Tag Archives: science fiction

Sci-Fi Movie Review: Elysium

[Elysium. Released August 9, 2013. Directed by Neill Blomkamp, Writers: Neill Blomkamp. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains spoilers.] What to make of a shoot-em-up action science fiction movie with a MacGuffin of health care? I’m deliberately using Hitchcock’s term (MacGuffin: a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Pacific Rim

[Pacific Rim. Released July 1, 2013. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Writers Guillermo del Toro and Travis Beacham. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] Among the fanboys (and yes, they’re often boys and great fans of shoot ’em up games), Pacific Rim is the heavily argued new gold standard in action […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Gravity

[Gravity. Released October 4, 2013. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Writers Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas Cuaron and George Clooney. DVD/Blu-Ray not yet released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] As the final credits rolled on Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, a woman in the row in front of me stood up and swaying slightly, grabbed the back […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

[Star Trek into Darkness. Released May 2013. Directed by J.J. Abrams, Writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this “post-viewing review” contains many spoilers.] For those who love fiery explosions, savage thudding beatings, and pacing so fast even the story is expendable – this is the heart of the new Star Trek […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Paul

[Paul. Released March 2011. Directed by Greg Mottola, Writers Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, this review contains many spoilers.] This film is rated SFF, as in for science fiction fans. I’m tempted to say only for science fiction fans. Unlike Men in Black or Galaxy Quest, two other very good science […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Inception

[Inception. Directed by Christopher Nolan. Released July 16, 2010. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, the review contains many spoilers.] I’m going to try something unusually, um, structural for this review. It’s in keeping with a structural notion of dream levels used in Inception and it may help shed some light on the divide that separates the […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: Galaxy Quest

I’m guessing there are still people out there who like science fiction movies but have never seen Galaxy Quest. This review is a shameless plug. Galaxy Quest is a comedy, in fact, one of that very rare species, a science fiction comedy. It says something for Galaxy Quest that it is still available on the […]
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Sci-Fi movie review: Splice

[Splice. Directed by Vincenzo Natali. Released June, 2010. DVD/Blu-Ray released. As usual, the review contains many spoilers.] It looks like science fiction, but by the end it’s obvious Splice is a gothic horror movie. As science fiction it does have a modern biochemistry lab for a set, at least in the beginning; and the story […]
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Sci-fi Movie Review: Moon

[As usual, this spoiler-laden review is written with the assumption that most people reading it have already seen the movie. Moon is out on DVD and Blu-ray.] To start with a conclusion, Moon is a good science fiction movie that some people will like quite a lot. It’s an ‘indie’ film (an independent), meaning that […]
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Sci-Fi Movie Review: The Fourth Kind

Nobody, I hope, thought Close Encounters of the Third Kind was about real events. That movie was made to be realistic in a Hollywood sort of way but it was clearly a fable, a fabulous story. The Fourth Kind has other intentions. It resolutely, in-your-face, implies that it’s based on true events, close encounters of […]
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