Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale reminded us of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle. Both are TV adaptations of award-winning critically acclaimed scifi novels that involve a dystopian reality, whether set in the past or the future.
South African-Canadian film director Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) is going experimental with his work by forming Oats Studios to showcase his new film projects.
Before the release of Prometheus (2012), director Ridley Scott insisted that the movie was NOT a prequel to his hit 1979 movie, Alien. Of course, this was all misdirection on Scott’s part as Prometheus was clearly a prequel to Alien.
Considering how amazing and surprising the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie was, when it was released in 2014, it is perhaps shocking (or maybe not) that its sequel matches not only its sheer entertainment quality but builds on the characters and relationships introduced in the original.
With all the brouhaha going on in the USA – the home of the superhero – concerning alleged Russian interference in the recent Presidential elections, it is interesting to consider Guardians, a superhero movie made in Russia.
We have always had a love-hate relationship with the X-Men movie universe.
Star Wars changed the face of cinema when it was released in 1977, never mind the face of scifi movies. In the decade following its whirlwind success, 13 films (included the Star Wars sequels) built on the new paradigm which director George Lucas had provided.
The last time a scifi movie moved us as much as Arrival was Predestination (2014), the Spierig brothers’ adaptation of Robert A Heinlein’s 1959 short story, -All You Zombies-.
Yeah yeah everybody’s got a fuckin’ list of recommended 2017 movies. Here’s ours – in order of anticipation. Nuff said.
In 1977, Star Wars made the scifi movie highly bankable, taking the concepts of the pulp serials of the 30s and the B-movies of the 50s into the commercial stratosphere. Almost 40 years later, Star Wars still reigns supreme in the form of The Force Awakens and Rogue One – massive worldwide blockbusters which have captured the imagination of the casual movie-goer.
The OA poses more questions than it answers. But isn’t that a reflection of life?
Has social media been taken over by Disney press-bots? It gets very distressing when twentysomethings declare the standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One as “the best Star Wars movie ever”!
This post contains spoilers!
Serialised story-telling in science-fiction TV really took off – we would suggest – in the early 1990s with Star Trek: The Next Generation and Babylon 5. The success of these space operas resulted in a flurry of similar type series, including two from the Star Trek franchise viz. Deep Space Nine and Voyager and the successful re-imagining of the Battlestar Galactica (BSG) movie franchise into a edgy, thought-provoking drama that reflected the times succinctly.
It’s no secret that Guardians of the Galaxy is one of our favourite comic book movie adaptations of all time and we have been eagerly anticipating the sequel due in 2017.
Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world, whose sole inhabitant is the synthetic David, survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
Consolidating our scifi TV reviews. Spoilers, doh!
Consolidating our scifi TV reviews. Spoilers, doh!
“THE NEAR-FAR PROBLEM”
A certified sleeper hit already! Amazingly Frequency maintains the high quality of the first two episodes with Reimy and Frank Sullivan trying desperately to save Julie by finding the Nightingale killer across the chasm of two decades.
Got to hand it to everyone involved with Timeless, the show is slowly but surely finding its rhythm. More depth has been revealed in the main characters and the actions they take are consistent with people unfortunate enough to be in this complicated situation.
Curiouser and curiouser. As more revelations are brought to light, we begin to understand why the Hosts are beginning to ‘malfunction’ on a regular basis. The fact is that Bernard Lowe has been having clandestine meetings with Host Dolores Abernathy and stimulating her evolution towards sentience – whether intentional or not. Dr. Robert Ford also provides backstory as we are introduced to ‘Arnold’ – his former partner, who may have introduced the coding that is causing the problems experienced at Westworld. Of course, Dr. Ford has his own mysterious agenda as well.
These insights are provided alongside a prolonged look at a plot line involving Dolores and her ‘love-interest’ Teddy Flood which now includes a new dark sub-plot with Wyatt, a former army colleague of Teddy’s who has gone all psychotic (if Hosts are not real, why should we care?). In addition, two Westworld staffers (Ashley Stubbs and Shannon Woodward) encounter a stray Host (hence the title) which predictably goes crazy on them, with consequences surely to ripple throughout the series.
It’s all rather ponderous and stretched out but at least the story is being developed at a deliberate pace rather than being rushed through to the inevitable moment when the Hosts rebel against their makers. And what about the Man in Black??
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… still there’s more …
“Signal & Noise”
Improbably, of all the many shows featuring time travel of some kind, Frequency might be the most promising of them all, thus far.
Spoilers, doh?!? Read this only after watching the shows!
The plot thickens… as they say.
Based on the 2000 scifi movie of the same name (shades of Westworld, eh?), this TV series adaptation updates the original premise for 2016 viz. father and son communicate across time via a ham radio.
Fifty years after the debut of classic time travel scifi TV series The Time Tunnel, we are given the latest attempt to feature time traveling and hopefully it’s better than the last one viz. Syfy’s risible 12 Monkeys.