Alien Space Avenger (1989)

This is a seriously odd film. I suppose we can blame the fact that it was a direct to video film, as they often include films that wouldn’t have made it anywhere else.  I don’t know, that almost seems too easy an answer. Or we can blame Action International Pictures (often referred to as AIP, which […]

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Millennium Crisis (2007)

Andrew Bellware is one of those directors who intrigues me. I’m not saying he’s a great director, or that he’s made any incredibly great films.  No, all I’m willing to say at this point is that he’s made several massively cheap SF films which are strange enough and have so many ideas that they stand […]

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The Shape of Water (2017)

(Warning:  explicit content ahead!  And spoilers.) There’s a moment in Mike Judge’s brilliant dystopian comedy, Idiocracy, that comes to mind:  when the hero, “Not Sure” tries to hold a private conference with the girl who was put into suspended animation with him, his guards want to know why he wants to go into the bushes […]

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Mutant [Forbidden World] (1982)

“Welcome to the Garden of Eden. We play God here.” Roger Corman:  he started in the Fifties, making crude but interesting SF and Horror films for next to nothing.  In the Sixties, he moved into far more polished (and expensive) Gothic Horror films.  In the Seventies, he moved away from directing, instead producing a wide […]

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Cutie Honey: Tears (2016)

It’s called “cognitive dissonance.” That’s the only phrase that begins to describe the sensation when you find a bleak film set in a dystopian future which is called “Cutie Honey.”  There’s something seriously wrong about the whole notion. In fact, “Cutie”  started out as the prototypical “magical girl” manga by Go Nagai, best known as […]

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Bite Me! (2004)

It’s one of those urban legends that’s been around forever. Supposedly the government created a super strain of Marijuana:  someone stole it and secretly leaked it to the public. Like any good conspiracy theory, it really isn’t clear why they’d develop it, although one hears talk of it being used to track drug trafficking, or even worse, that they laced […]

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Critters 2 (1988)

(aka,  Critters 2: The Main Course) It’s been a long time since I saw this one — almost thirty years — and I find that I like it better than when I first saw it. Actually, revisiting the first two Critters films has changed my perspective on both of them:  I no longer think Critters is […]

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