Honorable Mention This is one of those rare instances when Orson Scott Card’s rivet test fails us. After all, there is no shortage of rivets on display in Zathura and yet it clearly is not science fiction. Instead, it is in many respects a film about SF — or perhaps it would be more correct […]Read more "Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)"
It may seem strange to many of us here in the West, but after decades of socialist “progress,” modern Russia is becoming quite conservative, morally speaking, at least. There is a lot of pressure on filmmakers to keep to a fairly modest moral code. There has even been talk of censoring those who aren’t patriotic […]Read more "Censor [Tsenzor] (2017)"
Wow! It is very hard to write about a really good movie. A bad one? that’s easy. There are always lots of things that make a movie bad, and they are usually the same bad things from movie to movie. Acting? Dialogue? Story? The fundamentals of editing, sound recording and composition? But a truly good […]Read more "The Tangle (2019)"
This was one of the selections from this year’s Sci Fi London Convention. Now as I’ve noted before, many of the most interesting Indie films have shown there including such impressive efforts as Resolution, Yesterday Last Year, Avalon, and Nydenion. So it is generally a good sign if a film becomes one of their official selections. Now, […]Read more "Precognition [App for Life] (2018)"
Every now and then, you find a movie which just doesn’t have the faintest clue what it is. This is one of them. It has the uneasy distinction of being one of the first movies Charles Band‘s Empire Films turned out — and it features virtually everyone who would go on to be one of […]Read more "Ragewar [The Dungeonmaster] (1984)"
What an odd film. Robert Hays (of all people) looking more than a decade and a half older than he did in Airplane!, plays the villain, Morgan, a billionaire so rich that he bought the entire island of Pacifica as his own personal little fiefdom. It’s a wide-open sort of town, like Shanghai in some Thirties […]Read more "Cyber Bandits (1995)"
(aka Power.com) In one of his interviews, legendary TV producer Dan Curtis talked about how easy it was to produce a TV movie in the Seventies: he would pitch his idea to, perhaps, two people, and would get an answer on the spot. The result was what seems to have been the Golden Age of […]Read more "Menno’s Mind (1997)"
Sometimes it’s just a matter of perspective. Virtual Revolution has garnered a fair number of quite negative reviews and yet there are also a fair number of reasonably positive ones out there (which was my general impression as well). However, there was one thing I noted the more negative reviewers had in common – they all seemed to […]Read more "Virtual Revolution (2016)"
This interesting and creative film came out of Amazon’s direct-to-Amazon Amazon Studios, although it does seem to have had at least a minimal box-office release. Somehow, I suspect they had the French Nouvelle Vague movies of the 60s in mind when they made this, with its rich, smoky black and white cinematography. It has a very definite […]Read more "Creative Control (2015)"
Back in 2000, the SciFi Network (yes, they spelled it right back then) had a short-lived short film show called Exposure. It showed a mixture of SF, horror, fantasy and experimental films. It was one of those shows I always taped because of the large amount of padding – and because there really weren’t a lot of good SF […]Read more "Plug (1998)"