Darkness. The sound of wind. Eerie music. Clouds against a bright, monochrome sky. And something huge, a vast slab of concrete like a monolith, which we gradually see has a very different shape. And then a voice, speaking for the very last of the Human race, Two Thousand Million Years from now, speaks to us, […]Read more "Last and First Men (2020)"
Dripping water. A pot of tea, a screw lying loose on the floor, moths trapped inside the light fixture, clothes in the washing machine. Space travel is slow, time-consuming, and there is little to distinguish one day from the next. But that doesn’t matter if you are a robot. Yoko Suzuki is an android whose […]Read more "Hiso hiso boshi [The Whispering Star] (2015)"
Mark’s 1000th Review! Help him celebrate by adding your comments and felicitations below! And by all means, settle back with your favorite vintage Soviet popcorn and watch one of his all time favorite Science Fiction films — And yes, one of the all-time best, as well! Ku! An ordinary Muscovite, is on his way to […]Read more "Kin-dza-dza! (1986)"
It’s amazing how many films which arrived amid paeans of praise have since vanished. It is even more remarkable that some of them debuted at the elite Cannes Film Festival and have since been long forgotten. But there have been a few, and what’s more, a few from Cannes’ glory days during the French New […]Read more "Manden der tænkte ting [The Man Who Thought Life] (1969)"
“Seth Ickerman” — who is really the French directing duo, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard — first came to my attention with the “trailer” for a film called “Ickerman,” which featured a dazzling combination of a high-tech future, a touch of Film Noir, and a lot of movie nostalgia. I still hope they will get […]Read more "Blood Machines (2019)"
What an absolutely incredible film! I think. Some of you have perhaps heard of Ultra Q, if for no other reason that there was a recent DVD set released. It was Tsuburaya’s first TV series, the precursor of Ultraman (even if there are no giants in neoprene suits anywhere in sight), a light-hearted children’s mystery […]Read more "Urutora Q za mûbi: Hoshi no densetsu [Ultra Q the Movie: Legend of the Stars] (1990)"
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)"