Radius (2017)

Okay, let’s face it, this one is barely science fiction. Not that that changes the fact that it uses its rather curious premise to build a very solid drama, where the hidden secrets of the characters are, ultimately, far more important than the strange circumstances afflicting them. Liam wakes up after a car crash with […]

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Krull (1983)

I really don’t know what to make of this one. We have a stunning opening as a huge, black space vessel arrives at a planet with two suns.  An army of armored black creatures on horseback emerges and sets about their campaign to conquer this new world. So far so good, right?  No reason an […]

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Pursuit (1972)

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 […]

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The Faceless Star (2019)

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 […]

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Link (1986)

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 […]

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Serenity (2019)

First of all, let’s make sure everyone is clear on one thing: This is not, I repeat, not, the film continuation of Joss Whedon’s Firefly. On the surface, at least, this is yet another neo-noir thriller, with Matthew McConaughey playing to type as Baker Dill, a grungy, down-on-his-luck owner of a fishing charter business, whose […]

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