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)"
This is a remarkably good Troma film. Which doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good. You’ve probably guessed what it’s about from the title: giant bugs However, we get off to a very slow start with one of the worst exposition and flashback laden sequences ever, as the representative of the company which needs to dispose of […]Read more "Bugged (1997)"
Like Father like son? Not necessarily, but David Cronenberg’s son Brandon does seem to have a fair amount of talent himself. Yes, I know when we think of the sons of superstar movie makers going into the family business, we do tend to think of Patrick Wayne or (*shudder*) Jaden Smith, but the truth is […]Read more "Possessor (2020)"
I’ll confess: I have a weak spot for little films. I suppose it’s because we’ve seen so many overblown big tentpole films with skybeams surrounded by swirling clouds of rubble and impossible CGI stunts. Let’s face it, those things are made by committee and it really doesn’t matter where in the world they shot it […]Read more "Snatchers (2020)"
(Warning: Spoilers ahead!) It would be easy to blame 2001: A Space Odyssey. But the truth is that the blame should go to the directors and filmmakers who saw Kubrick’s unrepeatable masterpiece and came away with the idea that epic Science Fiction should be slow, glum and ponderous. Brad Pitt plays an astronaut whose father […]Read more "Ad Astra (2019)"
As I noted elsewhere, Robert Holmes was one of the greatest writers in Doctor Who history. While that is what he will be remembered for, he also wrote episodes for a number of other SF TV series, the story for a Sixties SF film and was involved in two further TV projects after he left […]Read more "Timeslip: The Block (1985)"
“Seth Ickerman” — who is really the French directing duo, Raphaël Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard — first came to my attention with the “trailer” for a film called “Ickerman,” which featured a dazzling combination of a high-tech future, a touch of Film Noir, and a lot of movie nostalgia. I still hope they will get […]Read more "Blood Machines (2019)"
“It’s uphill work. The only word they know is ‘grunt’ and they can’t spell it” Douglas Adams, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy This is one of those movies I never thought I would see. It’s rare — at least, outside of Korea — and I never could find any way to get it except perhaps […]Read more "Tirannoui baltob [Tyranno’s Claw] (1994)"
Before we get started, let me call your attention to one curious fact: Timemaster was directed by James Glickenhouse and stars Jesse-Cameron Glickenhouse. What an amazing coincidence, right? And, yes, if you are still wondering, Jesse is the director’s son. Not that you would have much doubt about that after the first twenty minutes or […]Read more "Timemaster (1995)"
A T-Rex dancing the Cha-Cha-Cha? Now there’s something you don’t see every day, Chauncey. My first encounter with this film came when I watched Adventure at the Center of the Earth. The genius professor shows his team a film demonstrating the horrors of the prehistoric world which just happens to be a series of familiar clips […]Read more "El bello durmiente [The Beautiful Dreamer] (1952)"