Hotel Artemis (2018)

There’s been a lot of debate over the years about what is — and isn’t — science fiction. One of the tests someone proposed along the line is to remove the science fictional elements and see if you’ve changed the story.  This is actually a fairly useful test, as it nicely distinguishes between, say, the […]

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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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Defective (2017)

Perhaps it is in the future, perhaps it is happening not too far from us and not too far from now. Fear.  The fear of violence, chaos and disorder:  it has driven the people of one state to institute the ultimate solution to their fears, constant surveillance and an army of cyborg protectors to stop anyone who […]

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Split Second (1992)

Let’s get this straight:  this one doesn’t make a lot of sense. But I still managed to enjoy it. What we’ve got here is a dark, cyberpunk future, where London is flooded and Rutger Hauer is a seriously disturbed policeman on the track of a particularly nasty serial killer. It is also a buddy cop […]

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Max Headroom (1985)

(aka,Max Headroom:  The Original Story; Twenty Minutes into the Future) I always find it a touch amusing that one of the major sub-genres within science fiction (which tends to be a bit snobbish about being at its purest in print, as opposed to movies or TV) was born on the big screen. Blade Runner (1982) […]

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High-Rise (2015)

There’s a monastery in France designed by the celebrated Modernist architect, Le Corbusier, which is a site of pilgrimage for architectural buffs.  But there aren’t many monks actually living there. You see, when the thriving community of Dominican monks first moved in, they started having a lot of problems with severe depression.  It may have […]

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The Weapon (2000)

This one was made near Pittsburgh for a reported two thousand dollars. Matt Kambic wrote and directed and it would be a challenge to count all the people in the credits named “Kambic”.  There are a lot of them. In fact, about two-thirds of the people in the credits have one of four or five […]

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