reviews a-z

4/4
ALIEN
ALIENS
AMERICAN ASTRONAUT
*ARRIVAL
BLADE RUNNER
CABIN IN THE WOODS
COHERENCE
*CHILDREN OF MEN
*CORALINE
CUBE
DEFENDOR
CEMETERY MAN (DELLA MORTE, DELL’AMORE)
DEAD MAN’S LETTERS (ПИСЬМА МЁРТВОГО ЧЕЛОВЕКА)
DONNIE DARKO
DISTRICT 9
EX MACHINA
GALAXY QUEST
*GRAVITY
*HELLBOY 1/2
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1954)
K-PAX
KIN-DZA-DZA! (Кин-дза-дза!)
THE LOBSTER
THE MAN FROM EARTH
METROPOLIS
MOON
*PACIFIC RIM
PITCH BLACK
ROBOCOP (1987)
RESOLUTION
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
WELCOME TO ZOMBIELAND
*WALL-E
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
CHAPPIE
DARK CITY
DARK STAR
DREDD
EXAM
EXISTENZ
EQUILIBRIUM
FAHRENHEIT 451
FORBIDDEN PLANET
GET OUT
HARDWARE
HARDCORE HENRY (ХАРДКОР)
INK
INQUEST OF PILOT PIRX (TEST PILOTA PIRXA, ДОЗНАНИЕ ПИЛОТА ПИРКСА)
LOOPER
THE MACHINE
MIRROR FOR A HERO (ЗЕРКАЛО ДЛЯ ГЕРОЯ)
PARADE OF THE PLANETS (ПАРАД ПЛАНЕТ)
PREDESTINATION
SCREAMERS

3/4
*ALIEN 3
*ALIEN: RESSURECTION
THE CONGRESS
CYPHER
*EVENT HORIZON
*GATTACA
*GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017)
EUROPA REPORT
I ORIGINS
IRON SKY
KILL COMMAND
KUNG FURY
LAZER TEAM
*LOGAN
LOCKOUT
THE MERMAID
MIMIC
PLANET OF STORMS (PLANETA BURG, ПЛАНЕТА БУРЬ)
*PROMETHEUS
REPO MAN (1984)
THX 1138
TIME CRIMES
TIME LAPSE
THE ONE I LOVE
THE STEPFORD WIVES (1975)
THE TERMINATOR
TRON
*TRON LEGACY
TURBO KID
SLEEP DEALER
UNDER THE SKIN
13TH FLOOR

2.5/4
ARQ
EMBERS
*DR. STRANGE
*KONG: SKULL ISLAND
*LIFE
*LUCY
NEVER LET ME GO
MAD MAX (1979)
*OBLIVION
OUTLAND
SPACE STATION 76
*THE MARTIAN
THE ROAD

2/4
ALIEN: COVENANT
HIGH-RISE
MAD MAX 2: THE ROAD WARRIOR
NEVER LET ME GO
PARAGRAPH 78
THE TOXIC AVENGER
1.5/4

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.