Film Review: Life

The premise of the new sci-fi horror thriller Life clearly borrows from two other excellent sci-fi thrillers Alien and The Andromeda Strain, and, like both of those, delivers a tense cinematic experience that keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat, guessing about the outcome up to the final scene. The action all takes place on the International Space Station, crewed by a team of six specialists who are focused on capturing and analyzing soil samples…Read More

Review: Nightcrawler

There’s always been a slightly uncomfortable relationship between the voyeuristic viewer and the pandering filmmaker, whether it’s highbrow cinema, big-budget television, crass pornography or the nightly TV news. During the Vietnam War, the great debate was whether to show the bodies of soldiers killed in the conflict on television, but in our collective zeal for that which is salacious we’ve made that question quaint and dated: now the modern TV news watchword is “if it bleeds, it…Read More

Review: Source Code

When you die, the last eight minutes of your life remains electromagnetically imprinted in your brain. If you could inject someone into that persistent time memory and pull them back afterwards, you could send investigators into crises just before they happened and have them identify who committed the crime. It’s a fascinating premise for a sci-fi thriller and director Duncan Jones pulls it off splendidly in Source Code. Air Force chopper pilot Colter Stevens (Jake…Read More

Review: The Last Airbender

M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender is a film that amply demonstrates the adage that everyone outside of Hollywood understands: special effects do not a movie make.  The brilliant effects by Industrial Light & Magic are all there is to this incoherent mess of a movie, and it’s too bad, because there could have been a visually stunning story. Unfortunately Shyamalan has demonstrated in every post-Sixth Sense film he’s made that he just isn’t a very…Read More

Review: Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the first big blockbuster to come out for the summer season. It’s tremendous fun, non-stop action and an adventure film with an appealing story. I not only enjoyed it but kept wondering when I could get a Blu-Ray copy so I could really step through some of the scenes and see how they were assembled. I bet you’re going to like it too. The film starts with…Read More