Movies I have Seen (unsorted)

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Sunshine (2007)
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A team of international astronauts are sent on a dangerous mission to reignite the dying Sun with a nuclear fission bomb in 2057. (107 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
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Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (44 mins.)
Resident Evil (2002)
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A special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident. (100 mins.)
Unbreakable (2000)
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A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident. (106 mins.)
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
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Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
The Thing (1982)
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A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
The Skeleton Key (2005)
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A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past. (104 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
Resident Evil: Afterlife (2010)
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While still out to destroy the evil Umbrella Corporation, Alice joins a group of survivors living in a prison surrounded by the infected who also want to relocate to the mysterious but supposedly unharmed safe haven known only as Arcadia. (96 mins.)
SuicideGirls: Italian Villa (2006 Documentary)
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25 Suicide Girls share a villa with "sexy results."
Director: Mike Marshall
Altered (2006)
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Fifteen years ago, a group of men's lives were forever changed by a strange occurrence. Now, the same group of men will spend a night together ... in terror. (88 mins.)
Predators (2010)
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A group of elite warriors parachute into an unfamiliar jungle and are hunted by members of a merciless alien race. (107 mins.)
Director: Nimród Antal
TRON: Legacy (2010)
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The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's corrupted creation and a unique ally who was born inside the digital world. (125 mins.)
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Silent Hill (2006)
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A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. (125 mins.)
Director: Christophe Gans
The Ninth Gate (1999)
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A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. (133 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
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Jack Hall, paleoclimatologist, must make a daring trek from Washington, D.C. to New York City, to reach his son, trapped in the cross-hairs of a sudden international storm which plunges the planet into a new Ice Age. (124 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004)
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Alice awakes in Raccoon City, only to find it has become infested with zombies and monsters. With the help of Jill Valentine and Carlos Olivera, Alice must find a way out of the city before it is destroyed by a nuclear missile. (94 mins.)
Director: Alexander Witt
Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)
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Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp. (94 mins.)
Director: Russell Mulcahy
The Faculty (1998)
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Students suspect that their teachers are aliens after bizarre occurrences. (104 mins.)
The 4400 (2004 TV Series)
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As the reappearance of 4,400 missing persons on a single day confounds the global community, federal agents on the case slowly discover the ways in which the victims have been changed. (43 mins.)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
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A decidedly odd couple with ulterior motives convince Dr. Alan Grant to go to Isla Sorna (the second InGen dinosaur lab.), resulting in an unexpected landing...and unexpected new inhabitants on the island. (92 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
Firestarter (1984)
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A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic. (114 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
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The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe. (119 mins.)
Director: David Twohy
Independence Day (1996)
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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive. (145 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
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A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there while another team approaches with another agenda. (129 mins.)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
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Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked. (117 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
The Constant Gardener (2005)
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A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. (129 mins.)
Alien Raiders (2008)
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It's the end of yet another night at Hastings Supermarket, an idyllic family grocery store in Buck Lake... (85 mins.)
Director: Ben Rock
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
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A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (120 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
The Illusionist (2006)
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In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing. (110 mins.)
Director: Neil Burger
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984)
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Admiral Kirk and his bridge crew risk their careers stealing the decommissioned Enterprise to return to the restricted Genesis planet to recover Spock's body. (105 mins.)
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Armageddon (1998)
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After discovering that an asteroid the size of Texas is going to impact Earth in less than a month, N.A.S.A. recruits a misfit team of deep core drillers to save the planet. (151 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
Jumper (2008)
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A teenager with teleportation abilities suddenly finds himself in the middle of an ancient war between those like him and their sworn annihilators. (88 mins.)
Director: Doug Liman
Cube²: Hypercube (2002)
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Eight strangers awaken with no memory and find themselves in a puzzling cube shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply. (94 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Sekula
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ An undisputed classic. Scared the wits out of people in it's day. Another influential film with many a great scene. ” - Studio_EF
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ This timeless classic, with a timeless message, will remain the much loved masterpiece that it is. A big hit in it's day with people quoting dialogue from the film, commonplace. A true cult movie, still finding an audience today. ” - Studio_EF
Tarantula (1955)
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A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ In a similar vein to 'Them!' (1954). This is a good, giant mutated creature movie. Great effects for it's time, good script and acting, collectively make for an enjoyable romp. An uncredited, Clint Eastwood, has a bit-part as a squadron leader sent to bomb the poor Arachnid. ” - Studio_EF
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ A great film deserving of it's wide critical acclaim. Don Siegel directs with a steady hand and delivers a masterpiece of collective paranoia, summing up the unease of the American public at the time. Yet, at the same time, can be enjoyed as a great entertaining movie as well. ” - Studio_EF
The Day of the Triffids (1963)
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After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals. (93 mins.)
Director: Steve Sekely
“ This is a classic 'B' movie in the disaster/creature vein. Highly enjoyable with unintentionally bad dialogue and cheesy creatures, make this a must for fans of this sort of movie. Howard Keel adds to the entertainment factor as he battles the nasty plants. ” - Studio_EF
Barbarella (1968)
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Barbarella, an astronaut from the 41st century, sets out to find and stop the evil scientist Durand Durand, whose Positronic Ray threatens to bring evil back into the galaxy. (98 mins.)
Director: Roger Vadim
“ A camp classic. Jane Fonda looks great. This movie's like, far-out man. ” - Studio_EF
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
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Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest. (149 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. Deliberately slow paced and beautifully crafted. There is no film like it. Great scenes abound, some becoming icons of cinema. A personal favourite involves the scene, where an enlightened ape tosses a bone into the air, edited into a shot of a space-ship, is genial. The evolution of an ape into a powerful, super-intelligence, in a single scene. The super computer, Hal 9000, voiced by Douglas Rain, has likewise, become legendary. A reference to 'IBM', if one converts 'Hal' alphabetically one letter forward. Visual storytelling of the highest order. Exploring the nature of existence and man's purpose therein. Brilliant. ” - Studio_EF
Planet of the Apes (1968)
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An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ A great film with one of the most stunning climaxes ever. Charlton Heston is perfectly cast as an astronaut stranded on a planet ruled by apes. Special mention must go to the convincing and frightening ape makeup and costumes. ” - Studio_EF
The Andromeda Strain (1971)
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A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread. (131 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Based on the Michael Crichton novel and directed by that great director; Robert Wise. A highly suspenseful and realistic portrayal of a very real threat, so relevant today. A super-lethal virus capable of destroying all mankind. Not a raging monster in the classical sense but an unseen menace only visible under a microscope, yet far more destructive. Scary stuff, well executed. ” - Studio_EF
Westworld (1973)
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A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park. (88 mins.)
