(Spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk.) For a long time it seemed as if every Science Fiction film had to have a “Stargate” sequence like 2001. Even a normally sensible director like Brian DePalma fell into the trap in Mission To Mars. But it’s been a long time since I saw one. A very […]Read more "A Wrinkle in Time (2018)"
Andrew Bellware is one of those directors who intrigues me. I’m not saying he’s a great director, or that he’s made any incredibly great films. No, all I’m willing to say at this point is that he’s made several massively cheap SF films which are strange enough and have so many ideas that they stand […]Read more "Millennium Crisis (2007)"
This one is basically an Action movie. Terrorists kidnap the son of a young, single mother, Xia Tian, and threaten to kill him unless she brings them all the data on the scientific research she has been doing. It’s a familiar situation. But the research is about time travel, and when everything goes wrong, she […]Read more "Reset [Ni shi ying jiu] (2017)"
The History Channel seems a strange place to find a science fiction film, even in Canada. But that is where this unusual mocumentary debuted. A British/Canadian co-production, it uses the familiar format we’ve seen in so many History Channel documentaries, mixing interviews with survivors and experts, visits to important locations and “archival” footage, with narration […]Read more "The Great Martian War 1913 – 1917 (2013)"
Shinji Aramaki, for those of you unfamiliar with his work, has made a series of incredible CGI anime, starting with Appleseed back in 2004. At the time, someone claimed that Appleseed wasn’t an Anime, but represented an all new genre of films. Well, that is a tad bit exaggerated, but it is true that his […]Read more "Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars (2017)"
In the digital age, it should come as no real surprise that a number of animators have created one-man films. One thinks of such efforts as Machines Don’t Cry (2006), Flatland and The Chosen One (2007), and of course, the hand-animated Nova Seed (2016). I have a lot of respect for those willing to take on the incredible burden […]Read more "Archon Defender (2009)"
Back in 1978, a virtually unknown young musician named Jeff Wayne shocked everyone when he released a concept album based on H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. And not just any concept album, but something unprecedented: the one that defined what a concept album was supposed to be. He’d been a producer and had […]Read more "Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of ‘The War of the Worlds’ (2006)"