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Alien Opponent

The made-for-Chiller feature, reviewed in one line!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Judging by the stupidity of Alien Opponent, Roddy Piper has plenty of bubble gum. —Rod Lott
 
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Camel Spiders

Welcome to the arac war.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Camel Spiders is no Arachnophobia, but it does try to be anything but the cheap creature feature that it is. Like the recent Sharktopus and Dinoshark, it’s another science-gone-wrong pic from producer Roger Corman, and even my 6-year-old son was able to recognize one of the man’s filmmaking tenets from scene one: "Already action already!"
 
Monday, March 19, 2012

Wizards

Ralph Bakshi makes movie magic.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Ralph Bakshi's Wizards is an imperfect animated feature in script, but told with such imagination and artistry that it's a winner nonetheless. Like much of the writer/director's work, if not all, the 1977 film has survived on cult following alone. Why else would it be getting a 35th-anniversary edition?
 
Monday, March 19, 2012

Zaat

Zaat's entertainment, folks.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In an abandoned lab in Jackson, Fla., one Dr. Leopold (Marshall Grauer) completes a seven-year project to mutate and transform himself from a mild-mannered, dumpy-looking mad scientist to an upright, green-scaled creature (Wade Popwell) who retains all of the doc's mental functions and artistic abilities.
 
Monday, March 5, 2012

The Deadly Spawn: Millennium Edition

It’s ‘Deadly’ fun.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
From 1983, “Deadly Spawn” clearly is rooted in the style of the 1950s sci-fi monster movies whose posters bedeck one of the character’s walls, from Bert I. Gordon's "The Spider" to Jack Arnold’s “Monster on the Campus” — films in which severe deficiencies in budget are mitigated by ingenuity and charm.
 
Monday, February 20, 2012

Metal Shifters

Mildly enjoyable hunk of junk, literally.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Originally broadcast on Syfy as "Iron Invader," "Metal Shifters" examines an heretofore unknown problem related to our nation's housing crisis: a 17-feet-tall, 1-ton, killer-robot statue made of junk.
 
Monday, February 6, 2012

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

It’s chimps ahoy with the latest ‘Planet of the Apes’ adventure.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Say what you will about Tim Burton’s widely despised 2001 remake of “Planet of the Apes,” but if it hadn't made serious bank, this prequel would not exist.
 
Monday, December 12, 2011

Another Earth

This intriguing sci-fi drama goes slightly out of orbit.


Sci-Fi

Phil Bacharach
You’ve got to admire the DIY ethic of “Another Earth.” Raw and grainy, it is steadfastly committed to its own smarts and vision — even if it ultimately falls short of its ambitions.
 
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

No Blade of Grass

If Al Gore made an apocalyptic action film ...


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Actor-turned-director Cornel Wilde (“The Naked Prey”) was way ahead of his time, as his 1970 eco-thriller “No Blade of Grass,” now out from Warner Archive, shows.
 
Friday, November 11, 2011

Attack the Block

You gotta fight / For your right / To watch this!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
A festival hit, "Attack the Block" lives up to its reputation as an instant cult classic. After all, it's basically a stoner's version of 1986's "Critters" (or 1991's "Critters 3," to be technical) — so how could it not hold enduring appeal to the baked couch potatoes ingesting cheese puffs?
 
Monday, October 24, 2011

7 Faces of Dr. Lao

A heady piece of fantastic fantasy.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In a true tour-de-force performance, the late, great Tony Randall takes on seven roles in this long-beloved, charming 1964 fantasy from legendary sci-fi producer George Pal. After a too-long period of being out of print, it's back from Warner Archive.
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Green Lantern

That's one dull emerald.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Is "Green Lantern" as bad as everyone said? Resoundingly yes! To paraphrase the emerald knight's own oath: In brightest day, in blackest night, sitting through this took all my might.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Lost Future

It should be ‘Lost’ forever.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Sean Bean's at the center of a critically acclaimed, made-for-television effort that has him and his crew using many an antiquating weapon, from swords to bows.
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mimic: The Director's Cut

Take two!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Guillermo del Toro is a giant talent, but he has an equally giant problem in getting too close to his films, to a point where he's unable to see any of their faults; thus, they often overstay their welcome. ("Hellboy II: The Golden Army" was among 2008's most tiresome movies, but length was hardly that one's only problem.)
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The 10th Victim

'10th' is first-rate, far-out fun.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Leave it to Italy to take the core idea of a great Robert Sheckley short story ("The Prize of Peril") and run with it. The result, "The 10th Victim," is as prescient as it is kitschy, and something of a cult classic. Blue Underground's sweet new Blu-ray of the very 1965 tongue-in-cheek thriller may expand that following.
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
 
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