“ Written by and directed by Michael Crichton, who was inspired by the animatronic figures at Disneyland. This Science-fiction/ Western has garnered a cult following. Yul Brynner is effective as the gun-slinging android gone amuck. Enjoyable film. ” - Studio_EF
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
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Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee, and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ An undisputed classic that would forever change the way films are made. Super entertainment on all levels. Great characters, wonderful story, genre defining special effects included. ” - Studio_EF
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
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After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos. (137 mins.)
“ Director Steven Spielberg's classic that led to the re-emergence of the science fiction genre. The title is derived from ufologist J. Allen Hynek's classification of close encounters with aliens. The third kind denotes the actual human observations of real aliens. Superb film making and a very human one to boot. Richard Dreyfuss gives a heartfelt performance together with Melinda Dillon who are spiritually affected by their experience, and are compelled to seek a meeting with the aliens. The great director, Francois Truffaut, plays the part of a French scientist. Steven Spielberg's earlier film, Firelight'-(1964) was highly influential and incorporates many scenes from that film. Great cinematography from Vilmos Zsigmond, including visual effects, supervised by Douglas Trumbull. Tests were conducted with computer generated effects but proved to expensive at the time. Carlo Rambaldi designed the aliens and was also responsible for designing the extra-terrestrial in, 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'-(1982). John Williams wrote the iconic five tone motif used to communicate with the aliens. Close Encounters is a positive take on humanity, and technology is seen as a natural part of human development. A special edition was reissued in 1980, containing more scenes of the aliens and the interior of their ship. ” - Studio_EF
Coma (1978)
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When a young female doctor notices an unnatural amount of comas occurring in her hospital she uncovers a horrible conspiracy. (113 mins.)
“ A good science-fiction/thriller, directed by Michael Crichton. Based on the novel of the same name, by Robin Cook. The film captures the 70s paranoia, at the time, similar to films like; 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers'-(1978), 'The Conversation'-(1974) and 'The Stepford Wives'-(1975). A great performance by Geneviève Bujold. Cameos by, Tom Selleck, Ed Harris, among others. Though far-fetched, in it's day, the subjects of malpractice and black market organ trafficking, have since become a global and very relevant problem. With this in mind, the film gets added weight. A good, suspenseful outing. ” - Studio_EF
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ Ridley Scott's excellent, ground-breaking, horror/science-fiction classic. Intended, as described by Ridley Scott; as, 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre'-(1974), of science-fiction. Influenced by numerous earlier horror/science-fiction movies and updated for a modern audience. The film was a box office and critical success, which has stood the test of time. Written by Dan O'Bannon, from a story by him and Ronald Shusett. Dan O'Bannon previously working with John Carpenter on, 'Dark Star'-(1974). 'Alien', launched Sigourney Weaver's career, her first lead role. Realistic and believable settings with great production design. Great looking alien, designed by H.R.Geiger. Masterful build up of suspense, including many unforgettable scenes, collectively add up to a great film. ” - Studio_EF
Mad Max (1979)
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In a self-destructing world, a vengeful Australian policeman sets out to stop a violent motorcycle gang. (88 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ A dystopian, cult, action film, and part of the Australian new wave. Director George Miller, who was working as a doctor, was inspired by real life casualties of violence, at the time. The 1973 oil crisis also being influential on the film. The story concerns marauding bikers, led by 'Toecutter', who battle police in a power struggle. Mel Gibson, then unknown, auditioned for the part. His face battered after a brawl the night before, which was influential in him getting the part. A great action film, especially for car enthusiasts, containing many crashes and smashes. A film using revenge as a motive. Critics were divided on it's merits, but turned out to be a financial success. The original U.S. distributor dubbed the soundtrack with American voices. An injustice that changes the feel and tone of the film. Some trivia: Max's yellow interceptor is a Ford Falcon with a Cleveland V8 engine. The black 'Pursuit Special' that Max uses later in the film, was a limited version of the Ford XB Falcon Hardtop. Two sequels to follow, 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior'-(1981) and 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome'-(1985). A fourth in the series 'Mad Max 4: Fury Road'-(2012), is in pre-production. ” - Studio_EF
Phantasm (1979)
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A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him. (88 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ A great, entertaining, low budget, cult movie. Directed, written, photographed, co-produced and edited by the then, 21 year old, Don Coscarelli. So much to like here, great creepy setting; the mausoleum, where most of the action takes place. Likable characters, and a great addition to the science-fiction/horror genre in; 'The Tall Man', played with great menace by Angus Scrimm, as the undertaker. Dwarf zombies and the deadly flying spheres add to the fun. A dreamlike quality throughout, enhanced and complimented by a fantastic score. Themes of fantasy used to compensate for the loss of a loved one, are ultimately addressed here. A fine example of a young talent utilizing a small budget for all it's worth. ” - Studio_EF
Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
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When an alien spacecraft of enormous power is spotted approaching Earth, Admiral Kirk resumes command of the Starship Enterprise in order to intercept, examine and hopefully stop the intruder. (132 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ Directed by Robert Wise. This was to be the first motion picture based on the popular television series. The film was not viewed by a test audience, due to time constraints which Robert Wise later regretted. Receiving mostly negative reviews from critics. Stating that the film was slow-paced and relied to much on special effects. Nevertheless with all it's failings, there is also much to commend it. The revamped Enterprise space ship, Captain James T. Kirk, Spock and the rest of the gang from the television series. A good plot with all the trappings of the series, great special effects, great score by Jerry Goldsmith and a twist ending, all pluses. 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture' has recently been re-evaluated, receiving more positive reviews. ” - Studio_EF
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
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After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ Wow. What a mammoth task it must of been to create a sequel to; 'Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope'-(1977). This film does more than expand upon the original, it digs deep into it's characters as well, and with great success. The finished product shows, without a doubt, the commitment of all those involved in this project. A timeless message of good vs. evil on a grand scale, and one of the most beloved films of all time. On the whole, magnificent, in all respects. What more can I say? ” - Studio_EF
Flash Gordon (1980)
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A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth. (111 mins.)
Director: Mike Hodges
“ Directed by Mike Hodges and based on the comic of the same name, created by Alex Raymond. A box office failure upon release has since been re-evaluated, becoming a cult film in the process. The intentionally campy style created to appeal to fans of, and a homage to, the original comics and serials. A great soundtrack, composed, performed and produced by the rock band, Queen. Great visuals, intentionally tongue in cheek dialogue and humour, cement this film as great campy entertainment. Almost forgot, Max von Sydow, as 'Emperor Ming the Merciless' is great. Playing his part to the hilt, with great lines of dialogue to match. A film deserving attention. ” - Studio_EF
The Road Warrior (1981)
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In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits. (95 mins.)
