Mars et Avril [Mars and April] (2012)

It’s nice to see that some things never change. As I’ve noted before, Canadian-made science fiction films have a tendency towards weirdness. If you have any doubt about that, you might want to check out a few of their typical offerings, like Big Meat Eater, Terminal City Ricochet, Music of the Spheres, Savannah Electric Monochrome Dystopia, or […]

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La ragazza di latta (1970)

(aka, The Tin Girl) I really don’t know what to make of this film. But as it is an arty, Seventies, Italian comedy, that isn’t a bad thing. The time? Well, it must be the future: there’s talk of aliens, going to the moon, and even a company building robots. But it can’t be too […]

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La poupée [The Doll] (1962)

Curiouser and curiouser. This was my third early Sixties Italian science fiction film for the weekend. And, by far, the oddest. Even for the early Sixties. Now there are still a few little-known science fiction movies from the age before Lucas lurking out there which I haven’t seen yet.  But it isn’t always easy to […]

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Savannah Electric Monochrome Dystopia [The Savannah Resistance; Savannah Electric] (1985)

I never thought I would see this film. And now, not only have I seen it, but I’ve seen two different versions of the film. When I first heard of it, under its original name, Savannah Electric Monochrome Dystopia (which I still prefer!), it was almost a myth, one of those tiny independent films you […]

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Vortex (1982)

It was called “No Wave Film.” Although that wasn’t the official name: it was borrowed from the No Wave underground music movement which was already growing at the time and involved many of the same people. Some people called it the “New Cinema,” which was actually the name of the theater which showed these films. […]

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Dunwich Horror and Other Stories [H.P. Lovecraft no Dunwich Horror Sonota no Monogatari] (2007)

I’m not sure you can really call this one an “animated film.” Well, the little puppet characters do move at times — or so it seems But most of the time they just stand there. In fact, a surprising amount of the movement in this film is accomplished with cuts, or camera movements, or something […]

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Terminus (1987)

What would you get if you remade The Road Warrior (aka, Mad Max 2) as a French artfilm? Well, it would be pretty strange.  Maybe as strange as Terminus. Except that the world of Terminus is not really post-Apocalyptic.  The one major city we see looks beautiful and largely undamaged, even if its residents look […]

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Strawberry Mansion (2021)

It is very difficult to classify Strawberry Mansion. It has a science fictional setting, a very retro near future where the protagonist drives a first generation Corvair and works as a tax auditor, assessing how much people owe for their dreams.  On the other hand, some would describe this as more of a fantasy, as […]

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Krakatit (1948)

I’ll admit it, I was stunned.  This film surprised me. Now I’ve known that this adaptation of the novel by Karel Čapek existed for a long time, but missed my chance some years ago to watch it on Youtube with subtitles.  I’ve looked for it at times, but I’ll admit that I didn’t put too […]

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