Wow! It is very hard to write about a really good movie. A bad one? that’s easy. There are always lots of things that make a movie bad, and they are usually the same bad things from movie to movie. Acting? Dialogue? Story? The fundamentals of editing, sound recording and composition? But a truly good […]Read more "The Tangle (2019)"
(aka Blood Type: Blue, UFO Blue Christmas, The Blue Stigma) This one really isn’t what it appears to be. After all, when one hears about a Toho film about Flying Saucers, one more or less assumes that it’s going to be one of their many special effects laden Tokusatsu films. Even the knowledge that it’s […]Read more "Burû Kurisumasu [Blue Christmas] (1978)"
Raiders of the Lost Ark has to be one of the most copied films of all time. You don’t have to look too hard to find copies made in the US — offhand one thinks of The Jewel of the Nile, King Solomon’s Mines and High Road to China, but it isn’t much harder to find […]Read more "Sky Pirates (1986)"
(aka Dies Irae) One of the great joys of the endless search for interesting SF films is the accidental finds, those moments when a few odd comments or a stray reference send you after something you never suspected was out there. In this case it was an oddly out of place recommendation from IMDB and […]Read more "Den gneva [Day of Wrath] (1985)"
The basic idea sounds quite promising. Steven Soderbergh made a strange thriller movie revolving around the legendary writer Franz Kafka, which stars Jeremy Irons, with Ian Holm as the sinister Dr. Murnau, Armin Mueller-Stahl as a policeman, and Alec Guinness in one of his final roles. Add to this plenty of dreamy black and white cinematography, some […]Read more "Kafka (1991)"
(Spoilers ahead!) The strangest thing about Universal’s horror output during the Forties is that they somehow managed to make one of their classics, The Wolf Man. The rest of their offerings seem mixed, at best, with a few truly strange offerings, like turning a Clyde Beatty animal training movie into a horror film (or any […]Read more "The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)"
This one is unique. Joseph Stefano, who wrote the script for Psycho and was one of the leading creative forces behind The Outer Limits, is probably the reason this film does not fit neatly into any of our familiar, ready-made boxes. It starts out as science fiction as doctors work to thaw out Caroline Carmichael, […]Read more "Live Again, Die Again (1974)"