Sheder Min Ha’Atid [Message from the Future] (1981)

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m speechless.  Floored.  I have no idea what to make of this movie.  Seriously. I mean, I can tell you what it isn’t.  That’s a lot easier than trying to explain what it is. Well, I can tell you that this was the first science fiction movie made in Israel.  But […]

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Sentinel 2099 (1995)

Wow. Yet another movie I never thought I would ever see. It was a very good weekend.  And I found yet another of my Wish List movies on Wednesday. But I will tell you about that one later. Now a few years ago, at the time the Pacific Rim sequel came out, I wrote an essay […]

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Kamikaze (1986)

You never know what you are going to find next. After all, there are a lot of incredible movies out there no one has ever heard of. Consider for a moment the 1986 French comedy, Kamikaze: The first thing you’ll notice is that it was produced by Luc Besson. Now this is actually more remarkable […]

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Stasis (2017)

More than anything else, Stasis reminds me of Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, a ghost film told from the perspective of the ghost. Which is an odd thing to be saying about a Time Travel movie. And yet it really isn’t that far from what we have here: One morning, after a particularly bad party, Ava wakes […]

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City of Rott (2006)

I’ll confess it.  I like Frank Sudol’s weird little animated films a lot more than I should. I first encountered him in the anthology film, Monsterland (2016), to which he contributed a funny but gory animated short which went on a little too long. I then caught his feature film, Shock Invasion (2010), a gleefully black […]

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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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Ausgestorben [Extinct] (1995)

I just cannot believe this was a student film. Or, for that matter, a short film. The visuals are stunning.  Sure, some of it was finding good locations, or redecorating them in surprisingly effective ways.  But even big budget films struggle to look this good. It was made by a German film student named Michael […]

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Ovnis en Zacapa (2015)

(Literal Title: UFOs in Zacapa) Before we get started, there’s something here we need to point out: O.V.N.I. is an acronym for what we would call a UFO. It’s used in several languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese and even Spanish, which are close enough to each other that the acronym is the same in all […]

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Vortex (2001)

Short films are so hard to find. There was a bit of word of mouth going around about this film and director Michael Pohl’s earlier short film, Extinct, when I first started looking for films online. And here it is, about Fifteen years since I first started looking for Vortex, and over Twenty years since […]

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