To Roman Chimienti, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge thoroughly awoke his nascent horror movies undertone. So while the second installment slashed the shallow plot lines of the genre (and siblings such as Jason Voorhees and Michael Meyers), this Freddy Krueger's depth had a lot to do with the film's real shock value. But there were still far more laying beneath - and only one thoroughly invested demographic picked up on the subversive gay rights subtext.
When I first saw American Graffiti back in high school, it stood a very short generation removed from me in 1981 and seemed entirely plausible to its 1962 coming of age setting. But watching it last night on my DVD, I couldn’t help but wondering if the so called California Strip actually existed and served as the focal point for this generation in search of itself.
Earth has been invaded yet again by Science Fiction aliens, and lucky for the species, Tom Cruise has got it covered in The Edge of Tomorrow. But taking his turn makes for more than a double take, and leaves you suspect as to whether the saving was actually worth your time.
Ato Essandoh is (or was?) one of these character actors who’s face you definitely know but come without name recognition. Movie roles in blockbuster films like Blood Diamond and Hitch have been frequently woven around appearances in TV dramas such as Damages, The Good Wife and Law and Order. Most recently, the Schenectady born actor has emerged into a reoccurring role on Elementary with Lucy Lui. But now also playing Dr. Matthew Freeman on Copper has finally given him a permanent place to hang his shingle every week. Set in Civil War New York City, he couldn’t help but continue in that vein in accepting a small part in Django Unchained – even if it meant playing “the method” to a bloody conclusion. Actually mauled to death by a vicious dog as an oft escaped slave, Essandoh gladly met his untimely end in exchange for the chance to work with Quentin Tarantino. At least that’s what the internet reported.
The mother of all paradox examples is the universe. How did it begin, what happened before it began and before that. Throw in God and you understand that the humans understood the concept of a cyclical paradox (A kingdom with no beginning and no end). But that’s just for beginners in comparison to Predestination. As it unfolds, your head will be left spun dry - the throw in thoroughly completing the cycle.
So Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead is not indestructible in the face of zombies or the zombie-like. This Daryl lasts fewer than two minutes in this 2009 science fiction movie and lunch meat for even less than that. But the small screen mystique quickly falling prey, Pandorum dishes an intergalactic mystery inside a species ending cataclysm. Once onboard, that will keep you guessing and drop your jaw as the story finally unfolds.