Day: January 2, 2015

GEEK OUT! AUTOMATA IS A POOR MAN’S BLADE RUNNERGEEK OUT! AUTOMATA IS A POOR MAN’S BLADE RUNNER

Automata-poster

Directed by Gabe Ibanez
Starring Antonio Banderas, Dylan McDermott & Robert Forster.

Automata tries its best to be thought-provoking and edgy but fails miserably. Superficially, it does have a couple of thoughtful moments but once the protagonist Jacq Vaucan (Banderas) ends up in the desert, the plot runs out of steam. Conceptually, it ‘steals’ so many ideas from Blade Runner that it’s embarrassing.

For the first 30 minutes of so, the look of the city, Vaucan’s trench coat attire (with that private dick veneer) and the constant inclement weather smacks of Ridley Scott’s seminal sci-fi movie adaptation of Philip K Dick’s android classic, Blade Runner. But at least director Ibanez managed to keep the interest level at a reasonable level. But then the plot jumps the shark and nothing makes any sense from then on.

Not the worst sci-fi movie out there but that third act was simply awful. If nothing else, enjoy the minimalist soundtrack from Zacarias M. de la Riva (he probably owes Philip Glass royalties as well!)

GEEK OUT! AT BEST, THE APPEAL OF UNDER THE SKIN IS STILL ONLY SKIN DEEPGEEK OUT! AT BEST, THE APPEAL OF UNDER THE SKIN IS STILL ONLY SKIN DEEP

under-skin-poster

Directed by Jonathan Glazer.
Starring Scarlett Johansson.

Highly rated low budget sci-fi flick with ScarJo playing an alien seductress. Nothing really happens except for ScarJo luring unsuspecting horny Scots into her lair where their essence is drained from them, leaving their skin behind. Sure, you get ScarJo in the buff for your troubles and other eye candy in the form of bleak Scottish landscapes but more than that? Not much else to recommend itself in terms of story-telling, Under the Skin has a strong sense of the ‘arthouse film’ about it. You know, the kind that announces in every frame – “Look at me, I’m fuckin’ art!”. Not so much.

GEEK OUT! ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL 2014 IS AN UTTER WASTE OF TIMEGEEK OUT! ALL-NEW MIRACLEMAN ANNUAL 2014 IS AN UTTER WASTE OF TIME

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“The Priest & the Dragon: The October Incident: 1966 ” by Grant Morrison & Joe Quesada. | “The Miracleman Family: Seriously Miraculous” by Peter Milligan & Mike Allred. 

Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?

Alan Moore’s re-invention of the superhero genre with Marvelman/Miracleman was for me, akin to the Sex Pistols/Punk’s impact on rock music. This legacy is self-evident from reading the Marvel reprints of the Miracleman collected editions, which has thankfully brought the iconoclastic material to a new audience. Read some background here.

So what does Marvel do, to cash in? This highly dubious Annual – which features a Grant Morrison Kid Miracleman tale originally rejected by Moore (justifiably as it turns out!) for publication in Warrior magazine back in the day and a pointless Miracleman Family adventure done in retro style.

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