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Disruptions to the Space Time Continuum

by Moe - 1 Comment(s)

I do love anything to do with the bending of the space time continuum- even if it doesn't always make sense and often leaves me scratching my head. And the really bad ones have been known to leave me yelling at my tv that just wouldn't work!!! In fact I enjoy them so much I've devoted entire posts to just such movies.

Now fellow movie maniac Mat introduced me to this little gem from Spain---Los cronocrimenes---Timecrimes, and I must say it lived up to everything he said about it. Done without a bunch of CGI that leaves you looking for a quiet place to rest your eyes, this movie is lean, even sparse. No fancy sets, no high profile actors, just a nice tight sci-fi thriller. You aren't here to watch the special effects, you are here to try to figure out what happened and more importantly, could it work.

It won't be everyone's cup of tea but it sure worked for me. Even with English sub-titles.

Just in time for the end of the world

by Moe - 0 Comment(s)

Movies abound with end of the world scenarios and quite a number of them feature destruction by asteroids, comets or meteors. Just think of Deep Impact, Armageddon and Day of the Triffids. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a different take on this theme. There are no near misses nor lucky survivors, no space miners sacrificing themselves for the rest of mankind. We know going into this movie that destruction is inevitable.

Dodge and Penny are an unlikely couple thrown together to try to navigate their way through the last days before the end. They manage to do so with charm, humour and grace. I enjoyed this way more than I expected and thought that Steve Carell and Keira Knightley hit all the right notes.

If you are a believer you only have a few days to watch this...

 

 

 

WANTED: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED. When this ad appears in a newspaper, three investigative journalists set out to see what's what.

This is another movie that I found quietly compelling. Part comedy but with a serious note running throughout, coupled with some very engaging characters. Plus it is not weighed down by any of the space/time paradoxes that often leave me yelling at the tv ' oh yeah, that wouldn't work and here's why...'. A quirky and satisfying ending.

 

Just a little interesting side note I came across in the news today: 93 people in China were arrested for spreading Mayan calendar doomsday fears.

Christopher Nolan

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With all the buzz around the new Leo DiCaprio movie, Inception, it got me thinking I must do a post on Christopher Nolan, who wrote and directed it. Catch it at the theatres or save yourself some money and wait for CPL to bring it in in a few months time. This is a really interesting movie which also features Marion Cotillard, whom Mel recently blogged about. Nolan already has a good track record and this latest effort will only enhance it, and deservedly so.

Along with his brother Jonathan, he co wrote the screenplay for The Dark Knight (the last Batman to be released). Now Batman has never been a superhero I like much- too full of angst for me. And I didn't really care for Dark Knight, although it was hugely popular and did garner Heath Ledger a posthumous Oscar for best supporting actor. But I did enjoy the earlier effort which was responsible for revitalizing the franchise- Batman Begins. Nolan is currently directing another as yet unnamed Batman project. Dark Knight is currently on order in Blue Ray.

Memento-from 2000 with Guy Pearce, Carrie Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano. This one is harder to pigeon hole into a genre, but if you like surreal, highly imaginative, non linear thrillers (and who doesn't), you'll really like this. Less abstruce and for me more watchable than The Matrix (another highly imaginative, surreal thriller with Moss and Pantoliano, although not a Chris Nolan project). Memento is intelligent and asks the viewer to pay very close attention---you might end up rewinding occassionaly through the viewing but stick with it---you'll enjoy the ride.

Another worth a look is Insomnia. Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, and starring 3 Oscar winners---Robin Williams, Hillary Swank, and Al Pacino. A little slow in spots, but overall a solid murder mystery/pyschological thriller. This is one of the few Pacino movies I actually don't find his acting completely over the top. Apparently he did suffer from insomnia during the filming in Alaska and it lends a real authenticity to his performance.

There is another movie of Nolan's that I absolutley love, but I am not going to give you that title just yet. I am working on another post which will feature it and I don't want to give it away. All you Chris Nolan fans out there will know to what I am referring. And for those of you who don't, it's something to look forward to! It is one of my all-time favourtie movies.

Space-Time Continuum

by Maureen May - 0 Comment(s)

Ah that quirky old conundrum---if I could time travel back and change an event in the past, would it alter the present enough that I am now not able to go back and change that event in the past? In other words, can I be my own grandmother? A common movie theme for decades (even the 3 Stooges had a time travel episode), there are almost too many to mention but here are some of my favorites. All you have to do is suspend disbelief, and go along for the ride---and if it starts to break apart plot-wise, remember, this isn't an astrophysics lesson- this is just fun.

Deja Vu from 2006 with Denzel Washington. What starts out seemingly as a murder investigation quickly becomes so much more. I quite enjoyed this, even though visually I occassionally got overloaded with everything happening on the screen.

Final Countdown A modern aircraft carrier is thrown back in time to 1941 near Hawaii, just hours before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour. From 1980 with Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen.

Groundhog Day " He's having the worst day of his life... over, and over." Bill Murray stars is this 1993 offering from Harold Ramis. Lots of good goofy fun- watch this one with the whole family.

Back to the Future 1-2-3. Anybody out there who hasn't seen at least the first installment? Grab the 3-pack and go everywhere with Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd---the past, the present and of course, back to the future. Number one is my fave.

Somewhere in Time-1980. So far we've had tragedy and comedy, so how about weep into your hankies sad? With Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer. This is lovely to look at---a quiet, gentle movie that tells a sweet, sad story. It has a wonderful instrumental sound track featuring the haunting 'Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini'.

Kate and Leopold---time travel is often used to bring star crossed lovers together, as in this offering from 2001. Starring the ever adorable Meg Ryan and the ever hunky Hugh Jackman. No serious plot twists to follow here- just a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

For the serious Sci-fi devotee who likes to see all the loose ends tied up (as if that is possible in time travel), we have all 1-2-3-4 of the Terminator series, wherein Arnie utters those famous three words "I'll be back". The first two are directed by James Cameron of Titanic and Avatar fame. Violent, gory, and bleak, they still manage to be fun !??. A Cameron trademark , they showcase some pretty ground breaking CGI's. One is good, two is better, three is just okay, and four features our favorite maggot eating, yo-yo dieting uber-intense method actor, Christian Bale.

We have two very different interpretations of H G Wells' classic tale The Time Machine---the 1960 version with Rod Taylor and the 2002 with Guy Pearce. My money is on the Rod Taylor version---which as a child scared the milk and cookies out of me! Although hokey monsters by today's standards, I rewatched this within the past month, and am happy to report it still has a lot of appeal. This version is on a Turner Classic Movies sci-fi compilation that also includes Solyent Green (Charlton Heston), Forbidden Planet (Leslie Nielsen), and 2001: A Space Odyssey, which depending on your way of thinking is either deeply profound or highly inscrutable. It is considered by many to be the ultimate space-time movie.

Of course, almost any sci-fi series will heavily feature the space-time continuum as a recurring theme. Star Trek did it often and did it well, as in the latest release, Star Trek. Also check out Star Trek fan collective:time travel which pulls all the best of this theme from across all the series into one 4 disc (644) min) set.

Two previously reviewed space-time movies arePeggy Sue got Married and Next (see Mel's earlier post by clicking on Nicholas Cage found on left hand side of screen under TAGS).

Check out 1995's 12 Monkeys. This is a very good time travel movie with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Again, depressing and dark, but it has my favorite performances by both these actors. Brad Pitt in particular is excellent playing a crazy eco-warrior.

Well---these 20 plus recommendations took up a lot of space---I just hope you can find the time!

BY MOE