Tag Archives: science fiction

Robocop (2014)

Director: José Padilha
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Keaton, Gary Oldman, Michael Kenneth Williams, Abbie Cornish . USA. 1h 57m

It’s taken me a long time to watch this as I have such a deep connection with the original film, for me Robocop is a saint and I was almost insulted that anyone would dare to remake the movie, but this is a very loose remake that pretty much relies on you having seen the original too get make sense of some of the benial content. But don’t take my low rating as a sign that I am a total fangirl of the Verhoeven classic, I have taken a lot of energy to think outside of my little box.

In this rendition of the tragic life of Alex Murphy (Kinnaman), he’s a brilliant righteous cop who is on a questionable case that keeps giving him and his partner Lewis (Williams) the slip. Continue reading Robocop (2014)

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Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Director: Julius Onah,
Starring. Daniel Bruhl, Aksel Hennie, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Oyelowo, USA. 1h 42m

There was an amazing phenomenon back in 2008 when the original  Cloverfield (2008) movie was released, it was interesting and enjoyable but it started and ended so obscurely, but the mystery gained the film fans and soon it became a franchise. The sequel, 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016) is a brilliant, thriller, so very different from the original and yet so very scary with Alfred Hitchcock vibes but had hardly anything to do with the original film apart from the final 10 minutes. Looking forwards for a continuation of the story I was a bit shocked that there was a side step into the past but finally there is a reason why a giant bat-like beast appeared on the earth and took the head of the statue of liberty, but again this film has very little to do with the original movie, detail on why at the end of the review. Or just scroll on fanboy. Continue reading Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

Night Caller from Outer Space / Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)

Day 5 – Night Caller

Director: John Gilling
Starring: John Saxon, Maurice Denham, Patricia Haines, UK. 1h 25m

There is always a huge amount of respect to be had for early sci fi, the imagination and passion that gave us so many of the inventions that are commonplace in modern times…. Or in this case the sciences is mostly about space and aliens and concepts which are a little out there… but are crazy enough to be enjoyable.

Scientist Jack Costain (Saxon) and his colleagues track and investigate a meteorite that crash lands in the British countryside, the strange spherical asteroid defies science as we know it. The asteroid is taken to the laboratory to be studied but it seems inert, but the army remain on stand by.  Eventually Dr Morley (Dedham) discovers that it is an alien device from Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter and it acts like a gateway, this is only activated when people are alone, usually female. A creature emerges, and stalks Ann (Haines) eventually; using her as bait, they capture a tall alien and take it to their lab, but it escapes. Continue reading Night Caller from Outer Space / Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)

The Dyatlov Pass Incident /Devil’s Pass (2013)

Director: Renny Harlin
Starring. Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, Ryan Hawley, Gemma Atkinson. UK/Russia. 1h 40m.

Based loosely on real events this poorly conceived horror manages to derail all the original horrific accounts from the plot to invent a new less frightening one. The original story revolves around a small group of young experienced hikers who went missing, the mystery was sparked when their charred, radioactive and broken remains were found in the deep snow miles from their camp site. The theories of what happened ranger from a Yeti attack, government black ops, and the more common UFO scandals but really no one really knows the truth. But now we have another theory that seems a little different from the rest, but neglects to really pin point the events and instead conjures up some new ideas with another set of hikers making what seems to be all the same mistakes. Continue reading The Dyatlov Pass Incident /Devil’s Pass (2013)

Primer (2004)

 

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Director : Shane Curruth
Starring : Shane Curruth, David Sullivan, Casey Gooden.USA.1h 17m

This was a film that I took out of a DVD cover put it in the player watched the movie intently smiled politely put the DVD back in the cover went to the local university, completed a 9 year course and physics just understand the basics of the plot. I jest I simply looked things up on the wiki after watching the film about 15 times. Continue reading Primer (2004)

3 Sci-Fi Shorts, Mech, human trials, Singularity and Mis-Drop

I’ve done a few Horror collections so now it’s time for some sci fi, and this is really where things can get quite technical when it comes to short stories.

I have been a fan of sci fi since I really started watching films as a kid, with the The Thing (1982) and Alien(1979) being two of my earliest favourites. We’ve come a long way but our thirst for predicting the future has never faded and it’s always interesting to see what the raw and imaginative directors can come up with in the most creative movie art form.

All of these short movies come from a Youtube Channel Called CGBros I’ll try and add a link in here somewhere.


Mech: Human Trials
Director: Patrick Kalyn
Duration: 5.52
Starring: Steve Baran. ???. 2015

Despite not being a 110% original idea this dramatic short plays out more of an intro to something much bigger and it does look like the experienced director Patrick Kalyn, who’s worked on films such as District 9 (2009) and Avatar (2009) will be bringing into fruition this year. So what’s all the fuss about, the main protagonist, has always wanted to be somebody and in this pursuit he becomes addicted to a new drug,  called Mech,  which starts to morph him into something that belongs in any 90’s Manga film. While he starts to question the drug, it and it’s dealer disappear and another force makes itself known to him but is his a friend or a foe?

