Drama · Science Fiction

George Orwell’s 1984 as Melodrama

Even if you haven’t read George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, you’re familiar with its dark political satire. A cruel dictator is named “Big Brother”, the Ministry of Love conducts hate rallies, and the Ministry of Truth redrafts history. It’s a cautionary tale for any age. Sadly, because human history has recurring themes, despotic governments are… Continue reading George Orwell’s 1984 as Melodrama

Comedy · Science Fiction

The Best Time Travel Movie You’ve Never Seen

If you’re in the mood for a shrewd, off-the-wall flick, then you’ve come to the right place. Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea (1977) is a Czechoslovakian* sci-fi/comedy about time travel and outsmarting the person you used to be. It’s also about time travel as a profitable tourist activity. Now, to travel… Continue reading The Best Time Travel Movie You’ve Never Seen

Horror · Science Fiction

Why You Should Watch One of the Worst Movies Ever Made

Edward G. Wood, Jr. was a very, very thrifty filmmaker. He would shoot scenes in one take, allowing him to barrel through numerous scenes per day. Did the acting and sets lack finesse? Who cares! He could appropriate enough stock footage and pre-recorded music to detract from these, uh, quirks. Also, he didn’t worry about… Continue reading Why You Should Watch One of the Worst Movies Ever Made

Drama · Science Fiction

The Brave Person in Every Sci-Fi Movie

Something we admire about sci-fi films is the courage one or more characters must display to defeat the monster. Battling a sci-fi monster is not easy, whether it’s a giant insect, a mutant sea creature, or an alien from outer space. Despite all danger and difficulty, one or more characters must eventually say, “Enough,” and… Continue reading The Brave Person in Every Sci-Fi Movie

Science Fiction · Thriller

All’s Fair in The Love War

Although we (as in, yours truly) are not the most enthusiastic supporters of television, we do feel an odd nostalgia for televised events we never witnessed, such as Elvis Presley’s first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, or the Apollo 11 moon landing. Another bit of TV business for which we recently developed a fondness is ABC’s… Continue reading All’s Fair in The Love War

Adventure · Science Fiction

Cornelius, Zira & Questionnable Science

The original Planet of the Apes (1968) is a cheesy, but creepy, head trip. Now, before we go any further, we (as in, yours truly) adore the original Planet of the Apes franchise and, even though it is a sci-fi cheese fest, it can do no wrong in our eyes. Who cares about the dated soundtrack and cast-off Flintstones… Continue reading Cornelius, Zira & Questionnable Science

Don't Bother · Science Fiction

Lessons from The Snow Creature: How to Sabotage Scientific Discovery

What do you consider to be the greatest scientific discovery of this generation? Would you say it’s a medical, technological or astronomical discovery? Perhaps the discovery of a previously unknown species trumps all. Well, then, imagine our excitement when we discovered The Snow Creature (1954), a film about the discovery of a Himalayan creature known as a Yeti. The Snow Creature is… Continue reading Lessons from The Snow Creature: How to Sabotage Scientific Discovery

Horror · Science Fiction

The Do’s and Don’ts of Sci-Fi/Horror Movie Making

Good news! If you’re looking to make your own Sci-Fi/Horror film (and who isn’t?), we found the perfect film as your template. White Pongo (1945) is budget-friendly fare about a white gorilla living near Africa’s Congo River who may be “the missing link between man and monkey.” Obviously there would be a lot of fame and money… Continue reading The Do’s and Don’ts of Sci-Fi/Horror Movie Making

Science Fiction

Movie Memory: The Planet of the Apes

When we were in our pre-adolescent years, our interests were girlish and simple: flowered dresses, Barbie dolls, Nancy Drew mysteries, and repeated viewings of The Planet of the Apes. Yup, The Planet of the Apes. We saw all five of the original movies made between 1968 and 1973, and we watched each one between eight… Continue reading Movie Memory: The Planet of the Apes