Reviewing the best science fiction movies from the past, present, and future.
The final victory has been won. Mankind can now rest in peace. Def-Con 4 (1985) Def-Con 4 is a relentlessly bad, even somewhat odious 1980s nuclear Cold War Era scare film set in a post-apocalyptic Ontario or thereabouts, and featuring three astronauts aboard an orbital space station cum Reagan Star Wars wet dream. They seemingly survive the thermonuclear mayhem below and rocket back to Earth but then the woman (Kate Lynch) dies or is imprisoned or something (I forget which) and the surviving male space hero (Tim Choate) gets kidnapped by a roly poly Sawney Beane psychopath (Maury Chaykin) keeping a cheerleader (Lenore Zann) hostage in the basement.
'Her' - Film Review and Analysis
Directed by Spike Jonze, ‘Her’ (2013) is a very thought-provoking film and emotionally resonant exploration of love, loneliness, connection, and the continually evolving relationship between human beings and artificial intelligence. Set in a near-future Los Angeles, the film follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a sensitive and introverted man who develops a deep emotional connection with an artificial intelligence operating system named Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson). As Theodore navigates the complexities of his relationship with Samantha, ‘Her’ raises profound questions about the nature of love, intimacy, and the impact of technology on human connection.
"Since the 1943 phenomenon, the world as we know it has been plagued with an immaterial 'cerebral electricity'. Ghost stories and myths became no longer superstitions, but a horrifying reality that we have been forced to recognize. We have since learned that this electricity was not a foreign substance, that it had been with us all along. It had simply revealed itself to us to observe, to understand..." - Interface
Invasion of the Saucer-Men
The curious thing about Invasion of the Saucer Men is that there are no actual flying saucers in it. Instead, the BEMs (Bug-Eyed Monsters, a coin termed by Stephen King in Danse Macabre, when he was discussing this very film) arrive in a crescent-shaped affair with fins or something on the side and flashing lights that employs a meter or two of fishing line as a propulsion system. At any rate, the Army turns out (all four of 'em) to shoot at it, which is highly advisable I might add, when trying to establish friendly contact with just-landed extraterrestrials. (Just ask Klaatu.)
Hangar 18 stars Darren McGavin, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins, John Campanella, and John Hampton, as well as several other notable television actors of the era, in a sci-fi drama about a downed UFO that is scooped up by the government and taken to a supersecret government test facility where they can back engineer it so as not to provide us with free energy, but to advance their guided missile systems and whatnot. Because, baby, aliens or not, WAR IS MONEY.
Movie Review: 'I.S.S' is the First Great Movie of 2024
I.S.S (2024) Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite Written by Nick Shafir Starring Ariana Debose, Chris Messina, Pilou Asbaek, John Gallagher Jr., Costa Ronin
Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers
1956 was either a stellar year to be an intergalactic flying saucer menace, or a bad one, depending on your perspective. We have Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Invasion of the Saucer Men, The Thing, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers. Whatever heavy trip the space brothers were laying on us that year (and it had more to do than just cleaning up the environment) the message was delivered by an iron fist in a velvety intergalactic space gauntlet. Or some such.
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone, is a film I well remember from childhood. At the Community Rec Center at Fort Clayton in Central America, Panama, area of the Canal Zone, they played it on an old-fashioned projection TV. It's the only other film I can remember seeing there, besides this thing with Abbot and Costello or Laurel and Hardy as pirates. I can't remember which it was.
I vaguely remember seeing Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira as a child--and most likely not understanding a minute of it, but just sitting back and letting the animated images of a futuristic "Neo-Tokyo" wash over me. Decades later, watching it yet again, on a digital YouTube social media platform no one could have foreseen in 1988, I was struck by how modern and well-preserved it is, how much it set the bar for decades of similar anime films, having all the earmarks of the various conventions that define the genre.
Movie Review: The Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers.
Listen to this show wherever you stream or download your podcast. Welcome back to another episode of my podcast on 50s sci-fi. Today, I will be reviewing the classic movie, "The Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers". The film stars Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor and was produced by Charles H. Schneer, with a screenplay by Curt Siodmak, and directed by Fred F. Sears. The movie was released in Los Angeles on June 13, 1956, and has a runtime of 84 minutes.
Best mind bending movie that make you horrified
1. Inception Inception, American sci-fi spine chiller film, delivered in 2010, that investigates the limits among dream and reality. inception focuses on agonizing "extractor" Dom Cobb (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) — a cheat who attacks targets' fantasies through a compound prompted shared dream state to take important data. Having gained notoriety for being the most incredible in his business, Cobb is charged by well off financial specialist Mr. Saito (Ken Watanabe) to assume the extraordinary accomplishment of opposite extraction — inspiring a target to think about a thought, also called origin — to kill a business contender. Cobb gathers a group to endeavor the purportedly unimaginable errand: long-term partner Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), ace controller Eames (Tom Solid), scientist Yusuf (Dileep Rao), and "engineer" Ariadne (Ellen Page), who is responsible for making the dreamscapes the group will possess. To establish the thought, Cobb and his team should slide through a few layers of dreaming to enter the objective's psyche. All the while, notwithstanding, Cobb's own psyche begins to surface — to lamentable impact. The group is over and over frustrated by a subliminal projection of Cobb's dead spouse, Mal (Marion Cotillard), and Cobb himself is compelled to address whether his world is pretty much as genuine as it appears.
Tron is one of my all-time favorite movies, a sci-fi feast that takes place inside a video game world ruled over by the MCP (Master Control Program), a world wherein gladiatorial "programs" battle it out for supremacy, riding rainbow-spewing laser bikes, and going up against floating robot menaces that transform their legs into giant crushing, killing presses. The world is stark, yet weirdly beautiful, an outgrowth of the imagination that conceived a cyberspace realm and brought it to life for the characters to occupy as alternate versions of their meatspace selves. It was groundbreaking stuff in 1982; hence, it flopped at the box office, only attaining cult status in the intervening years, as technology has caught up with and surpassed the virtual world envisioned by the filmmakers.