1. Resident Evil (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2002) (re-watch)
2. Resident Evil: Apocalypse (Alexander Witt, 2004)
3. Resident Evil: Extinction (Russell Mulcahy, 2007)
4. Resident Evil: Afterlife (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2010)
5. Resident Evil: Retribution (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2012)
6. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (Paul W.S. Anderson, 2016)
7. Lost Continent (Sam Newfield, 1951)
8. Four Sided Triangle (Terence Fisher, 1953)
9. Spaceways (Terence Fisher, 1953)
10. The Net (Anthony Asquith, 1953)
11. The Twonky (Arch Oboler, 1953)
12. ...4 ..3 ..2 ..1 ...morte / Mission Stardust (Primo Zeglio, 1967)
13. Five (Arch Oboler, 1951)
14. Gog (Herbert L. Strock, 1954)
15. Trancers (Charles Band, 1984) (re-watch)
16. Trancers II (Charles Band, 1991)
17. Trancers III (C. Courtney Joyner, 1992)
18. The Last Sentinel (Jesse V. Johnson, 2007)
19. Deja Vu (Tony Scott, 2006)
20. The Andromeda Strain (Robert Wise, 1971) (re-watch)
21. Riders to the Stars (Richard Carlson/Herbert Strock, 1954)
22. The Land Unknown (Virgil W. Vogel, 1957)
23. The Monster That Challenged the World (Arnold Laven, 1957)
24. Star Trek - Original Series - s1 ep1 "The Man Trap"
25. Star Trek - Original Series - s1 ep2 "Charlie X"
26. Star Trek - Original Series - s1 ep3 "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
27. The Stone Tape (Peter Sasdy, 1972)
28. Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God (Gerry Lively, 2005)
29. Tenki no ko / Weathering With You (Makoto Shinkai, 2019) (cinema)
30. The Cosmic Man (Herbert S. Greene, 1959)
31-34. Flash Gordon (Frederick Stephani, 1936) (re-watch) (245 minutes, 13 episode serial)
35. Elektra (Rob Bowman, 2005)
36. Star Trek - Original Series - s1 ep4 "The Naked Time"
37. Star Trek - Original Series - s1 ep5 "The Enemy Within"
38. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (Joseph Green, 1962)
39. SHORTS 23+24+13+25=85 m
a) World of Tomorrow Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts
(Don Hertzfeldt, 2017)
b) Trancers; City of Lost Angels
(Charles Band, 1988)
c) Hardware Wars
(Ernie Fosselius, 1978)
d) All Summer in a Day
(Ed Kaplan, 1982)
The Hertzfeldt short continues his new series, and is his usual blend of strange, offputting comedy and extreme pathos, with the addition here of a time-travel/cloning narrative with a complexity worthy of Shane Carruth. Brilliant as usual.
short was originally part of an anthology called Pulse Pounders
which got shelved when it's production company, Empire Pictures, died; it was apparently lost for over 20 years until 2011 when a workprint was found and the segments restored, though they have not yet been put back together as originally intended. This one is on the Trancers "Squid Pack" as a bonus. It's much the same as the rest of the series - Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson) living the ideal life with Helen Hunt in the 1980s has to face a new criminal threat who wants to erase him from history - but the novelty here is that it's a woman. Umm, ok.
is a short that I just remembered, having seen it when it was relatively new, probably back in college as a bonus either during the b-fest or between showings of the original Star Wars
trilogy on campus. Can't say I remembered many specifics after 35+ years but there aren't many to remember - this is essentially just an extremely low-budget remake of the original Star Wars
with things like hair dryers and toasters playing the role of spaceships. It'd be called a fan video / fan film now but I"m not sure that term was common in 78. An amusing bit of nostalgia for me, wouldn't even be that for people not raised on it.
All Summer in a Day
is a sweet little adaptation of a Ray Bradbury story about kids living on a planet where it rains all the time, and how they react when they find that the sun really is going to come out for the first time in years. Perfectly nice if kind of silly when you think about it - how are there all these beautiful flowers without sun?
40. NBC Special Treat: Into Infinity
(Charles Crichton, 1975)
And this one is DEEEEEEPPP nostalgia for me. I"m pretty sure I saw this on it's original airing in December, 1975, shortly after I turned 10, and I never entirely forgot it though like Hardware Wars
it was buried pretty deep for a long time. In this case I didn't even remember the title so had no way of finding it until I figured out how to do advanced search on IMDb and spent some time looking for something about interstellar travel from the mid-70s. Bingo! And then I found a copy a while back and figured this would be a good time to watch it. I remembered that it was a family, on a spaceship going to another star, and that there was a sequence where they go through a black hole - that was it. I didn't remember (and wouldn't have known at the time) that it was a British production, directed by the great Charles Crichton, famous for his comedies, and produced by Gerry Anderson of Space: 1999
fame. Knowing that now, and then watching it again, it's not surprising that it was intended as the pilot to a TV series, which never got made - and I guess then it got picked up by NBC for their competition to ABC's wildly successful Afterschool Specials. It's as I remembered it - a family (though the relations are unclear - there are two adult men, one adult woman, two kids - I think it's a single dad with one kid, mom & dad with the other - but the way it's done I'm just not sure who belongs with who) taking the first interstellar trip to Alpha Centauri aboard a space ship that looks suspiciously like a leftover from Space: 1999
. Brian Blessed is the only member of the cast that would be likely to be familiar, but this is not an acting-centered program, the characters are all pretty cardboard. You watch this for the neat (at the time - certainly very dated) effects, and for the regular doses of science fact doled out by just about every character, explaining Einstein's theory of relativity, the Doppler effect, black holes, etc etc. It feels like a lecture at times though these moments are mercifully pretty short. Anyway it's quite family-oriented and harmless, and really nothing more than a blip in the history SF television, though it probably offers one of the first mentions of black holes, and it's certainly the place I learned about them, and about photons and maybe the speed of light and the distances between stars. Another one purely for the nostalgists.
And that's it for me, thanks shugs for hosting!