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The Maze Runner

Based on James Dashner’s novel The Maze Runner is the latest addition to the seemingly unstoppable genre of Young Adult adaptations. But while the likes of The Hunger Games and Divergent go to war with evil governments The Maze...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Super Mario Bros.

Back in the early nineties, Nintendo ruled the world, having a massive impact on pop-culture. With their mascot Mario already a massive icon, with a strong run of games from the original Donkey Kong onwards, and already markete...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Godzilla

Godzilla, arguably cinema’s most iconic of monsters, has in recent memory been relegated to an also ran thanks to a misguided film in1998 followed by films such as Cloverfield and Pacific Rim that rift on the premise to a grand...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Search for Simon

The SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival has been running on over a decade, with the promise of being the Science Fiction festival for people who don’t like science fiction. It has made its name being a great location for original...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RPG: Real Playing Game

A concept that does keep cropping up in science fiction is the concepts of some sort of tournament or game where the goal is to be the last one left alive. While the roots of this can be found in classic pulp adventures like Th...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Transcendence

Great sci-fi films have the ability to tap into very real issues that potentially face mankind in the future. Artificial Intelligence is nothing new to cinema, dating back as far as Fritz Lang’s 1927 Metropolis and then cemente...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Divergent

There are two current hot topics in Hollywood; superheroes and young adult adaptations. Divergent fits perfectly into the latter continuing the form of Twilight and The Hunger Games. Based on Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, on...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Escape From Planet Earth

While Pixar, and increasingly Dreamworks, seem to have cornered the market when it comes to Hollywood animation it’s not going to stop others from taking a shot at the title. The Weinsteins are more commonly associated with Osc...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Under The Skin

The less you know going into Under The Skin the better. The reason being that what director Jonathan Glazer has created is an often daunting, visually arresting experience that taps into a very primal fear of the unknown. Hence...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Her

Never a filmmaker to stick to convention, Spike Jonze’s Her is both a heartwarming love letter to romance and a parable on our increasingly intimate reliance on technology. In a near future Theodore, played with a warming, almo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

RoboCop

It’s a brave person that makes the decision to remake Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 cult sci-fi, classic RoboCop. It takes an even braver individual to chose to remove the satire and ultra violence to make a RoboCop very much aimed at ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Re-Animator

Born out of director Stuart Gordon’s belief that there were too many Dracula movies around at the time, Re-Animator has since become a cult classic of the comedy horror genre. Loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Herbert West – Re...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Moon Man

Originally released in 2012 as a short film, German animation Moon Man (Der Mondmann) now emerges on DVD as feature length and redubbed into English.  Based on the 1967 children’s book by illustrator Tomi Ungerer, who also brou...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Machine

The Turing Test is an idea that plays an important part in The Machine.  It is the concept that a true artificial intelligence is one that a person could communicate with, and not be aware that they are not conversing with a hu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Proving there’s life in the ‘Young Adult’ genre after the sun setting on Twilight, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was one of last year’s biggest success stories.  Raking in a massive $863.9 million at the global box office it ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ender’s Game

Perhaps too easily pigeon-holed as Harry Potter in space, Ender’s Game comes at a time where any ‘Young Adult’ novel on the planet is getting the movie treatment.  Based on Orson Scott Card’s novel, originally published in 1977...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Stuff

Larry Cohen is a name known in film for very off-beat projects, often blending in old-school elements updated with a sense of modern satire.  From the notorious killer baby movie It’s Alive, to the insane areas God Told M...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gravity

Blazing a trail with box office, critical and award success Gravity was 2013’s essential cinematic viewing.  It was a film that had more force than, well, gravity itself.  Released on the home formats just in time for it to pot...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Europa Report

Europa Report treads that age-old adage of Sci-fi thriller which sees a group of brave astronauts travel to the farthest reaches of our solar system to find out if we are alone in the universe.  But unlike an Alien or even the ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last Days

Similarities predictably abound between this and José Saramago‘s Blindness, itself adapted into a film directed by City of God director Fernando Meirelles in 2008. Here however, it is an unseen and free-flowing infection ...