Female astro-miner Shona has been mining under dangerous conditions on the moon for the past two years in order to pay for expensive medical treatments in hopes of save her bed-ridden daughter Darla, and now that her tour is completed, a younger astronaut Paige has come to replace her. Shona is reluctant to return to the world she once knew, but in meeting Paige realizes that returning to Earth isn’t where she’ll find peace - she will have to return home. Directed by Joe Sill
Brilliant short sci-fi Expo (2012)
Watch Kim Jee-woon's New Movie ONE PERFECT DAY for Free!
Earlier this year, Korean director Kim Jee-woon released his English-language debut, the Schwarzenegger vehicle The Last Stand. Kim's One Perfect Day was recently released on YouTube and is now available to watch for free with English subtitles in the embed below. The film follows a hapless young man who stumbles through a number of terrible blind dates before finding someone who might be his Mrs. Right.
Unsurprisingly, the film looks fantastic and further proves Kim's skills as an effortless genre-hoping filmmaker. He acquits himself very well with this effective and pleasant 35 minute short
Ernest Hemmingway's The Killers, Italian style in The Insatiables (1969)
Watching this fun thriller makes it all the more puzzling how the same director could make 1972's "Scenes From a Murder", aka "The Final Curtain", with Telly Savalas and Anne Heywood, which is so mind-numbingly boring and bland it is hard to stay awake through to the end; the opposite is true of "The Insatiables" -- you won't want it to end.
Bruno Nicolai's score is a major asset to the success of the film, bouncy, sugary, yet thriving and pulsating at the appropriate moments. The female cast is as eye-catching as the score is ear-catching.
Nicely made cyberpunk short Conected (2009)
Independent short film from Denmark takes place in an earth where environmental disasters have made air unbreathable. Three people in environmental suits are the only characters. Two shared a linked breathing tube, and one of them is apparently dying. They are stalked by a third, with an independent breathing apparatus - but why?
This is an excellent short science fiction film. I will look out for directors Jens Raunkjær Christensen and Jonas Drotner Mouritsen in the future.
Amazing classic monster-movie Tarantula (1955)
A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. I watched this movie a hundred times while growing up and I've seen it at least a hundred more times as an adult! Great story. To me it's the greatest big bug movie ever made.
Hint: Look for a young Clint Eastwood as the (uncredited) leader of the jet squadron that attacks the tarantula in the film's climax!
Movie of the week: Tears of Steel (2012)
Tears of Steel is a live-action/CGI short film by producer Ton Roosendaal and director/writer Ian Hubert. The film was made using new enhancements to the visual effects capabilities of Blender, a free and open source all-in-one 3D computer graphics software package.
The short science fiction film is about a group of warriors and scientists who gather at the “Oude Kerk” in a future Amsterdam to stage a crucial event from the past in a desperate attempt to rescue the world from destructive robots.
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