Category Archives: Sci-Fi

SAVE YOURSELVES! (2020): The Things I Liked…

Save Yourselves! (2020), Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Bleecker Street
Save Yourselves! (2020), Sunita Mani, John Reynolds, Bleecker Street

Save Yourselves! is a comedy/sci/fi film about a young couple who end up having to fend for themselves while the planet falls under attack. An alien attack that starts just as they leave Brooklyn, New York for a week at an upstate cabin where they plan to unplug from their phones and reconnect with each other. 

From writers/directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson, I had to watch Save Yourselves! because the trailer was filled with precisely the kind of kookiness I enjoy from time to time.

Once the movie started, I found the young couple’s eccentricities quite refreshing and amusing. And the film’s two leads Sunita Mani and John Reynolds have great chemistry and perform well. It’s just unfortunate that I soon became bored with their characters. Even more so once the fluffy alien Pouffe got to their cabin and we see the way the brown fluffy Pouffe escapes out the door.

After the exciting escape scene, I wanted to spend more and more time watching the fluffy Pouffe in action. But of course, the focus was more on the couple and how they were dealing with being under alien attack. That’s not to we don’t see the more poof after this scene because we do and it’s great when they show up. 

Nevertheless, I’d hoped to enjoy Save Yourselves! more. However, for me, the film fits into that category of movie that doesn’t quite live up to the promise of its trailer. Even though I enjoyed the scenes with the Pouffe and liked the moments of humour at the expense of the millennial couple, for a good part of the film I wasn’t fully engaged. 

Give Fischer and Wilson’s movie a chance if you’re curious, you may find more to like than I did; especially since the trailer is quite fun.

Happy Film Loving 

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SYNCHRONIC (2019): New Trailer From Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton…

Synchronic (2019), Anthony Mackie, Well Go USA Entertainment
Synchronic (2019), Anthony Mackie, Well Go USA Entertainment

Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie and Katie Aselton are the stars of Synchronic, a new sci-fi/horror/drama about two New Orleans paramedics, whose lives are ripped apart. All after they encounter a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Directed by  Justin Benson and  Aaron Moorhead; additional key cast includes Ally Ioannides, Bill Oberst Jr., Natasha Tina Liu…

This looks dark and quite promising. Also, I’m sure I’m not the only one getting Project Power (2020) vibes. I only wish that there wasn’t so much text interrupting all the clips in this trailer. Am I right or am I right?

Martin Bats Bradford, Devyn A. Tyler, Lawrence Turner, Sam Malone, Aaron Groben, Betsy Holt and Shane Brady also star.

Synchronic Release Dates: October 23rd, 2020 (US)…

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POSSESSOR (2020): New Trailer Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Riseborough, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean…

Possessor (2020), Andrea Riseborough, Neon
Possessor (2020), Andrea Riseborough, Neon

From writer/director Brandon Cronenberg; Possessor is a new sci-fi/thriller about a secret organisation that uses brain implant technology. The technology is ultimately used to drive its agents to inhabit other people’s bodies, in order to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Andrea Riseborough, Tuppence Middleton and Christopher Abbott are among the key cast.

The teaser for this trailer was released weeks ago but I wasn’t sure about it then. However, t this version of the trailer combined with the synopsis definitely has me interested.

I’m extra intrigued since Possessor is directed by the son of David Cronenberg, director of A History of Violence (2005) and Eastern Promises (2007).

Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Jacot, Deragh Campbell, Hanneke Talbot, Gabrielle Graham, Rachael Crawford, Hrant Alianak, Raoul Bhaneja and Gage Graham-Arbuthnot also star.

Possessor Release Dates: October 9th, 2020 (US)…

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DUNE (2020): New Trailer From Timothée Chalamet, Zendeya, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac…

Dune (2020), Zendeya, Javier Bardem, Timothée Chalamet, Warner Bros. Pictures
Dune (2020), Zendeya, Javier Bardem, Timothée Chalamet, Warner Bros. Pictures

Based on Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel of the same name, new adventure/drama Dune is the latest from Denis Villeneuve (Sicario (2015) and Blade Runner 2049 (2017).

Starring Zendeya, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac; the story centres around the son of a noble family who’s entrusted with the protection of the most valuable asset and most vital element in the galaxy…

I for one know very little about the dune story and the 1984 film. Nevertheless, I’m especially curious because of the director and the brilliant cast.

Jason Momoa, Dave Bautista, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Javier Bardem, Charlotte Rampling, David Dastmalchian, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Chen Chang, Sharon Duncan-Brewster and Babs Olusanmokun also star.

