(aka The Visit: An Alien Encounter) Honorable Mention (Spoilers ahead) That iconic image of an alien spaceship landing unannounced in the heart of a major city has long been one of the staples of science fiction film. It is rather stranger to make such an encounter the subject of a serious documentary featuring interviews with […]Read more "The Visit (2015)"
(Dis)Honorable Mention Yes, this is the legendary bad film with the walking tree monster. Not that it is as bad as the legends suggest. It’s actually fairly good as low budget Fifties horror/SF goes. Except for that tree monster, which is just absurd. The thing can barely move and the rest of the cast are […]Read more "From Hell It Came (1957)"
“What’s the most irresponsible thing I can do in this bar?” As far as I”m concerned, saying that a film is Nacho Vigalondo‘s latest effort is more than enough reason to see it. Back in 2005, he suddenly thrust himself on the film world with his incredible, Oscar-nominated short film, “7:35 in the Morning“ which reveals with incredible clarity […]Read more "Colossal (2016)"
There’s a monastery in France designed by the celebrated Modernist architect, Le Corbusier, which is a site of pilgrimage for architectural buffs. But there aren’t many monks actually living there. You see, when the thriving community of Dominican monks first moved in, they started having a lot of problems with severe depression. It may have […]Read more "High-Rise (2015)"
For some reason, 2016 brought two movies based on one of the goofiest conspiracy theories out there, that classic bit of internet paranoia, the belief that the Moon Landing was faked – and, that final, irresistible fillip that truly makes this the paranoid conspiracy theory of paranoid conspiracy theories, the suggestion that the great director […]Read more "Operation Avalanche (2016)"
(Warning: Spoilers ahead!) And once again we have another Chinese tomb raider movie, in full Indiana Jones mode, with a decidedly science fictional edge to it – which, yes, is much like last year’s Chronicles of the Ghostly Tribe and the highly successful Mojin. As I noted in my review of that film, our neat categories of […]Read more "Time Raiders [Wu Xie Xiao Ge] (2016)"
Honorable Mention: It might seem strange to find a wacky Chanbara fantasy epic here, one in which the hero had his body stolen at birth and is now trying to track down the 48 demons responsible, so he can kill them and get his organs back. And, I should note that it makes no bones […]Read more "Dororo (2007)"
Just because a film starts with the space shuttle meeting a UFO that doesn’t make it science fiction. Instead, despite all the talk about the space program, moon rocks, secret research programs and the claim that what really matters is, not who is in the White House, but who is the head of the Smithsonian […]Read more "Jmeno kodu: Rubin [Code Name: Ruby] (1997)"
This one is not science fiction. However, it should be of interest to SF fans as it gets its start from one of the strangest internet memes of recent years. After all, we’re used to the normal sort of conspiracy and paranoia themes, the fear of government plots, the sinister machinations of the CIA, and […]Read more "Moonwalkers (2015)"
Hmmmm….Does this film actually belong here? After all, there have been plenty of routine horror films which have tied zombies to flying saucers (something the creators of this film actually have the nerve to point out by including a few snatches of Ed Wood’s classically bad Plan Nine from Outer Space in the opening scene). But […]Read more "Hide and Creep (2004)"