Category Archives: Science Fiction Films

DVD cover art work for THE BAD BATCH (2016) October 16

Day-Glo Apocalypse: Ana Lily Amirpour’s THE BAD BATCH (2016)

Ana Lily Amirpour weaves universes out of pop culture. Her second film, THE BAD BATCH (2016), is her fantasy of America in the 80’s: a post-apocalyptic, skater culture soaked in drugs and glam. It’s lecherous and carnivorous, lonely and outcast from the promised Eden of the 60’s. But with a touch of John Hughes.

October 13

“Flatliners” (2017): Death Takes a Holiday

As horror premises go, Flatliners is as classical as Frankenstein.

Detail from theatrical poster for BLADE RUNNER 2049 - Fair Use asserted October 06

“Blade Runner 2049” (2017): To the Wonder

You don’t need a PhD to follow the story. You just have to pay attention.

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.