Science Fiction

Jan 9 2015

Predestination

To write about Predestination is, in essence, to spoil it. For a film like this, which deals with time travel and intricate plotlines, is it best to discuss the film’s plot, themes, or aesthetics? I’ve tried to start this review in so many different places, but none of them seem right. Maybe it’s my mind […]
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Nov 4 2014

Interstellar

Please note: this review originally gave Interstellar three stars in 2014. The intervening years have provided a different perspective worth a rating change in 2019. ***** “What’s the most resilient parasite? A bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm?” “What Mr. Cobb is trying to say—“ “An idea. Resilient, highly contagious. Once an idea’s taken hold […]
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Jul 24 2014

Snowpiercer

2014. The citizens of Earth attempt to fix global warming by spraying a chemical known only as CW-7 into the upper atmosphere. Instead of cooling the planet to livable temperatures, this initiated a global Ice Age, freezing and killing all life on the planet. 2031. The only remaining survivors – those aboard a massive transcontinental […]
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Jun 13 2014

The Signal (Review #2)

I’m always fascinated by independent science-fiction cinema. Films like THX-1138, District 9, Primer, and now William Eubank’s The Signal take us to places that mainstream science-fiction films refuse to go, to the places where there are no fluffy Ewoks, laser pistols, converted DeLoreans, or Prime Directives. These films often say more about us as a […]
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Oct 1 2012

Looper

(This review was originally published on October 1, 2012 at Reel Film News) It speaks volumes for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s agent that the actor has starred in the two best sci-fi action films of the past decade; first Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” in 2010 and now Rian Johnson’s “Looper”, which takes the concept of time travel into mind-bending […]
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Feb 3 2012

Chronicle

(This review was originally published on February 3, 2012 at Reel Film News) The protagonist is a tricky role to identify in the complicated, often cruel world of post-adolescence. Such is the case in “Chronicle”, a film that consolidates several of the oddball sub-genres that have emerged in the past few decades. The basis is the […]
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