IO9 Movie Reviews
I write a regular movie review column for IO9 covering science fiction and fantasy films, with an emphasis on retro works.
You can find a links to all the original articles on my main site. Below are links to local copies with some extended notes.
Sexy Evil Genius
dir. Shawn Piller
Sexy Evil Genius is Shawn Piller's geek ensemble film noir.
John Dies At The End
dir. Don Coscarelli
John Dies At The End is Don Coscarelli's adaptation of David Wong's batshit crazy novel.
dir. Richard Stanley
Hardware is Richard Stanley's post-apocalyptic story of man (and woman) vs machine.
dir. Jan Švankmajer's
Alice is Jan Švankmajer's eerie adaptation of Alice in Wonderland
cre. J. Michael Straczynski
Babylon 5 is a groundbreaking television space opera developed by J. Michael Straczynski.
cre. Rockne S. O'Bannon
Farscape is a science fiction series created by Rockne O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson Studios.
Encounter At Raven's Gate
dir. Rolf de Heer
Encounter at Raven's Gate is a 1988 small town alien invasion family melodrama directed by Dutch-born Australian filmmaker Rolf de Heer.
dir. Louis Moreneau
In Retroactive, Jim Belushi plays a psychotic time traveling Elvis impersonator with trust issues.
dir. Aaron Lipstatdt
In Android, Klaus Kinski wants to hook you up to his android and stimulate you. Wait...where are you going?
dir. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
In Intacto, if it wasn't for bad luck, Max von Sydow wouldn't have no luck at all.
The Stendhal Syndrome
dir. Dario Argento
The Stendhal Syndrome is the most awkward "take your daughter to work" project ever conceived. Err, filmed.
dir. Tobe Hooper
In Lifeforce, space boobies need to come with a warning label.
dir. Don Coscarelli
Phantasm blows the lid off the Zombie/Jawa Industrial Complex.
A Fire In The Sky
dir. Jerry Jameson
A Fire In The Sky is the true story of a logger who was allegedly abducted by aliens. It's true in the sense that he alleged it. Don't get me started on the grammar of that.
dir. Alejandro Jodorowsky
Santa Sangre is a psychosexual surrealist thriller from Mexican/Italian filmmaker and authentic weirdo Alejandro Jodorowsky
dir. Andrei Yermash, V. Karpichhyov
Lunnaya Raduga is a groovy Soviet era Russian space mystery
Enter The Void
dir. Gaspar Noé
Enter The Void is a psychedelic rollercoaster ride through Tokyo.
dir. Saul Bass
Phase IV is a man-vs-nature sci fi thriller about super-intelligent ants, directed by Saul Bass. The movie, not the ants. The ants did improv.
dir. Michael Crichton
Looker is a new media techno-thriller by Michael Crichton that, despite its cheesiness, was more prescient than you might imagine.