5 items from 2017
Anti Matter, 2016.
Written and Directed by Keir Burrows.
Ana, an Oxford PhD student finds herself unable to build new memories following an experiment to generate and travel through a wormhole. The story follows her increasingly desperate efforts to understand what happened, and to find out who – or what – is behind the rising horror in her life.
The minimalist approach to sci-fi is difficult to pull off. When it’s done well, it’s a good way to grab and intrigue your audience, open up philosophical questions and work within the constraints of a tight budget. You can’t be expansive and huge like Avatar for example, but as long as you are effective in your use of budget, and create an intimate and interesting story, then it can be effective. I think of some of my favourite Sci-Fi »
After years (actually, now decades) of being stuck in development hell, it looks like a big screen adaptation of William Gibson’s iconic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer is finally back on again. Last we heard, Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) was attached to direct and Hayden Christensen was rumoured to star but then the project went silent for […] »
It’s been more than a year since the surprise success of Deadpool made its director, Tim Miller, a notable Hollywood name, a year that’s seen him depart the film’s high-profile sequel, bounce between a few different projects, and even get involved with Sonic The Hedgehog. Now, per The Hollywood Reporter, Miller has settled on a cinematic follow-up to the superhero farce, announcing that he’ll the latest director to try to bring William Gibson’s Neuromancer to the screen.
Gibson’s pioneering cyberpunk novel has defeated a number of directors over the years, most recently Cube’s Vincenzo Natali, who abandoned his own adaptation in 2015. Miller at least has some high-profile back-up for his efforts to capture Gibson’s influential world of manipulative A.I.s, cybernetically modified street samurai, and hapless hackers; Simon Kinberg, one of the big names behind Fox’s X-Men franchise »
- William Hughes
Ron Hogan May 29, 2017
This review contains spoilers.
1.5 Lemon Scented You
It's difficult for American Gods to get much better than it does in Lemon Scented You, if only because it provides viewers with everything they've been waiting for while also giving them something completely unexpected. The show features some spectacular acting heavyweights, and while they've all had plenty of chances to show off their skills, this week gives every major character in the show a showcase moment, and to list them all would be to do a straight recap of the show, minute-by-minute. Suffice to say, I could not be any happier with American Gods than I am this week. »
Canada’s Vincenzo Natali remains one of my favorite filmmakers and 1997’s Cube is still, in my opinion, one of the best high-concept thrillers of all time. The low-budget horror movie about a group of strangers trapped in endless levels of stark white cubes-that-kill was so popular it spawned two sequels and ushered in a host of one-room thrillers like Saw. […] »
- Chris Webster
5 items from 2017
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