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)"
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. “ It starts with the opening sentence of Daphne DuMaurier’s Rebecca. A young woman wanders through desolate wastelands soliloquizing to herself. She spots a man sitting by a fire, creeps up on him… And murders him. She goes through his things, takes what she wants, then […]Read more "Morning Patrol [Proini peripolos] (1987)"
This is one of those efforts which suffers from the comparison with what we expect it should be. Somehow, the digital age led a lot of people to experiment with new art forms, although few of them have been particularly successful. I can remember Scott McCloud in his graphic novel, Understanding Comics, envisioning comics wrapped […]Read more "Sufferosa (2010)"