sci-fi

Notebook Reviews: MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME

George Miller and George Ogilvie – 1985 Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome might not be as violent as its predecessors, but it does have a lot of charm. Funny and dangerous in equal measure, this once again delivers great cartoon-style action. The [...]

April 13, 2021

Notebook Reviews: BLADE RUNNER

Ridley Scott – 1981 Ridley Scott‘s Blade Runner is a visually superb piece of science fiction. It looks stunning, but there’s an emotional void at the film’s core – something which might come from Philip K. [...]

April 2, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FREQUENCY

Gregory Hoblit – 2000 It’s always great to see Dennis Quaid in a leading role – and Gregory Hoblit’s Frequency gives him a brilliant one (Jim Caviezel is also wonderful).  This is a unique film, but if you’re looking [...]

March 27, 2021

Remembering Stuart Gordon

Iconic cult filmmaker Stuart Gordon was perhaps best known for 1985’s Re-Animator, but the wrier/director had a prolific career in the horror and science fiction genres. Across his career, Gordon took a lot of inspiration from H. P. [...]

March 24, 2021

Notebook Reviews: PITCH BLACK

David Twohy – 2000 Pitch Black is a hugely enjoyable sci-fi action film in the mould of Aliens. This David Twohy directed film has brilliant tension and some very good special effects. It shows the star power of Vin Diesel – who is very [...]

March 24, 2021

Notebook Reviews: John Carpenter’s GHOSTS OF MARS

John Carpenter – 2001 Ghosts Of Mars might not be one of John Carpenter‘s best films – but its definitely far from the worst (I’m looking at you, Escape From New L.A.). This sci-fi seige movie is a semi-remake of the great [...]

March 22, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: Johannes Roberts’ STORAGE 24

Take a measure of John Carpenter mixed spice (The Thing, Assault On Precinct 13), add a touch of Alien, a pinch of Shaun of the Dead and a smidgen of Die Hard, bring to the boil and rest. Now, get ready to serve-up Storage 24. Director Johannes [...]

March 6, 2021

Notebook Reviews: ALIEN RESURRECTION

Jean-Pierre Jeunet – 1997 Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Alien Resurrection is a solid entry into the Alien franchise. It’s better than Alien 3, but nowhere near as good as Alien or Aliens. The cast is good and they all do good work, but [...]

February 23, 2021

Uncovering Curiosities: The Wachowski’s JUPITER ASCENDING

Jupiter Ascending is the Wachowskis’ best film since 1999’s The Matrix. The 2015 film may be over-stuffed with ideas and have enough plot to fill a trilogy but you can’t fault the spectacle that the siblings have put onscreen. The story is a [...]

February 20, 2021

Notebook Reviews: FACE/OFF

John Woo – 1997 Face/Off is a slick and thrilling sci-fi(sh) action film from the great John Woo. The film features wonderfully enthusiastic performances from the brilliant pairing of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage (although his haircut [...]

February 9, 2021

Notebook Reviews: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

Stanley Kubrick – 1968 Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a splendid and spectacular slice of science fiction for grown-ups. The special effects are tremendous, the soundtrack is excellent and the performances are great. [...]

February 5, 2021

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