This is not a film for little boys. Or for the timid. Two years before Shinya Tsukamoto burst onto the Underground scene with his bizarre cyberpunk-ish body horror film, Tetsuo: the Iron Man, he created this insane forty-six minute short, about a sad little boy who is bullied because he has an electric pole growing out […]Read more "Adventures of Electric Rod Boy [Denchû kozô no bôken] (1987)"
There was a certain amount of fuss over this one — made to celebrate the Twentieth anniversary of Cartoon Network’s Toonami block, it also marked Mamoru Oshii’s first production for American TV, albeit made by the Japanese animation powerhouse, Production I.G. However, while this one is frequently described as a combination of live action and […]Read more "Sand Whale and Me (2017)"
If you haven’t heard of Joshua Kennedy by now, you should have. Really. It’s your own fault. Joshua is one of a growing number of young filmmakers who turn out remarkable films for next to nothing, the garage bands of the film world. He is also one of the more accomplished of that small but […]Read more "The Vesuvius Xperiment (2015)"
The challenge with science fiction comedy isn’t just making it all funny: a really good SF comedy has to drag in a few interesting SF ideas as well. Time Trap offers us an inept spaceship pilot and archaeologist whose ship malfunctions and dumps him on a desolate planet (complete with some very familiar ruined buildings). […]Read more "Time Trap (2013)"
Back in 2000, the SciFi Network (yes, they spelled it right back then) had a short-lived short film show called Exposure. It showed a mixture of SF, horror, fantasy and experimental films. It was one of those shows I always taped because of the large amount of padding – and because there really weren’t a lot of good SF […]Read more "Plug (1998)"
You just can’t be sarcastic about a Polonia Brothers film. Yes, we know that the “cruise ship” is their living room. Yes, we know that’s probably their house, and that 1987 Mustang convertible showed up in Feeders. Yes, it’s pretty much like someone took their home movie footage and stuck in a few bits with dinosaurs […]Read more "Dinosaur Chronicles (1999)"
Ever wonder how George Lucas dreamed up Star Wars? Well, I’m reasonably sure that this film doesn’t have the answer, but what we have instead is a wonderfully witty little short which dares to present its own warped vision of George’s attempts to write the original Star Wars script back in 1967, mixed with his romance […]Read more "George Lucas in Love (1999)"