Radius (2017)

Okay, let’s face it, this one is barely science fiction. Not that that changes the fact that it uses its rather curious premise to build a very solid drama, where the hidden secrets of the characters are, ultimately, far more important than the strange circumstances afflicting them. Liam wakes up after a car crash with […]

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Freaks (2018)

Somehow, this one managed to fly under my radar. That’s unusual for an Indy film which has earned more that its share of critical praise. Not that I’m complaining: I’m always happy when a film like this comes out of nowhere and whacks me over the head. And what a strange and remarkable film this […]

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Shadow Puppets (2007)

It’s a classic situation — and one I’ll admit that I love. A small group of people wake up in what appears to be a prison — or perhaps a mental hospital — with no memory of how they got there or who they are.  There are others locked up in other rooms, but no […]

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Music of the Spheres (1984)

There are some films out there that are so curious it is hard to know what to think of them. Somehow, it seems like a lot of them ended up on video back in the Eighties. Music of the Spheres was one of those films funded by the Canadian government.  They used to fund lots […]

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Proteus (1995)

This is basically the cheap Nineties direct to video version of John Carpenter’s The Thing. Well, one of them. It starts a little differently, at least:  a group of losers trying to carry off a heroin deal accidentally blow up their own boat and end up stranded on a deep sea oil platform.  Only it’s […]

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Empire of the Apes (2013)

It is actually impressive to see so many of the Polonia Brothers‘ stock company of players in one movie. Of course, when I say “see” it’s a somewhat relative term as almost all of them are hidden behind ape masks.  Or security guard masks.  Heck, even Mark Polonia himself is hiding beneath one. In fact, […]

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