Foresight

Film4 Foresight Shorts (2021)

Film4 Foresight Shorts first published by SIght & Sound, December 2021 There are notable exceptions to be found in, for example, the Afrofuturist movement, but science fiction has predominantly been a white genre. Film4’s Foresight sets out to redress the imbalance by offering five short British sci-fi films which have been made by black and…

Eden Log

Eden Log (2007)

Eden Log first published by EyeforFilm, 11 Nov, 2008 He may have made two (or five, if you count the various director’s cuts) of the best known and most loved films in the genre, but if you were to try to pinpoint Ridley Scott’s original contribution to science fiction, it might be summed up by the…

Les Maîtres du Temps

Les Maîtres du Temps (Time Masters) (1982)

Les Maîtres du Temps (Time Masters) first published by Film4 Summary: René Laloux and Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud animate this episodic SF rescue story for children.  Review: “To get to Perdide, we’ll have to land on Devil’s Ball, and then go to Gamma 10. We’ll have to wait for the passage of the Blue Comet. By keeping within…

Implanted

Implanted (2021)

An African-American man staggers though a dark alleyway, clutching – and punching at – his own head. He collapses, gets up, reels about like someone intoxicated, or perhaps a zombie, his hands and the back of his jacket bloody. Bent over and in obvious distress, unsteady and unstable, he lies down in the road, and…

The Changed

The Changed (2021)

The Changed has its world première at FrightFest 2021 “Nobody seems to care about anything lately, good or bad,” comments Mac (Jason Alan Smith) to his neighbour and best friend Bill (Tony Todd) as they enjoy a morning coffee outside Mac’s house at the beginning of Michael Mongillo‘s The Changed. “I think people are finally…

Screamers

Screamers (1995)

Screamers first published by Little White Lies, as entry 104 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In 2058, the mining corporation known as the New Economic Bloc (or N.E.B.) discovered a new energy source known as Berynium on the planet Sirius 6B – but when miners learnt that its extraction also released radiation and other pollutants,…

Parallel

Parallel Minds (2020)

At the centre of Parallel Minds is a classic locked-room mystery. Some time not far into the future, Elise Perrott (Michelle Thrush) and her research assistant Margo Elson (Tommie-Amber Pirie) are racing to complete a pioneering technology called Red Eye – special contact lenses which enable people both to download their memories into a Universal…

Last

To Your Last Death (2019)

At the beginning of To Your Last Death, Miriam DeKalb (voiced by Dani Lennon) bursts out of a building clutching an axe and covered in blood, as two mysterious figures look on (one instructing the other to “lock the bets”). Exclaiming “He killed them! He killed my family! He killed them all!”, Miriam is arrested…

Prospect

Prospect (2018)

A prospect is a possible future to which one is looking forward. There is not much likelihood of that for teenaged Cee (Sophie Thatcher, excellent) and her father Damon (Jay Duplass), ‘floaters’ hopping from one planet to another on a wing and a prayer. They are running on empty: trying to pay off an impossible…

Remain

They Remain (2018)

They Remain first published by SciFiNow “The world is large and unknowable,” Keith (William Jackson Harper) tells Jessica (Rebecca Henderson). “No one ever really knows anything.” While obsessive Jessica conducts biological and genetic field research in a tented laboratory, hoping to find a “a previously uncharacterised element, genetic, environmental or otherwise – one that might…

Matter

Soft Matter (2018)

Soft Matter first published by SciFiNow From the opening image of tea being brewed on a bunsen burner, Jim Hickcox’s feature debut openly advertises its DIY status. With its hand-puppet flashbacks to ancient undersea battles, and its basic creature design that, in one notable case, amounts to little more than garbage bags and gaffer tape, Soft Matter offers low-to-no-budget sci-fi…