Quatermass and the Pit [Five Million Years to Earth] (1967)

Perhaps it would help if I started with a minor digression on the Quatermass movies. Now I’ve written extensively about them over the years — for example, in these essays at IRoSF and Clarkesworld — and have reviewed both the TV and Movie versions of Quatermass 2 (1957) and Hammer’s version of the first serial for […]

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Warning Sign (1985)

The most difficult problem with zombie movies is figuring out which ones are actually zombie movies. There is a major divide among the faithful over the traditional, lumbering classic Romero zombies, and the far more aggressive fast zombies, or rage zombies, popularized by 28 Days Later because so many fans refuse to accept these rage-filled […]

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Runaway (1984)

It would be tempting to call this one Vertigo — with robots. But that really suggests something rather different from this film.  After all, vertigo shows up, it is used as a convenient plot device, but we do not have a mystery where the hero fails to spot the truth right away because of his […]

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Hackers (1995)

Style over substance? Well, let’s just say that Hackers is a fast and enjoyable thriller which has a sizeable overload of style.  There must be some substance under all that glitz. It’s curious because the same question could be asked of its director, Ian Softley’s next film, K-Pax, which was beautifully shot and designed but […]

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Megamind (2010)

Supervillains. It’s not exactly obvious to the uninitiated, but there are two distinct types of supervillain: The Bond villain and The Comic Book villain. It seemed a strange coincidence when two studios came out with movies with supervillains as heroes at the same time, but Despicable Me‘s Gru is clearly the Bond-iest of Bond Villains… […]

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Sneakers (1992)

Honorable Mention Now those of you who have seen Travelling Salesman (2012) will recognize that the huge mathematical breakthrough made in Sneakers by the genius mathematician Dr. Janek is in fact a solution to the classic P=NP problem. Not that it is ever called that.  Or that we are ever given more than the barest description […]

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Open Windows (2014)

Honorable Mention The hacker movie. It is one of those subgenres which has come and gone, often morphing into either the spy film or the political thriller, the virtual reality film, the runaway A.I. film, the stalker film, or other equally unlikely categories of film. It has also had a somewhat tenuous connection to science […]

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Monsters of Man (2020)

Monsters of Man was one of those films I’d been meaning to get to for a long time. That happens. I’d heard a few good words about it, and the trailers were excellent, but I never paid too much attention for one reason or another. But it is one of those solid action films which proves […]

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