With his indie credentials firmly established by neo-noir debut Brick and talents further supported by 2008’s The Brothers Bloom, writer-director Rian Johnson returns with his take on the sci-fi genre. A time travel chase film injected with both an underlying sense of moral precariousness and welcome comic relief, the set-up isn’t new, but the delivery certainly is. With Johnson deftly combining influences alongside his own discernible flair, Looper may call-back to cinema’s past, but its own modernity is never in question.
INK is a Gaimanesque glossy low-budget indie film that’s taken sci-fi fans by storm. We talk to director Jamin Winans about dreams, nightmares, mythology and his upcoming sci-fantasy film project…
Yes, it’s our short film of the week! This short sci-fi spoof is set in a post-apocalyptic landscape where smoking is outlawed. Pop fact: The Extinguisher was shot at the now-gone old Beckton gasworks in East London where Kubrick shot Full Metal Jacket!
Aliens Vs Predator: Requiem directors return with SFX-soaked alien invasion tale. Not only the worst film of the year, this is possibly one of the worst films to have ever hit cinemas. The actors seem to sleepwalk through a script that is not worth the beermat it’s scribbled on, and even the admittedly spectacular effects cannot save this shockingly derivative film from the tasteless direction of its creators.
As part of the Sci-Fi-London OktoberFest, The Royal Observatory in Greenwich put on a super special event investigation all things extra-terrestrial. There were masked mutants at every entrance, an alien adventure game and a tour of space from the amazing planetarium. Plus, a special screening of Gareth Edward’s low budget, sci-fi film Monsters finished off the universal evening. Nice.