(aka Gufors) If you are wondering, it is pronounced “Goofers.” It is, in fact, the name of a small store in a tiny community in the middle of the desert, and stands for Global Unidentified Flying Object Research and Services. Although the sign on the store actually says “gUFOrs.” Three friends from L.A. came here to […]Read more "Aliens & Gufors (2017)"
Someone just pointed out to me the similarities between the stories about fairies in the old legends (which aren’t as delightful as the modern version) and the typical accounts of alien abduction and UFO encounters. Certainly, the traits given the aliens in these stories are clearly supernatural: they pass through walls and cannot be stopped […]Read more "The Device (2014)"
(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)"
I find myself imagining the writers conference for this film as I write this. It must have involved ideas scribbled on cards, stuck to a dart, then thrown randomly at a bulletin board and tied together into a vague semblance of order. Thrown by monkeys, that is. Forget the novel by H.Rider Haggard. It doesn’t […]Read more "She (1984)"
(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)"
When one looks at the giants of British Horror Cinema, one notes that Hammer Films turned out an impressive number of SF films, including their remakes of the legendary Quatermass serials and far too many Bikini Cavegirl movies. Their closest competitor, Amicus, while they never made quite so many, did in fact contribute two Dr. […]Read more "Doomwatch (1972)"
Let’s make one thing clear from the start: despite what a lot of people have said, this is NOT a Chinese film. It is, in fact an American one, even if it was filmed mostly in China, with a largely Chinese cast and a legendary Chinese director. But it is an understandable mistake: more than […]Read more "The Great Wall (2016)"