As I noted in my review of Dr. Who and the Daleks, the first of the two theatrical Doctor Who films made by Amicus back in the Sixties, I was rather surprised to find that I enjoyed it far more than I had in the past and, in fact, found it a far more interesting version […]Read more "Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)"
Imagine, for a moment, that you’re in that classic Toho space-aliens-attack-the-Earth movie, Battle in Outer Space: all the important leaders are gathered, making their plans to fight the aliens… And a bunch of children come rushing into the room. Okay, this is a children’s film about an alien invasion, and we are given some justification for […]Read more "Invasion of the Neptune Men [Uchu Kaisoku-sen] (1961)"
(aka Giant Phantom Monster Agon) I thought, once I’d caught up with 1959’s The Three Treasures I had seen all the Kaiju Eiga films Toho studios made (and yes, that does include their co-production with Tsuburaya Productions, Daigoro vs Goliath). So I was just a little surprised to learn that they had released a virtually unknown Giant Monster […]Read more "Agon: Atomic Dragon [Maboroshi no Daikaijū Agon](1968)"
If I had to sum this one up in just a few words, I probably would be tempted to describe it as a Japanese attempt to make one of those Mexican luchador masked wrestler movies. Which would be almost as weird as the film they actually did make. A young man notices that a planet […]Read more "The Golden Bat [Ôgon batto] (1966)"
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)"