Tagged with science fiction films

Review: Limitless 2011, dir. Neil Burger

Review: Limitless 2011, dir. Neil Burger


Limitless might have added up to something excellent instead of well-made fluff entertainment if Neil Burger cared to consider the ramifications of his film’s basic conceit and chose to punish his hero more, rather than reward him. Maybe that’s not being fair to Burger, because Limitless isn’t a bad film at all. It’s just not … Continue reading

Review: In Time, 2011, dir. Andrew Niccol

Review: In Time, 2011, dir. Andrew Niccol


I’d like to make it clear that I very desperately wanted to love Andrew Niccol’s In Time, a science fiction yarn which occurs in a future where time is currency and stars Justin Timberlake, but during a preview screening I recently attended I could not for the life of me get past the notion that … Continue reading

Review: Casshern, 2004, Kazuaki Kiriya

Review: Casshern, 2004, Kazuaki Kiriya


I don’t know if  “live-action anime sci-fi operatic drama” can be considered a genre of its own, but assuming it is a thing, then 2004’s Casshern could well be considered the Citizen Kane of films bearing the same aesthetics and sensibilities. Whether or not that has any meaning whatsoever is up to you, but what’s … Continue reading

Review: Primer, 2004, dir. Shane Carruth

Review: Primer, 2004, dir. Shane Carruth


How accurate is the science involved in Shane Carruth’s 2004 no-budget home brewed science fiction morality tale, Primer? I must respond to that question with another question: does it damn well matter? I have many pet peeves, it’s true, but if I have one that I truly can’t abide by or overlook it’s the pompous … Continue reading

Review: Source Code, 2011, dir. Duncan Jones

Review: Source Code, 2011, dir. Duncan Jones


Duncan Jones is quickly making a reputation for himself as a director whose films don’t easily lend themselves to open and casual discussion. Between 2009’s Moon, one of the most impressive debut features of the last decade, and Jones’ latest offering, Source Code, a writer is hard-pressed to perform even a cursory review of the … Continue reading

Review: Sucker Punch, 2011, dir. Zack Snyder

Review: Sucker Punch, 2011, dir. Zack Snyder


Let’s kick this review off with a digression: I didn’t hate 2009’s Watchmen, per se, though I found it to be a massive failure that failed to truly honor Alan Moore’s essential 1987 graphic novel deconstruction of the superhero archetype which shamelessly* embraced application of style over the nurturing of substance. Zack Snyder, a director … Continue reading

Review: Paul, 2011, dir. Greg Mottola

Review: Paul, 2011, dir. Greg Mottola


Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at this point should be considered the premiere comic duo of our time. Is that fair to say?  These English lads– one of their country’s most beloved exports– constitute a twosome which functions organically and a dynamic that requires no employment of shtick to work; they’re funny, individually and together, … Continue reading

Andrew’s Top 10 of 2010 (pt.1)

Andrew’s Top 10 of 2010 (pt.1)


It’s that time of year (hey, at least it’s closer to that time of year than I was last January)– time for me to pontificate about which films released in 2010 tickled my fancy enough to be worthy of placement on my top ten list. I had a rough time with this year, personally; I’m … Continue reading

Review: Monsters, 2010, dir. Gareth Edwards


In Monsters, the debut picture of newcomer Gareth Edwards, colossal alien beasts roam the lands south of the US/Mexico border after landing on Earth six years ago. The territory they inhabit, stretching south from the border through much of northern Mexico, has been deemed the “infected zone” and is considered hostile for human beings to … Continue reading

Review: Inception, 2010, dir. Christopher Nolan


Inception, in its fashion, feels well-worn and familiar but only because the trick of the film is a favorite of director Chris Nolan’s. Indeed, he pulled it off just two years ago with 2008’s The Dark Knight, a sincere if bloated attempt at inciting a mainstream cultural phenomenon framed within an equally genuine bid at … Continue reading

Review: Avatar, 2009, dir. James Cameron


More than a month after the film’s release, what else is there truly left to say about James Cameron’s game-changing, 3D, high-tech, science fiction extravaganza, Avatar? It is everything that other reviewers say it is, gorgeous, lush, fluid, inventive, vibrant, and yet vacuous, unoriginal, bloated, stilted, and pulseless. It’s the clash between cool technology and … Continue reading

Review: Moon, 2009, dir. Duncan Jones


2009’s Moon is a remarkable achievement in hard, idea-based science fiction, and as an entry in a veteran filmmaker’s body of work, it could easily be a high point. So when we take into account the fact that it is a debut picture, its quality becomes emphasized even further. (If a first-time director can make … Continue reading