SummaryThe film follows a high school senior, Alex Lainey, who has an encounter with mysterious lights that appear over her small town. She soon develops dangerous, supernatural abilities and turns to her childhood friend Sean Terrel. The authorities target them and a chase ensues as officials try to discover the truth behind Alex's transformation.
Science fiction is all about the strange, the exotic, and the question of, "what if?" It's a genre of fiction that really allows us to explore all the different possibilities in every facet of human life—and that, fortunately or unfortunately, also includes sex.
I've been a fan of the original Predator movie for a long time. I thought it was clever, fun, and exciting. I was also a little kid when I first saw that movie. I recently re-watched the original movie and realized that there are a few things that didn't translate well into 2018 but overall, I still had a great time watching it. I'm tempted to re-watch Predator 2 because I know I enjoyed Predators which came out a few years ago. Now the latest predator movie comes out. It's called The Predator. I don't know why they have to have such a weird naming convention for these movies but they went and did it anyway. I didn't know what to expect when I saw the newly released The Predator. The trailers made it seem like an all out action movie.
The first thing people want to know about The Predator is is it a good movie? And the short answer is no... however, there are mitigating circumstances.
It’s always surprising to find romance in a futuristic setting as the sci-fi rom-com is a seemingly niche subgenre yet they can provide much of the fantasy that makes the traditional rom-com successful and Her does exactly that with an intriguing premise that would otherwise be dealt with cynicism about the doomed nature of the human race. Instead the film looks at how technology connects us and looks at how eventually we will have profound connections with technology itself as the film focuses on the relationship between Theodore and his operating system Samantha. What could look both pathetic and creepy turns out to be an empathetic story of a lonely soulful finding a shared connection with a woman just finding herself in the world. Samantha rather than being the soulless operator like Siri or Alexa is actually a conscious entity with an endlessly expanding mind and she finds herself developing an otherwise normal relationship with Theodore. What is genuinely surprising about the film is as well is how it portrays its setting as wholly accepting of their relationship and even though there is conflict with Theodore’s ex-wife about his new relationship, every one of Theodore’s friends is happy he has connected with someone. Samantha and Theodore are nonetheless ordinary yet conflicted people as they constantly have intimate and revealing conversations and have fun out in the town like any other rom-com couple but their relationship is not uncomplicated with Samantha constantly undergoing dramatic changes as she has literally only just become a conscious, artificially intelligent being. Then there is the simple fact that she does not carry an actual physical presence other than being a small electronic device.
So, my underappreciated films series continues, and this time we're looking at sci-fi films. I love the sci-fi genre, but I'm also a very picky watcher. If it holds my attention beyond the first five to ten minutes, I'll give it a chance; if not well... then it probably isn't something I'm going to re-watch anytime soon.
There is a fundamental incompatibility.
The Disappearance of Flight 412 is a made-for-TV movie first broadcasted on NBC during 1974. The film is about the crew of a U.S. Air Force radar test craft sighting a UFO and then undergoing an intense interrogation. The pilot is instructed by an authority higher than his commanding officer to land his aircraft at a remote airstrip then await orders. This command was given after one of the crewmen reports mysterious objects on the radar screen. Once the pilot lands the aircraft as instructed, he is met with some unknown government officials who question the entire crew about what they saw. The movie stars David Soul as Captain Bishop, Glen Ford as Col. Moore, and Guy Stockwell as Lt. Col Trottman. The production was filmed at both Oxnard and Edwards Air Force bases. The running time is 72 minutes and was shot in color with some Black and White stock footage.
Anime films are more popular than ever before, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why. Anime is a visually pleasing artform and is known for bringing amazingly beautiful stories to the forefront. This is doubly true when it comes to the sci-fi anime genre.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Michael Pitt, Chin Han, Peter Ferdinando
Arrival is a work of cycles and loops in its playing around with time in the non-linear format director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Eric Heisserer employ to masquerade the film’s ultimate message, which is uncovered in the film’s final narrative twist. This being that protagonist Louise Banks has not yet had her daughter, who we see become terminally ill and eventually pass away in the film’s heart-breaking opening montage and has only become aware of this through the aliens’ gift to the planet of their non-linear understanding of life. Then, knowing her own timeline through this, she accepts this future knowing all the tragedy it will cause her, but willing to take part and wholly embrace it for the happiness it will bring her in between. This is gradually unfolded throughout the film with Amy Adams’ subtle facial expressions in reaction shots to flash-forwards which she makes us believe are flashbacks.
Nature and science documentaries on Netflix can bring about a variety of emotions. Whether you're watching the best space documentaries or the best cryptozoology documentaries, these films can inspire a way of thinking that wasn’t there before and maybe even act as a call-to-action, which may or may not be the intention. There is something to be taken away from each and every documentary. Whether it is an overall message, or a bunch of facts on a single topic or range of topics.