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Posts tagged ‘Science Fiction Films’

21
Apr

Photo Play – Paprika (2006)

by HELEN GEIB

dream detective inside a detective’s dreams

Paprika (2006)

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14
Jan

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Riddick (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Riddick (2013)

When we last saw Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) he was in a terrible film that should remain unmentioned, which is a shame because Pitch Black (2000)- the first film in the trilogy- is really awesome. But long story short, he was left stranded on a seemingly uninhibited alien planet. This film begins with Riddick adjusting to the planet’s climate, environment, terrain, and various forms of alien creatures. He finds, befriends, and breaks-in a dog/jackal-looking alien creature and together they live on a day to day basis for an undisclosed period of time. That dog-thingy is really awesome. Read more »

19
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The World’s End (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

The World's End (2013)

The story begins 20 years back in the quaint British town of Newton Haven, where a group of five teenagers attempt to complete The Golden Mile: a pub crawl that encompasses 12 pubs. They fail to reach the last three pubs but will never forget the adventure they had that day. We fast forward to the present and follow that old group’s leader Gary King (Simon Pegg), now almost middle-aged and an alcoholic. Gary plans to meet up with the old crew and convince them to try again for The Golden Mile, this time actually completing it. Read more »

21
Aug

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

by NIR SHALEV

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a great example of incorporating several themes into a story but concentrating them mainly in various characters’ actions. At the film’s start, we see a version of Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) who appears to be bored. He claims that he’s feeling old and has, therefore not flown into space and embarked on several adventures. In a manner of killing time he trains cadets who desperately want to join Starfleet. One day, his best friends Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley) persuade him to get over the rut he’s in and simply go on a space adventure. He agrees to do so and immediately feels happier. Read more »

8
Jan

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Dredd (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Dredd (2012)

Who would have thought that the best comic book film adaptation of 2012 would be of Judge Dredd? The character first appeared in 1977 and even though the dreadful (pun intended) Sylvester Stallone vehicle exists, the character still remains relatively unknown across the globe. But after watching this South African/UK co-production, I have a feeling that Dredd will be making a big comeback, and soon. Read more »

27
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – Blade Runner (1982) 30th Anniversary Edition

by NIR SHALEV

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner is now 30 years old and there’s little left to say about it. When it came out, it met with decent critical praise and very little profit. It made its money back at the international box-office but that took a long time. Fast-forward and look at where it is today. Read more »

9
Oct

On DVD/Blu-ray – Prometheus (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Gorgeous, scary, vague, dumb, brilliant… take your pick. All those words are befitting the film through a subjective point of view. But objectively we can agree that Prometheus is a mesmerizing, thought-provoking, gorgeously shot and lit, and purposefully vague film that delivers on its premise: A group of scientists travel to a faraway solar system in order to investigate the origin of life on Earth. Read more »

29
Sep

Trailers for Movies I Like: The Faculty (1998)

by HELEN GEIB

A monthly series. Title self-explanatory.

11
Aug

Capsule Movie Review – Total Recall (2012)

by HELEN GEIB

Like the 1990 Verhoeven/Schwarzenegger movie of the same title, Total Recall takes as its starting point the Philip K. Dick short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale.” The premise: An ordinary man with a boring life goes to a shop selling “memories” that are better than the real thing. Adventure follows, but is it real? The dystopian setting is handsomely rendered, albeit highly derivative of Blade Runner by way of Minority Report. Colin Farrell plays the hero on a head trip, and his performance carries the movie as far as acting alone can carry it- namely, pretty far but short of the finish line. Read more »

25
Jun

Photo Play: Star Wars (1977)

by HELEN GEIB

This month on Photo Play: after Kurosawa comes homage… the famous descendants of a pair of hapless Japanese peasants

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