This one wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Or maybe it was. I’m not sure. After all, I’ve been waiting for it a long time. It was announced, supposedly due to be released, delayed, delayed again, and finally came out — in Japan. More waiting. What I expected, when it was first announced, was a […]
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It’s amazing what you can do with very little. Consider Loop, an amazing eight-minute short film from Argentina which has been shown at an incredible number of film festivals and is now available on YouTube. Pablo Polledri, a prolific Argentinian filmmaker, wrote and directed this stunning exercise in limited animation: Loop uses a driving score […]
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(Literal title: The Golden Grain) What would you get if you combined Star Wars with The Princess Bride? I don’t know, but it wouldn’t be Fantastic Games. Not even if you threw in a bit of The Neverending Story. Or switched out Star Wars for its extravagantly silly Italian rip-off, Starcrash (1978). Although you would […]
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It’s good to see Neil Marshall back. Not that he exactly went away. But he’s had a hard time lately making the sorts of films which he loves to make. He vanished from the silver screen after his 2010 film Centurion into the world of television, and finally is making a comeback of sorts. His Hellboy […]
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I suppose it was inevitable. Lately, I’ve reviewed quite a few Hacker films. Most of these are, frankly, borderline science fiction at best, although it is often hard to figure out where the reality ends and the science fiction begins — or whether they have any solid connection to reality, no matter how believable they […]
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(aka, 360 Google Doodles/Spotlight Stories: Back to the Moon) Honorable Mention George Melies holds a special place in the history of Science Fiction film, as his legendary short film, A Trip to the Moon is generally held to be the first Space flight movie. It is often called the oldest science fiction film as well, […]
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Right. So this werewolf escapes from… Okay, okay, he isn’t a werewolf. This guy who turns into a wolf escapes from a prison somewhere in the future, so he can rescue his son from the clutches of the people who killed his wife, took away his son, and carried out all sorts of experiments on […]
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The most remarkable thing about this film is that it only cost $30,000. And what makes it even harder to believe that this polished time traveling small time private detective comedy got made for such a pitiful sum is the source of Korean writer and director Young-doo Oh’s funding for this film: the $25,000 cash […]
Read more "Yeong-geon tam-jeong-sa-mu-so [Young Gun in the Time] (2012)"
(aka, Creature dagli abissi) It’s a hallucination. It has to be. It’s the only explanation I can find that makes any sense. No, I’m not talking about the absurdities of Plankton’s overloaded plot, or the scenes which cannot be forced to make any sort of logical sense. I’m talking about the existence of this film. […]
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[Mild Spoilers] To start in a less than obvious place: This happened back in 1986, when CBS announced their latest TV movie, a version of Edgar Allen Poe’s Murders in the Rue Morgue starring, of all people, George C. Scott. Yes, the same George C. Scott who seems to be playing the same stolid and […]
Read more "Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)"