It is one of those images you just can’t forget once you’ve seen it: a man in some sort of space suit, taking out the trash on an ordinary city street. And it is the very first image that Chema Garcia Ibarra offers us in Protopartículas. What we have here is another brilliant minimalist Black […]Read more "Protopartículas [Protoparticles](2009)"
Wow. 2019 really was an epic year for Independent film. As I’ve noted, we had a ridiculous number of utterly amazing films playing this year, of which the best I’ve seen so far were The Tangle, Prospect, Das Letzte Land, A Living Dog and Cosmos. So I now have another film to add to the […]Read more "Color Out of Space (2019)"
The French Nouvelle Vague short film, La Jetee, occupies an interesting place in science fiction cinema. It is hailed as a great art film and formal experiment — and yet at the same time it is held to be a SF classic. There are only a few films you can say that about. It uses […]Read more "Missing Pages (2006)"
I can’t remember too many films I’ve seen lately that are as minimal as this impressive short film. It offers stark images, little movement of camera — or even of its characters — and no dialogue. Instead, most of its grainy, black and white images could easily be stills and it is all held together […]Read more "The Attack Of The Robots From Nebula-5 [El ataque de los robots de nebulosa-5] (2008)"
If you’ve read any of the books on SF film published before Star Wars came out, then you’ve heard of this film. As there hadn’t been too many SF films made by the mid-Seventies — not by today’s standards, at least — those books used to list just about every SF film made, including quite […]Read more "La brûlure de mille soleils [The Heat of a Thousand Suns] (1965)"
There’s “odd” and then there’s Andy Warhol “odd.” Warhol had a rather strange notion of film, where you ignored all the things typical moviemakers do and just focused on putting things on film. I suppose he’d talk about immediacy or honesty, but as those things included not just props, scenery or fancy editing, but rehearsals, […]Read more "Vinyl (1965)"