Les astronautes (1959)

Sometimes you have to relax for a few minutes and just have fun. Consider today’s film, an animated short film by Walerian Borowczyk.  Yes, it was made in France, and has been labeled “experimental” or “arty.”  But that doesn’t change the fact that it is an amusing little bit of comic storytelling with no greater […]

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Se tutte le donne del mondo… (Operazione Paradiso) [Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die] (1966)

[Literal Translation: If All the Women in the World… (Operation Paradise)] We’ve heard that art imitates life. And a parody is, of course based on the original work. But sometimes it works the other way. Take Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die, for example: it’s a lighthearted parody of the James Bond films, right?  […]

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Doctor of Doom (1979)

You’re having dinner at home with a few guests and your old friend and neighbor, Don Carlo, shows up talking about how he plans to destroy you all. Good ol’ Don! I suppose it would be a socially awkward moment — if anyone noticed, that is… So, naturally, Don goes off to his mad scientist […]

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Black Flowers (2018)

“I…am DJ Apocalypso. (It’s not my real name) I’m the Leader here.” “I’m Kate. (It is my real name.)” Martin Gooch is one of those directors who’s got a lot of attention from this site and there’s a reason for that:  his incredible first film, After Death (2012).  It is a lovely mix of ghost […]

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Sharkenstein (2016)

“Disappearing people? Sharks eating sharks? The only thing missing from this story is a mad scientist” I have to wonder. Has Mark Polonia, after years of making dirt cheap backyard films got to the point where he’s chosen to deliberately make the sort of films the Polonia Brothers make? John Cleese famously said he left […]

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Jupiter Ascending (2015)

This film is utterly and completely absurd in every way.  It throws everything imaginable at the screen, then grabs whatever is left and throws that too – along with any leftover reason and common sense they might have had. I like it. The Wachowski Brothers – now just billing themselves as “The Wachowskis” – rocketed to […]

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