Category Archives: Science Fiction Films

Still of "Calvin" from LIFE (2017) August 14

LIFE (2017): A Competent but Not Too Lively Sci-Fi / Horror Thriller

Billed as a sci-fi/horror film, Life (2017, dir. Daniel Espinosa) is more accurately a semi-lame thriller based on the familiar sci-fi trope of contamination by an alien species.

August 09

The Emptiness of “The Void” (2016)

Distanced from Astron-6’s darkly funny aesthetic, it becomes just another genre flick defined by its borrowed parts.

May 26

“Colossal” (2016): Monster Mash with Seoul

It’s a conundrum, but a consistently approachable one.

Xenomorph from ALIEN: COVENANT (2017) May 20

Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” (2017)

Perhaps it’s not fair to expect, but I wish this film had scared the crap out of me like its 1979 ancestor did. Still, it does accomplish what it set out to do — to explain the origins of the Xenomorph.

March 29

“The Belko Experiment” (2017): Slaughterhouse 9-to-5

It’s Lord of the Flies with suits and ties.

March 23

Series Rundown: “Resident Evil” (2002 – 2017)

The original may not be the best, but it remains the most cinematic of the series.

February 01

“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” (2017) and the Case for Chaos

For fuck’s sake, even I don’t know what I’m talking about.

January 17

A HONEYMOON (2014) from Hell

An alien presence turns wives into husband-killing monsters in writer-director Leigh Janiak’s feature debut, the indie science-fiction horror film Honeymoon (2014). In their native urban environment (likely New York City), newlyweds Bea (Rose Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) seem like an average (including their quirks) yuppie couple. When they go from city to country (crossing the border into Canada in the process), the ties that bind — along with the gender roles defined by contemporary heterosexual marriage — go out the window when an eerie light shines into it, focusing on new wife Bea.

December 16

Indie Film Friday: “They Look Like People” (2015)

THEY LOOK LIKE PEOPLE (2015, dir. Perry Blackshear) focuses on the social alienation of young urban professionals. All of them “look like people”. All of them are also “aliens” — they’re all alienated from each other. But only one of them can say that this situation is beyond his/her control.

November 29

Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival” (2016)

I viewed Arrival on November 20, and am still not sure how I feel about it.