Cold Skin (2017)

Black Rocks jutting out of the sea.  Plumes of steam rising here and there.  Angry waves pounding the beach.  A battered wooden weather station.  And a lonely lighthouse perched atop the low island’s highest point. It is a harsh and desolate place that not many people would want to visit — let alone chose as […]

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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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Unearthed (2007)

A mysterious creature awakens in a remote desert community and proceeds to slaughter the locals. If it sounds familiar, it should.  This is a basic monster movie, with a lot of very familiar elements. And that monster is one of them:  it’s not a bad design, but it looks far too much like one of […]

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Blade Runner 2049

Bleak. Stunning.  Beautiful.  Dazzling. Emotional. Intelligent. Stylish. Perhaps the best SF film anyone has made in a long, long time. But yes, bleak. I never expected that I’d end up going to see a Blade Runner sequel in the theaters.  The original was a strange, unrepeatable effort, a film that, as dazzling as it might […]

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