Reviewing the best science fiction movies from the past, present, and future.
20 Million Miles to Earth
***20 Million Miles to Earth is a science fiction monster movie from the Fifties, made more charming and more exciting by the fact that it dispenses with the typical "guy in a rubber monster suit" in favor of really impressive stop-motion animation by Ray Harryhausen, the pioneer, and legend in this field. (To slightly misquote Stephen King's seminal nonfiction study of horror, Danse Macabre, Harryhausen use to "pal around with a guy named Ray Bradbury" when he was a kid.")
The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009) - Film Review
In theory, this film should have been right up my street. A time-travelling romance adapted by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (Ghost) and starring Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, The Notebook) and Eric Bana (Hulk, The Other Boleyn Girl) as a couple living out their love story in the wrong order. Henry DeTamble, a librarian, possesses a unique gene that lets him involuntarily travel through time. His wife, Claire Abshire, finds it difficult to cope with it.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
The Day the Earth Stood Still is an exemplary example of Cold War jitters. Made in 1951, based on the story "Farewell to the Master" (the particulars of which I can remember very little about at this point), it begins with a glowing "flying saucer" with a classic look, landing on the Washington Mall. A ramp cooly slides from the surface, as the military and curious onlookers surround the alien craft. A being in a weird silver suit and a helmet covering its face points a weird object with a springy antenna at the crowd, but is promptly shot by some Army grunt and falls to the ground. His robot, Gort, a hulking mass of Fifties sci-fi aluminum comes to life, and strides like Karloff's Creature down the ramp. A visor slides back, and a ray beam melts the grunts' rifles.
The battle of balance and conflict
Every day, our world rolls forward in the interweaving of tearing and balancing. The balance of ecological, humanistic, and social aspects has become a beautiful pursuit, but there are too many visible or invisible evil forces behind the balance that are destroying... Nowadays, it is fortunate that environmental protection and ecological civilization have been taken seriously at the national level. When we talk about environmental protection in China, this 2000 documentary - "Balance" - is naturally impossible to ignore. I believe many people have also seen it because of Lu Chuan's "Cocoanuts", so today I briefly introduce it and recommend it to you.
Space Scares Me: "The Martian"
"Space Scares Me" is a series that is part review, part liveblog, about space movies I've been too chicken to watch until now. You can read my thoughts on "Gravity" (2013) here.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a Cold War-era Red Scare parable about giant seed pods" from outer space. They suck the mental and physical attributes of sleeping humans and disgorge identical replicas of them. We know this because of the smooth, featureless body that is laid out later on a pool table, just waiting to assimilate the features of the bartender. This happens in Santa Mira, California. Where else?
Close Encounters of the Third KInd (Director's Cut)
***I've seen a UFO. Up close. Matter of fact, I've seen a couple of them. I don't know, specifically, what that means about ME, but, as far as the influence of the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind on m life, it WAS one of the first films from infanthood (along with Time After Time (1979) and Salem's Lot (1979), and the TV adaptation of the stage play of The Elephant Man (1982)) to indelibly etch its scenes into my subconscious. Especially the mantis-like alien that first appears during the final scenes of the film.
Buck Rogers (1939)
Buck Rogers (1939) is a 12-chapter "cliffhanger serial," that is, a movie divided into twelve parts, each part ending with a "Cliffhanger"; or, in other words, the hero "hanging on to the edge of a cliff," or in some way, hanging on for dear life until the "next thrilling episode" should see him escape danger, just in the nick of time. The story of Buck Rogers is based on a short science fiction novella called Armageddon 2419 A.D. a novel by Philip Nowlan I've never been able to finish, although I've tried. I always lose interest about halfway through.
Using The Right Hashtags To Promote Your Business On TikTok
The popularity of TikTok is skyrocketing at an incredible rate. It is one of the social media apps that is used the most frequently because it has more than 1.2 billion monthly active users.
Space Scares Me: "Gravity"
Spoilers for "Gravity" (2013) ahead I love sci-fi. I'm a huge Trekkie. The endless possibilities of the universe excite me. I love horror: books, games, movies, everything. When you smash outer space and horror together I become an absolute wreck. It doesn't take much. The first time I heard David Bowie's "Space Oddity" I nearly had a panic attack. I was only able to keep it together because I was in public and my mother was with me.
NOPE : SUMMER FILM of 2022
NOPE, the horror/Sci-fi film directed by Jordan Peele also known for, outstanding projects such as 'GET OUT' & 'US', starring world class black actors like Keke Palmer & Daniel Kaluuya.
West World Movie
A socio-politically related idea struck me while watching the old '73 Westworld movie. The idea came from the wall paper, near the beginning, on the plane of all things. I began relating simple pie chart circles, from the wall paper, to life and the theme of groups, hierarchy, and technology.