sci-fi

Godzilla marks the kaiju king’s return in fighting form

Director: Gareth Edwards
Screenplay: Max Borenstein
Cast:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn

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There’s a good reason why many of us are apprehensive about the new Godzilla movie: we’ve had our fair share of bad flicks adapted from the so-called king of all kaijus. The perfect example of this would be the godawful 1998 franchise whose only achievement was casting the (still) dreamy Matthew Broderick.

So how did Godzilla’s return to the big screen fare? To put it mildly, like the titular character at the end of the film, it reigned supreme. (more…)

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Reading Transcendence’s virtual (dis)reality

Director: Wally Pfister
Screenplay: Jack Paglen
Cast: Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Cillian Murphy, Cole Hauser, and Paul Bettany

A science-fiction film starring Johnny Depp (and also [the] Morgan Freeman) with Christopher Nolan as executive producer and a script included in the 2012 edition of The Black List (which, by the way, is a list of the best unproduced scripts handpicked by film executives) would have definitely sounded brilliant and full of potential. However, we all come to realize that once in a while, even blockbuster elements lead to lackluster results. Transcendence had it all, or so we thought.

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Sci-fi is for women too: A consolidated review of the Alien series*

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This March, it’s all about girls girls girls, as MNL Film Club celebrates films with femme fatales, and not just of the noir variety. They are sassy and smart, and they will punch you in the face it will feel awesome. Above all, they’re females who laugh and cry, who may be vindictive, or insecure or shy, sword-wielding and ass-kicking or just downright crazy: they’re realistic portrayals of women in an art form where women are fetishized and highly objectified.

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A science-fiction movie with a female actress in the lead role did not seem possible at all until Alien was released back in 1979 and its sequel, Aliens, in 1986.

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The movies narrate the story of Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley as she flies in outer space and kills the extra-terrestrial beings that invade her spaceship. In the Ridley Scott-directed movie Alien, Ripley had to face unidentified creatures which accidentally got into her ship and slaughtered her other crew members, one of which by the way, is an android posing as a human being. Ripley and her crew learned that the aliens need human bodies in order for them to reproduce. The crew members scrambled to their feet to save themselves, but unfortunately for them, the situation went from bad to worse. To cut the long story short, after all her comrades have perished, Ripley activated the ship’s self-destruct feature which killed all aliens in the ship but one, and narrowly escaped via a small space shuttle where she will stay for 57 long years.

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