Director: George Miller
“ A great Australian, post-apocalyptic, action movie. A sequel to 'Mad Max'-(1979), yet, with an entirely new look and atmosphere. Two separate entities. The film plays out like a western and is clearly a homage to 'Stagecoach'-(1939). Many prefer this film to the original, but one has to bear in mind, this film would not of existed without it. Made on a bigger budget, and it shows. The main theme, a battle for that vital resource, oil. A theme touched upon in the first film. The energy of the car chases, crashes and smashes is awe inspiring, that would satisfy even die-hard fans. Man's survival in a brutally violent world are addressed here, together with the necessity to survive as a species. Yet, does one forsake one's humanity to achieve this goal? Issues of loss and how one addresses it, also raised. In retrospect, 'Max' a victim of that. A violent, provocative film with many a great character to match. A cult classic. ” - Studio_EF
Scanners (1981)
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A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him. (103 mins.)
“ A more conventional horror/science-fiction outing, if one considers this is a David Cronenberg film. Corporate greed is exposed here where people with special telekinetic and telepathic powers, 'Scanners', are sought after by an organization, for personal empowerment. An exciting film with great scenes and make-up by maestro, Dick Smith. The exploding head scene and the final battle a stand-out. Michael Ironside gives another chilling, bad-guy, performance. The drug depicted in the film parallels the real-life drug, 'Thalidomide'. A sedative given to pregnant woman, which led to serious malformations in children. A chilling film, with underlying issues based on fact, make for a powerful statement. ” - Studio_EF
TRON (1982)
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A computer hacker is abducted into the digital world and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program. (96 mins.)
“ A visionary film, when one considers the concept of using computer generated images throughout a movie. Written and directed by Steven Lisberger, after becoming fascinated with 'Pong'. A video arcade game. A groundbreaking film that is both stylish and visually astounding. The film was criticized for it's weak plot but makes up for this in other departments. Fine performances from; Jeff Bridges, in a dual role, Bruce Boxleitner and bad-guy; David Warner. This was also Michael Dudikoff's acting debut. Great score by the pioneering, Wendy Carlos, contributes to the enjoyment factor. ” - Studio_EF
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world. (115 mins.)
“ Steven Spielberg's heartfelt and intensely personal project, examining the mental, physical and emotional bond between a young boy(Elliott;first and last letters spelling, E.T.) and an extraterrestrial abandoned on earth. The boy likewise abandoned by his father. A concept based on Steven Spielberg creating an imaginary friend, after his parents' divorce in 1960. A massive blockbuster that ranks, in some circles, as the greatest science-fiction film, ever. Shot in more or less chronological order, in order to achieve convincing performances from the young cast. Designer, Carlo Rambaldi, was called in, having designed the aliens in Spielberg's, 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'-(1977 ). E.T.s face inspired by Carl Sandburg, Albert Einstein and Ernest Hemingway. Major research also going into designing the eyes. Many people immediately recognized the poster as having connections to Michelangelo's; 'Creation of Adam', masterpiece, together with several religiously recognizable images throughout the film. E.T. was re-released in 2002 with additional and digitally altered scenes. Notably in a scene where agents guns were replaced with walkie-talkies. In the end, this film will forever remain the heartfelt and sincere classic that it is. ” - Studio_EF
Blade Runner (1982)
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A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
“ A fine example of a fine wine maturing with age. Ridley Scott's finest hour. Set in a dystopian Los Angeles, 2019, this film is widely referred to as a neo-noir classic. A deliberately slow paced masterpiece. The very thing critics criticized the film for being. Others saw it as a film that would gain respect in the future. Based loosely on the novel by the influential, Philip K. Dick: 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?'. I cannot praise this film enough, sorry. Striking production design, 'retrofitted', the term used. Creating a vision that is still striking in today's high-tech world. Every aspect of this film gels into a wonderful whole. A notoriously difficult shoot and for various reasons, I think inadvertently had a positive impact on the film, complimenting the somber mood. Special mention must go to Harrison Ford, as Rick Deckard, and especially the menacing, and dare I say, humanist portrayal, by Rutger Hauer, as the 'Replicant' leader. Musical score by Vangelis another plus. Many themes are addressed here, from cloning, longevity, creation and the very essence of humanity itself. ” - Studio_EF
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
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With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon. (113 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Meyer
“ The second feature film, in the 'Star Trek' series, which was responsible for breathing new life into the franchise, together with renewed interest. After a poor critical and commercial response to, 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture'-(1979), creator, Gene Roddenberry was forced out of the sequel's production. The director's reigns given to, Nicholas Meyer, having to work on a tight budget and succeeding. Certain sets and props were re-used from the original film. James Horner, then only twenty-eight years old, was hired to compose the score. The end result was a critical and box office success. The film being praised for it's great pacing and characterization. Notably that of 'Khan', played by Ricardo Montalbàn. The character which first appeared, in the 1967, 'Star Trek' television series, in an episode entitled 'Space Seed'. An entertaining film and a great homage to the television series. Themes of death, resurrection, growing old, and of course, friendship are addressed here. ” - Studio_EF
Testament (1983)
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The life of a suburban American family is scarred after a nuclear attack. (90 mins.)
Director: Lynne Littman
“ A gem of a film, directed by Lynne Littman. A science-fiction/drama. Initially produced for the television series; 'American Playhouse', but released theatrically. Subsequently aired on television a year later. The film focuses on a small suburban town, slowly falling apart after a nuclear war. Great performances, from young and old, especially that of Jane Alexander, a standout. Instead of showing the viewer mass destruction, we are subjected to the destruction from within. How the things we most treasured are now but a memory. This understated, yet profoundly effective character study, makes it's message clear: Mankind must prioritize and protect that which it holds most dear, his offspring and fellow man. Voicing their grievances when danger arises, before it's to late. ” - Studio_EF
Videodrome (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When he acquires a different kind of show for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality. (87 mins.)
“ David Cronenberg's audacious and ground-breaking film, which was destined to be a commercial and critical failure, at the time. Since then, this film has achieved a well deserved cult following, and has been re-evaluated by critics and public alike. Themes of media interaction, perversity and it's effects on society, even more relevant today. One cannot help but admire film-makers like Cronenberg, with his unwavering dedication and belief in his art, willing to take great risks in bringing his vision to life. A great film, worthy of attention. ” - Studio_EF
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After a daring mission to rescue Han Solo from Jabba the Hutt, the rebels dispatch to Endor to destroy a more powerful Death Star. Meanwhile, Luke struggles to help Vader back from the dark side without falling into the Emperor's trap. (131 mins.)
