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Rodents Of Unusual Size (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Rodents Of Unusual Size (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

This is a documentary about nutrias. These are the world’s largest rodents, weighing in the range of 20 pounds or more. They began invading southern Louisiana swamps about 1958. They have driven out aquatic wildlife in that area. The issue of what to be done about them is controversial. Animal protection and fashion sources benefit […]

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The Monster That Challenged The World (1957) (Movie Retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

August 25, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Monster That Challenged The World (1957) (Movie Retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

Besides the title of the film, ‘The Monster That Challenged The World’ delivers less than expected in most categories. This 1957 film delivers a lot in the talk department and not so much in the logic department. The plot concerns giant-8 foot, man-eating mollusks that hatched in Southern California’s Salton Sea. The monster kills only […]

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Retrospective: The Hypnotic Eye (1960) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

August 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Retrospective: The Hypnotic Eye (1960) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

In an unnamed major city, there is a baffling series of incidents of beautiful women inflicting agonising self-mutilations on their own faces. Dave, a police detective, investigates by searching for a common link. He ties the case to the visit of a popular stage hypnotist. The film’s plot is rather straightforward and flat. The short […]

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Kronos (1957) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

August 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Kronos (1957) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: With a film like ‘Kronos’ the viewer should not be looking at how convincing the special effects are but how clever and efficient they are as they come close to working. From a distance, ‘Kronos’ looks like a fairly spectacular Earth invasion film. Seen individually each visual effect seems to give up its secrets […]

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Curvature (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

August 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Curvature (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

CAPSULE: A woman wakes up in bed and realises that a recent chunk of her life, the time since she went to bed, is now missing. Then she discovers through the magic of time travel that she had killed someone and really that is not like her. Since then, she has been trying to send […]

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War Of The Satellites (1958) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

July 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
War Of The Satellites (1958) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

Shortly after the Soviets put in space the world’s first man-made satellite, Sputnik I, Roger Corman produced and directed a very low-budget SF film to exploit the recent real-world launch. Aliens have put up an invisible barrier to prevent humans from advancing into space. The acting and writing are inconsistent but perhaps just because it […]

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A.I. Tales (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

July 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
A.I. Tales (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

This is a collection of four unrelated Science Fiction stories with downbeat views of the world we are creating today in which we expect to live in the future. The bleak point of view is strongly reminiscent of the TV series ‘Black Mirror’. Each story is set in the future but expresses fears of modern […]

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Retrospective: Lifeforce (1985): a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper.

June 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
Retrospective: Lifeforce (1985): a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper.

Bat-like aliens are found in the tail of Halley’s comet. Also, there are three aliens that look like two human males and one beautiful woman. They are part of what may be an alien invasion force. These first aliens are to seed the planet with a colony of vampires, growing geometrically. Tobe Hooper directs a […]

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Retrospective: 3:10 To Yuma (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

June 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
Retrospective: 3:10 To Yuma (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

A dirt-farmer rancher is just about ready to give up on his drought-stricken farm. The local officials, however, will give him the money he needs to keep his farm alive if, in turn, he will escort a dangerous killer to the train to Yuma prison. The catch is that the killer’s gang is all over […]

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Wonder Woman (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

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Wonder Woman (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Zach Snyder directs the film adaptation of the comic book super-hero Diana, played by Gal Gadot. As introspective as we could expect from a super-hero film, ‘Wonder Woman’ takes place in the closing days of WW1 when Diana follows American flyer Steve Trevor to the trenches of the French Army where the Germans are brewing […]

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