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Now Playing:Rockwell Encounters The Darkside of ‘Moon’

23 Jul

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Moon (R) 97 min.

For here I am sitting in a tin can
Far above the world
Planet earth is blue
And theres nothing I can do

Though Im past one hundred thousand miles
Im feeling very still
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go
Tell my wife I love her very much she knows

Space Oddity, David Bowie

cinemagrade AThose haunting lyrics to Bowie’s song about a lonesome and isolated astronaut seem to echo in every silent space of Duncan Jones’  new hard-science fiction Moon.  And there is a certain sense of symmetry there when you consider that Jones is Bowie’s son and this movie his first directorial debut. What a debut it is too! Starting small and quiet and then gaining momentum slowly and purposefully, Moon tells the story of astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell), a company man fulfilling the last bit of his three year contract on the lunar surface where he is the only human member of a mining operation. What is it exactly Sam is mining ? Helium-3, a clean fuel source that is abundant on the moon but provides the key for Earth’s energy crisis. Employed by Lunar Industries, Sam’s primary job is to oversee the automated robotic process. As a result, that means Sam’s only crew member is the base’s A.I. system, GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacy as a cross between Hal 9000 and Robby the Robot).  Continue reading

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‘Virtuality’ Deserves a Chance to Explore Its Universe

30 Jun

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June 29th, 2009-

Good science-fiction is a precious commodity; especially on television. Over the last 50 years or so, we have had no more than a handful of truly innovative and intelligent sci-fi series. Among them, I count the the well-known and the celebrated, Star Trek, X-Files and Lost, the prematurely canceled Firefly and the cult classics like Battlestar GalacticaBabylon 5, and The Outer Limits.   For every one of those, there were five more that were either ridiculous garbage(Space Marines) or instantly forgettable (Earth 2).  So, it becomes a priority for me, as a sci-fi nerd, to direct your attention to quality examples of the genre wherever they may be found, and last Friday Fox aired the pilot to a prospective series it didn’t pick up called Virtuality that met all the criteria for solid science fiction. Continue reading

In ‘2012’ something big and dumb will happen!! Count me in! (Pics included)

18 Jun

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June 18th, 2009-

Here it comes again, looking better than it has a right to….Roland Emmerich’s 2012 aka ‘The Day the Earth Accidentally Fell Apart’.  The trailer for this epic bit of silliness arrived on the nets today and I have to say, I’m a goner. I’m gonna see this one for sure, despite my utter lack of enthusiasm for anything with Emmerich’s name on it. Yea, back in the day I got a big kick out of Stargate and Independence Day but to say that I hate Godzilla and The Patriot is an understatement. Day After Tomorrow did nothing for me and I didn’t even manage to retain consciousness for all of 10,000 B.C.

Does this look any different? Not really but the visuals are so insane, and the overall feel of it is rather appealing. What has Emmerich not done to the world that he can do in this one? From the look of things, the entire orb has just started to crumble; like gravity is taking a day off or something. There isnt a cause hinted in the trailer for why the planet is bio-degrading but I’m hoping for something a little more tantalizing than ‘global warming’. One of the most interesting bits of the trailer is the concept of giant Arks created to transport the human race. Transport them where, though? If the world is just being flooded I guess they can be boats, but everything seems to be undoing itself. Does that mean then that the humans are headed for space? How far is Roland ready to take this one?

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