Category Archives: Sci-Fi

EX MACHINA (2015): Vikander’s Portrayal Will Leave You Wanting More

Ex Machina (2015), Alicia Vikander
Ex Machina (2015), Alicia Vikander

Ex Machina comes from Writer / Director, Alex Garland and stars Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac.

I almost don’t want to say too much about the film, except that you should watch it because you’ll have no regrets afterwords. This is a sci-fi drama about artificial intelligence that has three key characters, one of whom is a beautiful and very smart female A.I. Can one say ‘whom’ in reference to A.I…? I digress.

Ex Machina is well written and delivers many tension filled moments to keep you locked in; moments that are brilliantly partnered with just the right musical score.

You will get to the end and want to know immediately when the sequel is coming. Sadly I don’t have the answer to that question. Nor do I have any knowledge of whether a sequel is even planned. But live in hope we must.

Happy Ex Machina 🙂

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THE MARTIAN (2015): Another Space Sci-Fi Hit Is Coming

The Martian (2015), Matt Damon
The Martian (2015), Matt Damon

The new film from Ridley Scott, Director of many hit films including Gladiator (2000) stars Matt Damon and looks amazing.

As excited as I undoubtedly am, something tells me I’m probably going to get my heart broken, and by that I don’t mean I’ll be disappointed but that something similar to the end of 1998’s Armageddon might happen. I’d rather be pleasantly surprised than have that particular theory come to fruition.

Then again, on the other hand, whatever it takes for the film to be great.

Bring on November.

Happy The Martian 🙂

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PIXELS (2015) Trailer 2, Definitely More Promising

Pixels (2015) Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani
Pixels (2015) Pac-Man, Toru Iwatani

In Pixels, starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage –  aliens have sent real life video games to end us by pixelation – and of course we must fight! Or at least the best players of each video game character  turned evil must.

The first trailer had me worried, but now…

…I badly want to see it work.

Happy Pixels 🙂

G

JUPITER ASCENDING (2015): What I Enjoyed Most? Mila Kunis’ Royal Outfits

Jupiter Ascending (2015), Mila Kunis
Jupiter Ascending (2015), Mila Kunis

Directed by The Wachowskis, the duo behind The Matrix (1999) trilogy and starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne, I had relatively high hopes for how Jupiter Ascending would turn out… admittedly, mostly because of Redmayne.

After the event however, it would be quite the stretch for me to call Jupiter Ascending a ‘good film’ – though there are some things I enjoyed. Namely, Mila Kunis’ royal outfits, the visuals of Jupiter and the rather disturbingly good theory about ‘harvesting’ planet earth.

Everything else was just unconvincing. I found myself unable to properly buy into any of the characters let alone the central love story.

Jupiter Ascending (2015), Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis,
Jupiter Ascending (2015), Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis,

Usually I can suspend my disbelief given that a story is executed well – whether it be sci-fi, fantasy, etc. That’s just not completely the case here.

I still love Mila Kunis, especially in That 70s Show, Family Guy and Black Swan (2010) – just not in Jupiter Ascending.

Happy film loving. Now, go watch The Matrix 🙂

G

PREDESTINATION (2014): Why You Need To Be Ready

Predestination (2014), Ethan Hawke
Predestination (2014), Ethan Hawke

Written and directed by film making brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, Predestination is a well acted mystery / sci-fi film, starring Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook.

Due to the time travelling element, this is the kind of movie with plenty going on including a number of twists and turns that come quick and fast, so you’ll certainly need to be ready and alert.

Predestination (2014), Sarah Snook
Predestination (2014), Sarah Snook

As I watched, I found myself comparing Predestination to it’s more thrilling cousin, Inception (2010). Not that both films deal with the same subject matter exactly… but among other things, it didn’t help that one of the characters in the movie looked like a younger version of one of the Actors in Inception. I’ll let you figure out which one.

Watch it anyway if science fiction and particularly time travel are generally your thing. I’m only into sci-fi sometimes.

Happy Predestination 🙂

G

INTERSTELLAR (2014): As Expected, Christopher Nolan Did It Again… It’s Good

Interstellar (2014) Matthew McConaughey
Interstellar (2014) Matthew McConaughey

I finally did it. I watched Interstellar!

The nearly three hour running time is part of the reason why I hadn’t yet, plus, I believe it important to be in the right mood for a particular type of film before watching.

Anyway…

From Christopher Nolan, the director who brought us the hugely successful Inception (2010) and the recent Batman trilogy, the cast for Interstellar includes Matthew McConaughey, Ann Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, to name just a few.

Nolan has once more delivered a memorable film. One that features some stunning space imagery, a handful of nail biting/ tense moments – and at the heart, a powerful and extraordinary father/ daughter love story.

Interstellar (2014) Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy
Interstellar (2014) Matthew McConaughey, Mackenzie Foy

If you happen to be into astronomy and science, you’ll likely love this film even more, because it covers space exploration for the purpose of saving human kind from extinction – and it’s not afraid to dive into the science.

Like Inception (2010), Interstellar deals with a few non-simplistic concepts and therefore requires your full attention. I think I managed to keep up quite well, even though science isn’t my subject. That said, please be so kind as to not test me!

Happy Interstellar 🙂

G

ANT-MAN (2015): Yes. I Will Believe In Paul Rudd

Ant-Man (2015), Paul Rudd
Ant-Man (2015), Paul Rudd

Ant-Man is possibly the most uncool superhero name out there. I say this whilst being completely unfamiliar with pretty much all comic books.

Since it is Marvel, I’m hoping very much that I’m proven more wrong than ever before. Please, the powers that be…

See the teaser trailer for yourself…

What do you think? I’ll watch because I enjoy the work of Paul Rudd. Also, how young does Michael Douglas look in the preview?

Trailer 1…

Happy Ant-Man 🙂

G

PREDESTINATION (2014): The Next Ethan Hawke 2014 Hit?

Predestination (2014) Ethan Hawke
Predestination (2014) Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke has been very busy. A fact that makes me, an eternal fan of great acting talent, a very happy so and so. With  more than 5 releases out this year, including the already very well received Boyhood, who can blame me?

A sci-fi thriller from sibling Directors, Michael and Peter Spierig, the premise of Predestination is time travel for the purpose of preventing crimes from taking place. I say the trailer is quite promising. See for yourself:

Did Tom Cruise’s Minority Report (2002) come to mind as this preview played?

Happy Predestination 🙂

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