While looking for steampunk-related stuff on youtube this evening I stumbled upon The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello and 26 minutes of my life fled past in one instant. Maybe it's old hat, but I'm just glad to have discovered this work of art now and I must say I haven't seen anything like that in ages, especially on youtube.
That was fucking awesome, although it's hardly surprising that a show that awesome never got past the pilot. Tragic nonetheless.
I watched Moon on blu-ray last night. It was a fine movie, but the ending was weak, and it was somewhat predictable.
It was also refreshing to see a sci-fi movie that didn't rely on shooting things to bits and blowing shit up & general effects and noise onslaught. Even so, I was mildly disappointed.
I also used to hate Sam Rockwell, but he was excellent in Moon, and despite the movie not quite meeting with my expectations, it's a solid film and worth seeing. Not many worthy sci-fi movies out there.
Yeah I really enjoyed Moon as an exercise in genre, but I think the acting and a lot of the general ambiance also added a lot to the experience. The entire storyline wasn't particularly strong, but I do agree that the ending stood out as a definite let down.
As far as decent sci-fi movies go recently, the only one that really springs to mind if Children of Men, which I think is the best of this era. Did rely on the shooting and all that, but it really managed to elevate itself above being another action movie on a lot of levels.
I've heard good things about Children of Men, but I'm not terribly keen on movies involving babies or kids. I think it's usually just a cheap way to introduce false drama into a script. Now from what I've heard, Children of Men doesn't fall into that trap, and there's more to it, but I'm still suspicious of it. I believe it to be a fine movie, just perhaps not one for me.
Just see it dude, at least 90% of the films is child free.
That's exactly what I meant, but like I said, I had a good hunch that Children of Men was above that.
Ok, I guess I will check it out, then!
Seen Primer. Love it to bits. It's brilliant, just the kind of sci-fi movie I'm on about.
Up In The Air
Up in the Air is my favourite movie of 2010. Granted, its the only movie I've watched in 2010, but my logic stands. The trailer appeals to me and I'm a total sucker for George Clooney's latest movies - what can I say, the man is a genuine fantastic actor.
Anyway, this movie is smart, sharply written, ticks along at a nice pace and has a (while predictable) story, managed to keep me interested even though it does deal with a dude flying around the US firing people, or as Clooney put it "making Limbo easier". When his boss is impressed with a new girl with new ideas to fire folks online via a webcam to cut costs, Clooney's character takes the girl around the US to show her the harsh truth of what he does. It's actually very insightful into how people feel about their lives and what happens when the norm is suddenly broken.
Checkout the trailer - highly recommend this one.
Next up, I'm thinking The Lovely Bones but I don't know when that's released in the UK. I managed to sneak into a preview screening of Up in the Air tonight which was lucky...
Do the capitals mean you're being sarcastic? I'm confused.
Didn't we had a thread about this?
An episode of Stargate:Atlantis
Don't know it's title though.
Some show on TV.
I'll report in tomorrow, let you all know if I did it again.
The Hurt Locker
Very interesting anti-war movie. And it almost feels like a documentary. But do not watch if you hate shakey cam. Unfortunately, the second half of the movie is much worse than the first one IMHO. And the ending is... well, nothing worth waiting for. I have no idea why it was nominated for Golden Globe as the best drama of the year. Nonetheless, it's definitely worth watching. 8/10.
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There's so much good stuff out there...
- Le Concert (2009) (I give this one 5 stars)
- Daliás idök (I've got another thread about this movie here)
- The Road (2009) (not a bad dystopic movie at all)
- Amintiri din Epoca de Aur [Tales from the Golden Age] (2009) (i.e. comunist romania)
- Inglorious Bastards (my girlfriend really wanted to see this one; glad I went)
- Avatar (a big joke, though it had probably the best 3D effects I've ever seen)
- Whatever Works (thumbs down, imho Woody Allen at his worst, cliché-ridden and pretentious)
I watched the first two eps of X-Files season 3 last night. Will probably watch more today.