Kung Fu Traveler (2017)

(aka, Kung Fu Cyborg) This one starts off really well:  an unstoppable alien invasion, an army of robots valiantly resisting it but slowly losing, and a young general who is a master of the martial arts whose Kung Fu moves are the only effective weapon against the aliens. So, as this is a Chinese film, […]

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Pandora Machine (2004)

This was Andrew Bellware’s first science fiction film. I’d long had the impression that Millennium Crisis was his first, but three years earlier, he made this cyberpunk detective story about a cop and his partner trying to find an important politician’s murderer in a dystopian future. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Bellware is one […]

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ZVP (2017)

Among the most loved of all those Japanese Chanbara (Samurai and sword fighting) films is the series about a blind master swordsman and masseur named Zatoichi.  He was played with a great deal of humor and human warmth– not to mention incredible swordsmanship — by the great Shintaro Katsu. And I must say, it is […]

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Mikadoroido (1991)

(aka Mikadroid: Robokill Beneath Disco Club Layla, Mikadroid) The “Heisei era” at Toho studios — the revival of Godzilla in the late Eighties and Nineties — was a rather strange era, during which Toho seemed to be struggling to figure out where they were going next.   Following the release of Godzilla 1985 in 1984, one […]

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Slave Girls on the Moon (2014)

Let me come right out and say it: I enjoyed this film. Most of you won’t. Joshua Kennedy is one of a small but growing group of passionate filmmakers who create interesting movies – most often retro-tinged SF, horror or fantasy – on infinitesimal budgets.  He is also one of the more accomplished of this group, […]

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Black Road (2016)

Somehow, while it would be easy to file Black Road under the heading of “Film Noir”, its cool, sunny Oregon coastal setting feels more like Paul Newman’s two movies based on Ross MacDonald’s Lew Archer novels – Harper and The Drowning Pool.  Which, yes, does seem a strange comparison for a movie set in a future […]

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Deceit (1992)

It starts like this: “The following is crucial plot information needed to understand this motion picture.  If for some reason you fail to read all of this data in time, then you are really screwed because you’ll end up sitting there for two hours wondering what the hell is going on and realizing that you’ve […]

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