A double-entry for the Canadian (1985) and American (1993) versions of the The Tower, both made-for-TV movies involving powerful, master computers in state-of-the-art (for the time) office buildings that go bezerk and start killing people! Both films are of dubious quality but provide a certain entertainment value. This entry is a bit of a contrast and comparison between the two and delves a bit into aesthetics, Canadian film and the little known genre of Canuxploitation.
Also known by its original German title, Welt Am Draht, this film is the only science fiction film by prolific director Rainer Werner Fassbinder — a slow burning, visually rich interpretation of the namesake novel written by American novelist Daniel F. Galouye.
A fun, camp and cult science film that bombed at the box office when it came out, it’s a hyper-stylised film with fashion and visuals that seem to be more aligned with hedonistic, high-fantasy disco than anything “science” related.
Watching this film when I was young when it was called Warriors Of The Wind, this 80s sci-fi classic gets revisited years later in its unedited form showcasing beautiful animated landscapes and a strong, environmental storyline.
What brought me to giving Liquid Sky an entry here is the chance to finally watched likely how the film was intended, on a high-quality, restored version.
These two cult films are very stylised 80s films that play a lot of colour and quirky plots but also take inspiration from novelty science fiction films.
This is a Film Klub entry that covers two films: Les Maîtres Du Temps (1982) and Gandahar (1987) both created by the French animator René Laloux.
To kick this Film Klub section into some action, I thought I’d post a little overview about a great film in a category that I call “sci-fi punk”: Repo Man!
Altered States, while keeping a lot of director Ken Russell‘s filmic trademarks, is a more sinister science-fiction based film.
This is the first film by Enki Bilal, a French-Serbian graphic novelist whole directed only three or four films over the course of 25 years.
A brief note regarding a couple of lesser known film adaptations of works by J.G. Ballard, a highly influential british author known for writing classic dystopian, post-industrial fiction.
“…the world has been totally annihilated by nuclear war and man’s greed. The earth’s surface has become an arid and scotched desert of sand and ash. Civilization has deteriorated into bands of nomadic warriors…”