Dripping water. A pot of tea, a screw lying loose on the floor, moths trapped inside the light fixture, clothes in the washing machine. Space travel is slow, time-consuming, and there is little to distinguish one day from the next. But that doesn’t matter if you are a robot. Yoko Suzuki is an android whose […]Read more "Hiso hiso boshi [The Whispering Star] (2015)"
Let’s see if we got this right: An Ultraman film debuted in American theaters back in 1987. It starred (among others) Adrienne Barbeau and actually ran on the big screen in Japan two years later as “Ultraman USA.” Oh, and it was made by… Hanna-Barbera. Right. Now, I will point out that Tsuburaya was heavily […]Read more "Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (1987)"
I’ve heard this one described as a children’s film. Now that may actually be true as most of King of Snakes is about a little girl and her pet. But somehow I can’t picture an American children’s film starting with gangsters invading a secret scientific research center and murdering everyone one by one as they […]Read more "Da she wang [King of Snakes] (1984)"
“We may regard the present state of the universe as the effect of its past and the cause of its future. An intellect which at a certain moment would know all forces that set nature in motion, and all positions of all items of which nature is composed, if this intellect were also vast enough […]Read more "Il demone di Laplace [The Laplace’s Demon] (2017)"
It sounds so familiar: A young woman, swept off her feet by an older man, arrives at her fairy tale castle of an ultra-modern house. Everything in it is hers, even the money in the safe — but there is one room where she is not allowed to go. But, of course, she looks. And finds something […]Read more "Elizabeth Harvest (2018)"
“FOREWARD: Every scientific fact accepted today once burned as a fantastic fire in the mind of someone called mad. Who are we on the youngest and smallest of planets to say that the INVISIBLE RAY is impossible to science? That which you are now to see is a theory whispered in the cloisters of science. […]Read more "The Invisible Ray (1936)"
This film appeared the same year as Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, and it’s hard not to see it as Toei Studios’ attempt to break into the same market. The same year, they also released Magic Serpent, which ranks as one of the absolutely goofiest kaiju eiga movies ever made by anyone at any time for […]Read more "Terror Beneath the Sea [Kaitei daisensô] (1966)"