(aka, Jie ma you xi) A Chinese Hacker Thriller? Well, they have been making films in almost every Western genre — or subgenre. So why not? Mind you, the classic Hacker Thriller has been a bit scarce lately even if it does surface again now and then. But that, once again leads us to the […]
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Look, I know there were a lot of these. After all, the video market had created a huge demand for new science fiction movies, and as a result you didn’t have to look too far to find a cyberpunk action movie at your local Mom and Pop video rental place. There must have been dozens […]
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You need to pay attention to Ed Kirk. If you haven’t noticed him yet, he just released Future Soldier, a beautiful micro-budgeted feature film which is more polished and better constructed than a lot of the science fiction films out there — including some which are far more expensive. While this is his first feature […]
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Honorable Mention How in the world do you even begin to talk about a film like Battle Heater? There are some many things that it is — or almost is — that it’s hard to know where to start. Hama (Akira Enomoto) is an electrician who gathers all sorts of electronic junk, repairs it and […]
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This one was a dry run for Richard Stanley’s legendary and very punk cyberpunk cult film, Hardware. Although I’ll warn you: it is a very different film from Hardware, even if the similarities are there. And rather obvious. However, I do need to warn you about one important detail: it isn’t a story about fighting […]
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I stumbled on this one by accident. It was a video on Archive.org, one that was poorly labeled, and was obviously from somewhere in the middle of a much longer story. But, as soon as I saw it, it had me hooked. Aidan 5 doesn’t look like anything you’ve seen before, even if it isn’t […]
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I’m always on the lookout for something weird when it comes to movies. And believe me, I found it when I watched Mad Genius. I mean, this is a movie which is seriously strange on so many different levels. More than you can imagine. And it isn’t even about what you think it is. Vix […]
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Let’s see… A cyborg kickboxer movie starring some guy with a French accent? Never saw that one before. Only Automatic isn’t your typical kickboxing cyborg movie, even if Olivier Gruner does have a French accent — although, to be fair, he’s actually French, not Belgian. If that makes a difference. Robgen Industries has made a […]
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What would you get if you remade The Road Warrior (aka, Mad Max 2) as a French artfilm? Well, it would be pretty strange. Maybe as strange as Terminus. Except that the world of Terminus is not really post-Apocalyptic. The one major city we see looks beautiful and largely undamaged, even if its residents look […]
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“The media said there was nothing falling from the sky. But everyone knew there was. “It was Boomtown, forty miles up and falling apart, piece by piece.” Something strange happened back in the Canada of the 1980s. I honestly don’t know what, but they produced a lot of very strange low budget films, most of which […]
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