Interstellar

They said it was the film physicists would love. They said the 2 hr 49 min runtime was time well spent. But there was one thing they forgot to account for – just how damn difficult to please certain bloggers are. What follows is my commentary on Interstellar. Continue reading

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Why Every Star Trek Film is the Best…and the Worst

A couple of years ago, I was inspired to write a fun piece on my other blog about how you could argue that every Final Fantasy game is the best in the franchise – or perhaps the worst. Now it’s time to take the same logic and apply it to the Star Trek films.

Remember: the following post is for fun only. Obviously First Contact is undisputedly the best Star Trek film, and Star Trek V is terrible. Continue reading

2012: The year of Hitchcock biopics

Ever since Paul Merton’s documentaries opened my eyes to the work of Alfred Hitchcock, I’ve eagerly partaken of as many of his films as I could get my hands on. But in 2012, I got the chance to take my interest to a new meta-level, with the release of not one, but two Hitchcock biopics, each focusing on a different slice of the great director’s career. But would they prove to be a worthy investment on time, or just a cash-in on a big name? Continue reading

Life of Pi

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Piscine Molitor ‘Pi’ Patel’s enjoyed life at his family’s zoo in India – but when he turned sixteen, financial worries saw his father turning his sights to a new life in Canada. With the zoo sold, the Patel family and their remaining animals began a long voyage across the ocean, only for the ship to run into trouble en route. Stranded in a lifeboat with only wild animals for a dubious and dangerous kind of company, Pi can only do his best to survive and await rescue.

Most of the time, I review films that I hate – simply because it’s fun to rant about them. But to provide balance, and prove that I don’t hate all films, I shall interject with occasional reviews of those I enjoyed. As it turns out, Life of Pi is one such film. Continue reading

An utterly spoilerific review of Star Trek Into Darkness

I love Star Trek. As a committed geek, I spent my teenage years watching the films and every episode of the first four TV series, collecting tie-in novels, magazines, figures and of course getting mocked by various classmates. Then Enterprise came along during my university years, and, well, the less said about that, the better. After four seasons of that, it felt like Star Trek needed a rest, and indeed, for a while, it went away.

Then the reins of the franchise were handed over to JJ Abrams, and in 2009 we got a bright, flashy reboot, replete with action, in-jokes and excessive lens flares. It wasn’t quite Star Trek, it erased the timeline I knew and loved, and the more you analysed it, the more flawed it became – but overall, it was pretty enjoyable nonetheless. Would Star Trek Into Darkness offer more of the same? Continue reading

Looper

Joe Simmons is a ‘looper’, a hired assassin with a very special list of targets – they’re all from thirty years in the future. In that time period, the mafia have control of time travel, and the best way they know of to make their enemies ‘disappear’ is to send them into the past to be killed. But every looper’s final mission is to ‘close their loop’ by killing themselves, and when Joe fails to do so, he finds himself on the run in an ever-shifting timeline.

Time travel is inherently paradoxical, and with that in mind, I’m often quite lenient on time travel movies when they do things that either induce a headache or just don’t make sense. Sometimes, though, a movie comes along that is simply so terrible that I simply cannot stay my hand any longer, and Looper is one of them. Continue reading

Total Recall 2012

Yes, it’s that time again – having watched some bad sci-fi movies, I desperately feel the need to rant and share the pain. The frankly terrible Looper was going to be next on the list, but on request, instead I’m pushing the 2012 remake of Total Recall to the top of the list.

Total Recall takes place in a future where much of Earth has been rendered uninhabitable, forcing humanity to take refuge in one of two places – the Colony (Australia) and The United Federation of Britain (UFB) – linked to each other by a tunnel bored through the very planet itself (trust me, we’ll come back to this). Douglas Quaid is a factory worker who spends his days commuting from the Colony to the UFB to help build robot soldiers. He has a stable job and a loving wife, but his nights are plagued with recurring dreams about a fraught escape from the authorities with a mysterious woman. Continue reading