Osamu Tezuka is probably as close to Walt Disney as anyone in Japan will ever be. He started out by redefining Manga and then jumpstarted the Japanese anime market with Astroboy. In his early work, he told surprisingly dark stories for younger readers featuring a running cast of familiar characters, but later moved to more […]Read more "Fumoon (1980)"
(aka, Phoenix 2772, Phoenix 2772: The Cosmic Zone of Love. Literal translation: Phoenix 2772: Space Creature) Osamu Tezuka. It’s really hard to grasp Tezuka’s place within the Anime and Manga world. Perhaps the best comparison might be to Walt Disney, although that really doesn’t quite cover it either. Yes, his Astroboy series — and the […]Read more "Hi no tori 2772: Ai no kosumozôn [Space Firebird 2772] (1980)"
You have to admire his bravery. A lot of directors run away the moment anyone starts talking about their early work and it isn’t much of a surprise. After all, most early efforts were made long before their creators had any clue what they were doing. Most of them end up cringing the minute their […]Read more "The Brain Leeches (1978)"
“The media said there was nothing falling from the sky. But everyone knew there was. “It was Boomtown, forty miles up and falling apart, piece by piece.” Something strange happened back in the Canada of the 1980s. I honestly don’t know what, but they produced a lot of very strange low budget films, most of which […]Read more "Terminal City Ricochet (1990)"
(aka Alien Terror, Strangers) You have to wonder. I mean, this is an Italian film. We know why they slapped the name “Alien 2” on this thing. After all, Fox hadn’t trademarked the name Alien yet, so it was inevitable that some enterprising Italian filmmaker would try to cash in. But a “sequel” to a […]Read more "Alien 2: On Earth [Alien 2 – Sulla Terra] (1980)"
“The following transmission has been translated into local Terran dialect. Some visual distortion may occur” I have no idea what in the world Antonio Llapur and Matt Sjafiroeddin were smoking when they created Space Detective. I just hope someone buys them more of it – and soon. I find myself at a loss what in […]Read more "Space Detective (2017)"