Godsend

Godsend

★½☆☆ – (2004) – A married couple loses their only child, but a scientist promises a replacement clone. Pretty obvious out of the gate, as a “perfect” family loses their “perfect” son, and even the inclusion of a somewhat unique idea is destroyed by the common set-up and tacky follow through. Means well, but becomes too corny for its own good.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina

★★½☆ – (2015) – An expert in codes is invited to test an android for her human capabilities. A modern technological take on Frankenstein where the created subject questions her own existence while pondering the isolated world around her. The scant cast does a good job keeping focus, and the conclusion is satisfyingly bleak, but emotions are never fully rendered.

Severed Ties

Severed Ties

★★☆☆ – (1992) – A scientist loses his arm during an experiment, only to find that arm alive and violently active. Somewhat succeeds on quirkiness and a sense of not taking matters too seriously, but when all is said and done, this never makes much of a point and seems to create weirdness for the sake of weirdness. Odd, but pretty dim.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Mystery Science Theater 3000 - The Movie

★★★☆ – (1996) – A human and his robot companions are forced to watch This Island Earth by a scientist who intimidates their sanity. Anything dealing with the film itself is pretty flat, but the observations of the joyously cruddy movie-within-the-movie range from giddy to downright hysterical. Causes enough laughter to make your face hurt.