Circuito chiuso [Closed Circuit] (1978)

Honorable Mention This is an odd one. I struggle with finding some way to classify this one, but it just refuses to cooperate. I suppose you might label it a Giallo mystery — many have — but it doesn’t have any of the usual trappings of that Italian subgenre: we have no secret killer with […]

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Sneakers (1992)

Honorable Mention Now those of you who have seen Travelling Salesman (2012) will recognize that the huge mathematical breakthrough made in Sneakers by the genius mathematician Dr. Janek is in fact a solution to the classic P=NP problem. Not that it is ever called that.  Or that we are ever given more than the barest description […]

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Open Windows (2014)

Honorable Mention The hacker movie. It is one of those subgenres which has come and gone, often morphing into either the spy film or the political thriller, the virtual reality film, the runaway A.I. film, the stalker film, or other equally unlikely categories of film. It has also had a somewhat tenuous connection to science […]

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Los platillos voladores (1956)

(Literal translation: The Flying Saucers) Honorable Mention I’ll confess that Mexican cinema is one of those areas I haven’t spent much time exploring. Which, of course, means that I keep finding a few interesting films to watch. Heck, some of them, like El monstruo resucitado [Monster](1953), are quite good. Fortunately, I don’t have to do all […]

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Thirst (1979)

Honorable Mention There have been a lot of attempts to make scientifically plausible vampire stories. I’m sure you can probably think of some of the favorites: vampirism is a plague caused by a virus.  Vampires are aliens.  Vampires are mutants.  Vampires are monsters who have existed alongside man since the beginning of time. And I’m […]

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Zipang [Jipangu] (1990)

Honorable Mention As I’ve noted before, the Heisei era at Toho, starting with the release of Godzilla 1985, was a rather strange time for Toho’s Tokusatsu films, one where it felt as if they were desperately trying to figure out what they were doing.  After all, they started the era with the return of the […]

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Nezura 1964 (2020)

In 1963, Daiei started production on their attempt to break into the market for movies featuring giant monsters. However, instead of yet another giant lizard creature, they hit on the notion of something very different: a movie featuring a horde of deadly beasts. Giant rats, to be precise. But things didn’t work out as planned […]

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Blue Sunshine (1977)

(Honorable Mention) When you go out in search of the lost and forgotten treasures of Science Fiction cinema, you end up following a lot of strange byways and cul-de-sacs. What led me to this one was Jeff Lieberman, a director who made a few interesting films in the late Seventies and Eighties.  He has a […]

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Welcome to Willits (2016)

(aka, Alien Hunter) Honorable Mention I’m not sure I would call Welcome to Willits a horror comedy. Yeah, I know a lot of people are calling it that.  There are funny moments, and there’s a fundamental absurdity to the whole concept of this film (although it takes those absurdities seriously).  But I still wouldn’t call […]

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