The Blob (1958)

The Blob was Steve McQueen’s feature film debut. Science fiction films of the era were either deadly serious in mood or a designed as campy entertainment. This film straddles the two and results in an enduring and enjoyable viewing. This is not high-art, it was made for almost nothing and it’s plot is very simple. … More The Blob (1958)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

The original, and the best.  Superbly directed by Don Siegel (Dirty Harry, The Killers, The Shootist), the film takes advantage of the science fiction craze in the 1950s and the paranoia from the Cold War. Starring Kevin McCarthy as mild-mannered doctor Miles Bennell, he doesn’t believe the sudden rash of people convinced their loved ones … More Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Dana Wynter Remembered

Actress Dana Wynter was someone you didn’t forget. “Elegant” is how she was often described. Elegant, and then some. She had an interesting life, born in Germany, spent her early years in England before her family relocated to Southern Rhodesia, and eventually studying medicine in at Rhoades University in South Africa.  She had dabbled in … More Dana Wynter Remembered

Repo Man (1984)

Writer/Director Alex Cox has created a mixture of punk sci fi and trashy urban pre-apocalyptic wasteland.  The film is populated by oddball characters and the punk rock soundtrack fits the film like a glove. Repo Man is a film with a very loose plot, but many different characters who weave in and out, crisscross and … More Repo Man (1984)

Soylent Green (1972)

This was one of the grim science fiction films of the early 1970s.  The Andromeda Strain, Logan’s Run, Dark Star, THX 1138, Rollerball, The Omega Man, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Future World, Solaris, Silen Running, Sleeper, The Terminal Man, Slaughterhouse Five, Beneath the Planet of the Apes, A Clockwork Orange, The Stepford Wives. … More Soylent Green (1972)

An Ode to Pluto

  Billions of star miles we traveled to meet Dark and lonely, searching for your heat Welcome back to the galactic fraternity Sorry we ever questioned your paternity Dispatched, our Earthly satellite is near Taking years for your close-up to appear Downgraded to dwarf by our cosmic measure Still, from you we got a gigantic … More An Ode to Pluto

Thru the Wormhole

There’s an abyss tearing through the universe Our wobbly planet now rotates in reverse In the vortex, swirling energy hangs in the air A pulse flashes up my body, straightening my hair That sucking sound signals rising disorder Time to exit ahead of the new world order A confused friend watches the calamity spin Like … More Thru the Wormhole