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)"
Back in 1978, a virtually unknown young musician named Jeff Wayne shocked everyone when he released a concept album based on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. And not just any concept album, but something unprecedented: the one that defined what a concept album was supposed to be. He’d been a producer and had […]Read more "Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ (2006)"
This is not a movie I would ever have imagined myself seeing in the theater. But stranger things have happened, and by some freak chance, I won two tickets to a limited pre-release showing. Mazinger Z got its start as a Manga and then an Anime back in 1972. It was the first to feature […]Read more "Mazinger Z: INFINITY (2017)"
(aka, Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters; Godzilla; Gojira: Kaiju Wakusei) Sometimes you have to wonder if Netflix has any idea what they are doing. It’s frustrating enough that their “original” films are simply not available anywhere else, not even on DVD (I know if I had made a film I would find that one particularly painful), but whatever […]Read more "Godzilla: Monster Planet (2017)"
“What’s the most irresponsible thing I can do in this bar?” As far as I”m concerned, saying that a film is Nacho Vigalondo‘s latest effort is more than enough reason to see it. Back in 2005, he suddenly thrust himself on the film world with his incredible, Oscar-nominated short film, “7:35 in the Morning“ which reveals with incredible clarity […]Read more "Colossal (2016)"
There is a moment in Brett Piper‘s latest film that looked incredibly familiar: a stop motion mutant takes on a handful of giant alien bug things (“Clickers”) and pounds them in an impressive show of strength. I knew I’d seen those moves before. But an instant later I realized that the creature was moving just like the […]Read more "Outpost Earth (2017)"
This one is generally considered to be B-Maestro Brett Piper‘s best film. Certainly it is a lot of fun, even if somewhat weighted down by Shock-O-Rama (the film distributor)’s insistence on having lots of naked girls in their films. But he gets enough of a budget on this one that his signature stop motion effects have […]Read more "Shock-O-Rama (2005)"