“Nobody goes free!” | Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

Hollywood is, if nothing else, opportunistic. Take as an example Lamont Johnson’s 1983 science fiction adventure Spacehunter: Adventures In the Forbidden Zone. One-part space opera, one-part Mad Max pastiche, it took advantage of a then-new technique for shooting feature films … Continue reading “Nobody goes free!” | Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)

“We’re out of sake for the saint” | Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)

Within Japan Humanity and Paper Balloons has long been celebrated as one of the greatest films ever made, as well as one of the most significant films in the jidai-geki, or period drama, genre. Internationally, however, it has remained obscure until very … Continue reading “We’re out of sake for the saint” | Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937)

“It is not too late to undo this madness” | Masters of the Universe (1987)

In 2007 Paramount Pictures released Transformers, a glossy big-budget science fiction film based on a range of action figures. It was a massive commercial hit, grossing more than US$700 million theatrically and inspiring an entire franchise with four sequels to … Continue reading “It is not too late to undo this madness” | Masters of the Universe (1987)