Ji Di Zhui Ji [12 Hours] (2022)

(aka, Polar Pursuit) Okay, I’ll admit it. Twelve Hours feels a lot like winning the big Jackpot. Yeah, yeah, I know I grumble all the time about all those Chinese made science fiction and horror films which keep appearing on Youku’s Youtube channel.  About how they have all these great effects, potentially interesting storylines and […]

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The Halfway House (2004)

Hoo Boy. Some of these films, I tell you… Now I suppose it’s worth noting that this one was directed by Kenneth J. Hall, a long-time special effects guy who worked on a lot of movies, including Critters but is also remembered for directing a rip-off of The Wasp Woman for Fred Olen Ray called […]

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Real Genius (1985)

Honorable mention Real Genius is about the development of a death ray laser. And any picture of the film you’ve just imagined is probably completely wrong. Although, to be fair, the first few moments of the film would undoubtedly support those images, because we witness the launch of a cool, lifting body spaceship (which looks […]

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Cuo wei [Dislocation] (1986)

Wow. If you watched Dislocation with no idea of where it came from, you might think that it was made by the French New Wave. Well, at least if you had the sound turned off. Instead, this is a stunning, deeply artistic film which somehow got made in Communist China, a funny, satiric and yet […]

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Nightmare Code (2014)

Years ago, back in 2000 to be precise, there was a movie called Time Code.  It showed four different movies at once on a split screen, although the stories did overlap just a bit. Actually, the idea is a bit older and there was a 1973 psycho killer comedy called Wicked, Wicked, in what they […]

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Stasis (2017)

More than anything else, Stasis reminds me of Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, a ghost film told from the perspective of the ghost. Which is an odd thing to be saying about a Time Travel movie. And yet it really isn’t that far from what we have here: One morning, after a particularly bad party, Ava wakes […]

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Shark Side of the Moon (2022)

Originals. Every streaming platform feels the need to put them out right now, it seems. But a free streaming platform like Tubi? Okay, I’m worried. You have to think about the economics of this all: they’re giving away their content, after all, and they already have one of the largest and most diverse catalogs in […]

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