Tag: Sci-Fi

The Congress

The Congress

| December 2, 2014

Ari Folman is one of the greatest living directors working in the industry today and if his 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir wasn’t enough of an indication of that, then his latest film, The Congress, most certainly is. Loosely adapted from a novel by famous Polish author Stanislaw Lem, The Congress stars Robin Wright, as […]

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LFO

LFO

| October 31, 2014

After sinking myself into the first act of Antonio Tublén’s second feature film, LFO, I became extremely concerned. The film reminded me of Shane Carruth’s Primer, in that it wasn’t necessarily cinematic and very concerned about the pseudo-science behind the premise of the film. While I think the idea of Primer is a good one, […]

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

| July 6, 2014

The theme running through the new movie The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that apes don’t kill apes and that humans are not family because they kill one another. The last movie left viewers wondering as a virus called the Simian Flu hit the country, one that was spurred by an Alzheimer’s treatment […]

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The Visitor (1979)

The Visitor (1979)

| March 4, 2014

To call The Visitor (1979) unique is both an enormous understatement and an outright lie. In it, director/co-writer Giulio Paradisi (who served as assistant director on Fellini’s 8 ½) cobbles together scraps of narratives from a half dozen other movies and tempers them with his own half-formed notions of proper cinematic storytelling. And in doing […]

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The Philadelphia Experiment

The Philadelphia Experiment

| June 11, 2013

Remember the time a World War II Navy Destroyer fell out of the sky and destroyed a Chicago Skyscraper?  Well, the producers of The Philadelphia Experiment do because this film is based on actual events.  Basically the story is that a team of scientists aboard the aforementioned Navy Ship, in an attempt to render the […]

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Manborg

Manborg

| May 1, 2013

Canadian comedy collective Astron-6 has built a devoted following over the last several years thanks to its hilariously bizarre internet output of short films and faux trailers. Their following has boomed over the last year thanks to the release of two features from the troupe, Father’s Day (released by Troma) and Manborg (released by Raven […]

Those Lovely Angels: A Dirty Pair Retrospective

Those Lovely Angels: A Dirty Pair Retrospective

| April 7, 2013

Written by Haruka Takachiko and illustrated by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, the Dirty Pair series is something that many newer anime fan’s have never heard of. Beginning in 1980, the series spans over eight novels in total, as of 2007, but has countlessly been adapted into many of the various outlets of anime. TV shows, OVA’s and […]

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Branded

Branded

| January 15, 2013

Branded is the type of movie that defies logic in every sense of the word. Over-inflated and unnecessarily complex, it took me off guard with a bizarre, inexplicable charm. Looking at the movie, it’s abundantly clear all the things I should hate about it (and all the things that other critics fault it for) but […]

Doomsday Book

Doomsday Book

| December 11, 2012

Anthology films are always exciting to me because you never know what you’re gonna get with any given tale. Even though they’re usually mediocre to decent, there’s just something about them that I enjoy diving into to see what the group of filmmakers are going to explore, through certain themes or genres. Doomsday Book is […]

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Hirokin: The Last Samurai

Hirokin: The Last Samurai

| November 6, 2012

One parts Star Wars and one parts Dune are but a few of the ingredients that created Alejo Mo-Sun’s Hirokin: The Last Samurai, a film that is very much less than the sum of its parts. The film takes place in the far future, on a desert planet, where humans have taken over and enslaved […]

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