Reviewing the best science fiction movies from the past, present, and future.
Marvel And DC Conflict
If you're a fan of comic books, you know that two major companies around the world - Marvel and DC - make entertainment content based on those books. The slightly darker side that some superpower movie buffs barely realize is about a renewed feud between the two companies. Of course, it is not the struggle of good against evil, but of a struggle over revenue, competitive position, and imaginary worlds.
Robbert Eggers knows how to turn a thin story full of brutal Vikings and violence into an awesome viewing experience that stimulates all the senses. But those who think they will see the film version of the Netflix series Vikings will be disappointed. This is not a movie, this is a trip.
My First 4DX Experience
4DX is a cinema technology designed to take immersive feel to a whole new level. While watching, your seat moves beneath you in synchronization with the images on the screen; you get whacked in the back when someone shoots or throws a punch; the wind is blasted on you, moisture is splashed all over your face, and lights are flashed from corners of the cinema hall. It is the theme park ride version of Cinema and feels as if you are watching the movie while riding a roller coaster. You will either entirely love it or absolutely despise it.
My Review of "Moonfall"
Moonfall is a science fiction movie that came out in 2022. I am a sucker for disaster movies and I haven't seen one for quite some time. This movie looked like it had all the disaster movie tropes that I was looking for. Excited to see this movie I came out of it with mixed emotions.
Review of 'Moonshot'
Hey, not every movie about humans in space has to be about blow-out battles for the galaxy, or, if the story is about planets closer to home, about being stranded on Mars or otherwise vexed by the red planet's harrowing problems. There's a place in movies about Mars for profundity delivered through joy, even the joy of maybe slightly older than teenage romance and humor.
The beautiful, incomparable Maya Deren directed this surrealist exploration of desperation in 1944--a year not well-disposed to women and their longing to escape from the oppression of bourgeois, corporate American boardroom society. It was still the War Years, and freedom, liberation from spiritual tyranny, was thrust into the backseat behind the existential threat of global fascism.
Review of 'The Adam Project'
Just saw the The Adam Project last night, a pretty good time-travel movie on Netflix. Here's a pretty much non-spoiler review:
Movie Review: 'Cosmic Dawn' Can't Walk the Line Between Cheap Melodrama and Camp
Cosmic Dawn stars Camille Rowe as Aurora. As a child Aurora witnessed her mother being abducted by aliens. She was 5 years old when it happened but her memories are still vivid. Regardless of her account however, people chalk up the alien story to having been traumatized by her mother’s disappearance. Aurora grows up a lost soul always searching for something she can’t quite wrap her mind around.
I am letting you into the secret of all secrets, mirrors are gates through which death comes and goes. Moreover if you see your whole life in a mirror you will see death at work as you see bees behind the glass in a hive. --Orpheus (1950)
Review of 'The Colony'
Well, I just saw The Colony (original name of the movie, Tides) on Netflix. This seems to be the season for post-apocalyptic stories, understandable given the dangerous state of world, in areas ranging from COVID to climate to Russia massing troops on the border of Ukraine. I thought Station Eleven, a series on HBO Max based on Emily St. John Mandel's novel, was a masterpiece. I wouldn't say the same about The Colony. But I will say that, for my money, it's much better and more worth seeing than the massively popular Don't Look Up. (Though I'll also admit to you that I paid no money for either, other than the subscription price on Netflix.)
Review of 'The God Committee'
In Baltimore two weeks ago, a 57-year-old man received a genetically modified heart from a pig. So far, so good. That's not science fiction. That really happened. And for the very first time.
Review of 'Don't Look Up'
I'm going to check in with a rare pan for me of a science fiction film. Rare not because I love every science fiction movie I've ever seen, but because I usually review only movies that I think are worth seeing. But I'm making an exception with Don't Look Up, because the issue it addresses -- the end of human existence -- is obviously so important. The movie serves up a variety of narratives and storylines, and, in the end, I think most of them are not worth watching.