Movie Review: Mission Mars is for those who don’t bore easily

Capt. Xerox October 21, 2020 461 No Comments

Mission Mars

About the only thing that Mission Mars and 2001: A Space Odyssey have in common is they were both science fiction films that came out in 1968. One is a beloved classic of the genre and the other is a forgotten footnote, but one other thing they do have in common is a space mission… Read more »

Movie Review: The Horror at 37,000 Feet is not so horrible

Capt. Xerox October 6, 2020 549 No Comments

William Shatner stars in The Horror at 37,000 Feet

For viewers of a certain age, it’s not the supernatural monsters in The Horror at 37,000 Feet that will be unbelievable, but the spacious and glamourous look at life on airplanes pre-9/11 that will seem improbable. Aired as a made-for-TV movie in 1973, this film is an entertaining time-waster that has a star-studded cast of… Read more »

Movie review: Warning from Space is better than a lot of other early Japanese scifi movies

Capt. Xerox September 2, 2020 686 No Comments

Warning from Space starfish aliens

Many have concluded that Japan’s giant monster movies are a response to the country’s fear of atomic energy in the wake of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the “monsters” in the 1956 film Warning from Outer Space are actually friendly and arrive on Earth to help save its inhabitants from collision with… Read more »

Movie Review: Red Planet Mars offered a message of hope during the height of the Cold War

Capt. Xerox August 4, 2020 762 No Comments

Red Planet Mars scene 1952 movie

Despite its title, all of the action on Red Planet Mars takes place on Earth, but perhaps the red refers to the ‘Red Scare’ that is at the heart of this story that imagines how the world would be changed if we discovered that intelligent life existed on the planet next door. Based on a… Read more »

Move review: Tune into alien thoughts in Wavelength

Capt. Xerox July 9, 2020 702 2 Comments

Wavelength movie poster

The idea that the U.S. military is hiding evidence of aliens from the public has become so pervasive that it has almost become a piece of modern folklore. The usual story is that a “flying saucer” crashed in Roswell, New Mexico and the military either recovered bodies or actual survivors. The idea of this conspiracy… Read more »

Movie Review: Where have TV movies gone like Where Have All the People Gone?

Capt. Xerox June 11, 2020 476 No Comments

Where Have All the People Gone?

A few years ago, when streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime started commissioning original movies for their platforms, it was big news, but it’s really just a sign that they are becoming more like the big TV networks they are slowly replacing. There was a time that American networks like ABC, CBS and NBC… Read more »