Category Archives: SciFi

Metropolis (1926)

There are several versions the film with different running times from 90 to 153m; Germany

Director: Fritz Lang

Synopsis (IMDB): In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.



Outland (1981)

112m; U.S.

Director: Peter Hyams

Cast: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen and Peter Boyle

Synopsis (IMDB): Marshal W.T. O’Niel is assigned to a mining colony on Io, one of Jupiter’s moons. During his tenure miners are dying – usually violently. When the marshal investigates he discovers the one thing all the deaths have in common is a lethal amphetamine-type drug, which allows the miners to work continuously for days at a time until they become “burned out” and expire. O’Niel follows the trail of the dealers, which leads to the man overseeing the colony. Now O’Niel must watch his back at every turn, as those who seek to protect their income begin targeting him.



Land of the Dead (2005)

93m; U.S.

Director: George Romero

Cast: John Leguizamo, Asia Argento and Simon Baker

Synopsis: The fourth and most politically savvy of Romero¹s gory and satirical cycle of flesh-eating zombie movies shows us a world almost completely taken over by the ghouls. A group of rich Americans (led by Dennis Hopper) have protected themselves from the living dead in a heavily guarded luxury high-rise. Outside, other survivors with presumably less money scavenge for the wealthy amidst the zombie population, which is becoming increasingly intelligent and organized. –

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Politics, SciFi, War


The Job (2007)

4m; U.S.

Director: Jonathan Browning, Shaun Greenspan

Synopsis: The tables are turned on a group of white collar professionals in this amusing tale set in a parallel universe right here on earth.

Contact: Youtube link to watch the movie: Film



Code 46 (2003)

92m; U.K

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Cast: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton

Synopsis: Dystopian science-fiction movie about a doomed romance between a bureaucrat and a “genetically incompatible” woman.  Intriguing premise, but somewhat esoteric in execution.

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Global Economy, SciFi, White Collar, Women


Dreamtime (Droomtijd) (2007)

20m; Belguim

Director: Tom Van Avermaet

Synopsis: In a work-driven world where time is the ultimate dictator, a mysterious sandman spreads chaos and confusion.

Contact: Found on 2007 Palms Springs Shorts Film Festival:

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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in SciFi


Battlestar Galactica (“Dirty Hands”) [2007]

42m; U.S.

Director: Wayne Rose

Cast: Aaron Douglas, Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell 

Synopsis: Battlestar Galactica ran for four seasons on the SyFy network and is considered by many the best science-fiction television program yet created.  Focusing on a fleet of human survivors from a mass genocide, the program explored all manner of personal and political issues.  Among those was labor – in this episode from the third season one of the main characters restarts a union by becoming the leader of a strike on a mining ship.  “Dirty Hands” explores several facets of labor, most interestingly how unions navigate their relationship to the government and their role in promoting social mobility.

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Below the Belt

Synopsis: Downsized workers