Nothing Is Invisible

……….Cultural Kaleidoscopy………..

Posts Tagged ‘Science Fiction Films’

* Monsters – Directed by Gareth Edwards, starring Whitney Able & Scoot McNairy

Posted by the editors on Friday, 10 February 2012

Monsters (2010)  Directed by Gareth Edwards, starring Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy.  This British independent science fiction film is the first film by award-nominated (for his special effects editing) Gareth Edwards, who, as well as directing, wrote, shot and, of course, created the special effects.  Monsters is more atmosphere and ambiance than rampaging space aliens, and the details of the atmosphere are what make it a success, this despite the less than effective acting of Able and McNairy.  Not only is there hardly a spark between them, odd for a love interest (not to mention the fact that they are married in real life), but both their characters are rather annoying, and alienating, especially McNairy as a photo-journalist.  Described as a post-modern science fiction film, vaguely in the vein of Cloverfield and District 9, and like the latter imbued with a social message, Monsters follows the journey of a photo-journalist and his boss’s daughter through the Infected Zone, the northern part of Mexico bordering on the U.S., infected, in fact, by very large tentacular extraterrestrials, fallen to earth in a crashed NASA space probe.  Science fiction and independent film fans will, no doubt, find Monsters very agreeable viewing. (PR)

We recommend that you buy your DVDs.  Have a great personal film library…  Here are links to amazon.com (Amazon Instant Video, DVDs, and Blu-ray Disks, in that order, when available):

top image: Wikipedia

nothingisinvisible@live.fr

Advertisements

Posted in Blu-ray Disks, DVDs, film, Film Reviews, General, Movies, Nothing Is Invisible, nothingisinvisible | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

The Day the Earth Stood Still – Starring Keanu Reeves

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 25 January 2012

The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) Directed by Scott Derrickson,  starring Keanu ReevesJennifer Connelly with John Cleese and others.  In this remake of the eponymous science fiction classic of 1951, Keanu Reeves portrays an extra-terrestrial messenger, Klaatu, here to save the earth.  Though the theme of  nuclear warfare in the original film has been replaced by the theme of global environmental disaster in the remake, and the character of Klaatu, the extra-terrestrial, has been humanizingly inverted, The Day the Earth Stood Still, adheres, sadly, to many of the qualities of the original, notably the U.S.-centric perception of the world, and the shallow, stereotypical characters.  Though the film received a decidedly negative critical reception, it went on to be rather successful at the box office, perhaps in view of Reeves’ participation in The Matrix franchise.  Reeves, here, too, clearly demonstrates his talent for appearing emotionless, perhaps appropriate given the circumstances.  John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, in a role reminiscent of that portrayed by Michael Caine in the film Children of Men, is present for a very short scene, as a Nobel Prize-winning scientist.  There are, of course, ample special effects, some of which aren’t bad, but by and large, The Day the Earth Stood Still is likely to appeal to fans of a certain dated school of science-fiction, and those who appreciate Keanu Reeves. (PR)

See our posts on the science fiction films Solaris, starring George Clooney, and Predators, starring Adrien Brody.

We recommend that you buy your DVDs.  Have a great perasonal film library..  Here are links to amazon.com (Amazon Instant Video, DVDs and Blu-ray Disks, in that order, when available):

top image: Wikipedia

nothingisinvisible@live.fr

Posted in Blu-ray Disks, DVDs, film, Film Reviews, General, Movies, Nothing Is Invisible, nothingisinvisible | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Predators – Starring Adrien Brody, with Laurence Fishburne

