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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 28): Snowpiercer / World War Z / X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 27): Thor: The Dark World / Captain America: The Winter Soldier / Epic

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 26): Star Trek Into Darkness / Monsters University / Iron Man 3

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 25): Cabin in the Woods / The Thing (2011) / Prometheus

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 24): The Amazing Spider-Man / The Dark Knight Rises / Chronicle

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 23): The Watch / Vanilla Sky / Men in Black 3

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 22): NEXT / The Amazing Spider-Man / The Dark Knight Rises

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 21): Jonah Hex / Priest / Another Earth

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 20): Deep Impact / Real Steel / John Carter

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 19): X-Men: First Class / Tron / Tron Legacy

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 19): Paul / Green Lantern / The Avengers

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 18): Terminator 3 / Hugo / In Time

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 17): Princess of Mars / The X Files / Clash of the Titans

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 16): Super 8 / Never Let Me Go / Fright Night

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 15)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks.

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 14)

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 13)

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Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 12)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last few weeks.

  • Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief (2010) – Standard Hero’s Journey fare augmented with decent special effects and updated mythology. Bonus points for (hopefully) getting the young one interested in mythology and/or reading the book.
  • 2012 (2009) – One unbelievable narrow escape after another not only tests suspension of disbelief, it shoots it out of the sky with scientifically inaccurate surface-to-air missiles.
  • Repo Men (2010) – A poor adaptation of Eric Garcia’s wonderful book, The Repossession Mambo; inadequate world building and a bit slow paced, though I must admit to liking the ending.
  • The Road (2009) – Having read the book, I knew this would be a slow moving, post-apocalyptic vehicle. But like the book, there was little to impress the sf fan who has seen this type of thing before.
  • Iron Man 2 (2010) – Even when you don’t consider how enjoyable Iron Man was, this was just terrible. A story that never seemed to get above a crawl, action sequences that favored aesthetics over logic, and — worst of all – it’s jut not fun.

Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 11)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks…

  1. Knowing (2009) – Directed by Alex Proyas and starring Nicolas Cage as a burdened professor of astrophysics and widower, Knowing morphs from spooky supernatural numerology thriller to apocalyptic film – a transition inaccessible to the masses and probably only appreciable to genre fans. And darned if it didn’t have me engrossed the whole way through despite the sometimes heavy-handed religious symbolism and the few unanswered, hand-wavy plot points.
  2. Inception (2010) – Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending look at shared dreams, although suffering a bit from pacing issues, offers a brilliantly constructed plot — perhaps meant more for moviemakers than moviegoers — that jumps around your brain long after you leave the theater.
  3. Daybreakers (2009) – Daybreakers is what you get when you mix the sf-nal “what if?” scenario with vampires. But its interesting premise is hastily implemented and unfortunately paced, ultimately yielding a near-future without a whole lot of bite. (See what I did there?)
  4. The Book of Eli (2010) – A formulaic post-apocalyptic snooze-fest until the final confrontation between Denzel Washington (whose Eli almost comes off like an invincible action-hero touched by the hand of God) and Gary Oldman — then there is finally some decent world building. And, ugh!…the sepia filter!
  5. Forbidden Planet (1956) – It’s Shakespeare’s The Tempest…in spaaace! It’s hard to get past the 50’s-era filmmaking quirks, but once you do, there’s a fairly decent (though long-winded) episode of ST:TOS lurking underneath.

Catching Up on SciFi Movies (Part 10)

As I’ve done before, here are my quick takes on the genre-related films I’ve watched in the last several weeks…

  1. Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Quentin Tarantino’s alternate history Nazi story is so characteristically Tarantino that you can’t help but like it, even if the pacing of each vignette was a bit repetitious.
  2. Where The Wild Things Are (2009) – Watching this felt like indulging a bratty kid having a tantrum. And how do you make an unlikable child? Plus, he has a poor imagination; his imaginary friends are as surly and unlikable as he is.
  3. Zombieland (2009) – A decent zombie comedy, even if it’s aimed at teenagers. Best part was a laugh-out-loud surprise cameo that was hilarious in its self-deprecation.
  4. Ponyo (2009) – This may not be the best Hayao Miyazaki film, but this charming story of a magical goldfish who wants to be human is still worth watching for it’s excellent animation.
  5. Hancock (2008) – The story of a drunken, down-and-out superhero trying to change his image with the help of a public relations man comes close to having elements of wonderful comic book cheesiness, but that’s sadly overshadowed by blatant disregard for logic after an otherwise promising mid-film plot twist.