“ A fitting conclusion to the 'Star Wars' phenomena. A more lighthearted approach by director Richard Marquand, if one is to compare it to ,'Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back'-(1980 ). David Lynch was offered to direct, but declined. Opting instead to direct, 'Dune'-(1984). Nevertheless, everything is neatly wrapped up here. Great entertainment that can be ranked as one of the finest trilogies of all time. ” - Studio_EF
Starman (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An alien takes the form of a young widow's husband and asks her to drive him from Wisconsin to Arizona. The government tries to stop them. (115 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Produced by Michael Douglas. Director John Carpenter's excellent romantic/science-fiction movie. Not the kind of film one would normally associate him with. Yet, Carpenter succeeds on many levels, and proves his diversity as a director. According to him, due to the box office disaster of 'The Thing'-(1982), he had to make a film to save his career, namely; 'Starman'. There is much to commend it though. A great performance, supported by body-language, by Jeff Bridges. He plays an alien, coming to earth to study man, after listening to the gold phonograph disk contained by Voyager 2. Karen Allen is equally good as a woman dealing with loss. Themes of love, loss and humanity are addressed here. Beautiful score by Jack Nitzsche supports the feel of the film. 'Starman' chosen as one of the best films of 1984 by some critics. Another accolade for John Carpenter. ” - Studio_EF
The Terminator (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A seemingly indestructible humanoid cyborg is sent from 2029 to 1984 to assassinate a waitress, whose unborn son will lead humanity in a war against the machines, while a soldier from that war is sent to protect her at all costs. (107 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Director James Cameron's great science-fiction/action movie, that has gone on to become a cult classic. Cameron stating, that he was influenced by, among others; 50s science-fiction movies, 'The Outer Limits'-(1963 to 1965), and films like, 'The Driver'-(1978) and 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior'-(1981). Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg 'Terminator', likewise, is legendary. A part not originally envisioned for him, yet perfectly suited for him. His physical presence and charisma complimenting his role. On the surface, a violent chase movie but has much to commend it. Great characters, Michael Biehn as Kyle Reese, mankind's last hope. Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, an average woman having to come to terms with her destiny and her moral and ethical responsibility concerning this. Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Dick Miller, among others, appear in bit-parts. Great makeup effects by Stan Winston included. James Cameron's great pacing and relevant material, concerning technology and the dangers thereof, together with characterization that remains solid in spite of all the mayhem, a plus. Labelled as 'tech-noir', this film succeeds on many levels. ” - Studio_EF
Dune (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A Duke's son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father's evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor's rule. (137 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
“ After his success with, 'Eraserhead'-(1977) and 'The Elephant Man'-(1980). David Lynch was offered to direct 'Dune'. Having been offered several other directing projects, including, 'Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi'-(1983). Lynch accepted 'Dune'. Hired by Dino De Laurentis. The film was to be an attempt to bring Frank Herbert's, mammoth, 1965 novel to screen. An earlier attempt was made, to adapt 'Dune', by Arthur P. Jacobs and Alejandro Jodorowsky, but turned into a development hell. An amazing story in itself. Taking many factors into account, David Lynch didn't stand a chance. The film turned out to be a critical and commercial flop. Lynch claiming that producers and financiers restrained his artistic control and denied him, final-cut. Three different versions were released world-wide. Two of which were disowned by Lynch, under the pseudonym, Alan Smithee. Considering all this, one has to admire David Lynch's attempts. His unique style apparent throughout the film, containing enough elements to transcend it above a hopeless failure. One cannot help but wonder, as a result of this film, David Lynch vowed to make independent films, having complete artistic control. If 'Dune' had been successful, would we of had films like, 'Mulholland Drive'-(2001) and 'Blue Velvet'-(1986)? To name a few. ” - Studio_EF
1984 (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love. (113 mins.)
Director: Michael Radford
“ Written and directed by Michael Radford. Based on George Orwell's famous novel of the same name. Setting is a dystopian, 1984, in a fictional totalitarian state, called Oceania. Citizens are kept in check through the so called; 'thought police'. All under the watchful eye of the supreme, enigmatic leader, 'Big Brother'. John Hurt gives a great, depressing performance, as the everyman convicted of independent thought and falling in love. Richard Burton gives a chilling performance as an official of the inner party. This was to be his last role. Dedicated to him, having died two months before the British premier of the film. Originally, Michael Radford and Roger Deakins wanted to film in black and white, but the financial backers refused this. Eventually, Roger Deakins used a processing technique called; bleach bypass. Creating colours with a washed-out look, to compliment the tone of the film. More problems arose when, against Radford's wishes, Virgin films exercised their right to final-cut. Composer, Dominic Muldowney's musical cues were replaced with new, pop orientated music, from the pop group, Eurythmics. Yet, this film remains one of the best interpretations of Orwell's novel. More emphasis is placed on the darkness of the subject matter, resulting in a depressing, yet thought provoking film, on a very real topic. A great film. ” - Studio_EF
Back to the Future (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown. (116 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ This film is a true exception. One of the most beloved science-fiction, comedies of all time. Often appearing on greatest movie lists by public and critics alike. An audience pleaser that ranks up there with films like 'Star Wars'-(1977) and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark'-(1981). Directed by Robert Zemeckis. It tells the story of Marty McFly who is mistakenly transported back in time, to 1955, in a time-machine. Namely, a De Lorean DMC-12, redesigned by Dr. Emmett 'Doc' Brown. The results of which can have serious consequences on his future existence. This film has it all; comedy, love, excitement, great characters and great visuals, all rolled into one. Great, feel-good, entertainment. ” - Studio_EF
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
57 years later, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. The moon from the original movie has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Director and special effects wiz, James Cameron, achieved the almost impossible; by making a sequel, equal to and worthy of, it's predecessor, 'Alien'-(1979). A notoriously difficult man to work with, demanding a high level of perfection. Which I believe he leads by example. This is evident in this film. A high-octane, science-fiction, horror, thriller with multiple aliens. Expanding upon the original, yet staying faithful to it. Similarities to the Vietnam war are evident. A rollercoaster ride of a movie, where special effects are in unison with the characterization. Rare in special effects driven movies. Great to see Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley. A strong woman and a fine example of femininity, influential in countless films to come. A great accolade for James Cameron and all those who contributed, to make this a winner. ” - Studio_EF
Predator (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior. (107 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ A great science-fiction/action movie, directed by John McTiernan. Full of larger than life characters. Arnold Schwarzenegger is perfectly suited to his part as a leader of a special forces unit. Super macho entertainment that compliments the film. Great action sequences abound. The 'Predator' which was to become a movie icon, shines. The point-of-view, thermal vision shots, especially effective. Originally, the part of the 'Predator' went to Jean-Claude Van Damme, but was later replaced by the towering, 7 foot 2, Kevin Peter Hall. Great nail-biting entertainment. ” - Studio_EF
