush and detailed anime movie, with tons of action, some truly imaginative imagery, and a unique, densely imagined – if somewhat repulsive – alternate history world. But it’s just too darn long. It just seems to go from climax to bigger climax – and even when it finally reaches the end, it […]Read more "Shisha no teikoku [The Empire of Corpses] (2015)"
This is a strange, strange, strange little film. It is as far from the Disney model of animation as it is possible to get, and it makes Ralph Bakshi’s edgy underground films look remarkably…conventional by comparison. At least as far as his animation style goes. It also borders on being pornographic – let’s call it […]Read more "Mutant Aliens (2001)"
Sometimes you just have to wonder what audience they had in mind when they made a film. Don’t get me wrong, this is a dazzling effort, full of great beauty and technical wizardry. But exactly who did they think was going to go see it? One suspects they may have been inspired by Heavy Metal, which came […]Read more "Rock & Rule (1983)"
Back in 2000, the SciFi Network (yes, they spelled it right back then) had a short-lived short film show called Exposure. It showed a mixture of SF, horror, fantasy and experimental films. It was one of those shows I always taped because of the large amount of padding – and because there really weren’t a lot of good SF […]Read more "Plug (1998)"
If you’d asked me to name the best videogame film adaptation, I probably would have ducked the question by answering Scott Pilgrim Versus the World, which, while an incredible (if silly) film, isn’t actually based on a videogame, just on the whole notion of gaming. On the whole, most of the ones I’ve seen seem to […]Read more "Ratchet & Clank (2016)"