Cosmos (2019)

This is an absolutely engrossing and exciting film which consists almost entirely of three guys sitting in a car talking. Yes, you read that right. What makes this an even more remarkable film is that it was made by two brothers with a little help from their Mom, a crew of three and four actors […]

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Invasion, U.S.A. (1952)

It was a very strange moment. A mysterious aggressor nation (do we really have any doubt who it is?) launches an attack against the United States, with a flight of… P-80 Shooting Stars. Excuse me? And before long we get to see an impressive collection of American airpower from the Fifties (and even a few […]

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ZillaFoot (2019)

It’s a strange world. After all, there is our long history of encounters with Kaiju, those pesky giant monsters who have emerged from the Earth after disasters and nuclear war, or whom we’ve found while exploring other worlds. …And in case we had any trouble deciding just which strange world we’re supposed to be in, […]

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Tangent Room (2017)

One of those classic dramatic challenges is creating a story which takes place in a single confined location. Now, if you look at Aristotle’s Poetics you’ll note that his ideal drama features a single action which takes place within a single day in a single location, so it is a very old challenge, although the […]

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PSI Factor (1980)

This one was a pleasant surprise. I’ll confess I didn’t expect too much of it:  it was produced by Robert Emenegger, who made a whole bunch of super cheap movies within a year or two of each other in the early Eighties.  He also gave us Warp Speed (1981), a creepy haunted space ship movie which […]

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Shinkaijû Reigô [Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato] (2005)

(aka Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters) This one came as a surprise. Mostly because I did not expect much from it. Not long ago, I reviewed Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea [Shinkaijû Raiga] which was this film’s…perhaps “follow up” is closer to the mark than “sequel.” Frankly Raiga isn’t that great. Particularly […]

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