timespace coordinates: 2010’s New Zealand
“This is Parawai Terry, not America, we’re not made-a guns.”
A low-level criminal steals an ancient Chinese time-travel device, but he may not survive the demonic consequences of tampering with time.
MEGA TIME SQUAD is a wildly entertaining time travel/sci-fi comedy out of New Zealand. A fan favorite on the festival circuit, the film stars Jonny Brugh (What We Do In The Shadows) and was praised by Variety as “fast-paced, determinedly silly, with sharp slangy dialogue,”the film blasted out of the gate at this year’s Fantasia and is destined to become a cult favorite. (rottentomatoes) Directed by Tim van Dammen
timespace coordinates: 2000’s – 2010’s LA
Destroyer is a 2018 American crime film directed by Karyn Kusama and written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It stars Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan, and follows an undercover LAPD officer who must take out members of a gang, years after her case was blown.
timespace coordinates: 2010’s Cornwall / London / Wiltshire
The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 fantasy adventure film written and directed by Joe Cornish. A British-American venture, the film stars Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Tom Taylor, Rebecca Ferguson, and Patrick Stewart. The plot follows a young boy who finds King Arthur‘s legendary sword Excalibur, and must then use it to stop an ancient enchantress from destroying the world.
According to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, 90% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 153 reviews, and an average rating of 7.8/10. The website’s critical consensus reads, “The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures — and repurposes a timeless legend — for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon.”
Well, Just You Wait! (Russian: Ну, погоди!, tr. Nu, pogodi!, IPA: [ˈnu pəɡɐˈdʲi]) is a Soviet, later Russian, animated series produced by Soyuzmultfilm. The series debuted in 1969 and became popular in the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries. The latest episode was produced in 2012. (wiki) – imdb –
timespace coordinates: 1986 London / Halley’s Comet Lifeforce is a 1985 British science fiction horror film directed by Tobe Hooper, written by Dan O’Bannon and Don Jakoby, and starring Steve Railsback, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Mathilda May, and Patrick Stewart. Based on Colin Wilson‘s 1976 novel The Space Vampires, the film portrays the events that unfold after a trio of humanoids in a state of suspended animation are brought to Earth after being discovered in the hold of an alien space ship by the crew of a European space shuttle.
Horror and comic book writer C. J. Henderson praised the film: “Lifeforce is an incredible film, and may by be the most intelligent vampire movie ever made … [The ideas presented in Lifeforce] are beyond [others vampire movies] beyond all of them, light-years beyond … the story is what makes this movie hum…. Lifeforce is a true, thinking sci-fi fan’s film”. Andrew Migliore and John Strysik in their Lurker in the Lobby explain that Colin Wilson wrote The Space Vampires as a consequence of H.P. Lovecraft‘s publisher August Derleth challenging Wilson (who was critical of Lovecraft’s writing) to write a Lovecraftian novel himself (a challenge that resulted in three such novels, The Mind Parasites, The Space Vampires, and The Philosopher’s Stone), and they continue, “[Lifeforce] is big, splashy, and … the scenes of an apocalyptic London are not to be missed. And the film, an obvious tribute to Nigel Kneale‘s Quatermass, has deep roots in Lovecraft’s mythos”. (wiki)
timespace coordinates: 2010’s Dark Meat City / New CaliforniaMutafukaz (Japanese: ムタフカズ －MUTAFUKAZ－ Hepburn: Mutafukazu, released as MFKZ in some markets) is a 2017 adult animated science fiction film based on the comic series of the same name.
The film is a French-Japanese co-production between Ankama Animations and Studio 4°C and is directed by Shōjirō Nishimi and Guillaume “Run” Renard.
The comic was published in English as Mutafukaz by Titan Comics with only one volume released on October 27, 2015. Mutafukaz was released in France on May 23, 2018 and in Japan on October 12, 2018. (wiki)
Angelino is just one of thousands of deadbeats living in Dark Meat City. But an otherwise unremarkable scooter accident caused by a beautiful, mysterious stranger is about to transform his life… into a waking nightmare! He starts seeing monstrous forms prowling around all over the city… Is Angelino losing his mind, or could an alien invasion really be happening this quietly…? (imdb)
timespace coordinates: 2000’s Vietnam / Golden TriangleTropic Thunder is a 2008 action comedy film directed by Ben Stiller. It stars Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Jay Baruchel, and Brandon T. Jackson as a group of prima donna actors who are making a Vietnam War film. When their frustrated director (played by Steve Coogan) drops them in the middle of a jungle, they are forced to rely on their acting skills to survive the real action and danger.
The film had an extensive marketing promotion, including faux websites for the three main characters and their fictional films, airing a fictional television special, and selling the energy drink advertised in the film, “Booty Sweat”.
The film received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the film’s characters, story, faux trailers, and the performances of Stiller, Downey, Black and Tom Cruise, though the depiction of the mentally handicapped and usage of blackface makeup were seen as controversial. (wiki)