A list of movies I really want to see… Part 15!

Astronaut – The Last Push

I love space fiction. It’s the one genre or setting I never get tired of and is always in the mood for. Sadly there’s a great big lack of good space movies being made. It’s kind of starting to get better now with Gravity and the latest Riddick movie. There’s a couple of other movies in production right now that might be good and there’s even a couple of tv-shows being produced. I tend to always try to keep up with any piece of space fiction being made and then this movie pops up. It’s about an astronaut having to live alone in a capsule for over a year after an accident occurs killing his only other crewmember. It looks like a mix between the ‘europa report’ and ‘moon’ which is a mighty good combination.

It’s a really low budget film but I’ve heard it’s still pretty great much because of the lead actors performance.


Monsters 2: The Dark Continent

I was a big fan of the very low-key almost ”lost in translation”-esque monster movie ‘Monsters’ when it was released. It was about two westerners traveling through a Mexico ravaged by the sudden intrusion of strange alien creatures (some of which were gigantic). The movie really captured that feeling of traveling around in a foreign country and seeing beautiful things you’ve never seen before. So when I heard there was going to be a sequel that wasn’t by the same director/writer I was sceptical and I decided to ignore the whole thing. But then all of a sudden I stumbled onto the teaser for the sequel and I don’t know what, but something clicked.

The whole feel of the teaser feels right and I could see this being similar to the first movie but still going into totally different territory (quite literally as it’s set in africa this time). I’m interested now. Very interested.


Mood Indigo

Even though most of Michel Gondrys movies has been pretty uneven I’ve still really enjoyed them. Most of his movies still have a lot of really fun and creative stuff in them. I haven’t loved the movies but I sure as hell haven’t disliked them. So here’s Gondrys latest movie and thankfully he’s doing something original instead of an adaptation of something like ‘The Green Hornet’. Here’s something where his very french creative mind can frolic freely in the meadows of homecraft absurdity.

I don’t know what it’s about but ‘Mood Indigo’ sure looks quirky and most importantly fun.


Upstream Color

I remember watching the very low budget indie time travel movie ‘Primer’ in the living room of my parents place. People were all around me talking but I managed to keep up with the movie only for my father to ask me a quick question about something. This short moment of non-attention left me utterly confused for the remainder of the movie. I’ve been planning on watching it again as it seemed to be one of few time travel movies that kind of follows one of the few functioning time travel theorys out there.

‘Upstream Color’ is the second movie by Shane Carruth who made ‘Primer’ and it looks pretty great too. He has still made a smaller low budget movie but this time with some truly beautiful cinematography. Early reviews say ‘Upstream Color’ is as amazing if not better than Primer and this is enough for me to pay attention.

I don’t know much else about the movie but I plan to rewatch ‘Primer’ and then watch ‘Upstream Color’ after that to fully get into the Carruth-esque spirit.


Mad Max: Fury Road

I think I’ve mentioned it before that I used to be (and still somewhat are) a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. I have been into it ever since my childhood and the Mad Max movies has always been a big part of that. I love all of the the Mad Max movies for different reason (even Beyond Thunderdome). So when it was announced that there would be a fourth movie I was pretty happy. This was probably about 10 years ago though. There’s been so many problems in the production of this fourth movie and there’s always been something to stop production. After a while you sort of stopped expecting it to be finished. And then this year they suddenly released a trailer for it. And it looks amazing!

Mel Gibson has been replaced by actor Tom Hardy and I think he seems like a good fit. Unlike a lot of other Mad Max fans I feel replacing Mel Gibson was the right choice. We don’t want another Indiana Jones 4 here with old man Max running around making everyone aware of their mortality.


The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet

So here’s a movie by another quirky french film director. It’s the latest movie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who has previously made such classics as Amelie, City of Lost Children and Alien Resurrection (lol). He has now returned with an english language movie which is an adaptation of a book named ‘The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet’ by author Reif Larsen. The story is about a young boy who runs away and travels alone on an adventure to pick up an award at the Smithsonian Institute.

It looks quite lovely and Jeunet never disapoints in making atleast visually interesting films.



I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a big fan of 80’s horror and sci-fi movies. There’s something about the movies from that era that is just plain unadulterated fun. And imagine my surprise when I discover an 80’s horror comedy which I had never heard of before. It’s called Soulkeeper and is about two thieves that steals some sort of ancient relic that has the power to return evil spirits back to earth. It has all those 80’s horror things I love like wonderful practical effects, nudity, gore and… What’s that, it’s from 2001?

What? No.


The Comedy

I’m a big fan of random, absurd and bizarre humor. And when a friend of mine showed me clips of the sketch comedy show ”Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Good Job!” I fell in love instantly. Granted I haven’t really been watching the show that much. I’ve just really enjoyed the clips I’ve stumbled upon and I also really liked their feature lenght movie of the show. ”The Comedy” is something entirely different. It stars both Tim and Eric but it’s written and directed by one Rick Alverson. And it’s not a comedy at all. I’m not really sure what it is. It kind of looks like a darkly absurdist tragic drama about fat white middle aged men who are still really lost in life.

