Okay, it takes a while to get going. In fact, we are over a half an hour into the film before that monster finally makes an appearance. But it is not exactly wasted time as we learn a lot about the troubled relationship between Lizzy and her alcoholic mother Kathy. They are on a trip […]Read more "The Monster (2016)"
I’m really not sure what to make of this one. Certainly the blurb on the posters isn’t any help. Whatever else we’re talking about here, it isn’t “A Science Fiction Road Picture.” Admittedly, that term “road picture” has strayed a bit from its origins with the endless series of “Road To…” movies Bing Crosby and […]Read more "The Rising Light (2013)"
You learn what you are up against in the first few minutes of Mercano the Martian. Mercano — a little, green, squiggily-animated Martian — has just stolen a computer and run away from the police. They follow him down into the subway, only one of the cops — who is afraid of heights — slides […]Read more "Mercano, el marciano [Mercano the Martian] (2002)"
Honorable Mention The Russians have just landed on the Moon. Two Cosmonauts have just stepped out of their lander and have begun to explore. One of them notices something strange on the ground and picks it up: It is a Samurai sword. And then, with a flash of light, we are back in feudal Japan, […]Read more "Youkai tengoku [Monster Heaven] (1986)"
I had a sudden epiphany the other day and realized the correct term for one of Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson’s films is a “try-to-wrap-your-head-around-this-one.” It isn’t anything as simple as what is called the “mind (*Bleep*)”: after all, many of the films generally dumped in that category do not actually make sense as so […]Read more "Something in the Dirt (2022)"
It’s one of those big unanswered questions: Where will you go on your Honeymoon after the end of the world? To be fair, it wasn’t quite the end of the world. A series of deadly bomb attacks flooded England with poison gas. Most of the people died, or are stuck going around wearing gasmasks all […]Read more "The Fitzroy (2017)"
Honorable Mention The hacker movie. It is one of those subgenres which has come and gone, often morphing into either the spy film or the political thriller, the virtual reality film, the runaway A.I. film, the stalker film, or other equally unlikely categories of film. It has also had a somewhat tenuous connection to science […]Read more "Open Windows (2014)"
Part of the joy of seeking out new movies is finding the unexpected. Mind you, sometimes it isn’t just the movies which offer unexpected discoveries, but a good film will open up a view on a corner of the world we’ve never noticed before. And that’s certainly true of Paradox Lost, which is more than […]Read more "Paradox Lost (2021)"
Years ago, back in 2000 to be precise, there was a movie called Time Code. It showed four different movies at once on a split screen, although the stories did overlap just a bit. Actually, the idea is a bit older and there was a 1973 psycho killer comedy called Wicked, Wicked, in what they […]Read more "Nightmare Code (2014)"
There are some movies you know you are never ever, ever going to watch. Nope, wouldn’t even consider it, not for a moment. And yet, I don’t know how it happens, but you end up just giving in and watching them anyway. Take City of Rott 2, for example. I first learned about this one […]Read more "City of Rott 2 (2014)"