Tag Archives: Sunday Cinema

Sunday Cinema: Gamera (1965)

I’m not gonna lie. As giant monsters go, a radioactive turtle is probably the Kaiju version of a nerd. Even so, that didn’t stop Gamera from warming the cold lump of coal I call a heart…

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SUNDAY CINEMA: Ghost Patrol (1936) – A Science Fiction Western From the Golden Age

While not cited as the first science fiction western — that feather belongs in the cap of 1935’s The Phantom EmpireGhost Patrol from 1936 comes awfully close.

In Ghost Patrol, a group of criminals use a scientist’s mysterious death ray machine to blow airplanes out of the sky.

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Sunday Cinema: Panic in Year Zero!

Ray Milland directed and stars in Panic in Year Zero!, a 1962 post-apocalyptic SciFi film in which a family survives a thermonuclear war. Like you do. The film also features Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon (!) and Joan Freeman.

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Sunday Cinema: The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

Michaele Jordan informed me of this entertaining 2005 short film, The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello. Set in a world of iron dirigibles and steam powered computers, this gothic horror mystery tells the story of Jasper Morello, a disgraced aerial navigator who flees his plague-ridden home on a desperate voyage to redeem himself.

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Sunday Cinema: The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (1958)

From wikipedia:

The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy (originally La momia azteca contra el robot humano) is a 1958 Mexican film directed by Rafael Portillo, starring Ramón Gay and Rosa Arenas. It blends elements of science fiction and horror. The film is the sequel to The Aztec Mummy and The Curse of the Aztec Mummy, both released earlier that year, and a large portion of the film consists of an extended recap of the first two entries in the series.

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Sunday Cinema: Creature of Destruction (1967)

Creature of Destruction is a 1967 made-for-television film directed by Larry Buchanan that’s an uncredited color remake of the 1956 film The She Creature directed by Edward L. Cahn. It concerns an oily hypnotist, murder, and a prehistoric humanoid form of sea-life.

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Sunday Cinema: Roger Corman’s “Galaxy of Terror” (1981)

“Hell has just been relocated!”

So says the tag line for Galaxy of Terror, a 1981 SciFi suspense thriller in which the crew of a rescue ship meets up with horrors projected by their own imaginations. It was produced by Roger Corman, directed by Bruce D. Clark, and stars Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston and Taaffe O’Connell.

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Sunday Cinema: The 10th Victim

The 10th Victim is a 1965 film starring Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress. It’s based on Robert Sheckley’s 1953 short story “Seventh Victim”. Sheckley later published a novelization of the film (The 10th Victim) as well as two sequels Victim Prime (1987) and Hunter/Victim (1988).

The premise is that war has been replaced by legalized murder games called The Big Hunt, which provide sport and entertainment for the masses.
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SUNDAY CINEMA: “The Obsolete Man,” a Must-See Twilight Zone Episode

I thought I had seen all the episodes of The Twilight Zone. My Tivo proved me wrong.

It recorded the 1961 episode titled “The Obsolete Man,” a fantastic story about an Orwellian future and the one man who dared stand against it. It’s low-key, being largely dialogue-driven, but it’s nonetheless captivating thanks to a marvelous script written by Rod Serling himself. Excellent performance are given by Burgess Meredith (he of another excellent episode, “Time Enough at Last”) as Romney Wordsworth and Fritz Weaver as The Chancellor.

Great stuff. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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Sunday Cinema: Danger Word

Here’s a powerful short film about a 13-year-old girl and her grandfather, hiding out in a wooded cabin after a plague…

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Short Film: Prospect

Via Paul Di Filippo comes the short film Prospect, the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl on a toxic alien planet. She and her father hunt for precious materials, aiming to strike it rich. When the father is attacked by a roving bandit, the daughter must take control.
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Sunday Short: Carn

Carn is a short, dark film by Jeff Le Bars in which a young boy gets lost in the wilderness and encounters a wolf…
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Sunday Cinema: Monsieur COK

Franck Dion’s Monsieur COK is an excellently styled animated short, which is described like this:.

Mister Cok is the owner of a large bomb factory. Looking for efficiency and profit, he decides to replace his workers by sophisticated robots. The formers stare helplessly at the toil of the robotic labourers. But one of the workers does not accept being discarded so easily…

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Sunday Cinema: The Eagleman Stag

Here’s an interesting, weird and well-done short film by Mikey Please.

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Sunday Cinema: 8 Bits

Here’s an imaginative short film that pits our video game hero against the Evil Boss that wants to shed his 8-bit life. Can our hero restore the 8-bit nature of the world? Watch this cool video and find out.

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Sunday Cinema: Salesman Pete and The Amazing Stone From Outer Space

Salesman Pete is not your run-of-the-mill clumsy salesman. Thanks to the super-advanced microprocessor implanted into his brain by mad scientists from the government, he’s also a deadly super secret agent. Good thing, too, because what the world needs is someone to stop the danger unleashed when bad guys steal a magic stone that turns can change anything into seafood.

I hate when that happens. But I love this short film.

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Sunday Cinema: From The Future With Love (A Short Film)

This comes to us via GeekyTyrant – a very well done short film from director K-Michel Parandi about privatized police forces in New York City, 2095. Don’t have the right coverage plan? Better upgrade, or the police might not be able to help you. The production value on this film makes it look slick and solid, on par with what we’ve seen from Hollywood these days. The concept reminds me (a little) of Judge Dredd.

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Sunday Cinema: Dr. Easy

From the Vimeo description: “Michael is a broken man with a gun. He is surrounded by armed police. A robot with medical training is dispatched to negotiate – but can it save him?”

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Sunday Cinema: Terror Of Mechagodzilla (1975)

I look back on my childhood viewings of the Godzilla movies with mixed emotions. I always used to look forward to these films because, well, to my young eyes they were cool. “Monsters! How could it be any better?”

Apparently the producers thought the answer to my questions was simple: a robotic Godzilla. And look! It even had a friendly Godzilla, who teams up with humans to protect the planet from their common foe: aliens.
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Sunday Cinema: Watch Stanislaw Lem Adaptation “1” For Free!

The film 1 is an adaptation of one of the stories in Stanislaw Lem’s book One Human Minute.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

A bookshop renowned for its rare works is mysteriously and completely filled with copies of a book entitled 1, which doesn’t appear to have a publisher or author. The strange almanac describes what happens to the whole of humanity in the space of a minute. A police investigation begins and the bookshop staff are placed in solitary confinement by the Bureau for Paranormal Research (RDI Reality Defense Institute). As the investigation progresses, the situation becomes more complex and the book increasingly well known, raising numerous controversies (political, scientific, religious and artistic). Plagued by doubts, the protagonist has to face facts: reality only exists in the imagination of individuals.

‘Enigmatic in form, encyclopedic in scope, and leaving room between its lines for many different readings, Sparrow’s truly singular film encapsulates the whole of human experience in eccentric, elliptical cross-section. It is all at once science fiction, political allegory, transcendental mystery and free-form documentary, recalling the early works of Peter Greenaway in its vast referential breadth, its mannered blurring of fact and fiction, and the beauty of its tableau-like images.’

Watch the film after the jump.

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