It looks really fascinating and different.


Space Station 76

I’m a huge space movie fan. It always feels like there’s way too few space movies being made and as I mentioned earlier this post I tend to keep a pretty good track on any space movies that are being made. I was pretty surprised then when the sci-fi comedy ‘Space Station 76’ popped upp fully completed. Especially as it seems to be a celebration of one of my favourite space film eras the 1970’s.

I really love the aestetics of the space movies from that time (and into the 80’s). It’s sort of a practical and lived in style but also sort of visually simple and clean. I really like the feel of it. The movie ‘Moon’ did it really good and ‘Space Station 76’ as the name implies is going right into that as well as being a parody of the 1970’s itself.

If the comedy doesn’t hold up I’ll atleast enjoy the look of it.


Only Lovers Left Alive

Apart from every other genre apparently I also used to really love vampires. And even though it’s a seriously overdone genre I have always felt it’s still possible to make something interesting out of it. And in comes film auteur Jim Jarmusch and makes what looks like a very stylish and interesting vampire movie that still follows all the standard vampire styles and tropes. But just like his ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” follows a lot of assassin-tropes ‘Only Lovers left Alive’ seems to have that amazing and special Jim Jarmusch feel. It’s stylish without being overblown, sort of this calm meditative almost dreamlike feel.

I love it and the style seems perfectly fused here with a proper supernatural vampire drama. And it doesn’t hurt that there’s a whole bunch of great actors like Tilda Swinton and John Hurt in it too.


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A list of movies I really really really really want to see.. PART FOURTEEN!

The Grand Budapest Hotel

I just recently started updating this blog again. And when looking through my latest posts I noticed that I wrote about Wes Andersons previous movie Moonrise Kingdom in one of the later ones. It turns out Wes Anderson had time to make an entirely new movie during the time it took for me to update this damn blog again.

Anyway, not many filmmakers are so consistently good as Wes Anderson seems to be. Every movie he makes is gorgeous, funny and packed with interesting characters. All this while also being very original. It seems I’ll just keep on writing about every movie he makes on this blog. This latest one is set in some european hotel in the beginning of the last century. It looks pretty great.


I Am A Ghost

Ghost movies are pretty overdone, even when they try to shake it up by telling the story from the perspective of the ghosts. And usually those types of stories the characters ”ghostiness” is only revealed in a climactic twist at the end. This movie avoids all that by right off the bat naming the movie ”i am a ghost”. It seems to be set entirely in a house where the ghost of a girl resides. The ghost is eventually terrified by the sudden appearence of a disembodied voice which turns out to be the voice of a medium trying to get her to move on.

The budget might look a bit low at times but it still manages to look very stylish and atmospheric.



For the last couple of years I’ve had a thing for Korean films. I don’t know if it’s unfounded or not but there seems to be a lot of very strange and interesting movies being made over there. Maybe it’s just that we only get the few truly good korean movies here and their market is actually just filled with crap. But nonetheless the 2006 monster movie ‘The Host’ was fantastic and now the same director Joon-ho Bong has made a movie based on a french post-apocalyptic comic book called Snowpiercer. And it’s just packed with famous actors and beautifal visuals.

It’s all set on a gigantic train traveling on a frozen wasteland. On the train the passangers are divided in two classes, the people in the front and the people in the back. The people in the front has it slightly better and the people in the back are not happy about that.


The Zero Theorem

Wow this movie just came out of nowhere. The last I heard of director Terry Gilliam was that he was trying to get his long-cursed Don Quijote movie off the ground. And now all of a sudden he has finished an entirely different movie. A visually amazing sci-fi dystopia á la Brazil no less! There’s nothing more to say. All is good in the world now.



When I was younger, maybe around 10-14 years old I used to love vampires. And one of my favourite movies back then was ‘Interview with the Vampire’ by director Neil Jordan. While I’m pretty sick of vampires now (along with zombies and post-apocalyptic fiction) I still really like the combination of vampires and their lives through human history. ‘Interview’ had all that along with a super thick atmosphere and some really morally ambiguous characters. And now director Neil Jordan is back with yet another vampire movie which he apparently considers a companion movie to ‘Interview’. Lovely.



Wow, the trailer for this is probably the most ominous trailer for a story about a boy and his living teddybear. There’s basically no dialogue in the trailer which works fantastic as you can only guess on what the hell is going on. I’m guessing the living teddybear is making the boy do some terrible terrible things. I don’t know what else to add, just watch the trailer.


