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Author of The Swithen novel series (www.theswithen.com). Movie reviews at Telekfilm on Medium. Content Strategist. Hints of citrus and sandalwood.

Hey bud, got any spare genetic code laying around?

Released: 2005
Director: Nick Hamm
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Rebecca Romijn, Robert DeNiro, Cameron Bright
The Setup: Couple clone their dead son with help of shady doctor.

Let’s discuss:
This is one of those movies my movie masochist friend is obsessed with — the last one was FearDotCom. He just watches them and watches them and watches them, somehow reveling in the pain they inflict. I can’t tell you why. …


He’s dead: Jim

Released: 1994
Director: Jim Carson
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, William Shatner
The Setup: There’s a giant band of space Heroin crossing the galaxy, needs two captains to stop it.

Let’s discuss:
So after rewatching all the original crew Star Trek films, I thought I should jump ahead and watch this one to round out my Kirk continuum. Also, one gets to a state where it’s a bummer not to have a Star Trek movie still ahead of one, although this film can be an effective antidote to that.

We open with an alien probe…


Water-soluble zombie showdown at the battle of the bands

Released: 1986
Director: Joseph Mangine
Starring: Clyde Hayes, Leilani Sarelle, Donna Locke, Victor Brandt
The Setup: Group of supernatural zombies menace San Francisco teen community.

Let’s discuss:
A friend of mine at work recommended this one out of the blue one day, saying he had seen it when it came out in 1986, when he was 14, and had been totally blown away. …


Thoughtful/Ludicrous 70s Sci-Fi THRILLER!

Released: 1976
Director: Michael Anderson
Starring: Michael York, Jenny Agutter, Richard Jordan, Farrah FawcettThe The Setup: In a dystopian future where people are killed at the age of 30, a sandman, sort of a policeman ordered to kill those trying to escape their fate, ends up trying to flee himself.

Let’s discuss:
This film is a total sentimental favorite of mine, owing mostly to seeing the film in theaters when I was eight and having my mind completely blown. I watched it again a few years ago and was delighted to discover that, generally silly as it…


The Switcheroo

Released: 1993
Director: Harold Becker
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Alex Bladwin, Bull Pullman, Bebe Neuwirth

The Setup: Shady dealings between a doctor and the couple he moves in with.

Let’s discuss:
So I always knew that this movie would end up on this site, and there’s one reason for that: This is the only movie I know of that consciously switches genres halfway through. One often thinks “Wouldn’t it be interesting to really surprise an audience, and pull them into a romantic comedy, but have it turn into a horror film,” or “Start with a mystery, then have it go…


The Sound! The Fury! THE SOUND!!! THE FURY!!!!!!

Released: 2016
Director: Visionary Zack Snyder
Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

The Setup: Warner Brother’s tries to fast-track an Avengers-like superteam.

Let’s Discuss:
I has some big-time problems with Man of Steel, including issues with its callous killing of thousands of people discreetly offscreen, but I must admit it exerted a weird fascination over me, and I actually saw it about three times in the theater. The visuals were just amazing and kind of stupefying, I liked how it was actually quite sci-fi with spaceships and humans reacting to…


The unique case

Released: 1969
Director: Peter Hunt
Starring: George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Telly Savalas
The Setup: James Bond falls in love while on the case.

Let’s discuss:
So while writing my review of the latest Mission: Impossible, I was thinking how it would be interesting to have a spy film with some real emotional content, and that got me interested in seeing this again. And I loved it! This is the one and only Bond film made with model and commercial star George Lazenby, after Sean Connery left the part. It was made by a director who had been editor…


Blondes have more fun, but also get murdered

Released: 2015
Director: Erik Van Looy
Starring: Karl Urban, James Marsden, Wentworth Miller, Matthias Schoenaerts

The Setup: Five guys share a loft in which a murder occurred.

Let’s discuss:
I can’t make excuses for why I saw this. It looked fun and I thought it had potential to be clever. In retrospect, it kind of was fun, although it’s getting rapidly less fun the more I piece together how absolutely pointless it was. As for potential to be clever, well, another one lost. This is basically a string of red herrings and…


Don’t gaslight me, bro!

Released: 1974
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Starring: Robert Hoffmann, Suzy Kendall, Ivan Rassimov, Adolfo Lastretti

The Setup: Extra-bizarre Giallo, and that is saying something.

Let’s discuss:
I have no idea how this ended up on my queue, but thank God it did. It’s been a few months now, and as usual, after a little break, one needs a Giallo or two again. Having scored with The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave, I decided to move this one up in priority, and wow.


Who would have imagined killer robot spiders could be lame?

Released: 1984
Director: Michael Crichton
Starring: Tom Selleck, Cynthia Rhodes, Gene Simmons, Kirstie Alley

The Setup: Tom Selleck is a crack cop on the crazed robot unit!

Let’s discuss:
So there I am perusing Netflix when I suddenly have that WTF?? moment wherein I discover that not only is there a movie with Tom Selleck as a futuristic cop, but he’s fighting ROBOT SPIDERS! Two great features that go great together. So obviously this sprints ahead of the Godard film that was next in my queue.

Turns out we have…

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