Author Archives: Victor De Leon

Film Review: The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

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SYNOPSIS: Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast at Camp Desert Rock. Though burned over 90% of his body, he survives, and begins to grow in size. REVIEW: Shortly before his death in 1924, famed Science Fiction Author Homer Eon Flint (The Man in the Moon and The Lord of Death) wrote a short fiction novel named “The Nth Man.” it was published (or serialized) in the “Amazing Stories Quarterly” … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Forgotten (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: Told that their children never existed, a man and woman soon discover that there’s a much bigger enemy at work. REVIEW:

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Film Review: It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

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SYNOPSIS: The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form…which stows away on the rescue ship. REVIEW: The late director Edward L. Cahn, ( Girls in Prison / 1956 ) who passed away in 1963, has an amazing filmography that is astounding and completely diverse. Starting back in the 1930′s doing crime dramas and thrillers, Cahn rose through the ranks with standout films like Radio Patrol and I Cheated the Law. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Reign of Fire (2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet. REVIEW: Director Rob Bowman ( The X – Files, Elektra ) brings us “Reign of Fire”,  a post apocalyptic movie about man’s future co-existing with treacherous fire breathing dragons. Yeah, you read right. Dragons. The movie was released in 2002 with a trio of strong actors in Matthew McConaughey ( U-571 ), Gerard Butler … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Black Hole (1979)

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SYNOPSIS: A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole. REVIEW: Walt Disney’s “The Black Hole” is probably my favorite post Star Wars movie that plays in line as a sort of rip off but really isn’t. It’s pretty much a forgotten classic among Sci-Fi films of the late 1970′s. It was Disney’s first PG motion picture and it is deep, gripping and has at … Continue reading

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Film Review: Species (1995)

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SYNOPSIS: A message from outer space contains instructions on how to modify human DNA. REVIEW: “Species” is a hard film to be ambivalent about for many people. It’s been my experience that whenever I mention Species in some circles that I usually get a “Oh God that movie sucked.” or I get “Damn, that movie was so awesome! That Sil chick was hot!” Yeah, those kinds of responses. I don’t think I’ve ever been in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Signs (2002)

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  SYNOPSIS: A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields which suggests something more frightening to come. REVIEW: “Signs” is a 2002 science fiction thriller starring Mel Gibson (Get The Gringo), Joaquin Phoenix (Walk The Line), Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. It was directed by M. Night Shyamalan who brought us The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. The eerie score was done by James Newton Howard who also scored M. Night’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: I Am Number Four (2011)

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SYNOPSIS: Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story. REVIEW: Director D.J. Caruso, who brought to the big screen some pretty decent movies like The Salton Sea, Disturbia, Taking Lives and even directed episodes of Smallville and The Shield, delivers a sci – fi “lite” tale that is not a complete … Continue reading

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Film Review: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: John Connor is now in his 20′s, and a female terminator, called T-X or Terminatrix, is after him. Another T-101 is sent back through time to protect John once again on the verge of the rise of the machines. REVIEW: Director Jonathan Mostow, who brought us the Kurt Russell vehicle “Breakdown” (no pun intended) and the exciting “U-571″ directs this under-rated, unfairly panned science fiction actioner in “The Terminator” franchise. T3 has become sort … Continue reading

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Film Review: Looper (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent 30 years into the past, where a hired gun awaits. Someone like Joe, who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by transporting back Joe’s future self. REVIEW: Maryland native Rian Johnson who brought us “Brick” and “The Brothers Bloom” writes and directs this inventive, fun and dramatic sci-fi movie that is fast paced and thought … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Puppet Masters (1994)

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SYNOPSIS: The Earth is invaded by alien “slugs” that ride on people’s backs and control their minds. REVIEW: Stuart Orme, ( Inspector Morse and Merlin ) brings us a middle of the road Sci Fi thriller from 1994 named “The Puppet Masters” based on the popular novel by Robert A. Heinlein. It stars Donald Sutherland (Invasion of the Body Snatchers), Eric Thal (The Good Guy) and the always cute Julie Warner (Tommy Boy and Doc … Continue reading

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Film Review: Westworld (1973)

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SYNOPSIS: An unforeseen robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park called Westworld. REVIEW: “Delos is the vacation of the future, today” says a stiff and plain looking interviewer at the start of Micheal Crichton’s Science Fiction film “Westworld” released in 1973 Starring James Brolin (Ha, I almost put “Josh” instead), Richard Benjamin and the late Yul Brenner. Westworld is Crichton’s movie directing debut and the first film … Continue reading

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Film Review: AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem (2007)

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SYNOPSIS: Warring alien and predator races descend on a small town, where unsuspecting residents must band together for any chance of survival. REVIEW: Oh Boy. So many people really hate this movie. I just re-watched the Unrated Version of AVP-R with my 14 year old who is “discovering” all of the Alien/Predator films. He loved it of course but then again he’s a 14 year old boy who likes anything with blood and boobs. I, … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Abyss (1989)

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SYNOPSIS: A civilian diving team are enlisted by a Conglomerate Oil Company and the U.S. Navy to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. REVIEW: “I survived The Abyss” – First Unit Crew Tee Shirt Upon revisiting The Abyss from Director James Cameron (True Lies) I realized that it has to be really seen on the big screen to appreciate it. Something my good friend The Black … Continue reading

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Film Review: Flash Gordon (1980)

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SYNOPSIS: In Mike Hodges’ campy 1980, British – American, Sci-Fi romp, a football player (Sam Jones) and his friends (Topol and Melody Anderson) travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyrant, Ming the Merciless, played by Max Von Sydow, to save the Planet Earth from destruction. REVIEW: This movie really takes me back. Way back. I remember doing a short, little write up for it back in Junior High School here in … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fire in the Sky (1993)

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SYNOPSIS: This Science fiction film from 1991 is based on the true story of Travis Walton. It is adapted from his novel called “The Walton Experience.” It stars D.B. Sweeney as Walton and Robert Patrick as his future brother in law Mike Rogers. The film depicts the other worldly events that took place in the woods of Snowflake, Arizona in November of 1975. After a long day of logging, Walton, Rogers and the rest of … Continue reading

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