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FILM REVIEW: The Martian

The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

In Ridley Scott’s The Martian, science meets Hollywood, and philosophical musings are bypassed, creating a successful end product that should appeal to many. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: The Martian

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FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina

Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)

Ex Machina is one of the best films of the year thus far: smart, thought-provoking, brilliantly acted and well-crafted. But thinking about it for too long may cause your brain to implode. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Ex Machina

FILM REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending (Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, 2015)

Nothing could have prepared me for what The Wachowskis (Andy and Lana) had in store for us this time around. After spellbinding audiences with The Matrix back in 1999, letting them down with the sequels, and then reclaiming some respect with Cloud Atlas (depending on who you talk to – I enjoyed it, but mainly because of the make-up), they have hit rock bottom with Jupiter Ascending. Five minutes in and I contemplated getting my money back (something I’ve never done) because it was clear from the get-go that this was going to be a monstrosity. If I hadn’t just seen Fifty Shades of Grey a few days earlier, this would have been the worst movie I’ve seen in years. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Jupiter Ascending

FILM REVIEW: Lucy

Lucy (Luc Besson, 2014)
clairestbearestreviews_filmreview_lucy_scarjoI’m sure scientists the world over cringed when they first saw the trailer for Lucy, which perpetuates the myth that human beings only use 10% of their brains. This myth has long since been discredited, and even director and screenwriter Luc Besson is aware of that fact. But who’s to let that get in the way of a good story? Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Lucy

FILM REVIEW: Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (Doug Liman, 2014)
posterWhile I’m sure many will stay away from this movie purely because it stars the likes of Tom Cruise, you should know that you get to see him die over and over again. Cage (Cruise) gets stuck in a time loop while combatting an alien invasion, with the day resetting each time that he dies. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Edge of Tomorrow

FILM REVIEW: Godzilla

Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014)
godzilla posterThis 60th anniversary reboot of Godzilla had the potential to be rather terrible. From all reports the last Godzilla (Roland Emmerich, 1998) was just that, and who could really be surprised when the director had a name like Roland? I have seen the original Japanese film, Gojira (Ishirô Honda1954) and though I can’t remember much about it, I recall that it was decent, or at least by 1950s standards (pretty sure Godzilla was a dinosaur figurine). Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Godzilla

FILM REVIEW: Transcendence

Transcendence (Wally Pfister, 2014)
transcendence posterSet in the near future (it isn’t specified when exactly), Transcendence addresses the issue of the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI), but doesn’t quite probe deep enough. The film is directed by Wally Pfister, cinematographer on many of Christopher Nolan’s terrific films (The Prestige, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy). This is his first foray into directing, and unsurprisingly he doesn’t quite hit the heights of Nolan’s brilliance. However, where the film is really let down is in Jack Paglen’s screenplay. There are so many deeper issues to be explored but Transcendence only touches the surface.

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