Tag Archive | science fiction

A Droid Premiere – Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)

a-droid-premiereI may be the last guy who should review a Star Trek movie. I’ve never seen an episode of any of the TV series, and I’ve only seen one pre-reboot film, which was called ‘Star Trek Generations’. I saw that borefest in the worst possible setting. A midnight movie marathon. So my first instinct is to leave a review of the latest Trek in the hands of someone more knowledgeable. Wolf, I’m looking at you. But having thought about it, I’ve decided that maybe I’m the best person to review the film. I’ll explain why in a second… Read More…

A Droid Premiere: Oblivion (2013)

a-droid-premiereIt’s been a while between reviews, the last one being ‘Taken 2’ all the way back in October last year. This has been equal part laziness and part real life interfering. Okay, unequal. I’ve been mostly lazy. No surprise there. But I’m back now, and I intend to review on a more regular basis. To kick the resurgence off I bring you a Droid Premiere! Tom “The Running Man” Cruise’s foray into post-apocalyptic science fiction, ‘Oblivion’. Read More…

The World According to Arnie -Total Recall (1990)

Total-Recall-HeaderI haven’t visited The World According to Arnie since the ‘Jarv reviews New Years Eve’ Christmas blitz of 2011. That one was Arnie’s moderately successful first foray into family friendly comedy, ‘Twins’. But after a brief respite, Arnie’s back where he belongs, as a kicking, punching, shooting, neck snapping, murdering planetary saviour in Paul Verhoeven’s ‘Total Recall’. I love this movie. It rivals ‘The Terminator’ as my favourite Arnie movie, and I’m going to have to turn to my old mate the thesaurus to look for new superlatives to use during this review. I can’t very well describe everything as “awesome” can I?

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Made in Britain: Attack the Block (2011)

I’ve liked Joe Cornish for a long time, as I remember Adam and Joe in the 90’s (if YouTube has some of the toy reconstructions of films, then I seriously suggest that you watch them. The Trainspotting one in particular is inspired) and he seems like a likable enough film geek in his own right. So, following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright (who produced Attack the Block) it feels fitting that he’s finally released a genre film of his own. That film was last summer’s Attack the Block, a science fiction Alien v feral Hoodie scum film that seems to be either rapturously adored or strongly disliked.  Read More…

Spanked by the Monkey: Planet of the Apes (1968)

It’s time for my next step in the chronological journey through the Planet of the Apes films. For the most part, these films are pretty lousy, being a strange mixture of cheap prosthetics, cack-handed social commentary, bad acting, and nonsensical science fiction. However, the original Planet of the Apes from 1968 has long gone down as a genre classic. It’s reputation partially derives from the  simply stunning ending, which I will be spoiling if you happen to be the only person on the planet that doesn’t know what it is (even lost tribes in the Amazon know what the ending to this film is), but that does the film a massive disservice. This is a stone cold classic for a reason.  Read More…

The World According to Arnie – Predator (1987)

Predator-1987-TitleAmazingly, it’s been over a year since my last foray into the rollercoaster career of one Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger. For those out there who truly appreciate laziness, this one’s for the books. Since the ‘Raw Deal’ review was published, a lot has changed for Arnie. He’s no longer Governor of California, his wife divorced him because he was diddling the help, and his acting career is getting back up and running with an expanded role in 2012’s The Expendables 2, as well as his true comeback film, 2013’s The Last Stand.

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Casper in a GIANT ROBOT SUIT v ANGRY SPACE BUGS!!! Starship Troopers 3: Marauder

There was always inevitably going to be a sequel to Starship Troopers. However, the first attempt at it, Hero of the Federation, was a steaming load of rubbish. So time passed, and the memory of the awesomeness of Starship Troopers began to fade. Yet, people didn’t lose faith, we hoped that one day there would be another stab at Heinlen’s novel and it would contain the big robot suits that everyone familiar with the story always hoped for. Then in 2009 Edward Neumeier, writer of the original, managed to scrape together the cash, offered Casper payment and finally managed to bring Jonny Rico back to the world in his directorial debut for more sharp satire, bug stomping awesomeness and inexplicable random acts of nudity. Starship Troopers 3 can never live up to the original, because that’s inconceivable, but what it does manage to be is a pretty damned entertaining film in its own right.
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Just Pillow Talk’s Birthday Nightmare: Quintet (1979)

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Our old buddy JPT just can’t seem to wake up from his nightmare, with the latest film on his list being a) one I’ve never heard of, b) a Robert Altman post-apocalyptic science-fiction film (sounds hideous already!), and c) a missed opportunity to feature a Snow Tiger in a Hat! Take it away, Pillows.

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The Underrated: Ink

What the hell happened to this one? In an age bereft of intelligent philosophical science fiction/ fantasy, unless you count Avatar’s infantile save the whales nonsense, it strikes me as absolutely criminal the treatment this film received. I’d never even heard of it until about 5 minutes before I turned it on, and as a result, I’m seriously considering buying it on Blu-Ray. It’s no hyperbole for me to say that Ink is probably the best film I’ve seen this year. I’m not exaggerating, this is a touching, deep and clever film made by a film-school dropout on an absolute shoestring. This is the film that only managed to get DVD distribution because of piracy (according to imdb, anyhow), and I’d like to thank every sticky-fingered internet nerd out there for that. Well done, everyone, now if you can turn your hands to stamping U2 out, then the internet really will have worked wonders. Read More…

The Birthday Series–Flight of the Navigator (1986)

Droids-Birthday-Series-1986Ah, childhood memories. For most of us we remember our childhood through rose coloured glasses. At least I do. Nearly all my memories of childhood are positive. This includes movies I watched back when I wasn’t so cynical and demanding. Some movies stand the test of time, like Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars, which are as entertaining today as they were when I first saw them. But others are strictly for that time when your expectations were simple, and all it took were broad themes and straightforward storytelling to make you happy. The latter is the case with ‘Flight of the Navigator’, a film I loved as a kid, but haven’t seen for over twenty years. Writing that sentence makes me sad.

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