(Literal translation: The Flying Saucers) Honorable Mention I’ll confess that Mexican cinema is one of those areas I haven’t spent much time exploring. Which, of course, means that I keep finding a few interesting films to watch. Heck, some of them, like El monstruo resucitado [Monster](1953), are quite good. Fortunately, I don’t have to do all […]Read more "Los platillos voladores (1956)"
(aka, Gangster World) And once again, we’re looking at an eccentric kickboxing martial arts-heavy science fiction thriller which Avi Nesher produced. While he isn’t quite as interesting a filmmaker as Albert Pyun, he produced, directed, or wrote a few genre films which are notably strange, not to mention two absolutely bizarre films, She (1984) and […]Read more "The Outsider (1997)"
(aka, Russian Road to the Stars) Great accomplishments in film never stand on their own. Take for example Kubrick’s masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey: It stunned audiences of its day, giving them an incredible glimpse of our solar system and the future of space travel, with a level of detail, scientific accuracy and believability never […]Read more "Doroga k zvezdam [Road to the Stars] (1957)"
I suppose a few words about Avi Nesher are in order. Avi wrote, produced, or directed a lot of genre films in the late Nineties and early Nothings. While many of them are more or less routine B-Movies, they included several that are notably strange. She, the first English language film he directed, which features […]Read more "Mars (1997)"
Let’s see… A cyborg kickboxer movie starring some guy with a French accent? Never saw that one before. Only Automatic isn’t your typical kickboxing cyborg movie, even if Olivier Gruner does have a French accent — although, to be fair, he’s actually French, not Belgian. If that makes a difference. Robgen Industries has made a […]Read more "Automatic (1995)"
I keep finding myself drawn to the Chinese science fiction films you find advertised on Youtube, even though I find most of them just a little less than fully satisfying. Now as far as I can figure out, they’re being churned out for streaming on iQiyi. They typically run just about an hour and promise […]Read more "Huo xing yi bian [Mutation on Mars] (2021)"
Look, there are some films which aren’t for everyone — And there are a few which are only for a few weirdos, oddballs, fanboys and movie reviewers. That is the sort of film Damon Packard has been making over the course of his odd independent film career, and Foxfur is no exception. It’s hard even […]Read more "Foxfur (2012)"
There’s a particular type of film I love that doesn’t always get as much love from other reviewers. I’m referring to the pulp adventure story, those movies which somehow capture the classic flavor of a Twenties or Thirties adventure novel, with its exotic settings and sensational events, and a plot which takes a few sudden […]Read more "Warlords of Atlantis [Warlords of the Deep] (1978)"
Let’s see… Astronauts go to Mars and find a big pyramid. Inside it, they find a dying but powerful civilization divided into separate orders of priests and warriors, which may invade the Earth unless they can defeat the bad guys and make peace. And it wasn’t written in the Thirties. It isn’t by Edgar Rice […]Read more "Crimson Force (2005)"
(aka, Space Victory [literal title]) Why can’t we make films like this? Seriously. We used to be able to make fun, light-hearted action comedies stuffed full of interesting ideas. We made a lot of them back in the Eighties. And the Seventies. And the Sixties. Now, if we want a film like that, we have […]Read more "Seungriho [Space Sweepers] (2021)"