I am really beginning to wonder what in the world motivates some of Quentin Tarantino’s movie recommendations. Some of them seem to be sincere. He’s pointed out a few oddball little seen films which deserved a bit more attention than they’d ever got, but some of them… Well, I’m open to the idea that they […]
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I’ll admit it, I watch some pretty strange films. Take Computer of Death, for example. Here we have what amounts to an attempt at a Greek copy of Tron. Only it must have been made for less than you’d spend for a used car. You see, Paris Vellis is a genius computer expert. We know […]
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(aka Revenge of the Defenders, Daitetsujin Wan-Sebun. Literal Translation: Iron Robot 17) It was such an Eighties thing. Take a Japanese children’s TV series and distill all its weirdness into an hour and a half so you could sell it as a movie. Simple, right? Even when it is 35 half-hour episodes. Well, it’s actually […]
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(aka, XIX) I should know by now that you just can’t rely on the advertising. Consider the movie 19: if you read the plot summaries of the film that are out there (and yes, the plot descriptions you find on a movie site are almost always written by the studio, particularly when every review uses […]
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If there is one thing in this world which is guaranteed, it is that, if you watch enough Eighties Science Fiction films, you are going to see an Alien rip-off. And, apparently, this was also true when it comes to Japanese Anime. After all, we have this OVA from 1987, about a spaceship responding to […]
Read more "Hell Target [Heru Tageto] (1987)"
(Literal Title: 28 1/2 Delusional Giant) I never thought I would see this film. I suppose I could blame Mamoru Oshii for this: after all, his rather strange career has gone in a lot of very odd directions since he made the films which are hailed as his big classics: The Ghost in the Shell […]
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You have to admire his bravery. A lot of directors run away the moment anyone starts talking about their early work and it isn’t much of a surprise. After all, most early efforts were made long before their creators had any clue what they were doing. Most of them end up cringing the minute their […]
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(aka, Dave Thomas: The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood) Hope. It’s amazing how we cling to it at times. Consider The Incredible Time Travels of Henry Osgood just for an example. Now I’d read a few rather indifferent reviews, but they weren’t quite enough to deter me from watching — and not, I’ll point out, […]
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(aka, Health Warning, Mr. Digital) Look, this one is odd verging on inexplicable. It’s a Hong Kong chopsockey, dystopian science fiction film. With Nazis. And mind control. And lots and lots of fighting. Which you probably guessed. Nor do we have any good copies of this film (which, again, is so common with these Eighties […]
Read more "Da lui toi [ Flash Future Kung Fu] (1983)"
There is an iron rule of sequels which few movies — or movie series — manage to escape: Each new sequel is worse than the one before. Yes, I know there are exceptions — and even a few, like The Road Warrior which are better than the original. But that certainly isn’t true of the […]
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