(aka Screamers, Island of Mutations, Something Waits in the Dark) There is no more welcome a surprise than to watch a film expecting very little and discovering that one has instead found a wild and entertaining minor gem. But it does happen once in a while, even when you’ve seen most of the notable SF […]Read more "Island of the Fishmen [L’isola degli uomini pesce] (1979)"
You have to admit that the names alone are enough to get you in the door: James Cameron’s pet project which he wrote and produced, but which was directed by Robert Rodriguez? It definitely gets your attention. Now it seems somewhat odd that Cameron would pick a lesser known Japanese Manga and Anime to adapt, although […]Read more "Alita: Battle Angel (2019)"
This is one of the most absurd movies ever made. I love it. It shreds the classic, near perfect Ray Bradbury story it’s based on into tiny, unrecognizable pieces. I love it. Its so called science makes less sense than anything you’ll find in any Fifties SF film. And I do mean any of them. […]Read more "A Sound of Thunder (2005)"
Once again I find myself enjoying a film that a lot of people absolutely hated. To put this in perspective, I saw it within a day or two of seeing Venom — which I also enjoyed. In my review for Predator 2 I pointed out how much of the Predator mythology came from the second film — and […]Read more "The Predator (2018)"
This is a wild and extravagant film. I know the reviews have been unkind, but I suspect that it’s one of those films that will eventually gather a culty little reputation, once it escapes from the tiny box the reviewers have put it in and onto the small screen, like a lot of other, equally […]Read more "Mortal Engines (2018)"
It’s called truth in labeling… This one came from someone called TFO Productions, but if you look back at their first production, Monster from Bikini Beach, you will learn that TFO stands for “Trash Film Orgy.” Which, yes, sums this one up nicely! A ragtag gang of space pirates stages a big space Casino heist. […]Read more "Planet of the Vampire Women (2011)"
Monsters, Inc. is a science fiction film. There, I said it. I’m sure that it would come as no surprise if I called Monsters, Inc. one of the best children’s films ever made, or one of the best animated films, or best Disney films, or one of Pixar’s greatest accomplishments. But a science fiction film? Now, […]Read more "Monsters, Inc. (2001)"