I write about independent science fiction movies. Mostly.
Why indie? Because especially since late 90s, indie movie production grew into something bigger than ever. So many awesome brilliant fucking awesome movies with tiny budget and unknown names were made. All this thanks to the greedy studios with their box office fears (sounds like a clichè, I know). Unfortunately, most indie (especially sci-fi) movies remain virtually unknown, even if in last decade this started to change.
Think about this. First there was a so-called Classical Hollywood Cinema period, roughly 1917-1960. Then we have all that time period from late 60s till late 90s when (with some exceptions) so many great movies we know and still love nowadays were made. Why? Well, they still have connection to our world (older movies often look just like something too different), they were made and watched by people who still influence our modern world and many of them are still making movies. How many movies made before 60s have you actually seen?
But it was a completely different environment compared to what we have now, especially in sci-fi that often requires bigger funds. Back then, as it seems, it was possible for the big studios to involve big budget, innovation and creativity, experiments to some extent, involve great and often unknown actors. Most recent sci-fi is polished and empty. There are some good exceptions as well too.
Don’t get me wrong. For example, Contact, directed by Zemeckis, was stuck in production for years and changed many studios and directors. If you read different interviews, most directors of that time had the same problems with finding funds as now. But somehow, they managed to made those movies.
Of course, many exceptions existed with lots of low-budget stuff that became cult as well. Let’s say, this is how it looks from the distance of 20+ years. I cannot image that movies like Terminator 1-2, Back to the Future, Aliens 1-2, Contact, many Spielberg films, Bladerunner, Total Recall, etc., would be made now by any big studio. They had some…naivety, ingenuity, even innocence. Deep inside, they were romantic. Not polished, but alive, and that’s what made them great. By the way, all this stuff I described happened to only in cinema business, but in many other areas as well.
Why sci-fi? It’s a great metaphore for saying something bigger. It can be funny, dark, sweet, haunting… anything. Simply put, I love it. I have always loved it since I went to see my first movies at cinema when I was 6 with my Dad. I used to read lots of sci-fi too (Dune and Jule Verne were one of the first) and played lots of videogames. And recently many good people started to be involved more and more into sci-fi and make something really weird and interesting.
Most importantly and surprisingly, more and more recent indie sci-fi is not so much about aliens, monsters, robots etc, but more about us, humans, our nature. This change is still ongoing and it is great.
Sometimes you will find some other reviews as well, of course. I am not a hardcore nerdy sci-fi geek (disappointed?) and watch a lots of other stuff as well. If you don’t know what to watch or are down, just check one more time Wes Anderson’s movies, maybe his early movies, he is just amazing.
Some cool sci-fi fests to follow:
Austin Fantastic Fest
Boston Science Fiction Film Festival
Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival
European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation former and current members:
- Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
- BIFFF Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
- Sitges Film Festival
- Imagine Film Festival
- Lund International Fantastic Film Festival
- Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival
- Fantastic Fest
About me. 1989 edition. I speak several languages fluently (Italian and Russian, plus some German) but English is not my native language so feel free to correct any mistakes. I love movies, literature, music (also mostly independent stuff, I used to play in a band before), video games if they have a good story, photography, squash, nature, travel, wine.