Review – Chaos Walking

Director Doug Liman has the misfortune of being labeled the close-but-no-cigar guy in my head. He’s the kickstarter of franchises. The first instalment guy who then has to watch how others improve on the groundwork he’s done. The man who delivers serviceable entertainment that’s too fleeting to make a lasting impression. His new film ‘Chaos …

Review – Godzilla vs. Kong

I keep wondering what a lucrative business it must be to own a construction company in Warner Bros. cinematic Monsterverse. Construction or undertaking of course. City after city is leveled by giant mythical beings, stomping on everything and everyone. That’s a lot of bricks, mortar and funerals. But I digress. Godzilla is back and this …

Review – ‘Anti-Life’

Having Bruce Willis’ name attached to your movie means nothing anymore these days. He has his loyal fan base, but for some reason the actor doesn’t seem to care about quality. So is his newest movie “Die Hard in Space”? Not exactly. Anti-Life is a sci-fi thriller with a rather well known cast starring Bruce Willis, Cody Kearsley (Riverdale) …

The Fifth Element. Humanity’s Last Hope.

Religion’s contributing role in the creation of lasting science-fiction films. Since the beginning of the 20th century, a plethora of sci-fi films have been produced which mirror reality with a slight exaggeration or twist. Many have themes of dystopian post-apocalyptic worlds like Mad Max, Waterworld, or the infamous Terminator series. Some may be based on …

Netflix Review – ‘The Midnight Sky’

THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020) Kyle Chandler as Mitchell. Cr. Philippe Antonello/NETFLIX ©2020 To be honest with you, I’ve never watched a film that’s directed by George Clooney. There’s no real reason why I haven’t, mostly because the subject matter of his films don’t particularly speak to me. But with ‘The Midnight Sky’ being a dystopian …

Review – ‘Sputnik’

Where most sci-fi horror films bring the alien on board a spaceship to wreak havoc, ‘Sputnik’ decides to take the action with them to good old planet Earth. This Russian creature feature could easily be described as ‘Arrival’ meets ‘Life’, but stands on its own two feet with its somber cinematography and terrific performances. “A …

Fantasia International Film Festival Short Film Review – ‘Doppelbänger’

Character driven sci-fi short film ‘Doppelbänger’ grabs your attention by throwing a sex-scene-gone-wrong at its audience, before delving into the ethical aspects of changing the primary functions of robots in our society. George’s Sia-wig wearing sexbot starts malfunctioning mid-coïtus, which forces him to contact its creator, Pria. Reluctant to pick up the phone, in case …

Review – ‘Color Out of Space’

Cult director Richard Stanley (who once famously got fired as the director of ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’) directs H.P. Lovecraft’s cosmic nightmare Color Out of Space. The story follows Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage continuing his Cage-aissance) and his family, whose recent retreat to rural life gets interrupted when a meteorite crashes into their front …

Fantastic Film Festival Australia Unveils Full Program

STRANGE, SUBVERSIVE AND SURREAL Dystopian zombie mutants, reality-bending psychological terror, dreamlike animations, and a healthy dose of gore – the inaugural Fantastic Film Festival Australia (20 Feb – 4 March) has announced its full program of strange and surreal, boundary-pushing and bizarre cinema screening at Lido Cinemas, Hawthorn (VIC) and Ritz Cinemas, Randwick (NSW). Offering up its own distinct perspective on …

Review – ‘Underwater’

Sci-fi thrillers have a bad reputation when it comes to making money at the box office. They’re either extremely well made and praised by critics all over the globe, some also get totally crushed by the competition in the same opening weekend, others are just complete and utter trash. ‘Underwater’, bringing absolutely nothing original to …