Baxter (1989)
Fantasy / Film

Baxter (1989)

One of the great tragedies of French fantastic cinema is that Jérôme Boivin isn’t better known and more respected than he is. Judging by his unfairly neglected Philip K. Dick adaptation Confessions d’un Barjo (1992) and this one-of-a-kind dark fantasy, he has the sort of imagination that most practitioners of fantasy, horror and science fiction cinema can only … Continue reading

Gunnm (1993)
Animation / Science Fiction

Gunnm (1993)

aka Battle Angel Alita In a beautifully realised cyberpunk near future, human organ transplants is big business. From their airborne haven Zalem the ruling elite live extended lifetimes thanks to the miracles of contemporary medical science. Down on the surface, however, things are far from comfortable, made even less so thanks to the activities of … Continue reading

Up (2009)
Animation / Fantasy / Film

Up (2009)

Geriatric Carl Fredrickson fulfils a lifelong ambition to go exploring when he attaches hundreds of helium-filled balloons to his house which then takes to the air. But he has a stowaway aboard in the shape of 8 year old boy scout Russell and together they travel to a South American plateau where they meet a talking dogs, an evil villain and a bird named Kevin. Continue reading

The Asphyx (1972)
Film / Horror

The Asphyx (1972)

Despite a definite tendency towards talkativity, there are some interesting ideas at work in Peter Newbrook’s The Asphyx. Good performances from the three leads go some way towards making up for the patchy and often contradictory script which, for all its ceaseless talking, fails to tackle effectively any of the philosophical questions it raises. Newbrook … Continue reading