What a lovely film! I’ll admit it. I love it when I find a SF movie that is unique and unexpected, which finds some strange nook no one else has explored and settles down there for an hour or two. Which is what we have here, a very Japanese, sui generis alien invasion film. Only […]Read more "Sanpo suru shinryakusha [Before We Vanish] (2017)"
Edward Everett Horton, one of the most avuncular actors of the Thirties and Forties, as a mad scientist? It’s one of those thoughts you can’t dwell on for too long for fear it’ll cause serious brain damage. I suppose we could argue that he’s not so much “mad” as a bit obsessive, but that doesn’t […]Read more "The Body Disappears (1941)"
Honorable Mention This is one of those rare instances when Orson Scott Card’s rivet test fails us. After all, there is no shortage of rivets on display in Zathura and yet it clearly is not science fiction. Instead, it is in many respects a film about SF — or perhaps it would be more correct […]Read more "Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)"
I suppose it was inevitable. You are trying to find ways to spin off sequels to your successful horror films, you’ve made a movie an invisible man, a war is on… So naturally we get a movie about an invisible spy. What is strange, though, is that it is played strictly for laughs. Now, those […]Read more "Invisible Agent (1942)"
It isn’t easy to find science fiction films made in the Thirties. It did show up in quite a few serials, but then those were aimed at kids. There were a few odd films with more developed SF elements — like Just Imagine — but for most part you were going to find it in horror […]Read more "Doctor X (1932)"
“Human beings have only four preferences: TV, cinema, food and gossip” You know you are watching an Indian film when the scenes featuring the hero riding on a big flying bike only appear in the final dance number… For those of you coming in late, back in 2010, the enormously successful Indian producer and director, Shankar, […]Read more "2.0 (2018)"
The giant bug comedy is one of those sub-sub-genres which seems to produce consistently poor results. True, there have been a few sterling examples (well, mostly Brett Piper’s Arachnia. And Eight Legged Freaks) and a few quite entertaining lesser films (Lavalantula, Mosquito). But for the most part, it is a vast, bug-filled wasteland. So, after recent […]Read more "Infestation (2009)"