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)"
Honorable Mention (Well…It might be Science Fiction… Depends on How You Look at it…) Imagine what would have happened if Alfred Hitchcock had made a horror film about a murderous ape. It doesn’t take too much imagination to picture it a lot like Richard Franklin’s Link. After all, the Australian director was a great admirer […]Read more "Link (1986)"
Honorable Mention (Maybe. I Think. Who can tell?) This is a seriously strange film. I have no idea what to think about it. But it has earned a mention here because it is a sequel — or more-or-less sequel, or some sort of strange alternate reality continuation or something even more tenuously connected — to […]Read more "The Interrogation of Cheryl Cooper (2014)"
Honorable Mention — Probably I’m not sure where to file this one. Is this a science fiction film? Maybe. Could be. Depends. Is it just another time travel fantasy, then? Perhaps. Could be. But there are hints… We might come closer comparing it to an episode of The Twilight Zone, because of its final, paradoxical […]Read more "Le temps de mourir [The Time to Die] (1970)"
Monsters, Inc. is a science fiction film. There, I said it. I’m sure that it would come as no surprise if I called Monsters, Inc. one of the best children’s films ever made, or one of the best animated films, or best Disney films, or one of Pixar’s greatest accomplishments. But a science fiction film? Now, […]Read more "Monsters, Inc. (2001)"