Earlier this week, Uber Eats nearly broke the internet with its latest ad campaign featuring two of the world's most iconic actors of sci-fi television and film seemingly at odds with each other. The first spot featured an age-old debate, but probably not the one most thought about when they saw Mark Hamill battling wits with Sir Patrick Stewart.
Every morning I go for a walk around the neighborhood. It's good exercise and I go out very early so it's peaceful and quiet and a good time to think. And sometimes an idea or a question gets stuck in my head and I can't get rid of it until I get home and write it out of my brain. Today that question was, how does Rey know how to speak Wookie?
In 1982, Jim Henson introduced viewers to the fantastical world of Thra, via a film that was touted as the first live-action film with no humans in it whatsoever, as it utilized puppetry to bring the world to life. This film was titled The Dark Crystal. Since that film, there have been other tales told within that world via books. But Thra did not return to the screen until the Netflix show The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
John Was Trying to Contact Aliens is a very unexpected documentary. It is extremely short so I thought it wouldn't hurt to watch it. From the description of the film it seemed as though there was going to be some sort of contact with something from space. I'm kind of a sucker for conspiracy films. What I got out of the film was entirely different. It almost seems as though this is one of the films that everyone jokes around online when they say Netflix will green light any proposal you give to them.
As the uncertainty of 2020 continues, there is one thing that we can be certain of, and that’s that we have another Christopher Nolan hit on our hands.
Score: 5 of 5
Attack of the Unknown is an action sc-ifi film that feels like a cross between Independence Day and Assault in Precinct 13. Written and directed by Brandon Slagle (Crossbreed), produced by the Mahal Brothers (Michael Mahal and Sonny Mahal) and starring Richard Grieco (TV’s 21 Jump Street, If Looks Could Kill), Robert Lasardo (The Mule, Waterworld, Drop Zone), Douglas Tait (2019's Hellboy, Annabelle Comes Home, Zathura: A Space Adventure), Jolene Andersen (TV’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Resident Evil: Damnation) with special appearance by Tara Reid (American Pie, Urban Legend).
The Time Travelers is a science fiction movie released by American International Pictures on October 29, 1964, and was directed by Ib Melchior. The motion picture is about a small group of scientists who are conducting experiments in a lab during the present day. When one of the group steps thru a portal that displays an alien landscape, the others follow afterward only find themselves trapped in a barren world. There are no major stars in the cast only character actors whose experience includes movies and TV. The movie was shot on a very low budget and as a result, low-grade special effects were used. The running time was 82 minutes and was billed with a double feature.
The Darkest Hour is confusing because it may be confused with a much superior movie called Darkest Hour that recently came out. The movie with "The" in the title is about an alien invasion where a bunch of youth try to figure a way to escape Moscow and go back home. The movie came out back in 2011 which isn't that long ago but the special effects didn't age well. It's an okay diversion but there are certain things that just don't make sense in this movie.
Rew is a family friend whose film opinion I value greatly. He's never steered me wrong with his criticism or praise and last fall was no different:
This is the kind of film that makes me want to curl up into a ball of despair and wish I was never born on this planet.
This is not the first time I've seen the film District 9, however, this is the first time in a long time that I have found myself being so affected by a film and brought to tears. The film is a wonderful expose of what I think to be the human condition, and display of how we navigate and orient ourselves in the world based on racial relations.
Paging ET, please phone home.
“Proximity” had potential. The film partially redeemed this but then blatantly fails on a completely different level. With a film about alien abduction, there’s one particular expectation wherewith the film stands or falls. And that’s the look of the spacecraft with which those green men fly around. In many SF movies with the same subject, this is either shown only briefly. Or the design and special effects are so pitifully bad that you wished those alien tourists instantly have an engine problem and crash down with their ugly flying saucer. But when Isaac (Ryan Mason) early in the movie sees the spinning vehicle fly above him, I noticed his approving look. Not because he liked the design, but because his conviction was confirmed in this way. Me on the other hand, probably had an approving look because the spaceship looked really good. Unfortunately, this fact alone could not save the film.
Tremors came out back in 1990. I remember the big hype about this movie back when it first came out but I was a little kid and was afraid of horror movies. I never gave it the time of day. Much later in my life I still avoided it not because it was a horror movie but because it looked really cheesy compared to today's movies. Still there's still some people that say Tremors is worth watching. Since it's freely streaming on Netflix why not check it out? This is what I thought of it.