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.
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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 Sure, in the future, you may have to battle mohawked bandits and dress like a hobo, but the problems of today have been replaced by the problems of an existential samurai.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
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.
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.
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
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 MindspacePosted in Ruminations and Dedications, Timothy Parfitt with tags Death Panel, Post-Apocalyptic, SciFi, Timothy Parfitt on September 19, 2009 by Timothy Parfitt
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 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.