Keyword : Science Fiction
In his anlaysis of Minority Report and Oblivion Garrett places the two Spielberg films within the post 9/11 (and earlier) sense of paranoia which has given various US governments a license to investigate not only established criminals, but potential criminals.
A rview of Oblivion with a focuse on how it exploits to great themtic and formal use, digital technology.
An analysis of the cinematic allusions found in Spielberg's underrated science-fiction film A.I..
An analysis of Kubrick's SF masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, which suggests taking a cue from the text itself in terms of our desire to know the meaning of things: accept our limitations.
A close formal analysis of the key early exposition sequence in Solaris (1972), where Pilot Berton explains his experiences on the Solaris space station. Writer Elena V. Rodina comes up with some astute observations regarding the scene's breakdown of cinematic realities (three) and the way Tarkovsky subtley interconnects the three levels of reality.
Leon Saunders Calvert argues that what makes Inception unique is not its by-play between reality and dream but "its integration of the psychoanalytic process into the very fabric of the narrative."
An analysis of Tarkovsky's Stalker that relates the stylistic elements to Kristin Thompson's notion of excess.
An analysis of Tarkovsky science-fiction film Solaris as a study of the then current state of human malaise.
A genre theory analysis of the science fiction film which takes a unique approach to the genre: the use of vertical movement and vertical spaces across many films.
A formal analysis of the editing strategy in Chris Marker's seminal La Jetée.
An analysis of 'speculative' cinema, which can encompass more than just science fiction.
In this essay Saunders argues that the two Christopher Nolan Batman films are a cut above the usual Hollywood action/spectacle film because of their in-depth character development and their relevance to social and ideological context (the 'war on terror', crime, capitalism, vigilantism).
An analysis of sound in The Clone Returns Home.
A sociological analysis of the British science-fiction film, using Quatermass 2 as a case study.
Review of the DVD release of this fascinating speculative science-fiction film pitting humans against ants.
An essay on the Soviet Science Fiction films which played at the 2007 Fantasia International Film Festival.
A tribute to the Hammer great Freddie Francis, cinematographer par excellence and director of countless horror films, including the film given extensive analysis here, The Creeping Flesh.
An analysis of the representation of the disabled across the broad spectrum of fantastic cinemas.
An analysis of the recent Index DVD compilation of Austrian experimental director Peter Tscherkassky.
Montreal's animator/filmmaker Rick Trembles interviews the living legend of fantastic cinema, stop-motion animator extraordinaire, Ray Harryhausen.