I am posting this one as more of a curiosity than something I would recommend. I’ve posted several Soviet era and post-Soviet animated films on the blog side of my efforts lately, with more to follow whenever I get around to it. In fact, the Soviet Bloc produced vast quantities of animation, most of it […]
Read more "Mezhplanetnaya revolyutsiya [Interplanetary Revolution] (1924)"
The great part about the endless search for new science fiction films is that one day you stumble across a film you’ve never heard of, and the next you’ve suddenly discovered a whole new vein of fascinating films, and perhaps even discovered a pivotal creator who should be hailed as one of the greats. And […]
Read more "Aelita (1980)"
(Includes The Man from M.A.R.S. (1922). Aka, Radio-Mania, Mars Mania, M.A.R.S.) “Mother, does not the astonishing restriction of Earth man’s cerebral cavities limit his perspicacity to an infinitesimal minimum?” “Do not ask childish questions, dear!” Once again, I got to see something I never dreamed I would get a chance to see. Although I have […]
Read more "100 Years of 3D Movies Featuring the Man from M.A.R.S. (2022)"
It’s nice to see that some things never change. As I’ve noted before, Canadian-made science fiction films have a tendency towards weirdness. If you have any doubt about that, you might want to check out a few of their typical offerings, like Big Meat Eater, Terminal City Ricochet, Music of the Spheres, Savannah Electric Monochrome Dystopia, or […]
Read more "Mars et Avril [Mars and April] (2012)"
Why do these things keep happening? I was in the mood for a terrible, Grade Z movie — you know, the sort of thing Wild Eye Releasing puts out? — and watched one of their more recent offerings because their product description sounded like it might at least be entertaining: “In a distant future, an […]
Read more "Future Fear (Stellanomicon: Future Fear) (2021)"
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)"
(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)"