Some movies have the same rigid formality as a classic Greek Play or Japanese Noh Drama, whose traditional structures only allow for minor variations on the basic story framework. When we’re talking about Nineties direct to video movies, clearly Hologram Man was such a film. Everything you’d expect from a Nineties DTV action movie is […]Read more "Hologram Man (1995)"
I have to admit it makes my day when I open a new DVD and find inside a short full-color mini-comic book. Not only is it a fun little extra, but it suggests that someone put in some overtime creating extra layers of depth to its world. More than most SF films do, perhaps. This […]Read more "Sentinel 2099 SE (2018)"
This is basically the cheap Nineties direct to video version of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Well, one of them. It starts a little differently, at least: a group of losers trying to carry off a heroin deal accidentally blow up their own boat and end up stranded on a deep sea oil platform. Only it’s […]Read more "Proteus (1995)"
As I noted in my review for Steamboy, Katsuhiro Otomo has played an incredibly important role in the development of Japanese Anime. While he may only have directed two films (with a third, Orbital Era, in the works), he has been involved in dozens of films, providing scripts, storyboards, character designs, production help and who knows […]Read more "Memories [Memorîzu] (1995)"
This is one of those films where you pretty much know what you get just by looking at the cast and crew list: Fred Olen Ray directed? Marc Singer starred? Brinke Stevens gets prominent billing? It was produced by Roger Corman’s New Horions Pictures? It must be a cheap SF/fantasy action film with plenty of […]Read more "Droid Gunner [Cyberzone] (1995)"
Sigh. This was one of that package of films Roger Corman produced for Showtime back in the Nineties. Most of these (naturally, as he already owned the rights) were retreads of some of his great films from his early days. And, despite the new title and the storyline that sounds, well, new, this is yet […]Read more "Not Like Us (1995)"
A young man wakes from a nightmare about masked men murdering everyone in his office to find everyone dead. When he calls his emergency number, a team of assassins try to kill him. His wife doesn’t know him, his friends all seem to be working for whoever is trying to get him, and his bullet […]Read more "Suspect Device (1995)"