January 17, 2011

Code 46 (2003)

Code 46 (2003)

A futuristic 'Brief Encounter', a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.

Slow moving, lackluster tale of no measurable worth.

Rating: 4.5

[Viewing Date: 01/15/2011]

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January 10, 2011

Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man (2008)

When wealthy industrialist Tony Stark is forced to build an armored suit after a life-threatening incident, he ultimately decides to use its technology to fight against evil.

Rating: 7.5

[Viewing Date: 05/04/2008]

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Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield (2008)

Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 05/03/2008]

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January 08, 2011

The Satan Bug (1965)

The Satan Bug (1965)

A germ warfare lab has had an accident. The first theory is that one of the nasty germs has gotten free and killed several scientists. The big fear is that a more virulent strain, named The Satan Bug because all life can be killed off by it should it escape, may have been stolen.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 04/08/2008]

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February 17, 2008

Jumper (2008)

IMDB: Jumper (2008))

Plot Outline:
A genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them.

So much anticipation, so much dissappointment. Doug Liman had the opportunity to create a kick ass piece of work, and instead left us wanting so much more.

A picture whose premise with so much potential, co-written by David Goyer, of Batman Begins fame, and Samuel L. Jackson along for the ride, is burdened with the mega-corpse of a leading man, Hayden Christensen.

This is an actor who has 3, maybe 4 emotes, and uses them all up early in this film.

The good: FX, scenery, underlying cool sci-fi potential.

The bad: no depth, story arc, characters we care about, moral stance, but I'm babbling a bit.

My only hope is the box office is high enough to make a sequal, which, one can only hope will be much better than the original.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 02/17/2008]

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January 29, 2008

2010 (1984)

IMDB: 2010 (1984)

Plot Outline:
A joint American-Soviet space expedition is sent to Jupiter to learn what happened to the Discovery.

This lesser film than it's predecessor, 2001: A Space Odyssey, still holds up as a decent Sci-Fi tale. Helen Mirren, Roy Scheider, and John Lithgow, along with Bob Balaban, keep the ball, or monolith, rolling.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 01/27/2008]

Posted by mark at 08:07 PM | Comments (0)

January 17, 2008

Sunshine (2007)

IMDB: Sunshine (2007)

Plot Outline:
A team of astronauts are sent to re-ignite the dying sun 50 years into the future.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date:01/16/08]

Posted by mark at 07:25 PM | Comments (0)

A Boy and His Dog (1975)

IMDB: A Boy and His Dog (1975)

Plot Summary:
A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:01/13/08]

Posted by mark at 07:13 PM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2008

Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

IMDB: Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

Plot Outline:
Survivors of the Raccoon City catastrophe travel across the Nevada desert, hoping to make it to Alaska. Alice (Jovovich) joins the caravan and their fight against the evil Umbrella Corp.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date:01/03/08]

Posted by mark at 09:51 AM | Comments (0)

AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007)

IMDB: AVPR: Aliens vs Predator - Requiem (2007)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date:12/27/07]

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I Am Legend (2007)

IMDB: I Am Legend (2007)

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date:12/17/07]

Posted by mark at 09:21 AM | Comments (0)

January 12, 2008

Dnevnoy dozor Day Watch (2006)

IMDB: Dnevnoy dozor Day Watch (2006)

Plot Outline:
A man (Khabensky) who serves in the war between the forces of Light and Dark comes into possession of a device that can restore life to Moscow, which was nearly destroyed by an apocalyptic event.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:11/11\0/07]

Posted by mark at 09:24 PM | Comments (0)

A Sound of Thunder (2005)

IMDB: A Sound of Thunder (2005)

Plot Outline:
When a hunter sent back to the prehistoric era runs off the path he must not leave, he causes a chain reaction that alters history in disastrous ways.

Quite a putrid mess of goo.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date:09/13/07]

Posted by mark at 06:33 PM | Comments (0)

Gwoemul / The Host (2006)

IMDB: Gwoemul / The Host (2006)

Plot Outline:
A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:08/11/07]

Posted by mark at 05:22 PM | Comments (0)

January 06, 2008

Transformers (2007)

IMDB: Transformers (2007)

Plot Outline:
A war re-erupts on Earth between two robotic clans, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, leaving the fate of mankind hanging in the balance.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date:07/08/07]

Posted by mark at 09:30 PM | Comments (0)

4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

IMDB: 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Plot Outline:
The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/27/07]

Posted by mark at 09:03 PM | Comments (0)

Virtuosity (1995)

IMDB: Virtuosity (1995)

Plot Outline:
A virtual-reality serial killer manages to escape into the real world.

Rating: 4

[Viewing Date: 06/16/07]

Posted by mark at 04:34 PM | Comments (0)

May 15, 2007

Next (2007)

IMDB: Next (2007)

Plot Outline:
A Las Vegas magician who can see into the future is pursued by FBI agents seeking to use his abilities to prevent a nuclear terrorist attack.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/29/07]

Posted by mark at 10:53 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2007

Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

IMDB: Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)

Plot Outline:
Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space because of the board game they are playing.