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Part man, part machine, all cop. A great tagline, that kind of sums this film up. Directed by Paul Verhoeven, and with his now, kinetic, trademark style. Verhoeven incorporates satire and graphic violence to stunning affect. Set in, crime ridden Detroit City and featuring some really bad-ass criminals. Kurtwood Smith as Clarence Boddicker, is a knockout. Chosen for his 'nice guy' roles and playing on the collective consciousness of the audience, unprepaired for what was to be unleashed upon them. Henry Fonda's role, as Frank, in 'Once Upon a Time in the West'-(1968), comes to mind. Likewise catching the audience off guard. 'Robocop' works as a stunning action movie, as well as a relevant satire, examining; media, privatization, power of corporations, loss and conscience, among others. Great performances also from, Peter Weller, Nancy Allen and supporting cast. Great 'Robocop' suit, inspired by the comic book character, Judge Dredd. Designed by Rob Bottin. His previous work on, 'The Thing'-(1982) cementing his talent as a master of his craft. Technically excellent, and one of the best action/science fiction satires, ever. ” - Studio_EF
The Abyss (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A civilian diving team is enlisted to search for a lost nuclear submarine and face danger while encountering an alien aquatic species. (145 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Written and directed by James Cameron. This is a tense and gripping film. Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio give heartfelt performances. Cameron regular, Michael Biehn, especially impressive. Criticism went to the unsatisfying conclusion. The Special Edition, released in 1993, garnered more praise. There is much to commend this film though. Great special effects. Much of the filming taking place at an abandoned nuclear power plant. Underwater scenes had to be filmed in a controlled environment, due to the technical applications. Great characterization, once again, in unison with the special effects, together with James Cameron's direction, make this a worthy watch. Themes of love and man's need for answers explored here. The breathing fluid in the film actually exists. Having previously been tested on a scientist, who almost died as a result. ” - Studio_EF
Total Recall (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real - or does he? (113 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Another film that fell into the 'development hell' category. David Cronenberg was initially set to direct, and wanted to cast William Hurt, in the lead role. Arnold Schwarzenegger approached the producer, Dino De Laurentiis, for the part, but was declined. Eventually Schwarzenegger convinced Carolco to buy the rights and subsequently, obtaining total control over the production. Schwarzenegger then personally recruited, director Paul Verhoeven, having been impressed by 'Robocop'-(1987). Rob Bottin likewise recruited as special effects designer. Paul Verhoeven's kinetic, trademark style, compliments the film. Based on the novel, by the great, Philip K.Dick; 'We Can Remember it for You Wholesale'. Much of the filming took place in Mexico City, to achieve the look of the film. Large scale use of miniatures, and not computer generated images were used, unusual for a big budget film, yet works effectively. Lots to like here; another part perfectly suited to Schwarzenegger's, larger than life charisma. Great action set-pieces, lots of violence, black humour and great supporting performances. Michael Ironside a standout, as a vicious bad guy (of course). The film proved to be a box office success with mostly positive, critical reviews. Great plot as well, where themes of reality and delusion clash. Great action entertainment. A sequel called 'Total Recall-2', was in the works. Set to star Arnold Schwarzenegger as the same character; Douglas Quaid. The sequel based on a short story by Philip K.Dick; 'The Minority Report'. The sequel however was never made. Subsequently, Steven Spielberg adapted it into a film, 'Minority Report'-(2002). ” - Studio_EF
Terminator 2 (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
A cyborg, identical to the one who failed to kill Sarah Connor, must now protect her ten year old son, John Connor, from a more advanced cyborg. (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ Directed, co-written and co-produced by James Cameron. Once again showing his metal as one of the greatest special effects/action directors. Arnold Schwarzenegger reprises his role as a 'Terminator'. The original film which saw him as the antagonist, becomes the protagonist in this film. Likewise, Linda Hamilton reprises her role as the more muscular and determined, Sarah Connor. A strong female lead, in the vein of Ripley, in 'Alien'-(1979). Edward Furlong is great as future leader, and son of Sarah; John Connor. James Cameron expands upon the original, 'Terminator'-(1984) in every department. From special effects to characterization. The T-1000, played by Robert Patrick, a wonderful new addition. Pioneering the first human motion capture for a computer-generated character. James Cameron, once again morphs special effects and characterization in unison with each other. This cult film was a massive box office and critical success. Themes warning us of the dangers of technology and the human condition explored, together with moral ambiguity. Yet, leaves the viewer with a sense of hope. Must mention; the nightmare sequence where Sarah Connor witnesses the nuclear apocalypse whilst hopelessly tugging at a fence, dividing her from a vision of herself with children in a playground, plus the resultant annihilation, will forever remain branded in my consciousness. A spectacular film in every respect. ” - Studio_EF
Twelve Monkeys (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet. (129 mins.)
Director: Terry Gilliam
“ Director Terry Gilliam was chosen by producer, Charles Roven. Finding Gilliam's, film-making style perfect for this film. Gilliam abandoned his film adaptation of 'A Tale of Two Cities', he was working on. 'Twelve Monkeys' was inspired by the short film; 'La Jetée', by Chris Marker. Set in a post-apocalyptic earth, ravaged by a lethal virus and the subsequent attempts to change the future. Gilliam employed the style of 'Brazil'-(1985), including art-direction and cinematography. Can be seen as a tech-noir piece, in it's gloomy subject matter and atmosphere. References can also be made to films like, 'Blade Runner'-(1982). There is much to commend this film. Plot twists throughout, holding one's interest. Great performance by Bruce Willis as James Cole, a man feeling morally obligated to changing the future. The beautiful Madeleine Stowe, shines as well. Brad Pitt is a standout, and does a great job as a psychotic man obsessed with animal rights and anti-consumerism. Relevant themes of an environmental nature, time, madness and perception are addressed here. The film also studies the subjective nature of memories and their effects on perceptions of reality. A must for fans of Terry Gilliam's style of film-making. ” - Studio_EF
Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
After the destruction of the Twelve Colonies of Mankind, the last major fighter carrier leads a makeshift fugitive fleet on a desperate search for the legendary planet Earth. (60 mins.)
“ A science/fiction franchise created by Glen A.Larson. A concept that had originally been called, 'Adam's Ark' in the late 1960s. Airing on television in 1978, and soon after the massive success of 'Star Wars'-(1977), caused a major stir. The similarities and timing caused 20th Century Fox to sue Universal Studios, for copy infringement, on a vast array of similarities. Universal Studios then counter-sued. Stating that 'Star Wars' stole many ideas from 'Silent Running'-(1972), especially that of the droids depicted. Anyway, the show still aired. Personally, 'Battlestar Galactica', will forever remain one of my best loved television shows. I guess mainly for sentimental reasons. The Cylons being my favourite with their red 'eye' moving to and fro. I think the fever of 'Star Wars', still fresh in the memory helped to elevate the show. Also released in cinemas and presented in 'Sensurround'. ” - Studio_EF
Galactica 1980 (1980 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at the planet Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level and protect Earth from the Cylons. (60 mins.)
