Reviewing the best science fiction movies from the past, present, and future.
Movie Review: Settlers
Settlers is a remarkably dull movie. Written and directed by Wyatt Rockefeller, Settlers doesn’t look bad and is not poorly acted. Rather, Settlers fails because there isn’t much of a story going on. The film centers on an innocent young girl on a remote planet with her parents. The story is about how she grew up in this bizarre isolation and how the experience shapes her. Echoes of what it has been like to be a kid during the pandemic and shelter at home orders are intentional. What I am assuming is not intended is how well Settlers captures the unending boredom and navel-gazing of being trapped at home by an unseen potentially deadly force.
Movie Review: 'The Tomorrow War'
The Tomorrow War stars Chris Pratt as a High School science teacher and military veteran who gets drafted into a very unique war. While watching the World Cup at a party, Chris and the rest of the world are shocked to find the famed tournament interrupted by the arrival of soldiers from the future. As these soldiers will eventually explain, they’ve developed time travel technology specifically so that they can go back in time to recruit soldiers to fight in a future war against alien beasties.
Thelma & Louise (The Sequel)
This is not a movie review of the film "Thelma and Louise". I know the film, and I'm hoping any readers of this piece of writing know the film also. If you have not seen the film I will give you a brief summary and explain why I think this film is important and useful.
Review of The Tomorrow War
I saw The Tomorrow War on Amazon Prime Video late last night. Some myopic critics gave it mixed reviews. I thought it was just excellent. And not because of the time travel, which was ok, but because of the unfolding plot of the movie, which brings in interstellar species, climate change, and parent-child relationships in an original and rewarding way.
‘The Tomorrow War’ Review—Delightful Sci-Fi Action
Chris Pratt stars in The Tomorrow War, a science fiction action movie directed by Chris McKay. This film follows a science teacher named Dan Forester (Pratt), who is recruited by time travelers to go to the future and help fight in a war against an alien species wiping out the human population.
‘Infinite’ Review — Surprisingly Fun
A Mark Wahlberg action vehicle may be the most unpredictable type of film out there—you can strike gold with Patriots Day or The Other Guys, or you could end up with a pile of crap like Transformers: The Last Knight or last year’s Spenser Confidential.
Well, I -- at last -- saw Christopher Nolan's Tenet (on HBO last night). It was an excellent, sometimes seminal, time travel movie -- in particular, time reversal -- but not without its flaws.
"A dream of dark and troubling things," is how David Lynch once described his seminal cult midnight movie Eraserhead. He could just as easily have been describing Asparagus (1979), a short film often screened with Eraserhead in the early days.
Best Stuck in a Time Loop Films
I have to confess to something - I have never watched the original Groundhog day film. Which is incredibly ironic since I do have a thing for time loop films. There's something about watching a character relive a story on repeat, forcing them to reflect on their actions or relationships. Usually these moments are fleeting, but being stuck in the same loop of events allows for some beautiful character arcs - in drama and comedy.
The Top 10 Highest-Grossing Movies of All Time Worldwide
10. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) Box office: $1.41 billion Director: Joss Whedon The second Avengers film was warmly received when it initially arrived, but then suffered a bit of immediate blowback, with many superhero genre geeks asserting themselves that although it was undeniably an entertaining film, it represented something of a step back from Joss Whedon’s record-smashing original. Even if it can’t quite match it, and occasionally feels like a bridge toward the next Avengers story, there’s still a whole lot to enjoy in this action-packed yarn. James Spader excels as the voice of the godlike Ultron—a wonderfully arrogant, immature AI character who is only undermined by plot, rather than performance. Ultimately, though, we may remember Age of Ultron more for the storyline fallout it helped generate in the MCU, as Tony Stark’s guilt at creating Ultron is instrumental in driving his position in the fabulous Civil War. Looking back on it in the wake of several other MCU films, its stature has somewhat grown as a result of what it has helped build. —Jim Vorel
Documentary Review: 'The Astrology of Pandemics'
Can astrology be used to predict pandemics? It's a question most people probably haven't thought about lo these many months, but is at the epicenter of this documentary, made in response to COVID-19. Looking back at other pandemics throughout history, The Astrology of Pandemics sets out to see if astrology has a connection to how pandemics of the past progress--and if it could be used to predict and prepare for future epidemics. With astrology's status as a pseudoscience, it's almost a guarantee that there's going to be some people that will reject this notion on principle. I must confess, as open-minded as I am, there are parts of this film that had me thinking, "OK, you're starting to lose me with how far you're reaching..."
Make Room! Make Room! ‘Soylent Green’ Revisited
Det. Thorn (Charlton Heston) to his roommate Sol (Edward G. Robinson) in Soylent Green: “I know, I know. When you were young, people were better.”