As I’ve noted before, it is very hard to review a truly great film. Bad films? Why the review almost writes itself. You have so many things that really bugged you about them that the hardest thing is stopping. The average film isn’t much more difficult, as they provide lots of both good and bad […]Read more "Summer Wars [Samâ uôzu] (2009)"
Uggghhh. I guess we can blame the internet for this one. In the early days, people uploaded almost anything to Youtube, including the sort of stuff that would only ever have shown on a local access channel. Of course, if you’d rather, you could blame the early days of VHS. Back then there was this […]Read more "The Toxic Slime Creature (1982)"
Just for the record, this is not Toho’s 1954 Invisible Man film, Tômei ningen: instead this one is by Daiei and is the oldest preserved Science Fiction film made in Japan — and, depending on how you count the two King Kong copies they supposedly made in the Thirties, quite possibly the first one made. It […]Read more "Tômei ningen arawaru [Invisible Man Appears] (1949)"
It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a short film. In fact, there are untold numbers of them floating around, although few of them are really noteworthy. Many are poorly made, or worse, poorly written, some are vanity projects, and quite a few are nothing more than demo projects, showing off, say, the director’s exploding […]Read more "Doctor Who Anime (2011)"
This was one of the selections from this year’s Sci Fi London Convention. Now as I’ve noted before, many of the most interesting Indie films have shown there including such impressive efforts as Resolution, Yesterday Last Year, Avalon, and Nydenion. So it is generally a good sign if a film becomes one of their official selections. Now, […]Read more "Precognition [App for Life] (2018)"
This one surprised me. Perhaps the most wildly overdone subgenre out there in Indie SF these days is the deliberately bad film. As I’ve noted before, when one watches a genuinely inspired bad movie, we are seeing a film that came by its badness honestly. The people who made it were trying to make a […]Read more "Fatal Future (2018)"
Andrew Bellware is one of those directors who intrigues me. I’m not saying he’s a great director, or that he’s made any incredibly great films. No, all I’m willing to say at this point is that he’s made several massively cheap SF films which are strange enough and have so many ideas that they stand […]Read more "Millennium Crisis (2007)"
At last! An SF action movie that gives the hero of so many cheap Eighties action movies, Michael Paré, a chance to flex his acting muscles! This time, instead of playing the reluctant tough guy hero, he plays a dangerous felon who leads a prison break, delivering all his dialogue in sort of a mumbled […]Read more "Space Rage (1985)"
Years ago, the Simpsons did a brief parody of the then-current string of original crew Star Trek movies, a clip from some ridiculously numbered Trek movie entitled “So Very Tired”. Sigh. After only three movies, somehow it seems it should be Chris Pine sighing and saying, “Again with the Klingons”. Let’s get this straight. When the […]Read more "Star Trek Beyond (2016)"
A science fiction film by the guy who wrote Pontypool??? Generally, that seems to be what most people have to say about Ejecta. After all, there have been almost as many movies about people who’ve been abducted by evil grey aliens as there have been zombie movies. Okay, maybe not quite that many, but still, […]Read more "Ejecta (2014)"