“ Also of, personal, sentimental value. A spin-off from the, (1978-1979) television series, 'Battlestar Galactica'. This low-rated series cancelled after 10 episodes. ” - Studio_EF
Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack (1979 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Running low on fuel, the Battlestar Galactica receives the help of the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus which is taking the offensive with the Cylons. (108 mins.)
“ A merging of and re-editing of the two episodes, namely; 'The Living Legend' and 'Fire in Space'. Once again, for sentimental reasons. This film will forever remain in my consciousness. Having viewed this in one of my favourite cinemas, back in the day. Which has subsequently been demolished and converted into a parking-lot. I shall never forget, 'The Cylon Attack' was presented in 'Sensurround', adding extended range to the bass, for sound effects. Chair and body vibrating, together with kids screaming and Cylons attacking. Great. ” - Studio_EF
Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Borg travel back in time intent on preventing Earth's first contact with an alien species. Captain Picard and his crew pursue them to ensure that Zefram Cochrane makes his maiden flight reaching warp speed. (111 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Frakes
“ Directed by Jonathan Frakes who also plays the character of; first officer, 'William Riker', in the film. This was to be his first theatrically directed film. The eighth film in the Star Trek franchise and the first film to feature no cast members from the original television series of the 60s. This film was considered by some as the best 'Star Trek', to date. Patrick Stewart, as 'Luc Picard', does a fine job as captain of the newly designed 'Enterprise-E'. The previous one destroyed in 'Star Trek: Generations'-(1994). Captain 'Luc Picard', according to scholars, has parallels to Herman Melville's; 'Ahab'. Another great character is the android, called 'Data', played by Brent Spiner. Notable as well, is the 'Borg Queen', played by Alice Krige. Great plot, including time travel and alternate universes. Themes of loyalty, friendship, honesty and respect, which are all present in Star Trek philosophy. An entertaining film and a great introduction to the newly independent franchise. ” - Studio_EF
Gattaca (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A genetically inferior man assumes the identity of a superior one in order to pursue his lifelong dream of space travel. (106 mins.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
“ Written and directed by Andrew Niccol. The film represents a dystopian, biopunk vision of society. A world where genetic discrimination is forbidden by law, but in practice, one's genotype can be easily profiled by employees. Selective discrimination. This is a though-provoking film, showing concerns over reproductive technologies and it's possible consequences on society. Destiny is also addressed, where it can, and does, govern our lives. On a more positive note; the film also shows the power of the human spirit, when fueled by the desire to achieve that which, many think unattainable. The overall clinical look of the film, compliments the subject matter and falls into the tech-noir category. Fine performances by the whole cast, a plus. The title is derived from the initial letters of the four DNA nitrogenous bases, namely; guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine. ” - Studio_EF
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ A French science-fiction film, directed, co-written and based on a story by; Luc Besson. This is a very entertaining film if one is in the right mood. So much on display here. Would compare this film to an explosion in a paint warehouse, which actually adds weight to it. There are a number of factors that contribute to this: The production design by Moebius (Jean Giraud) and Jean-Claude Mézières. Costumes by Jean-Paul Gaultier, (especially, Mila Jovovich's costume comes to mind), together with oustanding visual effects and photography. Performances compliment the tongue in cheek feel of the film. Bruce Willis as 'Korben Dallas', is great as a man leading a somewhat dead-end life, until Mila Jovovich drops in. A strikingly beautiful woman, called 'Leeloo', that turns his life upside down. Gary Oldman as 'Zorg', gives a fine villainous performance, very different than that of his bad cop role, in 'Léon', (also known as) 'The Professional'-(1994), directed by Luc Besson. Chris Tucker gives a very loud, flamboyant performance, complimented by his hairdo. Eric Serra, a Luc Besson regular, composed the wonderful score. A very vibrant and entertaining movie. ” - Studio_EF
Starship Troopers (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Humans in a fascistic, militaristic future do battle with giant alien bugs in a fight for survival. (129 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by Edward Neumeier. Loosely adapted from the novel by, Robert A.Heinlein. Paul Verhoeven's glossy, kinetic style, very apparent here. A film that received mixed reactions from critics and public alike. Causing much controversy on social political themes. Visual allusions are made to documentary films like; Leni Riefenstahl's, infamous propaganda film; 'Triumph of the Will'-(1935) and Frank Capra's television series; 'Why We Fight'-(1942 to 1944). The uniforms in the film bear resemblance to the Nazi, Waffen-SS. According to Paul Verhoeven the film is satirical and uses irony and hyperbole to state it's point. To quote Paul Verhoeven; "Let's all go to war and let's all die". One can see this film as a political allegory, a pro-war satire or a soap opera science-fiction movie, depending on the individual. For fans of Verhoeven, well, just enjoy the ride. Still stunning in it's; in your face violence and bloodshed. Great visual effects, with menacing 'Bugs' of all shapes and sizes included. A great satire on war, though romanticized in parts, shows the ugly side, as well as the camaraderie and bravery necessary to fight an enemy with the sole purpose of annihilating all mankind. Those young men and woman, willing to fight and die, for a cause they wholeheartedly believe in. Michael Ironside once again shines as Lt. 'Jean Rasczak'. An all out satirical, action film, and another accolade for director Paul Verhoeven. ” - Studio_EF
Event Horizon (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
“ A horror/science-fiction film, directed by W.S.Anderson and written by Philip Eisner. Anderson stating he had turned down directing 'X-Men'-(2000) and opted for 'Event Horizon'. The film proved to be a commercial and critical failure. Yet, the film found popularity on the DVD circuit and garnered a cult following. An interesting plot involving a ship that generates an artificial black hole. A result of which may be a gateway to another dimension, with horrendous results. The film has great art-direction and visual effects, plus enough gore to satisfy fans. Personally enjoyed the film when it remained enigmatic. There are elements of 'Solaris'-(1972) on display, in the plot. Towards the end, on a personal note; I found all that which came before it was spoiled by the attempt to visualize the threat, via Sam Neill's character. Nevertheless, this is a good horror/science-fiction movie, with enough elements to make it worthwhile. ” - Studio_EF
Cube (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
“ A Canadian psychological thriller, directed by Vincenzo Natali. The 'Cube' is presented in an abstract way. An enigma, not explaining the 'Cube', or how the characters came to be there. The setting is surreal and termed; Kafkesque. Story-wise, seven people with different attributes, find themselves trapped in a maze with deadly traps. And must find a way out before they succumb to it. The 'Cube' (in my opinion), appears to be a metaphor for a life threatening crisis. Those finding themselves in this crisis, must support each other to overcome it. Putting their heads together by using their knowledge or experience. Unfortunately, there will be casualties. 'The Twilight Zone' television series, was mentioned as an inspiration, namely an episode called: 'Five Characters in Search of an Exit'. The characters in this film are named after infamous prisons around the world. A taut and interesting film. ” - Studio_EF
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Directors, Larry and Andy Wachowski's groundbreaking, science-fiction/action movie. A future where, concerning humans, their supposed reality is but an illusion. A world created by sentient machines, having acquired self-supporting, artificial intelligence. Humans are an integral part of their existence though. Parasitical machines, using humans as a source of energy. Definite references are made to Cyberpunk and hacker sub-cultures. Homages made to; 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', by Lewis Carroll, Hong Kong action films, spaghetti westerns, dystopian fiction, Japanese manga and anime films. Numerous references made to; literature, religion and philosophy. The film is notable in setting a new standard of film-making. Having major influence on countless films to come. Extensive use of computer generated images, fight choreography and visual effects, that is awe inspiring. 'The Matrix' popularized the visual effect called, 'bullet time'. The famous lobby gunfight scene has become legendary, and is truly amazing in it's execution. A homage to the great, Sam Peckinpah, with similarities to 'The Wild Bunch'-(1969), in it's final, ballet-like, bloodbath. This film works as both an action movie as well as a relevant statement and poses many questions concerning the human condition. Physically, mentally and spiritually. ” - Studio_EF
eXistenZ (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A game designer on the run from assassins must play her latest virtual reality creation with a marketing trainee to determine if the game has been damaged. (97 mins.)
