Uwe Boll was ahead of his time. Seriously. Here we have the second of his major films, a videogame adaptation like pretty much everything he’s made since, which consists of the barest of setups followed by action scene after action scene, complete with crashing through windows, bullet time, absurd wire-fu, and all chopped up in […]Read more "Alone in the Dark (2005)"
It starts with what sounds like the intro to an H.P. Lovecraft story. Not that it has anything to do with what comes next: a brutal, black and white sequence with a deadly hand-to-hand battle between the hero and the man who killed his son. Next it becomes a hard-boiled Blade Runner-esque story of a […]Read more "Run Away with Me (2015)"
Hey, these things happen: It’s a SyFy Network original that is actually a half-decent B-Monster movie. And believe me, those are quite rare, SyFy or no SyFy. But then, as far as I can tell, this one didn’t come from SyFy’s usual bulk “original” providers, like The Asylum, Roger Corman or Fred Olen Ray. Now […]Read more "Mongolian Death Worm (2010)"
Back to the basics. I suppose, after Ultraman: The Next failed to revamp the venerable franchise with a grittier reboot, it does seem an obvious move: bring back four of the most popular Ultramen and put them in an adventure featuring the current Ultraman. As this was also Ultraman’s Fortieth anniversary, it made a lot of sense […]Read more "Urutoraman Mebiusu ando Urutora kyôda [Ultraman Mebius and Ultra Brothers] (2006)"
Yonggary is every Daikaiju Eiga movie you’ve ever seen. Seriously. Aliens use Giant Monsters to destroy the World [Monster Zero, Destroy All Monsters]. Yup. Got that. Ancient ruins, mystical powers and powerful artifacts [Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth]. Yup. That one, too. Inanimate version of the creature comes to life [Daimajin and its […]Read more "Yonggary [Reptilian] (1999)"
Firestarter as a romantic comedy? Well, yes, more or less. Although it is as much about the relationship between two feuding brothers as it is about the romantic triangle that kindles (sorry, you can’t help it with this sort of film) their long-smoldering (see what I mean?) resentment against each other. And I suppose it does […]Read more "Wilder Napalm (1993)"
One of the basic truths about any franchise that’s been around as long as Ultraman is that eventually you reach the point where you have no idea what to expect. That may seem contradictory: we tend to think such franchises sort of…ossify after a while and start doing the sort of thing Monty Python does, […]Read more "Urutoraman sâga [Ultraman Saga] (2012)"
The story goes that Berton Pierce was working on miniatures for the movie The Grand Budapest Hotel when he got the idea of making a science fiction film using some of the best model makers in the business, artists who had created models for everything from Flash Gordon and Space 1999 to Moon and the […]Read more "Adventurados (2015)"
After Godzilla: Final Wars brought Toho’s Millennium series to an end, with no future Kaiju films in sight, a number of small, giant monster films came out. Most of these, like The Return of Monster X: Attack the G8 Conference or Gehara: the Dark & Long Hair Monster, are parodies. So it is a welcome […]Read more "Wakusei daikaijû Negadon [Negadon: The Monster from Mars] (2005)"
The French Nouvelle Vague short film, La Jetee, occupies an interesting place in science fiction cinema. It is hailed as a great art film and formal experiment — and yet at the same time it is held to be a SF classic. There are only a few films you can say that about. It uses […]Read more "Missing Pages (2006)"