Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Jumping the Shark! (Encounters of the Third Kind)

27 Nov

Wild Eye Releasing
Available on Amazon Prime

Coming to DVD
on March 2021

Admittedly, the movie poster for Shark Encounters of the Third Kind is slick. The title will even nap the attention of many a B movie enthusiast, and Stephen Spielberg may well just simply shrug and laugh along to this shlock produced/directed by Mark Polonia and from a script by John Oak Dalton. It’s campy as all hell. Had it been given the budget of a Michael Bay film, I’m sure what’s realized in concept art can look far nicer.

Instead, this filmmaker’s shark fueled resume tells all. Previous works include Land Shark, Sharkenstein and Snow Shark: Ancient Snow Beast (short Video). instead of realism, he goes for foam latex and Georges Méliès attempts at cinematic special effects. Back then, they would impress, but today, the work is laughable at best.

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Facing Mutant Pigs in Bullets of Justice!

13 Nov

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Available on iTunes, Microsoft, Amazon (UK), Amazon (US), Google Play

Danny Trejo is the Gravedigger in Bullets of Justice (formerly known as Mutant Pig Soldiers), and he’s a father-figure (of all things) to Rob Justice (Timur Turisbekov). The youngin is trying to survive the post-apocalyptic world with Raksha (Doroteya Toleva) and if I didn’t know any better, I’d swear the universe is right out of Palladium’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness. This RPG game has a supplement, After the Bomb, which pits man against mutant in a game of survival.

There’s blood, guts, violence, sex (yes, this movie is not for the kiddies), and mutant pigs. I’d get a kick if there were other animal experiments let loose, but I imagine this Eastern European made film had its limits and a tight budget. It also sets up Trejo as a possible recurring character to introduce other saviours to humanity in this dog eat dog world.

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Doing More than Scratching Planet Wax in this Review

22 Oct

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Music editors Aaron Lupton and Jeff Szpirglas are back with Planet Wax, and they are blasting off again with a nostalgic look at more iconic movie scores from the past. This time, they are looking at the many soundtrack albums which defined last century’s best genre films, and there’s some obscure titles which I wasn’t aware of.

The focus on sci-fi and fantasy defines this release. Like this team’s prior work, Blood on Black Wax: Horror Soundtracks on Vinyl, and there’s no need to reprint entries. Overlap is inevitable, and it’s tough to find something new to say about specific albums. Phantom of the Paradise and Rocky Horror are analyzed to death, and I’m okay with them not being included here. They are considered more “horror” than “sci-fi” even though some people will argue over which genres the Picture Show fits under.

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Need your Avatar (James Cameron) Fix? The Next Shadow is Coming…

16 Oct

Dark Horse Comics

Release Date:
January 6, 2021

Journey back to Pandora in an untold story set just after the events of James Cameron’s Avatar with Avatar: The Next Shadow. Written by Jeremy Barlow (AVP: Thicker Than Blood, Star Wars: Darth Maul­—Son of Dathomir) and illustrated by Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home, JLA: Scary Monsters) with covers by Gui Balbi (Alien: The Original Screenplay), This comic book continues Jake Sully’s story bridging the gap between Avatar and the highly anticipated sequel!

Vanity Fair reported that production has finally wrapped for part two, and as terrific as that news is, the film is not expected to release until 2022. In the meantime, fans of this floral universe will have this tease to keep interest alive.

Here, Jake Sully can fight a war, but can he keep the peace? Days after the destruction of the Na’vi Hometree, Jake finds himself ill-equipped to defuse the internal conflicts threatening to tear the Omatikaya apart—and perilously unprepared for a treacherous plot to remove him from the clan forever!

Avatar: The Next Shadow #1 (of 4) is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.