Do you hate war, pollution, or hard pizza rolls? You would love the 1969 science fiction/satire "The Monitors". This motion picture is based on a science fiction novel of the same name written by Keith Laumer and published in 1966. The story is about a group of friendly aliens coming to Earth and taking over the planet and its governments. The movie was produced by the Second City comedy troupe and co-produced by the Bell and Howe Corporation. This film was shot on location in Chicago, Illinois with the intention it would become a center of movie and TV production. The Monitors is minutes 92 in length and premiered on October 8, 1969, in New York City.
It seems like an annual tradition that a critically-acclaimed sci-fi from an auteur will be released to either adoration or derision or both from a general audience. Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian and Arrival all earned acclaim and were generally well-received by audiences, but then Blade Runner 2049 and Annihilation faltered at the box office and the latter did not even receive international distribution, instead being bailed out by Netflix while a studio reluctant to even release the film barely marketed it at all. I think the box office results of Ad Astra will be carefully examined by studios to see whether this genre is worthy of being financed as original films’ performance at the box office continues to trend downward. What’s also interesting is that this film is a holdover from 20th Century Fox—now Disney owned—which could be completely reshaped itself under new management. Ad Astra’s release was pushed back numerous times which was concerning as it could have been a sign of studio apprehension, as the film is a clear financial film relying on star power, word of mouth audience response and marketing. The September release date the film was given was clearly a clever choice however, as only one franchise heavyweight was released, so it was mostly a level playing field between mid-budget original films, which was quite refreshing and I hope becomes the case more often. The film has performed better than expected, crossing more than 100 million worldwide, but it still stands to lose money, it’s box office performance similar albeit slightly better than another space-based film, First Man. These auteur-driven films go against typical Hollywood filmmaking, but it’s saddening to see such a lukewarm audience reception for a more creative take on the genre and going against convention.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is my favorite video game of all time. Hands down, there is no other. I'm sure many will disagree and that's fine, they're probably not as big of a Star Wars geek as I am. But, this game made my childhood.
Encounter stars Luke Hemsworth as Will Dawkins. Will lives in his sister’s, Teresa (Cheryl Texiera), garage, sadly recreating the image of his late daughter and his still living former wife, Jessica (Anna Hutchinson), in sad clown paintings. Will was left paralyzed by the accident that killed his daughter and the overall trauma was more than his wife could bear. To say that Will’s life is one of ongoing despair would be an understatement.
From March 30, 2001 to December 10, 2002, Invader Zim aired on Nickelodeon. After it got cancelled, several finished episodes ended up on DVD in 2004 and didn't air in the US until they ended up on Nicktoons in 2006. Since then, the 2015 comic series has been the only ongoing Invader Zim content. But now, we have the Netflix movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, which reflects the art style of the comics and brings familiar characters on an absurd and hilarious adventure.
It has been 20 years since Big Finish Productions released The Sirens of Time, the very first of their long-running range of Doctor Who audio dramas. Since then, they have released audio adventures every month, featuring one of the actors to have played the Doctor on TV. In this special list, I'm taking a look back at some of the strongest audio adventures to feature the Fifth Doctor, as played on TV by Peter Davison. We begin with:
Welcome back once more to my "why not" series. As you can see from the title I am working on a piece on the most feared lawman in the 22nd century. I am planning on throwing out some ideas as to what they can do storywise for the next Dredd thing; whether it be a video game, another movie, or even a mini-series, what is next for the fierce enforcer of the law in Mega-City One?
First off, thank you for reading the I Am Mother review!
A few weeks ago, Men In Black: International arrived in theaters. Although I was mildly entertained by it, I was not a fan. Click here to see my review.
With the most recent flow of memes revolving the beloved actor, Keanu Reeves, especially those pertaining to the reveal of the new game Cyberpunk 2077 starring the aforementioned hero of modern society; I felt as though I should write a little about how I was introduced to Reeves as an actor and how it affected my way of thinking. I'm not going to get into every detail of the films, but at the very least explain the accuracy in terms of the theory itself.Keanu Reeves loves his fans, that definitely goes without saying. The way he interacts with them, talks to them. The best thing about him is the fact that he is absolutely genuine. From movies like The Matrix to John Wick, Keanu Reeves is an incredible badass. Though, I originally saw him as the lovable goof that is Ted "Theodore" Logan from the films Bill and Ted Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey. The time traveling duo that was all about making music and loving bodacious babes.
It's the end of the world, and four kids are responsible for getting a key to some NASA to save the world. Will they make it? What stands in their way? Will they all survive?
All great movies, much like art, are made to stir the imagination of the viewer. Skilled directors even have an adept understanding about how genre, setting, characters, and plot can make an audience feel specific emotion. The greatest science fiction movies entice the audience to engage in self reflection both from a larger societal and personal perspective. They do this through the powerful technique of metaphors, getting us to hold the mirror to ourselves and ask the difficult questions.