[Spoilers Ahead!] Happy Feet…A science fiction film? Don’t be silly. However, it is an unacknowledged remake of a classic Science Fiction film from the Seventies. Or of one of many other, basically similar science fiction films about alien encounters. Okay, you’ve see animated films before so you know the sort of thing: a kid who […]Read more "Happy Feet (2006)"
Honorable Mention This is a beautiful example of the problematic relationship between horror and science fiction. Dr. Norman Boyle takes over the historical project he was working on with a colleague who just committed suicide after the murder of his mistress. Dr. Boyle and his family move into the house his colleague was living in […]Read more "Quella villa accanto al cimitero [The House by the Cemetery] (1981)"
Honorable Mention (Well it might be Science Fiction, if you stick around long enough. Wait and see) Kevin Smith made a Bigfoot film? Well…not quite. He only produced it. It is in his View Askew Universe, and was produced by View Askew Productions. Two of his friends, Malcolm Ingram and Matt Gissing, wrote and directed, […]Read more "Drawing Flies (1996)"
Honorable Mention It has to be every Star Wars fan’s worst nightmare: you try to deliver a letter from your critically ill son to George Lucas… And you end up knocking him cold by accident. Then, of course, there’s that whole kidnapping thing. And tying George up in duct tape in his own apartment. Definitely […]Read more "Saving Star Wars (2004)"
Honorable Mention (…Well, part of it is science fiction. If you squint hard enough.) The same year that Ghostbusters came out, Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd appeared in a comedy written and directed by one of the best writers from Saturday Night Live, Tom Schiller, in his feature film debut. But you’ve never seen it. […]Read more "Nothing Lasts Forever (1984)"
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)"
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)"
Honorable Mention This is one of those rare instances when Orson Scott Card’s rivet test fails us. After all, there is no shortage of rivets on display in Zathura and yet it clearly is not science fiction. Instead, it is in many respects a film about SF — or perhaps it would be more correct […]Read more "Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)"
Honorable Mention This interesting TV movie marks Michael Crichton’s first directing job. We tend to forget that he actually directed a few movies — including the classic Westworld (1973), Runaway, and The Great Train Robbery — although this one is intriguing because he was filming his own novel, Binary. At the time he still planned to […]Read more "Pursuit (1972)"
Honorable Mention You have no excuse not to watch this one. After all, it’s short. In fact, it’s only a minute long. This is an intense, mini-documentary about the great Haruo Nakajima… …What, you never heard of him? That’s because he was the unseen actor under all of Godzilla‘s foam rubber, who played one of […]Read more "The Faceless Star (2019)"