Posted by the editors on Saturday, 17 December 2011

Predators (2010) Directed by Nimród Antal, produced by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City (2005), Planet Terror (2007), Machete (2010)), and starring Academy Award-winning Best Actor Adrien Brody (The Pianist (2002)The Darjeeling Limited (2007), Midnight in Paris (2011)), Laurence Fishburne (The MatrixThe Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions (1999-2003))Topher GraceAlice BragaWalton GogginsDanny TrejoMahershalalhashbaz AliOleg Taktarov and Louis Ozawa Changchien.  In this science fiction action drama, the fifth in the series of ‘Predator’ films, a group of diverse and deadly human predators (mercenaries, murderers, assassins and such) find themselves parachuted onto a game reserve planet, and in their turn hunted, for sport, by true Predators.  From the free-fall opening, to the final struggle, except for a slower interlude with Laurence Fishburne which perhaps could have been left out altogether, Predators is without a doubt action-packed, with some very good fight scenes, sharp directing by Antal, with the impeccable production values brought by Robert Rodriguez of Grindhouse renown, bringing the film back to some of the style and impact of the original, which starred, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Adrien Brody, though not quite the taciturn hulk offered by Schwarzenegger, is surprisingly good, as are most of the rest of the cast.  The special effects are strong and one must say that, though it’s not much more than an adrenaline- and testosterone-filled entertainment, Predators is a tense, largely effective, action film. (PR)

We recommend that you buy your DVDs and Blu-ray Disks.  Have a great personal film library..  Here are links to amazon.com for Amazon Instant Video downloads, DVDs and Blu-ray Disks (if available):

top image: Wikipedia

nothingisinvisible@live.fr

Posted in Blu-ray Disks, DVDs, film, Film Reviews, General, Movies, Nothing Is Invisible, nothingisinvisible | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

The Ghost Writer – Directed by Roman Polanski, starring Ewan McGregor & Pierce Brosnan

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Ghost Writer (2010)  Directed by Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), The Pianist (2002)), starring Ewan McGregor (Cassandra’s Dream (2007), The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)), Pierce Brosnan (The Tailor of Panama (2001), The Matador (2005)), Kim Cattrall, Olivia Williams with Eli Wallach, Timothy Hutton and others.   In this very good political thriller, where the central question is ‘What is fact, what is fiction?’, Ewan McGregor is the amateur sleuthing ghost for the memoirs of a  popular contemporary, rather morally questionable, British ex-prime minister, portrayed extraordinarily well by a charming, brooding Pierce Brosnan.  Polanski works with a menacing palette of greys and almost blacks, a threatening sea, and desolate weather to heighten the mood of tension and intrigue, yet nevertheless offers a distinctly amusing dose of humour mocking much, perhaps even the entire endeavour.  Smoothly executed, sharp, sophisticated, The Ghost Writer, is, most definitely, a must-see film. (PR)

See our post on the novel The Ghost (The Ghost Writer, in the U.S.) by Robert Harris, on which the film is based. (Harris also co-wrote the screenplay with Polanski.)  And see our posts on the films The Island, with Ewan McGregor, The Misfits, with Eli Wallach and City of Industry, with Timothy Hutton.

We recommend that you buy your DVDs and Blu-ray Disks.  Have a great personal film library..  Here are links to amazon.com:

top image: Wikipedia

nothingisinvisible@live.fr

Posted in Blu-ray Disks, DVDs, Fiction, film, Film Reviews, General, Movies, Nothing Is Invisible, nothingisinvisible | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Surrogates (Clones)

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, theatrical poster

image: Wikipedia

Surrogates (2009) (DVD) Directed by Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)), starring Bruce Willis (Twelve Monkeys (1995), The Sixth Sense (1999), Sin City (2005) and others, including Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction (1994), Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (to be released in 2011) and others in the Mission: Impossible film series).  Based on the graphic novel (comic book, to some) of the same name by Robert Venditti.  Surrogates, a sci-fi/action film with rather slick effects and a potentially intriguing storyline, relies a bit too heavily on relatively boring action and its poor script for even Bruce Willis, who can be quite good in this sort of film, to redeem it.

Today’s virtual reality avatars taken a couple of (for now, fictional) steps further. (PR)

We recommend that you buy your DVDs and Blu-ray disks.  Have a wonderful personal library.

Share this post on Twitter, Facebook, …

Bookmark and Share

nothingisinvisible@live.fr

Posted in film, Film Reviews, Nothing Is Invisible, nothingisinvisible | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

 
%d bloggers like this: