reviews a-z

Science fiction movies reviews, all together. Most recent Star Wars, Star Trek TV series, Marvel, DC and X-Men movies are not included. Movies with budget of more than 25-30 mln are marked with *.

4/4
ALIEN
ALIENS
AMERICAN ASTRONAUT (guest review)
*ARRIVAL
BLADE RUNNER
BLADE RUNNER 2049
CABIN IN THE WOODS
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
COHERENCE
*CHILDREN OF MEN
*CORALINE
CUBE
DEFENDOR
CEMETERY MAN (DELLA MORTE, DELL’AMORE)
DEAD MAN’S LETTERS (ПИСЬМА МЁРТВОГО ЧЕЛОВЕКА)
DONNIE DARKO
DISTRICT 9 (guest review)
*EDGE OF TOMORROW
EX MACHINA (guest review)
FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
*THE FIFTH ELEMENT
GALAXY QUEST (guest review)
*GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)
*GRAVITY
GROUNDHOG DAY
*GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 1
*HELLBOY 1/2
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1954)
*INDEPENDENCE DAY
*JURASSIC PARK
K-PAX
KIN-DZA-DZA! (Кин-дза-дза!)
THE LOBSTER
THE MAN FROM EARTH
*THE MATRIX
METROPOLIS
MOON
*PACIFIC RIM
PITCH BLACK
ROBOCOP (1987)
RESOLUTION
*STARSHIP TROOPERS
STRANGER THINGS (TV SERIES)
SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED
SPRING
SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD
SOURCE CODE
SOUND OF MY VOICE
SOLARIS (1972, СОЛЯРИС)
STALKER (СТАЛКЕР)
*STARSHIP TROOPERS
SUNSHINE
SUPER
*TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
TRAIN TO BUSAN
WELCOME TO ZOMBIELAND
*WALL-E
*THE WATCHMEN
ZEROGRAD (CITY ZERO, ZERO CITY, ГОРОД ЗЕРО)
10 CLOVERFIELD LANE
28 DAYS LATER
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

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)
PREDESTINATION
SCREAMERS
*SERENITY (2005 MOVIE)
*UNIVERSAL SOLDIER
VERSION 1.0 (PARANOIA 1.0, ONE POINT O)
*WESTWORLD (2016 TV SERIES)

3/4
*ALIEN 3
*ALIEN: RESSURECTION
*AVATAR
*CLOUD ATLAS
THE CONGRESS
*CONTACT
CYPHER
DAY WATCH / NIGHT WATCH (ДНЕВНОЙ ДОЗОР / НОЧНОЙ ДОЗОР)
*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
*MINORITY REPORT
THE MERMAID
*THE MATRIX RELOADED (guest review)
*THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS
MIMIC
PLANET OF STORMS (PLANETA BURG, ПЛАНЕТА БУРЬ)
*PROMETHEUS
REPO MAN (1984)
*RESIDENT EVIL (2002)
*RISE/DAWN/WAR ON THE PLANET OF APES (2010-S TRILOGY) (guest review)
THX 1138
TIME CRIMES
*THE TIME MACHINE (2002)
TIME LAPSE
THE ONE I LOVE
THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975)
THE TERMINATOR
*TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
*TERMINATOR SALVATION
TRON
*TRON: LEGACY
TURBO KID
SLEEP DEALER
UNDER THE SKIN
*UNBREAKABLE
13TH FLOOR

2.5/4
ARQ
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
*LIFE
*LUCY
NEVER LET ME GO
MAD MAX (1979)
*OBLIVION
OUTLAND
SPACE STATION 76
*THE MARTIAN
THE ROAD
*TRANSFORMERS (2007)
WHAT HAPPENED TO MONDAY

2/4
*ALIEN: COVENANT
HIGH-RISE
*JURASSIC PARK III
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

0.5/4

NATURAL CITY
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.

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