Category Archives: Reviews

The Anti-Blockbusters: Ex Machina

By | July 26, 2018
 

 Rating: 4 ½ out 5 Stars Bottom Line: In the tradition of the best science fiction movies, this near-flawless film uses its sci fi elements to address moral dilemmas we face in our current social setting. This movie begins as programmer Caleb Smith, who works for the very Google-like company Blue Book, learns that he has won a… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: When the Wind Blows

By | July 19, 2018
 

 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars (Highest Rating) Bottom Line: This nuclear war film gets its message across not by showing the devastation of the attack, but through the slow burn of very real and close to home after-effects that follow. This odd little animated movie came out at the height of the Reagan-era Cold War days prior… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Europa Report

By | July 12, 2018
 

 Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars Bottom Line: This movie does a good job of merging the found-footage technique with a strong science fiction story. This found-footage film came out in 2013 and did a very good job of adapting that filming style to a science fiction tale. The movie follows a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa which… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Primer

By | July 5, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 ½ out of… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: They Live

By | June 28, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 out of 5… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Cube

By | June 21, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 out of 5… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Battle for Terra

By | June 14, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 out of 5… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Moon

By | June 7, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 ½ out of… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Beowulf and Grendel

By | May 31, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 4 out of 5… Read More »

The Anti-Blockbusters: Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth

By | May 24, 2018
 

 We are in the midst of Summer Blockbuster season (see our rundown at this link), but in case you would like a respite from the mega-dollar, CGI-overload films, here’s a look at some genre entries from the past decade or so that delivered great movies without relying on a big-budget or excessive special effects. Rating: 5 out of 5… Read More »