Archive for SciFi

Catch-up: Moon (2009)

Posted in Catch-up with tags , , , , on January 27, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Circumstances are limiting me to short sentences.  Moon is great.  It is directed by David Bowie’s son, but deserves attention based on its own merits.  Sam Rockwell isn’t even annoying as Sam Bell, the isolated astronaut spending 3 years supervising the collection of solar energy by robots on the moon.  It asks big, cosmic questions.

Catch-up: Sleep Dealer (2008)

Posted in Catch-up with tags , , , on January 17, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

As horrific as most post-apocalyptic movie settings are, they can represent a peculiar escapism for the viewer.  Sure, in the future, you may have to battle mohawked bandits and dress like a hobo, but the problems of today have been replaced by the problems of an existential samurai.  Continue reading

Daybreakers, review by Timothy Parfitt

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Gory, thoughtful and stylish, Daybreakers, starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe is way better than it should be.  Even with an inferior second half, the film boasts old-school thrills and a sense of zeitgeist.

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Alien, Total Recall Screenwriter Dan O’Bannon dead

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications with tags , , , on December 21, 2009 by illwatchanything

Man did he write some winners and he did f/x for Star Wars.  The horror and science fiction fans of the universe will miss you, good sir.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/movies/21obannon.html?_r=2&ref=movies

Avatar and the escalating War for your attention

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , on December 19, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

In Avatar, director James Cameron takes the war against the modern viewer’s attention span nuclear.  Can Internet and cable television compete with 3-D exploding dragons and a nauseatingly detailed alien jungle?  The answer is no (or not yet).  Avatar is the most visually overwhelming film of all time. Unfortunately, it succeeds in being a movie event without overly worrying about being a movie. Continue reading

(Blank) in The Box: review by Timothy Parfitt

Posted in Review with tags , , , , on December 17, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

In The Box, writer/director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) conjures another period sci-fi philosophical mystery (a genre he has invented and laid claim to).  Set in the 70’s and populated by aliens and a Satre-quoting Cameron Diaz, the Box fails as a movie but succeeds as a mind-fuck. Continue reading

Is Mad Max affecting the Health Care debate? Road Warriors, Blade Runners, futursangst and America’s Mindspace

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications, Timothy Parfitt with tags , , , on September 19, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt

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When people bring up these so-called “death panels,” I can’t help but chuckle.  I think opposing heath care reform for fscal reasons is perfectly valid, but this ubiquitous idea of death panels seems to rely heavily on individuals’ imaginations; specifically, an imagination weaned on the filmic treatments of future dystopia.  I am putting forth here that America is so media and movie saturated that we can no longer imagine the future without using the sci-fi movies of the 70’s and 80’s as reference. Continue reading

District 9: Aliens Welcome Here

Posted in JAGP, Review with tags , on August 21, 2009 by Jared Parmenter

district_9_ss1District 9 has one of those rare previews that manges to whip up fanboys and critics alike into a frenzy of excitement with a few choice images, while revealing little-to-nothing about the film itself.  Given that, I’ll try to avoid spoilers and plot discussion as much as possible, but be warned: most of what you think you know about the film, from the trailer, is tragically misinformed, so any good review is going to reveal things you might wish had been left shrouded in mystery.  Consider yourself warned. Follow the jump to find out why it’s one of the best alien movies, ever.

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