I never thought I would see this one. But then, I’ve been saying that a lot lately. It was one of those films people talk about, but it wasn’t available. Not anywhere. Not here in the U.S., at least. Which seems a shame, really. It’s an easy-going, low-key comedy, which is dryly witty, charming and […]Read more "As Time Goes by (1988)"
I’ll confess, I was a little surprised when this film was chosen as a selection for the Sci Fi London Festival some years ago and learned that it had been made in Croatia. It’s true that world class movies are being made in more and more places these days. Still, it doesn’t seem that long […]Read more "The Show Must Go On (2010)"
The Seventies were a great era for TV movies. But I think I’ve mentioned that before. A family is off on vacation in the mountains, exploring a cave, when a mysterious flash fills the sky. The Father and his two children seem unaffected, but their guide dies not long afterwards and his body quickly turns […]Read more "Where Have All the People Gone? (1974)"
(Warning: Spoilers ahead!) Phantasm would seem to be the Platonic ideal of a movie — or a movie franchise — that was exactly the sort of borderline, off-beat, non-traditional science fiction film this site is always looking for. And yet I have never reviewed any of the films in the series. Until now, that is. […]Read more "Phantasm: Ravager (2016)"
At first glance, Trancers would seem a combination of a few high concept SF ideas with a mostly routine cop on the run drama. This is hardly an extraordinary combination and one might start wondering why this was one of Empire Pictures biggest hits — and why it spawned a long series of sequels, mostly […]Read more "Trancers (1984)"
There sure were a lot of post-Apocalyptic films in the Seventies! I really wouldn’t even want to guess how many. We tend to think of the genre as starting with Mad Max and The Road Warrior, but it goes the whole way back to the silent era, and they were pretty heavy on the ground […]Read more "Ravagers (1979)"
“Realism is a form of hypocrisy. We are telling stories that take place in simulated worlds. Genre films like scifi, fantasy or horror are just more honest about that.” “I wanted to make A LIVING DOG not only because I love genre films and independent films but also because I admire silent movies and the […]Read more "A Living Dog (2019)"
There is a steadily growing sub-genre of the post-Apocalyptic film centered around groups of survivors hiding in a shelter together. One could point at A Quiet Place as one of the more successful examples although it isn’t quite as confined as most of them (or perhaps one might say that the family’s confinement isn’t purely physical). […]Read more "Hidden (2015)"
“Only one thing worse than a dragon… Americans.” I love this movie. This is without question the most insanely whacked out post-Apocalyptic future ever imagined. I mean, the whole world devastated by the return of an ancient, long-forgotten, now legendary species: Dragons. Yes, dragons. The idea is brilliant. In some totally mad and wildly entertaining […]Read more "Reign of Fire (2002)"