Swords of the Space Ark (1981)

(aka, Message from Outer Space, Space Ninja) One of the first cloned copies of Star Wars which came out after the release of the George Lucas classic was Message from Outer Space, a strange and colorful Japanese film whose most memorable element was its spaceship in the form of a square-rigged sailing vessel, complete with […]

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Megamind (2010)

Supervillains. It’s not exactly obvious to the uninitiated, but there are two distinct types of supervillain: The Bond villain and The Comic Book villain. It seemed a strange coincidence when two studios came out with movies with supervillains as heroes at the same time, but Despicable Me‘s Gru is clearly the Bond-iest of Bond Villains… […]

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Attack of the Unknown (2020)

Genres are more fun when you can mix and match them. Consider Attack of the Unknown: we have a tough and experienced SWAT team making a major bust, only things don’t go as planned and one of their team gets killed. And, even worse, the FBI insists on taking over. But the team is given […]

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Vychislitel [The Calculator] (2014)

(aka, Titanium) Not all planets are created equal. Yet many harsh and barely livable planets have been colonized by the “Free Worlds League” of the distant future, like the planet XT-59 (which is apparently called Titanium in the version I saw), where all the colonists have been placed in a highly controlled, high-tech city.  It’s […]

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