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A truly satisfying Sci Fi Romance
Lucky me was able to purchase cheap tickets to see "Passengers" at an Advanced Screening in Centennial Park's out doors cinema in Sydney Australia on the 30th of Dec 2016, a few days before the official release, had read the critics reviews, was expecting a lackluster movie ... being a Sci Fi nerd I wanted to see the movie regardless, plus I enjoy Fruit Bats making noise, flying over head and pooping on me while watching movies :)
Enjoyed this movie so very much, and so did the crowd, a hearty cheer and clapping was heard at the end ... Passengers is a good movie, do yourself a favor and see it while it's still on the big screen.
Closer to the book but not as sweet as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
So much to live up to, Johnny normally shines in off beat rolls, but whether direction or personal choices let the Willy W character be far less sweet in this attempt.
The use of CGI must have saved quite a lot of time and effort as well as $, and in my opinion brought something to it that the original had no access to, though the original used what was available to a far greater extent and wins hands down regardless.
The actors were either better actors or better directed in the original.
Found it far easier to get lost in the original.
Certain scenes lacked the the brilliance brought to the original by Gene Wilder, especially when gene got spooky and intense.
Watch them both, they are both enjoyable, but the 1971 offering still wins easily.
The force had a big nap
In 1977 I was 17, I attended a Cinema in Sydney Australia and watched the new release of "Star Wars (1977)" now with the added words "A new Hope" ... Already a fan of Sci Fi I found the movie to be excellent fun.
On the 17th Of December 2015 I went to the Cinema here in Sydney and watched what I consider to be a revamp of that 1977 movie.
This new offering was fun and visually exciting.
The thing I found myself thinking during the movie were, couldn't we have a new plot with our new actors?
Yes, as I said, good fun, and I did enjoy it a lot, though the fact that I had thoughts that I'm sure many others had and will express here means that for all the $ spent of the movie a completely original plot was not worthy of such spending, and this meant I was noticing those things instead of being absorbed in the movie, so my hope to find 2hrs 15min of total escape from my mundane life did not happen.
So, we have a promise of more movies, this plot line can no longer be used again ... I hope, surely the next movie will not be based on "The Empire Strikes Back"!
Excellent crowd funded Sci Fi!
Just finished watching the first three, and to this point (10th July 2015) only episodes available, this as an Australian Kickstarter Production, "Farscape" is the only Australian Sci Fi I to date have found noteworthy, Farscape was at the time of it's cancellation the most popular Sci Fi production airing on the "Sci Fi Channel" and was canceled due to poor management. Hopefully if this offering stays at least as watch-able as the first episodes were it's fate may be better! Please, if your into this kind of show, pay for it and support productions like this so we have a greater amount of content available, I wait impatiently for the next episodes!
More of this please?!
Farscape has what few episodic surrealistic Sci Fi shows were able to produce.
Plots that rarely let you down, characterisations that other Sci Fi shows rarely were able to supply (Bar Firefly) puppetry that set it apart by supplying beings that differ from the norm yet are believable, sets that were like none other!
John Crichton, an International Aeronautics and Space Administration (most commonly referred to on the show as IASA) astronaut who, in the opening few minutes of the pilot episode, is accidentally catapulted through a wormhole across the universe and then drawn into the docking bay of a (to him) alien ship, the only Human Being in the series, obsessed with wormholes and the plight to get home, something which seems out of reach to him, yet so desirable that he is driven to search whatever the cost, Although Crichton is a heroic and unwaveringly loyal character, he is also a mischievously comical one, so much so that he is the primary source of humor for the series.
Sebaceans, the closest thing to a Human, physically similar so that differentiation is difficult to ascertain, in this Universe where the Sebaceans are known, they are referred to as "Peacekeepers" due to their role as the Hired Guns or Mercenaries of their part of the Universe, The main Sebacean character is Aeryn Sun who through circumstance is separated from her Peacekeeper life, yet through much of the series her Peacekeeper upbringing and training dominate her every action and thought.
There are characters such as Rygel the XVI one of two permanent Muppets portrayed in the show, the deposed Dominar Of Hyneria, this little guy who is less than a metre tall rides around on a chair that floats, he is both cunning and resourceful but also focused almost entirely on his own personal goals and wealth, he could be referred to as the "Doctor Smith" from the series "Lost in Space" in personality if nothing else, and Jim Henson has proved time and again you can't keep a good, or bad Muppet down!
The other permanent Muppet character in the series is "Pilot" a being from a race of that can, if they choose to bond permanently with a Leviathan, this Leviathan known as Moya, is a living ship and the vessel the main characters travel on and inhabit, Pilot is a formidable sight, large and definitely a show piece of what Jim Henson's genius can achieve!
Ka D'Argo is a Luxan warrior, with tattoos on his face and large appendages that cascade from the back and front of his head, D'Argo (as he is often called) carries a weapon known as a Qualta Blade, a heavy broadsword that can transform into a Qualta Rifle, he is large and often imposing and at times given to Hyper Rage, though he is also loyal and a staunch defender of his crew mates.
