.com for Murder (2002)

I suppose it was inevitable. Lately, I’ve reviewed quite a few Hacker films.  Most of these are, frankly, borderline science fiction at best, although it is often hard to figure out where the reality ends and the science fiction begins — or whether they have any solid connection to reality, no matter how believable they […]

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La ragazza di latta (1970)

(aka, The Tin Girl) I really don’t know what to make of this film. But as it is an arty, Seventies, Italian comedy, that isn’t a bad thing. The time? Well, it must be the future: there’s talk of aliens, going to the moon, and even a company building robots. But it can’t be too […]

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Anon (2018)

This is an amazing film.  It may be the best film that Andrew Niccol has made. Now I realize that’s actually quite a claim: his first film was Gattaca, one of the best SF films of the Nineties.  And, even if he didn’t actually direct it, he wrote the script for the equally remarkable The Truman […]

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Phenomena (1985)

Horror films often take a “hit-and-run” approach to science. Take this stylish Giallo thriller by Italian cult favorite, Dario Argento.  We have a genius scientist, an entomologist, played with eccentric zest by Donald Pleasance – one of the indispensable actors of the 70s and 80’s horror boom – who calmly informs us that insects have an incredible […]

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Le Orme [aka, Footprints, Footprints on the Moon, Primal Impulse] (1975)

Giallo, of course, is an intriguing subgenre, a certain elegant Italian blend of a lonely beauty, a mysterious serial killer with a knife, and stunning, hypercolorful imagery.  Think of it as the Espresso version of the ordinary instant coffee slasher film.  But, no matter how your mysterious killer slices it, the notion of combing Giallo with science fiction […]

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