Oh Japan, how come you’re so good att absurdist humour? This movie about three failed robot scientists whom decide to hire an old man to wear a robotsuit during a robotics convention looks just as fun as it sounds. Comedy gold like; a scene of robot farting in an elevator and another scene said robot peeing in a urinal is promised.


The Congress

This movie is based on a book by sci-fi legend Stanislaw Lem (who wrote Solaris). Apparently it’s just loosely based on the book, but I haven’t read it so I don’t know. But I like giving the illusion of knowing my sci-fi even though my exposure to soviet writing is nearly nil.

Anyway, this movie is about a famous actress that is offered the opportunity of having her body fully scanned and immortalised inside a computer. Unfortunately she didn’t realise this also meant that she would have to live life in some sort of bizarro handdrawn virtual world. One half of the movie seems to be live action and the other animated, and it looks gorgeous.


The History of Future Folk

So here’s a strange little movie. It sounds kind of like a mix between Flight of the Conchords and a low-budget scifi film. It’s about two aliens whom come to earth to enslave it but then find themselves falling in love with our music. So much so that they start their own folk duo. This all leads to all kinds of quirky musical sci-fi adventures. I love stuff like this.


Die Wand (The Wall)

Die Wand or The Wall in english is a german surrealist drama about a woman finding herself stuck behind an invisible while out in the middle of a forest. The only company she has is her dog and the movie apparently goes very deep into what isolation like this would do to a person. It sounds like a wonderfully bittersweet story about a woman going insane from loneliness but then eventually settles into her new life and maybe even finds some joy in it. This movie looks very interesting but will probably break your soul.


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Xenobiology list! (Part 4) [Super Game Edition]

It’s been a pretty long time since I updated this place. I wrote up a bunch of lists last summer, for movies and comics and stuff, but I never got around to posting them for various reasons. But now I’m planning on going through all my backed up lists again so I’ll probably be posting a bit more these coming months.

So let’s start with another list on neat xenobiology stuff, but this time a videogame special as I’ve stumbled upon a whole bunch of cool games with awesome aliens. 🙂

You can find my previous three lists on the subject here:

Xenobiology list 01
Xenobiology list 02
Xenobiology list 03

To the next list!

Star Control 2

This. Game. Is. Aaaamazing. I love this game so much and I praise Crom and Mithra for randomly finding it on the internet somewhere. It’s sort of a space based exploration game with serious RPG-undertones. The story and setting is eerily similar to Mass Effect but Star Control 2 came out on DOS in 1992 . The setting pretty much follows all kinds of previous sci-fi tropes, although it’s all very well written and seriously funny.

One of my favourite things are the aliens though. Some are throwbacks to older less realistic aliens which work in the overall humour of the game. But the game really shines with the interesting and strange non-humanoid aliens. Like the Zoq, Fot and Piq (which you can see below) whom all evolved on the same planet and worked together to exterminate a fourth intelligent predatory species called the Zebranky.

And then there’s the Orz where the individuals of the species seems to be closely connected into some sort of virtual reality which makes their frame of reference very obtuse. It makes them nearly impossible to understand.

You can try out the game entirely for free as the source code was released for public use. This led to a fan-port of the entire game to modern platforms under the title ‘The Ur-Quan Masters’ which I urge you all to check out. Another group of fans also recently released a gorgeous HD update of the game which is also available for free.

In other news the rights to Star Control was recently auctioned off to another publisher that plans to make more games in the series. And there’s even rumours saying some of the original developers will be involved. Fantastic news all around.


Waking Mars

Here’s a game which was released a bit more recently. It was first released as an iPhone app and it got great reviews. This prompted the devs to do an updated release for Mac and Windows computers which is how I played it. It works and looks beautiful played on a computer with a gamepad.

It’s set on Mars where we’ve discovered a sort of dormant life in the caves under the surface of the planet. Our intrusion wakes up the life and what follows is a really original puzzle game where you need to figure out which alien plant to grow and where to make the biosystem self-sufficent. Unlike most games where you have to kill and destroy, this game instead lets you create and spread life. It’s a work of art.



Here’s another old school computer game that I for the longest of times never played but still admired for it’s sheer quantity of truly non-humanoid aliens. In fact there’s not even any humans in the game. The closest thing to a humanoid is a six-legged lizard race or a bipedal race of giant eyeballs on legs.

The game is a 4X game where you build bases on planets to gather resources and then build ships to conquer the universe. It was originally released on DOS but the devs have since updated the entire game to work on iOS devices like iPads and iPhones.

I’ve played it a bit on my iPhone but I absolutely suck at these long-term strategy games. It’s got great reviews so if you like these kinds of games makes sure to check it out. All the different weird aliens made it worth it for me.



So I’ve mentioned ‘Star Control 2’ in the beginning and while that game is amazing it basically owes it’s existence to two much earlier games called Starflight and Starflight 2. I’m pretty sure a couple of the people who made Star Control also worked on the Starflight games which might explain some similarities. While Star Control 2 might be a bit more polished the Starflight games (in my opinion) succeeds to create a better sense of the wonder of exploration. But the most important thing is that they both include an amazing range of fascinating and strange aliens and civilisations.

The two Starflight games were first released on the Amiga but was then ported to all kinds of platforms. With the first game even getting a really great make-over for the Sega Genesis which is the version I’ve played the most.

There’s also a fully fan-made third game which was released for free online.



There’s very few games that I have so many fond memories of as the first Half-life game. I re-played it so many times and back in the days I even joined forums just for the game. I even have really old drawings of the main character that I drew when I was about 10-12 years old. If I had to choose one game to be my all-time favourite Half-Life would be it.

The game takes place in a secret military research base where they manage to open up portals to other dimensions (or something). And one of my favourite parts of the game was when you actually got to travel to these very alien places. I loved the contrast of the drab concrete military base with the truly colorful alien worlds of floating rocks and strange alien creatures.

While there were a lot of creatures that was bipedal and obviously built on the same skeletal design as the human characters (for obvious game mechanic reasons). They all still looked very non-human and bizarre. But fortunatley there was also a crapload of really neat non-bipedal creatures as well.

Alien Dimension Gameplay.

Xenophage: Alien Bloodsport

So leaving an all-time classic like half-life behind let’s talk about a not-so classic game. Xenopahge, which was a fighting game released for DOS in 1996. I had never heard of it until last year when I stumbled unto the title somewhere and decided to do a search on it. And what I discovered was a pretty standard fighting game but one filled with really strange and interesting aliens.

The plot is something about aliens traveling to earth to find the best fighters on the planet and to pit them against the best fighters of other planets. Which sounds amazing, the plot and design almost makes up for the unoriginal gameplay.


Infinite Space

Infinite Space might look like an old game but it’s all new(-ish) with a retro style. It’s a space exploration game designed to be played in around 15 minutes and it does that perfectly.

You fly your ship from planet to planet randomly meeting other species or getting into accidents or attacks while your mission is to gather as much valuable crap as you can under a certain amount of time. You then have to avoid destruction while returning to earth to see how much you’ve earned. You mostly just die or get robbed or something but it’s all worth it because the game is filled with some really fun and strange aliens.

The developers are currently making the third game in the series which will be in 3D. Unfortunately the original art designer Bill Sears passed away but hopefully they’ll keep a similar style to the beautiful art that he was behind.


Mass Effect

And now here’s a game that I probably don’t need to make too much of an introduction for. It’s been pretty big on the gaming scene and deservidly so (even though a lot of people dislike the ending of the latest game, I loved it though). It’s a truly entertaining and beautiful action-RPG game set in a really interesting universe.

And while most of the aliens aren’t that special. Mostly because they are all built around the same humanoid skeleton-design (again, for obvious game mechanical reasons). But the game still manages to make most of the aliens interesting and strange even though they are humanoid in shape.

But the main reason I include Mass Effect on this list is because there’s actually a couple of really interesting non-humanoid aliens scattered around too. Aliens that aren’t humanoid in shape or in psychology.

There’s the Elcor which are big creatures that kind of resembles a mix between a gorilla and an elephant. They always have to state their emotional states plainly in their monotone voices before communicating with other species who won’t catch it otherwise. This leads to some hilarious background scenes with Elcor reciting Shakespeare or starring in a buddy-cop movie but still talking in their monotone voices.

Another really neat alien species is the Hanar which looks like a mix between an octopus and a jellyfish. They usualy conduct trading in the galaxy and for cultural reasons can’t ever refer to themselves as individuals.

Elcor clip.

Hanar Clip

Planet Explorers

And now we get to some really promising games currently in production. The first one is Planet Explorer which is a third-person exploration and building game. I guess it’s kind of like Minecraft but set in a sci-fi setting and with a much more detailed design.

You crashland on a planet and have to survive by gathering resources and making tools and buildings and then later on even vehicles. The planet you crashland on is filled with huge alien creatures that you can hunt and kill (or get killed by). You can see a good selection of the beautiful creatures they’ve created for the game below.

This is a game I will definately check out whenever I get a new computer.


Unclaimed World

And lastly here’s a game that I’m really looking forward to called Unclaim World! It’s a light stratetic exploration and survival game on a truly alien planet.

You are in charge of a newly started colony on an alien planet and you need to guide your colonists to a bright future of being alive (on the planet). I have always wanted to play a game exactly like this and what makes me even more excited is the world the developers have created. Someone has finally decided to make a truly alien world with truly alien creatures in it. I find myself just looking at the early footage of the game over and over again admiring the design and details.

This is my single most anticipated game right now and everyone who is either interested in games like this or just xenobiology should check it out.


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