I am posting this one as more of a curiosity than something I would recommend. I’ve posted several Soviet era and post-Soviet animated films on the blog side of my efforts lately, with more to follow whenever I get around to it. In fact, the Soviet Bloc produced vast quantities of animation, most of it […]
Read more "Mezhplanetnaya revolyutsiya [Interplanetary Revolution] (1924)"
(Includes The Man from M.A.R.S. (1922). Aka, Radio-Mania, Mars Mania, M.A.R.S.) “Mother, does not the astonishing restriction of Earth man’s cerebral cavities limit his perspicacity to an infinitesimal minimum?” “Do not ask childish questions, dear!” Once again, I got to see something I never dreamed I would get a chance to see. Although I have […]
Read more "100 Years of 3D Movies Featuring the Man from M.A.R.S. (2022)"
Where to begin… I suppose it might help to note that this hugely ambitious Korean film, loaded with weird special effects and dizzying action sequences, failed to attract a huge audience at the time, and left viewers wildly divided between those who adored it and those who hated the very ground it treads upon. Yeah, […]
Read more "Sungnyangpali sonyeoui jaerim [Resurrection of the Little Match Girl] (2002)"
‘”Sinister Flesh” was the final motion picture supervised by the legendary showman and impresario Maxwell DeMille. Although photographed in 1974, it was released as a silent film. DeMille maintained the belief that motion pictures should not talk… Unfortunately the movie going public did not share his views and the film was soon forgotten. Only recently […]
Read more "Sinister Flesh (1976)"
(aka, 360 Google Doodles/Spotlight Stories: Back to the Moon) Honorable Mention George Melies holds a special place in the history of Science Fiction film, as his legendary short film, A Trip to the Moon is generally held to be the first Space flight movie. It is often called the oldest science fiction film as well, […]
Read more "Back to the Moon (2018)"
Sometimes you have to relax for a few minutes and just have fun. Consider today’s film, an animated short film by Walerian Borowczyk. Yes, it was made in France, and has been labeled “experimental” or “arty.” But that doesn’t change the fact that it is an amusing little bit of comic storytelling with no greater […]
Read more "Les astronautes (1959)"
Just a few days ago, Janne Waas, the brilliant young film reviewer behind what is the best science fiction movie review site on the Web today, Scifist, published his list of The Ten Worst Science Fiction Films Pre-1950. A list like this is always a lot of fun, as it gives us a wonderful opportunity […]
Read more "Melchiad Koloman (1920)"
Ah, yes, the anthology film. The truth is, it’s been around for a long time, one can even point at the silent horror classics, Destiny (1921, directed by Fritz Lang) and Paul Leni’s 1924 film, Waxworks, as two of the earlier examples. I really have no idea what movie was the first anthology film, nor […]
Read more "Monsterland (2016)"
Look, I’m not sure I believe it either. But everything I can find says that this is, in fact, a lost Independent short film from 1938, a silent film made almost a decade into the sound era. The story is that Richard Lyford was an independent playwright and screenwriter who made nine award-winning Independent films […]
Read more "As the Earth Turns (1938)"