“ Body horror guru, David Cronenberg directs here. Once again Cronenberg explores themes of interaction, similar to that of 'Videodrome'-(1983). A psychological examination of the interaction between humans and technologies. In this case; addictive, virtual reality, video games, which are physically attached to the spinal cord, via umbilical-type cords. Organic and non-organic states melding into one. Disturbing subject matter, yet, undeniably fascinating material. There is an intended pun in the title, 'isten' is the word for 'god', in Hungarian. A must for fans of David Cronenberg. ” - Studio_EF
X-Men (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers. (104 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ Directed by Bryan Singer and based on the Marvel comics, created and written by Stan Lee. Artwork by Jack Kirby. 'X-Men', proved to be a box office success, with sequels and spin-offs to follow. The result of this film was a re-emergence of the superhero film. The story concerns; Professor Charles Xavier's, 'X-Men' clashing with the 'Brotherhood of Mutants'. Led by, Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto. A holocaust survivor with a powerful gift. The cause of this clash, is the 'Mutant Registration Act', forcing the mutants to reveal their identities and abilities. Great characters abound, namely; Professor Charles Xavier, Logan/Wolverine, Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Dr.Jean Grey, Scott Summers/Cyclops, Ororo Munroe/Storm, Marie/Rogue, Sabretooth, Toad, Mystique and Bobby Drake/Iceman. Creator; Stan Lee, appears in a cameo. This film explores themes of xenophobia, empathy, self-respect and respect for others, among others. A good, entertaining, superhero film, with great characters and relevant material ” - Studio_EF
The Cell (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An FBI agent persuades a social worker, who is adept with a new experimental technology, to enter the mind of a comatose serial killer in order to learn where he has hidden his latest kidnap victim. (107 mins.)
Director: Tarsem
“ An under-rated science-fiction/psychological thriller, which is finding a well-deserved, cult following. Directed by Tarsem Singh, and a completely different spin on the conventional serial killer movie. Child psychologist, Dr. Catherine Dean, played by Jennifer Lopez, is an expert on the experimental treatment of coma patients. Using a virtual reality device to enter the minds of her patients. Serial killer, Carl Rudolph Stargher, played by Vincent D'Onofrio, falls into a coma, before the FBI can locate his victim. The problem is; Stargher is in custody, but his intended victim is imprisoned in a watertight cell, made of glass. Connected to a timer and automatically, slowly, filling with water. Dr. Dean has to enter the mind of Stargher, in an attempt to find the location and save the victim. A tense race against the clock ensues. This film dares to go to a place where most films don't. Addressing the killers psyche from innocent victim to a narcissistic serial killer. Dazzling visual effects, influenced by artists like; Damien Hirst, Odd Nerdrum and H.R.Geiger. Fascinating material and excellent makeup by Michèle Burke, collectively make for a stunning movie. The scene where Jennifer Lopez falls asleep while watching a movie on T.V. is, 'Fantastic Planet'-(1973). ” - Studio_EF
Deep Impact (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Unless a comet can be destroyed before colliding with Earth, only those allowed into shelters will survive. Which people will survive? (120 mins.)
Director: Mimi Leder
“ Directed by Mimi Leder, who was the first female graduate of the AFI Conservatory in 1973. 'Deep Impact' is an earnest attempt, in it's portrayal of the human condition, under extraordinary circumstances. Together with scientific credibility, adding weight to this. The study of the decisions and measures governments must take, to protect it's citizens, and human nature when faced with impending extinction. The cause being; as a result of a comet, hurtling towards earth. Mimi Leder's direction is commendable, by studying different individuals, each dealing with this universal dilemma in their own way. One can feel a type of compassion, exclusive to that of a woman, throughout. A heartfelt, thought-provoking and feasible film, which can have a deep impact on the viewer. ” - Studio_EF
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A scientist makes a last stand on Earth with the help of a ragtag team of soldiers against an invasion of alien phantoms. (106 mins.)
“ A Japanese-American science-fiction movie. Directed by Hironobu Sakaguchi. This was to be the first photo-realistic, computer animated movie with so-called; 'lifelike' characters. Voiced by; Ming-Na, Alec Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, James Woods, Ving Rhames, Peri Gilpin and Steve Buscemi. Set in a post-apocalyptic earth, circa-2065, where so-called; 'Phantoms' are infecting the planet and mankind's attempts to eradicate them. 'Aki Ross' and her mentor, 'Dr. Sid', have the key to the puzzle. This film proved to be a box-office failure. The intentions of the filmmakers was to try and create; true computer generated actors. This did not sit very well with most audiences. A noble attempt, but not completely successful. Yet, this film can be seen as a forerunner of that concept. Real actors are here to stay (thus far) anyway. Besides all that, this is a technically stunning film. One can see a great amount of effort was put into it. On the whole, a fine effort and an enjoyable film. ” - Studio_EF
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A highly advanced robotic boy longs to become "real" so that he can regain the love of his human mother. (146 mins.)
