Browsing: Sci-fi

Reviews passengers

In space no one can hear you scream, but in Passengers, the latest big-budget space romance to grace multiplexes this holiday weekend, no one can hear you scream because you’re either in hibernation and thus in deep REM sleep or awake, wandering the corridors of a massive, fully automated spaceship, alone with only a…

NP Approved arrival

There’s a moment in Arrival – Denis Villeneuve’s (Sicario, Enemy Prisoners, Incendies) latest film about the potentially devastating consequences of first contact with an alien species – where the central character, Louis Banks (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, and Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), a theoretical physicist, venture…

Reviews Morgan

In a key scene in Morgan, director Luke Scott’s feature-length debut, a psychologist, Dr. Alan Shapiro (Paul Giamatti), interviews the title character, Morgan (Anna Taylor-Joy), quite possibly the first of her kind, a synthetic human, created in an experimental, corporate-owned laboratory by researchers in the literal middle of…

Reviews Earth vs the Flying Saucers

With a railroad plot and the kind of emotionless acting that bad 1950s movies are known for, one wouldn’t expect much from Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), a tiny little B-movie “weirdie,” as Variety called science fiction films at the time. Thanks to the stellar visuals from legendary special effects master Ray Harryhausen, however…

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Some say that characterization is lost in a film that is primarily action. While that may be true most of the time, it is not true in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Miller, continuing his Mad Max series which he began in 1979, provides something that is rather unique here: an action film that throws the audience into a unique…

Reviews turbo kid 1

For a long time I’ve been sitting on the sidelines confused by this resurgence of faux nostalgia driven filmmaking. We’re not talking homages to inspirational films of yesterday but flat out repurposing of a spirit of…

Film Festival a space program

Count this as my favorite discovery at SXSW. A Space Program will polarize audiences. In fact, many people walked out during the World Premiere screening. The mockumentary/performance piece is sci-fi by way of Wes Anderson. Writers and directors Van Neistat and Tom Sachs constructed the basics required for space travel: space shuttle, space suits…

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Tomorrowland is one of those movies that clings so tightly to the thin line between “good” and “meh” that it’s difficult to review, because each opinion is hedged with another. There is plenty of good and nothing explicitly “bad,” but none of it goes anywhere, so the audience just sits and waits for 130 minutes. And how am I supposed to review the act of sitting and waiting? As Roger Ebert once wrote …

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Yorgos Lanthimos returns to the Croisette after winning the Un Certain Regard prize for his bizarre feature Dogtooth back in 2009. This year the Greek director moves up in the ranks of the festival by competing for the Palme d’Or with his star-studded English-language dystopian love story The Lobster that can also ironically be described as a satire of our…

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