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/10/07]

Posted by mark at 09:50 PM | Comments (0)

April 01, 2007

Deja Vu (2006)

IMDB: Deja Vu (2006)

Plot Outline:
An ATF agent travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered, falling in love with her during the process.

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 01/15/07]

Posted by mark at 09:58 PM | Comments (0)

November 19, 2006

Primer (2004)

IMDB: Primer (2004)

Plot Outline: Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.


Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 09/27/06]

Posted by mark at 09:22 PM | Comments (0)

The Jacket (2005)

IMDB: The Jacket (2005)

Plot Outline: A military veteran goes on a journey into the future, where he can foresee his death and is left with questions that could save his life and those he loves.


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 09/24/06]

Posted by mark at 09:14 PM | Comments (0)

Immortel (ad vitam) (2004)

IMDB: Immortel (ad vitam) (2004)

Plot Outline: New York 2095. In a strange pyramid floating in the sky, the gods of ancient Egypt are judging Horus. In the city, a young women with blue hair and tears is arrested, but she has a secret power, even to herself...


Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 09/10/06]

Posted by mark at 08:55 PM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2006

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

IMDB: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/25/06]

Posted by mark at 03:34 PM | Comments (0)

Serenity (2005)

IMDB: Serenity (2005)

Rating: 8

[Viewing Date: 06/23/06]

Posted by mark at 03:30 PM | Comments (0)

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

IMDB: Back to the Future Part III (1990)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/14/06]

Posted by mark at 03:08 PM | Comments (0)

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

IMDB: Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 06/13/06]

Posted by mark at 03:07 PM | Comments (0)

Back to the Future (1985)

IMDB: Back to the Future (1985)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/13/06]

Posted by mark at 03:05 PM | Comments (0)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

IMDB: X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/11/06]

Posted by mark at 03:00 PM | Comments (0)

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

IMDB: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 06/04/06]

Posted by mark at 02:50 PM | Comments (0)

Happy Accidents (2000)

IMDB: Happy Accidents (2000)

Rating: 7

[Viewing Date: 06/01/06]

Posted by mark at 02:46 PM | Comments (0)

The Final Cut (2004)

IMDB: The Final Cut (2004)

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 05/16/06]

Posted by mark at 01:57 PM | Comments (0)

April 23, 2006

Videodrome (1983)

IMDB: Videodrome (1983)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 04/20/06]

Posted by mark at 11:23 PM | Comments (0)

Westworld (1973)

IMDB: Westworld (1973)

Rating: 6

[Viewing Date: 03/11/06]

Posted by mark at 10:27 PM | Comments (0)

March 20, 2006

Sky High (2005)

IMDB: Sky High (2005)

[Viewing Date: 02/11/06]

Posted by mark at 11:12 PM | Comments (0)

Zardoz (1974)

IMDB: Zardoz (1974)

[Viewing Date: 02/09/06]

Posted by mark at 11:06 PM | Comments (0)

January 29, 2006

Aeon Flux (2005)

IMDB: Aeon Flux (2005)

Having never seen the original animated shorts, I wasn't nearly as dissapointed as fans of same, but it could have been so much better.

I did enjoy some of the technology involved, but it was hard to sympathize with the main characters.

Rating: 5

[Viewing Date: 01/15/06]

Posted by mark at 01:47 PM | Comments (0)

September 29, 2005

Men in Black II (2002)

IMDB: Men in Black II (2002)

Not nearly as fun as the original, only a Pug lover like myself would probably want to watch this one again.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 07:15 PM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2005

Blade Runner 10th Anniversary Edition (1982)

IMDB: Blade Runner 10th Anniversary Edition (1982)

I had to buy the VHS version of this on Ebay since there is no available DVD of the original Decker narrated version that I happen to really like.

While neither Ridley Scott nor many other fans of the film liked the studio insisted upon narration, I think the Film Noir essence it lends to the movie actually adds rather than taking away from the film.

Rating: 8

Here's something I posted Fri, 24 Jun 2005 to the Home Theater list on the proposed future DVD set:

Well, it turns out that as far back as August, 2002 Ridley Scott planned to create a Special Edition DVD set, with better sound cuts, and possibly the inclusion of the version with the narration (even though he
hated the narration -- it was put in at the insistence of the then-producers of Blade Runner) but that there was no confirmation of that.

Then, I stumbled on this interesting take from a NY Times story from one of the DVD forums. It would appear that Mr. Scott doesn't even own the complete rights to the picture, at least as far as production and
distribution are concerned:

The NY Times (13 DEC 2003) has named names on why the Blade Runner Special Edition 3-DVD set is on hold. It is their report, not mine.

They say, "The avidly awaited, definitive version of Ridley Scott's science-fiction classic, Blade Runner, won't be out on DVD anytime
soon for stranger reasons.

