Posts Tagged ‘sci-fi’

Just a heads up before we get started, this isn’t a part of the “Movies We’re Thankful For” series.

I will admit, I went into this film with a healthy, and justified in my opinion, bit of skepticism.  I mean let’s be honest, giant robots fighting giant aliens to save the world? Sounds a bit ridiculous especially for a director as respected as Guillermo Del Toro. That being said, I was pleasantly surprised. Dont get me wrong, this is total B-Movie fodder but with a huge budget and solid actors thrown behind it which makes for a totally different experience.

Long story short, a giant rift opens beneath the ocean in the…you guessed it, Pacific Rim. The rift acts as a bridge between our world and that of a race of aliens evidently trying to destroy our world. There is no shortage of ridiculous concept here and large amounts of robot vs. alien action isnt doing much to help that fact. That’s not to say this film isn’t a ton of fun though. Del Toro helps to bring it back down to earth and keep it from being too wacky.

It’s not quite high concept, but sometimes it is nice to have some mindless fun. This film provides plenty of that and then some. Not the best acting, script, or most original concept but I loved it. It was a just over two hour escape from reality that kept me entertained. Give it a shot if you want to watch a film that you don’t have to think too much about.

-Heath

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“Lets do the Time Warp again”

What can we say about The Rocky Horror Picture Show that hasn’t already been said? This film is a cinematic, musical, and pop culture phenomenon. It ignited my love for a certain campy, slightly over the top flair in cinema and music as well. Originally conceived and performed as a stage production simply known as The Rocky Horror Show by British writer and musician Richard O’ Brien in 1973, it was so popular it spawned the film adaptation. The film adaptation was such a cult hit, that it spawned a brief revival of the show this time on Broadway.

Let us dig a little deeper, shall we? Brad and Janet are a recently engaged couple who’s car breaks down in a rural area on a stormy night. Naturally the only place around to to take refuge is a creepy mansion on a hill. The sketchy hunchback butler answers the door and brings the couple in and the fun begins. After a few more colorful characters are introduced, the star, Dr. Frank-N-Furter, makes his appearance in all of his trashy, over the top glory. After that, the real fun begins. Throw in a suspicious professor, a muscly Frankenstein, a dead biker delivery man, and a colorful cast of supporting characters and you get the piece of art we know and love today.

This really isn’t a horror movie but to me the tone fits the season really well. On top of everything, its just a trashy good time. If by some random sequence of events you have never seen TRHPS, it still shows at midnight showings in theaters all over the country or you can get it at pretty much any store that sells DVDs. Give this one a watch if you want a new favorite movie.

-Heath

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I was first interested in viewing Oblivion solely based on the striking images used on the posters. They gave the impression of an Earth long after some type of worldwide disaster/human abandonment. I’m not much of a Tom Cruise fan but he has made enough films that I liked to give this one a chance and…I’m very glad I did.

The premise is surprisingly original for a larger budget Sci-Fi/action film. It’s not the same old rehashed plot point with slightly different variables. As you have probably seen from the promotional materials, the film takes place some years after a major disaster on planet Earth and humanity bailed for greener pastures. Tom Cruise is one of two people stationed high above Earths surface to monitor the security of several very large energy converters. Naturally, things go awry and a monkey wrench is thrown in the whole system.

Tom Cruise’s performance is surprisingly good in this film. Ironically, he is more down to earth and natural than he has been in a long time. Morgan Freeman is a highlight, as always. I won’t specify who his character is as it may ruin some key plot points. Olga Kurylenko also earns an honorable mention for her very key role.

Oblivion is backed by a great cast, directed very adeptly. The script is solid, featuring an incredibly unique and original plot that is the exact opposite of derivative. This is an all around good film and is worth the time and money.
4/5

-Heath

I was very anxious to see this movie from the time I heard about it going into pre production. The concept alone was enough to pique my interest but the fact that the Wachowskis were involved as well as some of the most talented names in Hollywood cemented my desire to see it. Unfortunately, I missed it during its theatrical run and the skeptic in me wouldn’t allow me to spend my hard earned money on the Blu-Ray. I was finally able to sit down and watch a rental last night.

For those unfamiliar, the basic concept is that a soul can be reborn multiple times as different sexes, nationalities, and across hundreds of years. The basic storyline is 6 stories set in different times and places, that somehow all tie together, that tell the story of one soul. This film has the potential to be an impressively disorganized sloppy mess, fortunately though it’s not.

Spread across hundreds of years, and telling the six stories all at the same time miraculously avoiding being muddled and impossible to comprehend. The stories are even told in different genres with drama, action, comedy, Sci-Fi, and mystery all being represented very successfully. The actors all do a tremendous job at playing very different multiple roles still managing to avoid a train wreck. Tom Hanks in particular does a fantastic job in this movie, would you really expect any less?

I cannot stress enough how amazed I am that this film is coherent and avoids being messy. This film can be visually stunning at times and heartbreaking or even funny at others. Clocking in at just under 3 hours, it never gets boring. If anything, I would’ve been fine watching another hour or maybe even more. Also it not just a “watch once and ignore for the rest of your life” good film, it’s a multiple viewings type film.

In summary, I really, truly loved this film. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It made me laugh at times and cry at others. It always left me wondering what would happen next and how the stories would eventually tie in. It’s obvious to me now that this film will take multiple viewings to truly understand and be able to explain in depth, but that’s just fine with me. This film is definitely worth buying and gets a 5/4(yes you read that right). Enjoy.

-Heath

Caught Star Trek Into Darkness yesterday in IMAX 3D and felt like writing a review. I’ve never written a review before and one of the reasons my friend and I wanted to start “you don’t know shit about fuck” was to talk about things like normal people, instead of the pretentious asses you often find reviewing films or music or anything they are supposed to be an “expert” on. And now onto the review.

Three of us headed out that day in search of adventure and we weren’t disappointed. Visually stunning, the movie kicked off in high gear, an action packed opening that had me saying “damn!” on more than one occasion and then we begin with the main storyline, which unlike most movie reviews, I won’t go into. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll only give you this: Cumberbatch is the bad guy, Kirk and crew are the good guys, shit starts happening, fights break out, there are some laughs along the way, more shit goes down and the entire movie was enjoyable.

The actors reprising their roles seemed more comfortable in the characters this go around and Cumberbatch gave a brilliant performance and made me actually care about the villain which is a rarity in film.
All in all the three of us enjoyed it and were discussing it long after we had left the theater, which I feel is the true mark of a good film.

I’ve tried not to give away too much in this short review because I hate when someone gives away too many details about a movie, even if they aren’t spoilers, just telling me too much detail about a particular scene can kinda ruin the movie for me. Hopefully I haven’t done that for you.
On a scale of “shitty awful” to “fucking amazing” I’d give Star Trek Into Darkness a Fucking Amazing. Hope you enjoy it as well.

– D