It’s beautifully shot, but does come across as a film preview more than an actual film and for a film this short it repeats a couple of scenes, I’m not sure if the director thought that we had forgotten or if he just wanted to showcase the most epic scene twice because it is so damned epic, either way it’s a just above average short, impressive on the graphics but not really a “short film” but just a stepping stone to a feature.

Rating 6/10


Singularity
Director:  Samuel Jorgensen
Duration : 8:04
Starring : ?? Produced by Jeremy Pronk ????. 2015

A slightly longer and more epic film here, while it’s futuristic it’s also steeped in the look and feel of a modern warfare game (take your pic they all look the same to me). A special forces team have to rescue the president as there is a group of sentient androids out to destroy the president and it seems they aren’t all warm and mushy over any of the human race.

It takes a little while to warm up and doesn’t waste any time introducing any characters, mostly because the rest of the film is a blood bath! I was overly impressed with the effects and the acting, both are skillfully applied and neither one more overbearing than the other. And with a slightly predictable twist at the end there is a story that carries through to the end and isn’t forgotten among the robotics and bullets. It’s actually an okay movie, a lot better produced than some supposedly full length features.

Rating 6/10


Mis Drop
Director : Ferand Peek
Duration: 13:14
Starring : ????/2014

Possibly too long that it needed to be, this (not so) short film is presented as a found footage film, a forensic accountant is reviewing a video from a drop pod stream to understand why it was broken in the initial stages of a colonial invasion, upon opening this  kinda black box recording of a young rookie  Private Glenn’s  first combat drop on an alien planet. First he’s strapped into his suit and given some advice by an old timer this scene is particularly wonderful just due to the presentation, the entire film is set up with a camera faced onto the lead like a gopro, all other characters are portrayed as voices or by their reflection.

The rookie is  fished by the other “marines” and then things start to go awry. Taking a leaf out of the original Starship Troopers () this poor rookie has a rough introduction to life in a combat zone and even attempts to connect with his last one night stand, yep there’s even a hint of romance, this short is a mini epic.

It’s actually beautifully crafted, for the time and budget the resources, but it’s a bit too long for the short amount of story that it tells, and with an open ending I felt a little cheated by the end of the third watch, and it can’t be denied that it looks amazing, maybe if it is part of a series then it can redeem itself, but get in there now and check out this awesome first chapter.

Rating 6/10

 

LAST NIGHTS MOVIES

 CLASS OF 1999
(Science Fiction, Horror, Action 1990) D/W : Mark Lester W: C.Courtney Joyner 1h 39m.

TAGLINE: The ultimate teaching machine… out of control.
Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot.

With a stunning cast and believable story line it’s easy to see why this movie is a cult classic. How many people wanted to sneak back into school and blow their teachers away!? This film justifies that dream.

QLike I trust a vampire to give me a blow jobOST: NINE inch nails – Head like a hole. Midge Ireland – Come the day.
9/10

Then came…

GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS 2
(Sport, Crime, Drama 2010) D: Jesse V Johnson W: Jay Obrien – 1h 34m.

TAGLINE: Fight for Respect!

Following the deadly climax of Green Street Hooligans” several member of the West Ham firm and numerous members of Millwall end up in jail…
So technically this a prison revenge movie fuelled by football hooligans, it should be gritty and violent, sadly it’s a slow paced movie but there is a lot of smacking about and blood. There is a good dose of dodgy prison guards because we all know they are all bent and a surprise cameo by Matthias Hues and Timothy Murphy. It’s a pale comparison to the first movie but it’s OK. I was gagging for it to end but did enjoy all the double dealing.

4/10

 

Lo fi Sci Fi – My Introduction to the genre

I picked up Primer (2004)  several years ago and it spend a great deal of time on my “to watch” pile. I could tell from the blurb that it was going to be a movie I needed to watch with a clear head and to pay full attention to, so I gave it some special time.

I was severely confused from beginning to end but I blame the desperados.. So I watched it again. I liked the style, I adored how the film brought forward great ideas without having to blow a huge budget on effects.

It wasn’t until I found (by total accident) another film, Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010) that I discovered a whole new genre.. Lo Fi Sci Fi. So I’m going to emerge myself in it for a while and see what I can discover about it.

It does seem to be the basic ideas that a student would bring to the table without the board room expensive lights show. A way of going back to basics with the prime ideas of science fiction without huge movie sets and monsters (although i think there might be monsters). From what I have seen there has been an emphasis on the human in the future and the fragility of how we can cope with loosing what we were in the past.

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A more precise definition comes from http://lofiscifi.com/

Movies that have more speculation than spectacular effects. More focused on big ideas than big budgets.

For now I have a few titles about 20 or so that I am working through, some I have already seen, others I am now searching for. Reviews to come.

list

The American Astronaut
Another Earth
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Bellflower
Beyond the Black Rainbow
The FP
The Future
Holy Motors
The Last Winter
Mars
Monsters
Moon
Nightfur
Primer
Robot & Frank
Safety Not Guaranteed
The Science of Sleep
Sleep Dealer
Sound of My Voice
Take Shelter
TiMER
Wristcutters: A Love Story

These movies I have now seen so far!