It’s a bad sign when a movie debuts in January. I’m not sure it had anything to do with Underwater or its perceived limitations: it appears to have had a lot more to do with Disney’s takeover of Fox. But it did have the expected effect as no one seems to have rushed to the […]Read more "Underwater (2020)"
Do you remember the days when movies used to be fun? Maybe that’s not entirely fair, but let’s face it, there aren’t as many movies out there anymore that exist just to give the audience an hour and a half of cinematic fun. Instead they get bogged down in messages, political posturing, global warming, over […]Read more "Axcellerator (2020)"
It was the end of Godzilla. Again. For the third time, Toho’s series of Godzilla had come to an end, this time with the release of Godzilla: Final Wars. But that didn’t change the fact that there were a lot of people out there who still loved giant monster movies. So, in that decade before […]Read more "Chohatsu Daikaiju Gehara [Gehara: The Dark & Long Hair Monster] (2009)"
Honorable Mention This is one of those rare instances when Orson Scott Card’s rivet test fails us. After all, there is no shortage of rivets on display in Zathura and yet it clearly is not science fiction. Instead, it is in many respects a film about SF — or perhaps it would be more correct […]Read more "Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)"
When my brother was in Kindergarten, Ultraman was his favorite TV show. While he doesn’t remember that after all these years, his sons are now full-fledged addicts and have eagerly devoured the original series and anything else by Tsuburaya they can get their hands on. Ultraman has been around now for over Fifty years, and […]Read more "Daikaijû Batoru: Urutora Ginga Densetsu – The Movie [Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends – The Movie] (2009)"
Okay, I’ll admit it. I love Giant Robots. Particularly the monster-sized, city-destroying variety, complete with missiles, laser beams, giant power swords and lots of working parts. So I will admit to a certain weakness for this one. After all, we have not one, but two Monster Robots, which aren’t only enormously detailed, but which actually […]Read more "BraveStorm (2017)"
(aka Reigo: King of the Sea Monsters) This one came as a surprise. Mostly because I did not expect much from it. Not long ago, I reviewed Raiga: The Monster from the Deep Sea [Shinkaijû Raiga] which was this film’s…perhaps “follow up” is closer to the mark than “sequel.” Frankly Raiga isn’t that great. Particularly […]Read more "Shinkaijû Reigô [Reigo, the Deep-Sea Monster vs. the Battleship Yamato] (2005)"
This may be the best story Michael Crichton ever told… Even if it wasn’t one of his novels, but an original screenplay he also directed. And yes, he actually directed quite a few films, even if his greatest success came from his novels. Particularly Jurassic Park. But you already knew that. It’s been years since […]Read more "Westworld (1973)"
It’s amazing how well this film has held up. Computer animation was the latest movie making toy back in the early Eighties, but no one believed that you could ever achieve realism with it. Someone famously said that they might be able to animate people — but only if they were bald and naked. Not […]Read more "The Last Starfighter (1984)"