When Blade Runner was being shot in the early 1980's, Bud Yorkin, a veteran television comedy producer, and Jerry Perenchio, now the C.E.O. of Univision, were the film's bond-completion guarantors. When the film went over budget, by contract they assumed ownership of the film. Paul Sammon wrote in his book Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner that they hated the film, had bitter disputes with Mr. Scott and tried to take it away from him altogether.

The studio release, in 1982, contained superfluous narration and a tacked-on rosy ending. Mr. Scott removed both when he was allowed to make a "director's cut" in 1992, but it was, by his own account, a
rush job.

Three years ago, Mr. Scott announced that he was working on a three-disc box set, which would offer all the versions of the film, including a new and polished director's cut with previously unseen footage and scads of bonus features. Then, at the end of 2001, Warner
Brothers, which was planning to distribute the discs, pulled the plug.

It did so, according to a producer who worked on the project, because Mr. Perenchio gave no sign that he would let them be released. Mr. Perenchio, speaking through an assistant, had no comment on the
situation. (Warner Brothers still sells the 1992 "director's cut," though the picture quality is mediocre.)"

Posted by mark at 02:59 PM | Comments (0)

July 05, 2005

War of the Worlds (2005)

War of the Worlds (2005)

Jude and I left the theater wondering what the fuss was about. It's truly unfortunate when watching the trailers precludes having to actually go to see the movie.

The fact that even Jude wasn't scared by anything in the movie is telling.

While I enjoyed Dakota Fanning's performance, there were too many questions unanswered in this rendition of H.G. Wells' excellent story.

Some have compared this to the status of "Close Encounters", but I would watch that film many times before watching this one again.

Rating: 5

Posted by mark at 05:41 PM

June 07, 2005

The 4400 (TV Series 2005 - Second Season)

IMDB: The 4400 (2004)- Second Season
Three Words:


I really enjoyed the original 4400, but this piece of slop is the most atrocious piece of doo doo I've ever seen.

I guess the producers assumed that most of the audience would be new viewers, just watching because of the buzz from the original show.

Ok, for those of you who saw the 1st and remember what transpired, is there any reason that this showing should perhaps let those who haven't seen the 1st in on who some of the good guys and bad guys were??

Nope, there's no indication whatsoever that one of the main male leads -- the father of Kyle, who just happened to kill his wife and 1st officer in the last show to cover up his desire to achieve total knowledge and dominance over the 'alien abductees', is anything more than another character in the story.

"Hello, *knock knock* McFly!!!!"

Geez, what a waste of a potentially good story.

Oh, and there's the intriqing side-story of the mental patients building the amateur radio made out of bedsprings and toasters to contact ET.

It's a shame too, for the two characters who really *are* sympathetic, the couple with the still-in-swadling-clothes baby who has powers to convince the local evangalist rednecks who want to destroy the 'aliens' to blow their own brains out with a shotgun.

Oh well, too many great things coming to grieve over this one for too long.

Rating: 3

Posted by mark at 08:21 PM

May 30, 2005

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

IMDB: Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

This was, by far, the best of the 'prequel' Star Wars series -- dark, disturbing, and setup the timeline for the 1970s episodes.

Even Hayden Christensen, who has the acting skills of an ironing board, was almost tolerable as the about-to-become Darth Vadar.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 08:19 PM

September 12, 2004

Solyaris (1972)

IMDB: Solyaris (1972)

Plot Summary: The Solaris mission has established a base on a planet that appears to host some kind of intelligence..

Film auteurs will tell you that this is *the* Lem film -- the epic sci-film wrapper surrounding an isolationist, angst filled emotional film of loniness and love.

After watching both this and the remake within a week, I have to vie for the latter, which I felt put just the right punch in the story.

Rating: 6

Posted by mark at 08:01 PM

September 07, 2004

Solaris (2002)

IMDB: Solaris (2002)

Plot Outline: A troubled psychologist is sent to investigate the crew of an isolated research station orbiting a bizarre planet.

This slow paced psychological tale, and primarily love story, set on a space station, is a valiant successor to the original Stanislaw Lem novel's 1972 film interpretation Solyris (1972).

As with the former, audience patience is a must, but well worth it.

Rating: 8

Posted by mark at 11:12 PM

May 20, 2003

Matrix Reloaded (2003)

IMDB: Matix Reloaded

Where: Columbus, Ohio
When: 5-18-03

I was quite impressed. I had read much of the online and print reviews beforehand, but in spite of same, I thought it *ROCKED!!!!!*

MX-2 is *so* much beyond any other '2' work in film over the past several years.

I thoroughly enjoyed the Kali fighting - Mr. Smith Fu, Car Chase Fu, and Architect Fu to boot!

I could have done without the Teen Rave, and the Neo/Trinity Mambo, but other than that, cool beans.

Rating: 7

Posted by mark at 11:25 AM