This is a strange one. We start out with grainy and badly-scratched black and white footage of legendary horror writer, H.P. Lovecraft talking into an old-fashioned radio microphone about his work. It seems for a moment that we’re in a documentary about Lovecraft as he talks at length about the type of stories he writes […]Read more "Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft (1998)"
“Many stories are told of Zaphod Beeblebrox’s journey to the Frogstar. Ten percent of them are ninety-five percent true, fourteen percent of them are sixty-five percent true, thirty-five percent of them are only five percent true, and all the rest of them are… told by Zaphod Beeblebrox” Somehow or other, listening to Alejandro Jodorowsky talk about […]Read more "Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013)"
As i sat down to write this, I was reminded once again of just how big the Star Trek Fandom has become: besides a 2004 sequel to this film (Trekkies 2), IMDB also lists these documentaries about the Trek phenomenon: Trek Nation (2011); The Captains (2011); Chaos on the Bridge (2014); and For the Love of Spock […]Read more "Trekkies (1997)"
The History Channel seems a strange place to find a science fiction film, even in Canada. But that is where this unusual mocumentary debuted. A British/Canadian co-production, it uses the familiar format we’ve seen in so many History Channel documentaries, mixing interviews with survivors and experts, visits to important locations and “archival” footage, with narration […]Read more "The Great Martian War 1913 – 1917 (2013)"
(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)"