Archive for the ‘Science Fiction’ Category

This came on tv this afternoon. Decided to watch a bit of it. Ended up finishing it. Hey, it’s been more than 30 years !

What a silly movie. Those special effects are BAD. And the acting isn’t particularly good either. Neither is the story. In fact, this is really quite terrible.

But it’s nostalgic… And Bill Murray is great being Bill Murray.

However, this did not pass the test of time. I used to LOVE this movie.

Ray Parker Jr’s title track is still cool though. (it was the first 7″ inch single I ever bought).

www.imdb.com/title/tt0087332

 

It’s not a great movie. It’s entertaining. A lot of things happen. But it’s not a great episode. The story just isn’t captivating. Lots of things don’t make sense. And by episode three of this new trilogy you should at least have one new character to empathize with. But you don’t. Rey isn’t particularly interesting. Kylo Ren neither. Yet both should be having every single member in the audience grasp for air whenever they meet on screen. But they don’t. Finn has a very small part. Rose doesn’t even have five lines in this one. Poe is annoying. Then there’s all these cameo’s of actors who passed away a while ago or characters who were killed off in previous episodes and return. Yawn.

Oh well. It’s over now.

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As entertaining as the first time around, but still flawed.

With Episode IX coming up, this is a must-see. Because, hey, what the hell was episode VIII all about again?

It’s remarkable though how so little of the story lingers. A New Hope this is not.

Basically, Rey finds Luke on a desolate island and tries to convince him to come back. She also has a weird connection with Kylo Ren. Love? Yin Yang? The Force? Finn is trying to find a guy who can hack into the First Order fleet that is attacking the rebels. Poe is trying to get the rebel fleet away. Oh, Prinses Leia is still leading the rebels even though she hovers in space for a bit. There’s tons of new creatures (furry pinguin like chickens that interfere with Chewbacca, crystal foxes that disappear in rocks, huge race camels with weird spouts) and characters that come and go without ever really being introduced (and performed by big names like Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro).

Oh well. Let’s see what episode IX brings.

www.imdb.com/title/tt2527336/

 

Too much product placement. (Is this show sponsored by Burger King and New Coke?)

Too many characters. (who again are siblings ?)

Too many references. (A corrupt mayor… Events leading up to the 4th of July… A chief with lines like “I can do anything I want, I’m the chief of police” … Jaws isn’t even eighties)

Too many repetitive scenes. (We get it. El can move things. El can locate people after being blindfolded.)

Contrary to other fans of the show, this guy here was disappointed in Season 3. Even got bored at certain moments. And the end doesn’t promise anything better for Season 4.

Oh well.

Still a great show though. Eighties forever!

www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334

Three more episodes of this fascinating series of standalone near future dramatic thrillers. Not so thrilling or scary or thought provoking as before, but a good watch nevertheless.

Striking Vipers (***) isn’t half as scary as other episodes. In fact, the technological novelty kinda looks appealing. It’s a virtual reality game console that makes you become the character you chose. The idea could be frightening, but this time the makers turned it around and made it something more sexual and romantic. Quite intriguing. Well acted.

In Smithereens (**) a man kidnaps an employee of a major social network company in order to be able to speak to the founder of the company. He manages to do so and the end is a bit of a disappointment. It’s the kind of kidnapping show that makes you wonder why the person being kidnapped is not cooperating with the police to being rescued.

Miley Cyrus plays an unhappy pop star in Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too (**). Her manager controls every aspect of her life and just wants the business to boom. Just as a new A.I. lookalike robot is launched on the market, things get ugly. But thanks to one of the robots and the owners of it, the pop star is saved.

www.imdb.com/title/tt2085059/episodes

 

This is quite a unique socially critical science fiction comedy! With a great lead. Lakeith Stanfield is the kind of actor who’s been in a lot of movies recently, but hasn’t quite had a major hit as a lead. This wasn’t a hit either. But it got him noticed a bit more.

He’s Cassius Green, a young man ready to start a career in a telemarketing company. When he starts using his white voice, his sales performance goes up and he’s ready to get promoted to be a Power Caller. But that promotion isn’t without consequences. He’s losing his friends and his girlfriend and he’s entering a world he can’t seem to escape.

The first half of the movie is great. It shows a guy who’s questioning his lack of ambition and then suddenly finds the talent that can bring in the big bucks. It comes with a lot of quirky humor. And some visual surprises as well. Then the social critique becomes stronger and it almost becomes too much of a pamflet against capitalism. Luckily, the last part becomes so bizarre that it kills the seriousness. If you wonder what equisapiens are, watch until the end.

It’s not by Michel Gondry. But feels inspired by his movies.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5688932

Watched this a week ago.

Kinda forgot what it was all about.

Ah yes. Marvel Universe. Female heroine. Sassy Brie Larson. Funny Samuel Jackson. Chase scenes. Aliens. A plot twist. A lot of confusion. Earthlings bonding with aliens against a common evil force. Nineties. Cool soundtrack.

www.imdb.com/title/tt4154664