Dune Release Dates: October 1st, 2021 (US & UK)…

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TENET (2020) Review: The Things I Liked…

TENET (2020), John David Washington, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s latest action/sci-fi movie is, as expected, a notable cinematic experience. Nolan’s story of a protagonist on a mission that unfolds beyond real-time, as he journeys through a world of international espionage is a film that pulls you in immediately in a brilliantly immersive way, thanks to the engaging action and powerful musical score.

Like in Nolan’s much-loved Inception (2010), you will need to pay close attention as Tenet plays. The complexity of the story and great production demands it. Yet, whether or not you’re a science expert, you will still be able to follow what’s going on enough to enjoy this movie, just as long as you pay attention.

Another bit of good news is that even though both Tenet and Inception are action/sci-fi movies that sometimes aesthetically appear similar, I’d say that that’s mainly because the film making team is the same because the stories are quite different.

Forced to choose a favourite of the two, I’d opt for Inception because I connected to the story, and especially DiCaprio’s Dom Cobb character more than I did to John David Washington’s ‘the protagonist’.

As for specific highlights, the character I enjoyed watching most is Kenneth Branagh’s Andrei Sator. Once you meet him, you won’t soon forget. At least I did not. For me, the main stand out scenes happen towards the end starting with a memorable scene that involves several vehicles on the road including a fire truck. Everything after that just gets better and better until the satisfying end that may or may not leave the door wide open for a sequel.

There are just two things I didn’t love about Tenet. The first one being that I wasn’t fully convinced by the ‘love connection’ between Elizabeth Debicki’s Kat and the protagonist. And by love, I don’t mean romantic love. I just didn’t understand why he cared so much for Kat, a seemingly random woman even though her story is empathy inducing. Perhaps it’s the time not being linear aspect of Tenet that didn’t allow for everything I needed to see, in the order I needed to see it to fully understand why Washington’s the protagonist truly cared for Kat as much as he did.

The second thing that would have made Tenet better for me is similar to the first; I wanted to connect to Washington’s character more and sooner. It seemed as though too much of his personal story was kept a mystery.

Overall, there’s certainly more to love about Tenet than not. As such, watch it because there is only one Christopher Nolan, and we must enjoy his creative gifts while we can!

Lastly, I will be watching Tenet again next week because I want to experience everything that it does so well all over again.

Happy Film Loving 

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PROJECT POWER (2020): The Things I Liked…

Project Power (2020), Jamie Foxx, Netflix

I had fun watching the down-to-earth take on the human-with-superpowers story that is Project Power. Particular highlights being the fun special effects and good performances, especially by Jamie Foxx and Dominique Fishback.

Centred around a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes, the first thirty or so minutes of Project Power. is watchable. But it’s once Foxx and Fishback’s characters meet that I sat up and started to pay attention. From that point on the fun continued until the not entirely expected nature of the conclusion.

As someone who has long tired of the traditional superhero movie stories, I welcomed the difference this one offered. So much so that the use of some familiar tropes barely bothered me. I was too busy having fun watching this particular story unfold.

Watch Project Power for a different take on the humans with superpowers story. I’m convinced that there are elements that will likely surprise you, in a good way.

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AWAY (2020): New trailer From Hilary Swank, Josh Charles, Talitha Eliana Bateman…

Away (2020), Hilary Swank, Netflix
Away (2020), Hilary Swank, Netflix

In new Netflix series Away, Hilary Swank is an American astronaut struggling with leaving her husband and daughter behind to embark on a dangerous mission with an international space crew.

Created by Jessica Goldberg and Andrew Hinderaker; additional key cast includes Josh Charles, Talitha Eliana Bateman…

I’m mainly intrigued because it’s that talented Swank. I’m also look forward to breathtaking images of space and a story that will be emotional but hopefully not depressing.

Away Release Dates: September 4th, 2020 (US)…

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BILL & TED FACE THE MUSIC (2020): New Trailer Starring KeanuReeves, SAamara Weaving, Alex Winter…

Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Orion Pictures
Bill & Ted Face The Music (2020), Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Orion Pictures

A new trailer for Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter and Samara Weaving’s new Dean Parisot directed Bill & Ted movie, Bill & Ted Face The Music just landed and it’s looking like fun.

I’m very much in and ready for this particular brand of silliness. I also rather like that this movie lands in the comedy, music and the sci-fi categories. It seems as though that’s not a thing that happens very often.

Hal Landon Jr., Kid Cudi, Beck Bennett, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, Kristen Schaal and Holland Taylor also star.

Bill & Ted Face The Music Release Dates: August 28th, 2020 (US)…

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