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The Magnetic Monster (1953) (film review retrospective).

July 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Magnetic Monster (1953) (film review retrospective).

In the 1994 film ‘Ed Wood’, the title character, gets enthusiastic over some stock footage, saying that with enough of that he could make a movie. In fact, lots of Science Fiction films have made use of stock footage to save on budgets. Sometimes it is a sequence of lizards fighting with the claim they […]

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Destination Moon (1950) (retrospective film review).

July 15, 2021 | By | Reply More
Destination Moon (1950) (retrospective film review).

‘Destination Moon’ (1950), the film that probably should have led off the 50s Science Fiction cycle, actually is still an enjoyable adventure film, even if parts are a little dated. It is colourful and fairly realistic, certainly taking into account that it was released in 1950. Not that some of the information known then was […]

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The Vigil (2020) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

March 1, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Vigil (2020) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

‘The Vigil’ is a horror film in a Jewish Hasidic setting. The ‘vigil’ of the title is not the sitting shiva after a Jewish funeral, but sitting with the body before the funeral, as tradition demands the body never be left alone. ‘The Vigil’ seems to crank up the supernatural aspect of the ‘shomer’, tying […]

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A Ghost Waits (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

February 25, 2021 | By | Reply More
A Ghost Waits (a film review by Mark R. Leeper and Evelyn C. Leeper).

‘A Ghost Waits’ is a new take on an old idea. Muriel is fairly successfully haunting a house: all the renters break their lease and run away, in a set of shots of household pandemonium under the titles. (The last one even leaves a bookcase full of books!) Then Jack shows up to prep the […]

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M. C. Escher: Journey To Infinity (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 12, 2021 | By | Reply More
M. C. Escher: Journey To Infinity (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

M.C. Escher is best known for his tessellations and for his ‘Impossible’ structures. Strangely, he did not think of himself as an artist, but as a mathematician, not realising one can be more of the one if one is also the other. There is no narrator per se; this documentary is told entirely in the […]

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Fireball – Visitors From Darker Worlds (a film mini-review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 8, 2021 | By | Reply More
Fireball – Visitors From Darker Worlds (a film mini-review by Mark R. Leeper).

Co-directed by Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer, this Apple TV+ documentary about meteors covers a surprising breadth of discussion about the topic from science to tribal mysticism. Fireball – Visitors From Darker Worlds meanders quite a bit and while Herzog displays a broad scientific knowledge, his voice is at times a little wearing. Since this […]

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Spaceship Earth (a film mini-review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 8, 2021 | By | Reply More
Spaceship Earth (a film mini-review by Mark R. Leeper).

Spaceship Earth is a documentary about Biosphere 2 and the story of the eight people who chose to live in its completely isolated environment. The project oddly evolved out of hippies from the 1960s and the film follows the history of the sustainable environment experiment from that time. SPOILER(?): For once the good guys lose, […]

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Leap Of Faith – William Friedkin On The Exorcist (film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 31, 2021 | By | Reply More
Leap Of Faith – William Friedkin On The Exorcist (film review by Mark R. Leeper).

This is a good commentary and companion piece for the original film with many ideas coming together. It has its own philosophical line and its own gravitas, having as much profundity as the film itself. But unlike with most films, see this commentary before seeing ‘The Exorcist’, not after. Okay, everyone interested in this documentary […]

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The Lodge (2019) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

January 29, 2021 | By | Reply More
The Lodge (2019) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Lodge’ is a production from Hammer Films. Hammer was a British company that specialised in horror and Science Fiction from the mid-1950s to the late 1970s. In 2008, Hammer came back or, as many claim, a modern production company acquired the right to use the Hammer name. The new Hammer has even taken images […]

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The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

December 27, 2020 | By | Reply More
The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) (a film retrospective by Mark R. Leeper).

Trivia question: what day of the week is “The Day the Earth Stood Still”? Answer later in the article. The Day The Earth Stood Still is a sentimental favorite among Fifties science fiction films. It is certainly good but not nearly as good as its reputation would make it. What you have is a story […]

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