Youkai tengoku: Ghost Hero [Monster Heaven: Ghost Hero] (1990)

(aka, Demon Heaven: Ghost Hero) Honorable Mention This is one of those films which is almost impossible to explain. And when I say that, I mean, an almost impossible to explain Japanese film, which, yes, puts it in an even stranger category. Nor is it easy to put it into any of the ordinary categories […]

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Los platillos voladores (1956)

(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 […]

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H.P. Lovecraft’s Dunwich Horror and Other Stories [H.P. Lovecraft no Dunwich Horror Sonota no Monogatari] (2007)

I’m not sure you can really call this one an “animated film.” Well, the little puppet characters do move at times — or so it seems But most of the time they just stand there. In fact, a surprising amount of the movement in this film is accomplished with cuts, or camera movements, or something […]

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Press Start (2007)

Ever wonder what it would be like to live in a videogame? Obviously, the people who made Press Start have.  In fact, they seems to have spent a lot of time thinking about it.  Like everyday.  Several hours a day. Probably every minute that they weren’t actually playing videogames. It would be a mistake, though, […]

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Last and First Men (2020)

Darkness. The sound of wind. Eerie music. Clouds against a bright, monochrome sky. And something huge, a vast slab of concrete like a monolith, which we gradually see has a very different shape. And then a voice, speaking for the very last of the Human race, Two Thousand Million Years from now, speaks to us, […]

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UFO Phil: The Movie (2008)

“Can you keep a secret?” It starts so well. The director, Les Michaels (who is actually played by, ummm, the real-life director, Eric Lee Huffman, only under the name “Rick Still.”  Just go with it), steps in front of the camera to explain that what we are about to see was filmed by hundreds of […]

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Blood Machines (2019)

“Seth Ickerman” — who is really the French directing duo, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard — first came to my attention with the “trailer” for a film called “Ickerman,” which featured a dazzling combination of a high-tech future, a touch of Film Noir, and a lot of movie nostalgia.  I still hope they will get […]

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Missing Pages (2006)

The French Nouvelle Vague short film, La Jetee, occupies an interesting place in science fiction cinema. It is hailed as a great art film and formal experiment — and yet at the same time it is held to be a SF classic. There are only a few films you can say that about. It uses […]

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