“ Directed, produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg. Based on Brian Aldiss' short story, 'Super-Toys Last All Summer Long'. The film addresses a child-like android that has the ability to love, via artificial intelligence. Called mechas. Director, Stanley Kubrick, started developing the film in the 1970s, but fell into the 'development hell' category. According to Kubrick; he found computer generated imagery not advanced enough for the android character, named 'David'. Eventually, in 1995, Kubrick handed the film over to Steven Spielberg. Although Spielberg was busy developing the film, it gained momentum after Kubrick's death in 1999. Kubrick having just completed, 'Eyes Wide Shut'-(1999). 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence' was dedicated to Stanley Kubrick after the end credits-"For Stanley Kubrick". The film addresses themes of humanity, love, memories and meaning. 'Blade Runner'-(1982) and 'Solaris'-(1972) come to mind, with similar themes addressed. Elements of 'Pinocchio' also apparent. Overall, a sincerely well acted, thought-provoking film, with it's heart in the right place. "For Stanley Kubrick". ” - Studio_EF
Minority Report (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. (145 mins.)
“ A neo-noir, science-fiction film, directed by Steven Spielberg. Based on the short story, 'The Minority Report', by Philip K.Dick and a complete reworking of it. The film is set in the year 2054. Featuring, 'PreCrime', a police department that arrests criminals on foreknowledge of crimes to be committed. The information attained via three alien psychics, called 'Precogs'. A box office and critical success, yet some found the ending not in tune with the overall tone of the movie. Nevertheless, this is a fine achievement, above it's technical achievements. The film has enough food for thought and character development to transcend it above many science-fiction films. The grim look of the film was achieved through bleach-bypassing the negative, in post-production, resulting in desaturated colours. The same process used in films like; 'Nineteen Eighty-Four'-(1984). Tom Cruise and the very watchable, Max von Sydow, give good performances. The film's central theme concerns free will versus determinism. Self-perception, based on views outside of the individual is also explored. A thought provoking film and an entertaining one, as well. ” - Studio_EF
Hulk (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry. (138 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Based on the Marvel Comics character, created by Stan Lee. Since it's development in 1990, the film went through numerous directorial and script changes. Directed eventually by Ang Lee, and influenced by films, such as; 'King Kong', 'Frankenstein' and Greek mythology. The origins of the 'Hulk' are explored here. Ang Lee's art-house approach is commendable, as far as characterization is concerned. Yet,the film veers between comic book and serious character study, which feels like two entities at times. Yet, this is an interesting film with great performances from Eric Banner as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Nick Nolte, in another scary performance. The beautiful Jennifer Connelly always a welcome presence as well. Commendable film and not the flop it's made out to be. The film led to a successful rebooting with; 'The Incredible Hulk'-(2008). Personally prefer this version. ” - Studio_EF
Serenity (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic. (119 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
“ Directed by Joss Whedon and a continuation of the discontinued television series; 'Firefly'- (2002). This film was greeted with critical acclaim but fared poorly at the box office, nonetheless. Influenced by various earlier science-fiction films. A homage of sorts, to films like, 'Star Wars'-(1977) and 'Blade Runner'-(1982). This is an enjoyable outing, underlying individuality and freedom in a governed society. My thoughts are; that this film will gain more popularity in the future. ” - Studio_EF
V for Vendetta (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman. (132 mins.)
Director: James McTeigue
“ Directed by James McTeigue and adapted from the comic book series by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Set in London, it shows a dystopian society ruled by a totalitarian government. A highly, politically motivated allegory with numerous references to actual historical events. This film has caused quite a controversy. Gaining praise and being reviled at the same time. Yet, this a a very enjoyable film that can be viewed as great, action/ science-fiction entertainment, without becoming to embroiled in it's politics. Great sets, photography and action set-pieces. A special mention must go to Hugo Weaving as V. An admirable character, having a personality equal to his unwavering dedication and belief in his cause. Natalie Portman, well, just seeing her is enough. First class entertainment in every respect. ” - Studio_EF
Hellraiser (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
“ One of the better horror films to come out of the 1980s. Directed and written by Clive Barker, based on his own novella, 'The Hellbound Heart'. Great horror characters are introduced here, namely, the 'Cenobites'. The leader called, 'Pinhead', played by Doug Bradley, has since become a horror icon. Clive Barker explores themes of morality, fear and punishment, to good effect. A fine attempt. ” - Studio_EF
Equilibrium (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In an oppresive future where all forms of feeling are illegal, a man in charge of enforcing the law rises to overthrow the system and state. (107 mins.)
Director: Kurt Wimmer
“ Directed by Kurt Wimmer and set in a dystopian future ruled by a totalitarian state. Sometimes comparisons are made to, 'The Matrix'-(1999), and seen as the lesser of the two. Yet, this is a free standing film, in it's own right. The film, a box office failure, has since gained a cult following, nevertheless. Christian Bale gives a fine performance, as a man at odds with this 'New World' order, when failing to take his suppressing medication. This film is notable for it's stylish action sequences. Using a technique created both by Kurt Wimmer and martial arts style choreography. Known as 'Gun Kata'. Much of the location filming taking place in Berlin due to it's Fascist and modern architecture, which compliments the overall feel of the film. More than an action film, themes of propaganda, indoctrination and the free spirit of man, are addressed here. ” - Studio_EF
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ An emotionally gripping movie. Has it's fair share of thrills and some great visuals. Initially reported to be either a sequel or prequel to 'Cloverfield'-(2008), but J.J. Abrams denied this. Adolescence is handled with affection and pays homage to earlier Steven Spielberg films. An entertaining film with enough thrills and emotional depth to make this a worthy addition to the science-fiction genre. ” - Studio_EF
Open Your Eyes (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. (117 mins.)
Avatar (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home. (162 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
The Truman Show (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An insurance salesman/adjuster discovers his entire life is actually a television show. (103 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
28 Days Later... (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
“ Director Danny Boyle does reinvent the zombie movie. Ferocious, scary and violent, with great looking zombies. There are some really, jump out of your seat, moments. The cause of the zombie apocalypse is made clear from the beginning and the infected display uncontrollable rage. A metaphor for the phenomenon of social rage. This post apocalyptic horror movie was met with critical and commercial success. The DVD release contains three alternative endings. On the DVD commentary, references are made to George A. Romero's, 'Dead', trilogy. This being influential, yet, Danny Boyle does not copy the trilogy, but expands upon the idea and pays homage to Romero's zombie movies. A great 'zombie' film that is destined to become a classic. ” - Studio_EF