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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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The Greatest Showman (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

May 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Greatest Showman (2018) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Greatest Showman’ is a largely fictionalised and very glitzy account of the life of Phineas T. Barnum who went from suffering severe poverty to being one of the richest men in the world as the inventor of a new art form, the American circus. It dramatises several of the more familiar incidents of his […]

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Prodigy (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

March 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Prodigy (2017) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

The government is holding a girl, age nine, who has the mental powers of Hannibal Lector plus some that Lector never had. A psychologist is brought in to solve the riddle of the super-intelligent but dangerous girl. There are very strong performances from Richard Neil as the psychologist and especially Savannah Liles as the child. […]

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Annihilation (original soundtrack) by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (MP3 music review).

March 7, 2018 | By | Reply More
Annihilation (original soundtrack) by Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury (MP3 music review).

Alex Burrow and Ben Salisbury had previously scored ‘Ex Machina’, also directed by Alex Garland. To begin with, the story of ‘’Annihilation’ is intentionally disorienting. Somewhere on the eastern seaboard, a region square miles in size seems to have undergone a radical transformation. Only a little way inside the perimeter is visible. In this region […]

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

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

Alex Garland, who wrote and directed the excellent ‘Ex Machina’, has co-written and directed a second film, ‘Annihilation’ (based on the excellent 2014 novel by Jeff VanderMeer). A strange expanse has turned into ‘the Shimmer’, a square-mile-wide region where the laws of physics no longer work. After scores of men have failed to return from […]

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The Sect (1991) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

February 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Sect (1991) (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

‘The Sect’ aka ‘The Devil’s Daughter (1991’ is not great, but it is an unexpectedly satisfying supernatural suspense film. A schoolteacher nearly hits a very old man on the road. She invites him into her home only to find out he seems to know more about her house than she does. He seems to know […]

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