reviews a-z

Science fiction movies reviews, all together. Most Star Wars, Star Trek and superhero movies are not included. Movies with budget of more than 25-30 mln are marked with *. All movies rated 4/4, 3.5/4, 3.0 are highly reccomended.

3.5/4
A BOY AND HIS DOG
ATTACK THE BLOCK
AUTOMATA
*BACK TO THE FUTURE
*CHAPPIE (guest review)
DARK CITY
DARK STAR
*DREDD
EXAM (guest review)
EXISTENZ
EQUILIBRIUM
FAHRENHEIT 451
FORBIDDEN PLANET
GET OUT
*GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 (guest review)
HARDWARE
HARDCORE HENRY (ХАРДКОР)
INK
INQUEST OF PILOT PIRX (TEST PILOTA PIRXA, ДОЗНАНИЕ ПИЛОТА ПИРКСА)
*INTERSTELLAR
*JUMANJII
*THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK
*LOOPER (guest review)
THE MACHINE
MIRROR FOR A HERO (ЗЕРКАЛО ДЛЯ ГЕРОЯ)
PARADE OF THE PLANETS (ПАРАД ПЛАНЕТ)
THE TERMINATOR
PREDESTINATION
SCREAMERS
*SERENITY (2005 MOVIE)
*THE SIXTH SENSE
*UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
VERSION 1.0 (PARANOIA 1.0, ONE POINT O)
*WESTWORLD (2016 TV SERIES)

3/4
ABOUT TIME
*ALIEN 3
*ALIEN: RESSURECTION
*AVATAR
*CLOUD ATLAS
THE CONGRESS
CYPHER
DAY WATCH / NIGHT WATCH (ДНЕВНОЙ ДОЗОР / НОЧНОЙ ДОЗОР)
*DEEP BLUE SEA
*DOOM
*EVENT HORIZON
*GATTACA
*GODZILLA (1998)
*GODZILLA (2014)
EUROPA REPORT
HER
I ORIGINS
IRON SKY
*THE ISLAND
KILL COMMAND
KUNG FURY
LA JETEE
LAZER TEAM
*LOGAN
LOCKOUT
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
*THE MARTIAN (guest review)
*MINORITY REPORT
THE MERMAID
*THE MATRIX RELOADED (guest review)
*THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
MIMIC
PLANET OF STORMS (PLANETA BURG, ПЛАНЕТА БУРЬ)
*PROMETHEUS
*RED PLANET
REPO MAN (1984)
*RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
THE ROAD
*RISE/DAWN/WAR ON THE PLANET OF APES (2010-S TRILOGY) (guest review)
*THE SIGNS
THX 1138
TIME CRIMES
*THE TIME MACHINE (2002)
TIME LAPSE
THE ONE I LOVE
THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975)
*TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
*TERMINATOR SALVATION
TRON
*TRON: LEGACY
TURBO KID
SLEEP DEALER
*UNBREAKABLE
UNDER THE SKIN
*UNBREAKABLE
13TH FLOOR

2.5/4
ARQ
*BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
EMBERS
DEAD MOUNTAINEER’S HOTEL (HUKKUNUD ALPINISTI HOTEL, ОТЕЛЬ “У ПОГИБШЕГО АЛЬПИНИСТА”)
*DR. STRANGE
*GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)
*HUNGER GAMES
*INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE
IT FOLLOWS
*JURASSIC WORLD
*KONG: SKULL ISLAND
LAST DAYS ON MARS
*LIFE
*LUCY
NEVER LET ME GO
MAD MAX (1979)
*MARS ATTACKS!
*MISSION TO MARS
*OBLIVION
OUTLAND
SPACE STATION 76
*TRANSFORMERS (2007)
WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY

2/4
*ALIEN: COVENANT
HIGH-RISE
*JURASSIC PARK III
*JOHN CARTER
THE LAWNMOWER MAN
MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
PARAGRAPH 78
*TERMINATOR: GENISYS
THE TOXIC AVENGERR
*TRANSFORMERS 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 76, 124

1.5/4
AVALON
FREQUENCIES
nothing that disappointing yet *PASSENGERS
TRIANGLE
SOYLENT GREEN

1/4
PRIMER
UNCANNY
MORGAN
ROCKETMAN

0.5/4

NATURAL CITY
STRANDED
nothing that bad yet 400 DAYS

0/4
nothing that bad yet, but it’s coming

***

All rating are just my own opinion. All movies you will find here are compared within the sci-fi genre. Oh, by the way, you will find here some occasional big budget cinema reviews – they are marked with *. There are not so many of them, so I decided to not create a separate page.

Just to have some point of reference: some of my very favorite movies are “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”, ”Drive”, “Lost In Translation”, “Stalker”, “Mulholland Drive”, ”Coffee and Cigarettes”. Of course, there is lots and lots of other stuff I adore, but these are particularly very important to me.

Directors that influenced me most are Tarkovsky, Jarmusch, Lynch, Wes Anderson, Kubrick, Coen brothers, Tarantino, Cronenberg, Spielberg, Polanski, Guillermo del Toro. There are many others that I appreciate and admire, but these are most essential.

Some of recent big budget sci-fi I think is just awesome – “Pacific Rim”, “The Watchmen”, “Edge of Tomorrow”. Among the sci-fi classics – “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956), “Stalker”, “Alien 1/2”, “Terminator 2”, “Jurassic Park”, “Metropolis”, “The Matrix”.

Most reviews here are independent movies. Of course, there is no precise definition of what is independent since the rules of the games have change since ”The Jaws” and ”Star Wars” were released, but let’s say it’s something below $20 millions, not distributed or produced (normally) by a big studio or with limited release and with an independent spirit. Will we consider “Children of Men” an independent movie? It has $70 million budget and distribution by Universal, but it it still a wonderful science fiction that does not feel commercial, because Alfonso Cuaron maintained his creative freedom. It’s a movie with big budget (though is still pretty small to be a Hollywood blockbuster), but with an independent spirit and feel. Still, it is an exception.

4 thoughts on “reviews a-z

  1. Favourite movies include Cuckoo’s Nest, Drive and Mulholland Drive? We share similar tastes my friend. These are three of my all time favourites as well. I too hold Lynch and The acorns as essential. They’re my favourite directors.

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