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Dark City

Whoever I am, I’m still me, and I’m not a killer. The clock stops. John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up in a bathtub.  He puts on some clothes and the phone rings.  A voice (Kiefer Sutherland) on the other end of … Continue reading

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Ender’s Game

This is basic rocket science. It’s the season for space.  Or is it loneliness?  This month I have seen or will see Gravity (2013), Ender’s Game (2013), and The Right Stuff (1983).  What a nice cross-section of reality, realism, and sci-fi fantasy.  Gravity was quite excellent … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim

They told me that if I got into that suit one more time, I would die. I wonder if he’ll ever get back in that suit.  Yeah, it’s going to be that kind of night.  Nuclear core, you say?  It’s … Continue reading

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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Ours will be a perfect child caught in a freezeframe. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) is infamous for its bad ending.  Everyone was ready to head out to their cars, having enjoyed an unfulfilled quest, but the lights came back up and … Continue reading

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After Earth

They literally smell our fear. Smear is the buzz killer.  Preconceived notions about a director combined with a relatively uninspired premise made for low expectations for After Earth (2013) from M. Night Shyamalan.  The young gentleman beside me was present only … Continue reading

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Alien³

All they have to do is run down a damn corridor. An interesting part of the Alien series is its intent and ability to attract quality directors.  Alien³ (1992) being the first feature film from David Fincher—who, to this day, has yet … Continue reading

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Blade Runner

It’s not an easy thing to meet your maker. Blade Runner(1982) has undergone a ludicrous amount of substantial revisions.  And yet, it is to sci-fi what Chinatown (1974) is to film noir in terms of history and critical prestige.  This is … Continue reading

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Looper

Clean. Have I talked about time travel here before?  Surely I have.  That’s right, it was the Men in Black 3 (2012) review (was that only four months ago?).  Well, Looper (2012) isn’t your franchised, shark-jumping, who-cares-so-long-as-it’s-Will Smith kind of movie.  It’s an original, mind-jamming, Joseph Gordon-Levitt-is-so-dreamy-even-with-a-prosthetic-forehead, … Continue reading

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Alien

The first thing I’m doing when I get back, is get some decent food. “In space, no one can hear you scream.”  That’s got to be one of the best lines of all time.  Alien (1979), like Jaws (1975), puts its heroes … Continue reading

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Second Thoughts on Prometheus (2012)

On my second viewing of Prometheus (2012), which I reviewed last week, I realized what was happening–both on a macro level and in the details of the film’s story.  To my infinite shame, I didn’t fully understand so many of the movie’s … Continue reading

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