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PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:29 pm 
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:lol: Damn you Tony, you are making me want to write my critique again! :twisted: (next time I shall write offline, then copy and paste into the post box and submit quick, after all revision etc has been done!)

That whole shot where the ship crosses the screen from left edge to right edge.... at first I thought "yes! silence in deep space!".... but the shot was quite long, and I noticed the star fields seething! Why? Just because the design people thought it needed more movement as texture, to tart up the view? The stars should be diamond bright and hard, not twinkling as if seen through an atmosphere! So I felt the first twinge of doubt... then the jump-cut to a close-up exterior of the ship, and the sub-bass crashes in.... that indicates to me that the silence in the previous shot was only because we were seeing the ship from a great distance after all.... why not keep the silence in the looming exterior shot, and then cut in with the sub-bass engine noise with the jump-cut to the interior shot, thus giving more awesome deep space feel to the close-up, and the visceral interiority of the ship with the sound cutting in as we arrive inside? My answer to that is that the production has no integrity. And it was that feeling which ruined it for me. The "faith" issues, the unscientific mindset and behaviour of the "scientists"... just awful.

Sure the Ripleyesque scene where the lead female gets to vanquish against the odds.... very well done, and a great "reprise" from the Great Film that was Alien.... (I well remember how that affected me in the cinema when it came out! Prometheus did not touch it even as a spooky atmosphere.... the only bit I really liked was the holographic computer interfaces, that was nicely done)...personally I'm not bothered when sf creators "borrow" (or steal, if you will) from other sf.... sf is a shared enterprise, it's always been a collaborative evolution of concepts and ideas, and much the richer for it!

But there was no fun in this ostensibly serious sf film... and then there turned out to be a complete lack of understanding of science too.... I can't get over how the central premise of the film was just so stupid and ignorant of evolution! It was a dull cartoon of a premise.... I'm sorry, it is just so unauthentic that it spoiled my suspension of disbelief. I wish my review had not got lost, it was so much more fully argued and fleshed out. The only other scene I felt was okay was the crashing ship, which was spectacular... but that's all it was.

I'd call it part way to good... hardly almost great. Inception was great. Memento also by Christopher Nolan is another great film! Ah, just looked up Deja Vu which I'd forgotten about! Yes that was a good sf film, very engaging, and I liked how the sf tech got slowly revealed and made the film more believable, rather than less.... thanks for the reminder!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:48 am 
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Horton Hears a Who

Loved it! Horton (the elephant) shaping his ears into different hats... lovely animation, and funny.... classic!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:22 pm 
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Been working my way through Series 1 of Blake's Seven (a friend lent me the DVD box set). Great characters, witty dialogue and engaging plots. But what else would you expect from Terry Nation? I would've been 9 or 10 when I first watched these on TV, and I imagine quite a lot of it must have gone over my head.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:58 am 
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Saw the first episode of a new series on the Syfy channel the other day...Continuum lot of budget, concepts dramatised effectively, but too much gun-battle with cops footage... I liked the actors, and a wrinkle in the set-up means all is not as straightforward as you might think... especially as the "heroine" seems to be working mindlessly for the corporations who have taken over the world and destroyed democracy , which the complacent and comfortable citizens of the future don't care about... it's a time-travel story, by the way, "good cop" and terrorist villains dumped in our contemporary world from 65 years in the future...

Well, it's lasted longer than the X-files did with me when it started.... I didn't get ten minutes into that first episode before I knew it was going to be rubbish... I don't think I bothered after the second episode to watch any more.

I'll give this at least two more episodes to start showing itself.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Watched a few 'Person of Interest' episodes because I wrote an unaccepted script along similar lines once. Mine was better of course but 'too technical'. Quell surprise. POI does seem old fashioned.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 6:59 am 
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Ray wrote:
I saw Midnight in Paris last night and loved it.


I loved Midnight in Paris too. Just a sweet film, a little personal poem from Woody Allen, with a great sound track. I mention this bcause my wife and I finally saw Vicky Cristina Barcelona the other night, and we really enjoyed it. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy a film with that Woody Allen talky style, the long actionless close up shots while the voice-over describes the ways their minds work... like a short story being read aloud with accompanying illustrations of a humble stripe. How refreshing to engage the literary mind in simple human film!

Anyway, I only mention that because I happened to come in on the first page this time and saw the first post again... I came in to say we went to the cinema yesterday to see Anna Karenina and it was a really interesting theatrical adaptation that played with the presentation of the material through the key moments of people's mentation: it uses the trope of the stage, as the lives of the people in that society were lived out on the stage of their social occasions, so the changes of scene were accomplished as if the entire film were taking place on an enormous stage in a vast theatre, with backdrops being haul away or lowered into place, or a character walks from one room to another or upstairs and hey presto they are in a new city or what have you, and a new scene begins...years could be jaunted over in this way! The play with costume changing was fun, too...

And the design and dressing of the film's decors etc is sumptuous... just gorgeous to look at! And the acting of course is superb.... Tom Stoppard has written a triumphant adaptation to cinema that is so refreshing and unusual as to be unique in my experience. He's made Tolstoy more of a sensawunda cinematic experience than 99.99% of sf films ever made!

(I consulted my cosmic screwdriver to arrive at that totally accurate percentage, so don't bother asking for a citation!...sorry, I've been frequenting the James Randi Educational Foundation forums a lot lately! :lol: )

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:49 pm 
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Well I'm still watching Continuum and it's nibbling at the obvious character/story arc of her realisation that she's been working for a less-than-optimum boss system after all, and the villains may be not so black hat after all (though certainly hard nuts). She's still a cop and willing to meet any level of violence (and she's packing some tech!) but it's all handled fairly naturally and doesn't jar. I can't say I'm enjoying it with the same interest as I find the comix-made-flesh :wink: of The Walking Dead, but at least I'm not surfing the net while I watch...

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 11:22 am 
Watched Hugo last weekend. Fantastic film.


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Watched Saul Bass' Phase IV. Superb film.

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