Upgrade (2018)
Film / Science Fiction

Upgrade (2018)

Former actor Leigh Wannell is better known nowadays as a screenwriter, co-creating the Saw and Insidious franchises with James Wan. For his second film as director – after Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015) – he switched tracks for this science fiction action thriller, co-produced by Jason Blum’s prolific Blumhouse Productions. Set in a near-future world where … Continue reading

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Film / Science Fiction

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

This first feature length adaptation of cyberpunk pioneer William Gibson’s work (there had been an earlier short, Tomorrow Calling (1993) based on his 1981 short story The Gernsback Continuum, first published in Terry Carr’s anthology Universe 11) was comprehensively trashed by the critical establishment on its release, and not without justification. The main charges levelled against painter … Continue reading

Baburugamu Kuraishisu (1987-1991)
Film / Science Fiction

Baburugamu Kuraishisu (1987-1991)

During the early 1990s, Baburugamu Kuraishisu, better known to English-speaking audiences as Bubblegum Crisis, was one of the most popular OAVs (original animation video) series to make its way into the burgeoning western market for anime. And it’s not hard to see why. Though technically crude by today’s standards, Bubblegum Crisis was an incredibly fast-paced, … Continue reading