Tag Archives: Sci-Fi

Star Trek (2009)

J. J. Abrams has become the sci-fi nerd’s best friend. He’s created both the sexy spy series “Alias” and the currently running “Fringe” television shows. Perhaps more importantly he created “Lost,” a polarizing show to be sure, but part of its brilliance was in tricking tons of people into watching what is essentially a sci-fi show without ever presenting it as such. But how does he fair with the sacred cow of sci-fi nerds, one of the most beloved television series of all time? I am, of course, speaking of “Star Trek.” Continue reading Star Trek (2009)

Alien (1979)

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Alien shouldn’t be as good as it is. On the page the film is a standard monster flick that fails to be anything more than a b-movie. It follows the conventions of the horror genre and doesn’t have anything compelling or fascinating. The reason why Alien works is because the look of the film is crafted and captured like a serious sci-fi picture. It’s an exercise in style and one that pays off. Continue reading Alien (1979)

The Omega Man (1971)

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If you are going to make a movie about the last man on earth you better cast the best actor you can. All you’re going to have is one man to make the audience invested in his fate and the fate of humanity. It’s has to be someone big, big enough to fill the screen as an actor and as a persona. This movie must be built upon this performance, shaped by it and anywhere it goes has to come from that. Who do you cast? Will Smith. Then you fill your movie with CG vampires, horrible plot twists and a handful of awkward scenes. Continue reading The Omega Man (1971)

Primer (2004)

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SPOILER ALERT: I strongly advise you watch the film first before reading further.  (It’s on Netflix instant for those who subscribe)

Primer is one of those true indie movies, made for such a ridiculously small amount of money that all that is on display is the quality of the filmmaking and screenwriting.  The man behind it is Shane Carruth, who not only wrote, produced, acted and directed the film but also edited and scored the picture. For a meager $7,000 Shane crafts a simple, mind puzzling, time traveling picture that packs in more depth and geekery in its 77 minute runtime than many a sci-fi picture. Continue reading Primer (2004)