Tag Archives: Science Fiction Films

Movie Review – Real Steel (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

To start with, because there seems to be some marketing-driven confusion:* Real Steel is a family film. Go ahead and take the kids. They’ll like it, and it’s a nice movie at heart. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of The Thing (1982)

by NIR SHALEV

In 1951, Howard Hawks (Scarface, 1932; Rio Bravo, 1959) directed a horror classic called The Thing from Another World. It featured a slew of American Air Force officials and scientists at an arctic station who encounter a hostile alien creature. The film kept the monster’s appearance hidden until the end, ratcheting the suspense up to 11. The reason for the film’s enduring popularity is that, just like in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), there’s a the huge metaphor embedded in the story’s center: communists hiding in plain sight inside the US. They looked just like everyone else and spoke just like everyone else and were virtually impossible to detect. A nationwide scare was in progress and the fluoride scare was soon to follow. America in the mid-20th century was a particularly interesting country. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Three More Double Features

by NIR SHALEV

The Bad Sleep Well (1960) and Hamlet (1996)

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Movie Review – Attack the Block (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Writer and first time director Joe Cornish has an intriguing premise: what if aliens were to invade our planet, but begin their invasion in a council estate in South London? Enter a group of juvenile delinquents in their early to mid-teens. As the invasion begins, they are robbing a nurse in the streets while fireworks explode overhead because it’s Bonfire night. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Three Double Features

by HELEN GEIB

Choose-your-own double features are all the rage on the movie blogosphere right now. In the spirit of the moment, for this week’s DVD recommendation I offer you three themed double features from my home library:

The Matrix and The Thirteenth Floor (both 1999)

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Movie Review – Cowboys & Aliens (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

A man wakes up in the New Mexico desert. He has amnesia. He also has the instincts and reflexes of a gunfighter, a photograph of a woman, and a strange metal cuff on his left wrist. He wanders into the nearest town. They recognize him there. It’s not a happy reunion. That night the town is attacked by raiders in mysterious airships and many people are taken. A posse is formed. The man travels with them. After the first bad night on the trail, only the stalwart few regroup to continue the search. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of Source Code (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Captain Colter Stevens, a US military helicopter pilot who wakes up one day seated in a train that’s headed to Chicago. Before him sits Christina (Michelle Monaghan), an attractive woman who calls him Sean. As Colter attempts to figure out why his reflection shows a different face and body than his own, the train explodes and he wakes up still strapped to the chair in his helicopter cockpit. Continue reading

Movie Review – Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

The third film in the box office juggernaut, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is my first experience with the series. I had no trouble picking up the thread. Continue reading

DVD of the Week – Review of The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

by NIR SHALEV

Matt Damon plays David Noris, a man running for senate in New York. On the eve of the election he meets Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt), a mysterious, attractive woman, but loses contact with her and inadvertently, he also loses the election. The film then jumps forward a few years and David is running for the same position, this time with a greater possibility of winning. He accidentally runs into Elise again but is determined to remain with her even if it means losing the election again. That’s when he meets a group of strangers, all wearing fedoras and whom have the ability to travel anywhere they want using a special key to open any and every door in the city. Continue reading

Movie Review – Green Lantern (2011)

by HELEN GEIB

Does it always have to be an origins story? On the basis of Green Lantern, the filmmakers would have done better to have skipped the explanations and started with the sequel. Continue reading