The Blood of Heroes a.k.a. The Salute of the Jugger (1989)

(Featuring guest reviewer Nick Weaver!) I know I’m one of the few out there that really, sincerely likes Waterworld, and that might cast doubt on my taste, but I also really, sincerely like The Blood Of Heroes. I’m certain that almost all of this movie’s appeal, to me, is due to the always cool and charismatic Rutger Hauer and the equally charismatic and paaaaaaiiinfully sexy Joan Chen. Continue reading

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

“A Boy and His Dog” is probably one of the most sexist post apocalyptic film ever made, but also one of the most influential. This movie is so purely representative of the genre that if I could reduce it to a powder, I’d snort it through a rolled up page from a Max Brooks book and evaporate into a tiny mushroom cloud – the six foot empty space between my face and the TV just dilutes the experience. Based on a 1969 short story by Harlan Ellison, it has influenced everything from the “Mad Max” series to “Fallout 3”. In essence, ABAHD (so good it needs a hip acronym) is the ultimate buddy film spanning everything from a desolate surface wasteland to a surreal underground vault community with despotic social engineers and android enforcers. Continue reading

Solarbabies (1986)

Solarbabies takes place in arguably the same universe as “Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” – the earth is now a desert, and the remaining water is being controlled by the Eco Protectorate, a fascist police entity led by a homoerotic M. Bison. All the children are taken at birth to be raised in orphanages where they are indoctrinated to serve the Eco Protectorate, but are allowed to play a game called skateball – a cross between lacrosse and roller derby. Continue reading