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Iron Sky: Director's Cut

The empire Reichs back ... again!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
It's 2018, and a U.S. president who looks uncannily like Sarah Palin sends a black man to the moon in a bid for re-election. The American lunar module lands on the dark side of the moon — you know, where the Transformers live — and finds an enormous Nazi outpost that's been there since Hitler's plan for world domination failed. 
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Gravity

Space is the place.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Gravity is one of those rare films that truly is meant to be experienced on the big screen. If theaters were a thing of the past — and believe me, it's only a matter of time — it is doubtful it would have been made. 
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Last Days on Mars

Mars needs Lysol.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
With his good looks, Liev Schreiber (TV's Ray Donovan) seems born to play an astronaut. In Magnet Releasing's The Last Days on Mars, he finally gets the chance. As chief systems officer Vincent Campbell, he's part of Aurora's six-month mission on the red planet with only 19 hours left to go before heading home. What could go wrong? 
 
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Saturn 3

Ring around the risible.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

What's a director of classic musicals doing in science fiction? Making Saturn 3, one of the worst of the genre Hollywood made in the immediate post-Star Wars / Alien era. Stanley Donen (Singin' in the Rain) takes to it about as well as you'd expect; he's in over his head.

 
Monday, December 2, 2013

Eve of Destruction

Aims for 'Terminator' territory.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Military marksman Col. Jim McQuade (Gregory Hines, Running Scared) is called into top-secret duty to neutralize a surveillance robot gone haywire in San Francisco. It won't be easy, because for one thing, the android is undetectable from a human. For another, it has a built-in nuclear bomb that will detonate upon imminent threat.
 
Friday, November 22, 2013

The Eyes of Charles Sand

The 'Eyes' have it. Kind of.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
At the exact moment of his elderly uncle's fatal heart attack in the middle of the night, Charles Sand (Peter Haskell, The Phantom of Hollywood) has a dream of the family member in a coffin. This is Charles' first inclination he has been given the gift of "The Sight." Or is it a curse? 
 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Grabbers

Will it reach out and grab ya?

 
Friday, November 15, 2013

Abducted

Reductive.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Lovebirds Dave (Trevor Morgan, Beneath the Dark) and Jessica (Tessa Ferrer, TV's Grey's Anatomy) have quite a vacation planned for their visit to California. Not on the agenda: being Abducted.
 
Friday, October 25, 2013

Pacific Rim

Monsters kink.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Sometimes I revisit a beloved movie from my childhood and wonder, "What was I thinking? Do kids really have no taste?" Pacific Rim feels like one of those movies.
 
Friday, October 18, 2013

Europa Report

Almost out-of-this-world.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
As hinted by the title, Europa Report is built upon faux found footage — this time of the Europa One deep-space expedition, in which astronauts were sent to a moon of Jupiter to drill through its ice and see what's what. We know that "what" will mean their doom. 
 
Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

Boldly going again.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

With the run of original Star Trek films, there's a long-standing theory that only the even-numbered entries are good, i.e. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Well, that theory does not apply to director J.J. Abrams' rebooted franchise; both of his voyages of the starship Enterprise — 2009's Star Trek and this summer's sequel of Star Trek Into Darkness — stand strong as successes across the board: creative, critical and financial. 

 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Q: The Winged Serpent

'Q' earns a B+.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Michael Moriarty's Quinn is a lowlife blowhard, a criminal who never has paid taxes but always is quick to pay attention to the bottle. Yet it's this very collection of human deficiencies that marked Q: The Winged Serpent unique upon its 1982 release and helped keep it alive ever since.
 
Friday, August 23, 2013

The Frozen Dead

A head of its time.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

I've seen many a zombie movie — too many, one could argue successfully — but 1966's The Frozen Dead must be the first in which a member of the undead was so concerned with hair care, Carly Simon probably wrote a song about him. As the pic's mad scientist introduces him, “This one is harmless. He combs his hair continuously, like a vain adolescent.”

 
Friday, August 23, 2013

A Boy and His Dog

Overlooked in its time, the cult classic is unearthed and given the Blu-ray treatment. Don Johnson in hi-fi!


Sci-Fi

Patrick Crain
There is something truly remarkable about A Boy and His Dog: the ability to remain under the radar despite all its cultural touchstones, owing a debt of gratitude to L.Q. Jones’s adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s novella.
 
Monday, August 19, 2013

Dark Angel

The high-def release comes in peace.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
When did 1990's I Come in Peace become Dark Angel? More importantly, why? Did some porno cop its title? Now people will confuse it with that one TV series Jessica Alba did for James Cameron before she became a movie star.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
 
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