What a wonderfully strange film! A detective, called in on what should be a routine murder case is shocked to find that the dead man is himself. Before long, other bodies that look just like him show up, and he even finds another himself running a bowling alley. …And when he finally gets a look […]Read more "7 Splinters in Time [Omphalos] (2018)"
This post marks a particularly auspicious moment for me: it is my Five-Hundredth review since I began this site back in February 2016. It seemed an impossible goal back then, but somehow, it happened anyway! Thank you to all my readers, and to the many filmmakers and producers who have given me the opportunity to review […]Read more "Solaris [Solyaris] (1972)"
This is a strange one. For a brief moment, Carlos Atanes had a certain cult-y sort of reputation, thanks to a series of odd, surreal shorts and his first two films, FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions and Proxima (2007). Perhaps he still has that reputation in certain quarters: it is hard to be certain when you have a […]Read more "FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions (2004)"
(aka Lea, an Angel in the House) “Science sans conscience n’est que ruine de l’ame” (Science without conscience is the death of the soul.) — François Rabelais During the few odd moments when we have an Amazon Prime free trial, I like to explore the free SF and fantasy films they offer. Here and there, among […]Read more "Lea: Light Engineering Android [Léa, un ange dans ma maison] (2014)"
I am awestruck by this film. This is a truly rare and incredible work of art, one which transcends its limitations to create a complex film that is at once intimate and yet sweeping in its scope. This is a dense drama, about people and choices which transforms something as simple as a trip across […]Read more "The End of the Lonely Island (2016)"
(aka The Visit: An Alien Encounter) Honorable Mention (Spoilers ahead) That iconic image of an alien spaceship landing unannounced in the heart of a major city has long been one of the staples of science fiction film. It is rather stranger to make such an encounter the subject of a serious documentary featuring interviews with […]Read more "The Visit (2015)"
This is not a film for little boys. Or for the timid. Two years before Shinya Tsukamoto burst onto the Underground scene with his bizarre cyberpunk-ish body horror film, Tetsuo: the Iron Man, he created this insane forty-six minute short, about a sad little boy who is bullied because he has an electric pole growing out […]Read more "Adventures of Electric Rod Boy [Denchû kozô no bôken] (1987)"