Amongst the original crew is Zhaan a Delvian by species, Zhaan is blue, bald and tall, though bipedal and similar is appearance to humans, she is a plant that loves bright light, a Pa'u (priestess) in the Delvian religious order.
John is perused by a succession of characters, mostly Peacekeepers, mostly obsessed with achieving wormhole technology, Scorpius being the character who from his first appearance till the Peacekeeper wars torments, threatens and even inhabits John's mind.
There are several characters that arrive and stay on Moya some longer than others, none more noteworthy than Chiana played by Gigi Edgley, she is a street-smart, savvy, and mercurial type of character who is willing to scam or steal for an adventure and risk her life for the people she loves. Chiana is a Nebari, a blue/grey-skinned race governed in a "1984" style, anyone who refuses to be guided and have their thoughts and actions set by the governing hierarchy are cleansed or reprogrammed, Chiana's character was set to be killed off after a few episodes, but after the instant popularity she gained by viewers the character was kept till the end.
One of the benefits the writing and characterisation of the series is that none of the characters were without fault, none were the stereotype of cute and endearing. If you like shows such as the ill fated Firefly, the longer running Star Treks or Stargate you should find this series to your frelling liking.
My Place (2009)
An Australian Gem!
"My Place" presents episodes with the story told in the person of the children who have lived in this certain house in South Sydney over the period of 260 years, I can only imagine that future episodes will be based in the future as Australia has only been colonised since 1788. I caught an episode recently by accident and am now hooked, each and every episode keeps me enthralled, the directing is superb, the periods recreated brilliantly, the acting amongst the best I've seen! Aired on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Australia's public broadcaster, I can only imagine this series is not gaining the audience levels it deserves. One of the best, do yourself a favor and watch this while it's screening. JM
A new and better Bond
James Bond is now Human, His Seemingly Superhuman ways, aided by freeky technology have diminished, he is now shown to be a man that can be broken, and hasn't this brought light to a franchise that could have faded.
The rugged and believable Daniel Craig plays this well, though there was the odd moment I felt the scene was a tad cheesy, Judi Dench is the best "M" ever, showing a chequered past and a need "In the end" to redeem herself, and what a great choice Javier Bardem was, well played as the head villain, could see more of that level of casting, directing and scripting.
Bring on more of this "Bond"
Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Outrageous, Ridiculous and Funny
This romp in "Bizzaroland" is "Road Trip (2000)" Marries "American Pie (1999)" then has extra marital partner swapping with "Better Off Dead... (1985)" and "Back to the Future (1985)" while coated in sticky illegal Russian energy drink. There were even references to "Better Off Dead... (1985)" when someone walks by the 4 main characters and says "I still want my two dollars" References to Michael Jackson and the dead pan delivery of "This must be some kind of Hot Tub Time Machine" by the character played by "Craig Robinson" sum the fun mood and brilliance of this movie, and the welcome inclusion of "Crispin Glover" as Phil, the Ski Lodge Bell-hope and Ice sculpture come hero come crazed one arm angry man was wonderful, we need more of him! If your a fan of "Over the top" in your face entertainment, this will not disappoint!
Miss Potter (2006)
Renee is Miss Potter!
After viewing this film I was reminded of such actors as Dorothy McGuire, Both Renee and Dorothy are actors that Hollywood needs more of (needed in the case of the late Dorothy McGuire) This movie is not a biography of Beatrix Potter's life, but is somewhere close and a worthy adaptation. Since it's release in 2006 it has become a Christmas favourite and airs on or around the 25th of December, when emotions and nostalgia often run high within many of us, and well worthy of the tear it may bring to ones eye. Every performance in this movie was of such quality that it was easy to find myself captivated and released from the everyday realm, as has Beatrix Potter with her works for countless of children and adults since she first self published in the first few years of the 20th century, remembering that her works are still the highest selling children's books of all time, that she personally saved with her own money a large part of the most beautiful English country side and donated that land to the National Trust upon her death, it is only worthy that her life be betrayed with such quality as this film affords.
Mystery Men (1999)
Mystery Men (and woman) are less of a mystery than the tittle claims
Mystery Men is the movie that brought William H Macy to my attention, I now look for his work and have enjoyed much of it. The movie centres around a group of general mis-fits that attempt to be Super Heroes, most of them have nothing more than a keen desire to go out and defeat crime with the talents they have. What makes this movie worthwhile is the earthiness of the characters, they are not bound up with standing o street corners with their hands on their hips looking proudly outward at the world they have just made a better place, but are busy trying to find situations to "Set Justice" to. And with nothing more than the idea that the things they are fairly good at will get them through their crime fighting ordeals.
Janeane Garofalo as the bowler certainly adds depth to this movie and Ben Stiller is wonderful as he always is when he shows his rage , as is Hank Azaria with his ability to do accents and play odd ball rolls, and the rest of the troupe are excellent, especially the invisible kid :)
Watch this if you are after some light heated fun.