I learned something new about Doctor Who from watching this film. Or maybe I should say “something old,” It’s been a long time since I saw this one, and my perspective has changed considerably. I saw it long before the current revival series, , and, in fact, before I’d actually seen William Hartnell’s version of […]Read more "Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)"
(Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.) For a long time it seemed as if every Science Fiction film had to have a “Stargate” sequence like 2001. Even a normally sensible director like Brian DePalma fell into the trap in Mission To Mars. But it’s been a long time since I saw one. A very […]Read more "A Wrinkle in Time (2018)"
(aka Pod People) This is a movie with a serious identity crisis. It starts off sensibly enough: a group of evil poachers are out in a wildlife refuge stealing rare eggs, a famous but vain singer plans to take a wilderness camping trip with his engineer and his bevy of beautiful backup singers, and a meteor […]Read more "Extra Terrestrial Visitors [Los nuevos extraterrestres] (1983)"
(aka, Godzilla Versus the Smog Monster) It would be unfair to call this the ugly sister of Godzilla movies. Unfair to ugly sisters, that is. “Crazy aunt in the attic” might come closer to catching the spirit of the thing, but then Toho has never felt the need to hide this one. We are talking […]Read more "Godzilla Versus Hedorah [Gojira tai Hedora] (1971)"
There’s a hall in the Headquarters of Industrial Lights and Magic where, back in the Eighties (I do not know whether it is still there), they had a long row of posters for the movies they’d worked on. When Honey, I Shrunk the Kids came out they added it to the wall, even though they […]Read more "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)"
(aka, Gezora, Ganimes, and Kamoebas: Decisive Battle! Giant Monsters of the South Seas; Yog: Monster from Space) This is one of the stranger Kaiju Eiga films Toho made. One might almost be tempted to say the strangest if it weren’t for Godzilla’s Revenge and Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster. Although, as you’d expect, many of the […]Read more "Space Amoeba [Gezora, Ganime, Kameba: Kessen! Nankai no daikaijû] (1970)"
They should have called this one “Product Placement and Me.” Seriously. I have never seen so many product placements in one film in all my life. I mean, how many films have you seen where they discover that Coca-Cola is the alien’s natural diet? While you are contemplating the oddness of a planet where the […]Read more "Mac and Me (1988)"