This is a remarkably good Troma film. Which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. You’ve probably guessed what it’s about from the title: giant bugs However, we get off to a very slow start with one of the worst exposition and flashback laden sequences ever, as the representative of the company which needs to dispose of […]Read more "Bugged (1997)"
It’s as if someone tried to make a copy of a John Woo film and crammed in all his signature quirks. After all, the Catholic Seminary-trained Woo loves to put Christian symbolisms in his films, so here we have a Catholic funeral, at a chapel crammed full of Catholic art and a huge crucifix, complete […]Read more "Face/Off (1997)"
I have a confession to make: I watched this one because the Landmaster (from Damnation Alley) appears in it. And, yeah, that is probably one of the main reasons to watch this one. Although it really isn’t that bad. This one is yet another film from Fred Olen Ray. He made an absurd number of super […]Read more "Hybrid (1997)"
This is one of those movies I like more than it probably deserves. Which doesn’t change the fact that this is an reasonably good slow burn time travel movie with an interesting notion or two behind it. It is also a reminder that you don’t need millions of dollars worth of effects for a science […]Read more "When Time Expires (1997)"
As i sat down to write this, I was reminded once again of just how big the Star Trek Fandom has become: besides a 2004 sequel to this film (Trekkies 2), IMDB also lists these documentaries about the Trek phenomenon: Trek Nation (2011); The Captains (2011); Chaos on the Bridge (2014); and For the Love of Spock […]Read more "Trekkies (1997)"
It seems strange, but one of the seminal SF film and TV series remains little seen in the United States. I refer, of course, to the original Quatermass serials and the Hammer film remakes that followed. While he had minimal impact on American SF movies, Quatermass inspired a generation of British SF movies and television […]Read more "The Uninvited (1997)"
The name’s Slangman. One word. As in Slang-Man, as in the Man of Slang! As in THE Slangman! It is hard to know where to start with this one. It started out as a Super 8 film, which calls to mind those films the Eighties generation of filmmakers made at home with their cameras (see, for example, […]Read more "Bleak Future (1997)"
It’s always strange when you run into someone in the “wrong” place. In this case, it’s the writer/director, Scott Dikkers. He’s the cartoonist responsible for the very strange and low-key cult comic strip, Jim’s Journal, which once appeared in College papers all over the country, and the editor (and chief writer) of the humorous news […]Read more "Spaceman (1997)"
I remember some film critic ages ago talking about how rare it was to find an adventure film without a woman in it. I suspect, in our current politically motivated age, that might seem an appalling sentiment, but it actually reflected the awful reality of Hollywood at the time. We kept seeing the love interest […]Read more "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997)"
(aka Power.com) In one of his interviews, legendary TV producer Dan Curtis talked about how easy it was to produce a TV movie in the Seventies: he would pitch his idea to, perhaps, two people, and would get an answer on the spot. The result was what seems to have been the Golden Age of […]Read more "Menno’s Mind (1997)"