Category: Science Fiction


Gravity-8.5/10-An intense, beautiful, thoughtful and original film that features great performances from George Clooney, and most of all Sandra Bullock.

Enders Game-8/10- Pretty solid adaptation of the book, I really had a good time watching this one. 

Top Ten Movies of the Summer

1. Pacific Rim- This movie is straight up the most fun I had at the movies at this summer. It didn’t feature particularly good acting, or ingenious storytelling, but it didn’t need it at all. It is like Independence Day except with giant monsters fighting giant robots, and there is nothing wrong with that.

 2. World War Z- I know that this probably isn’t everybody’s pick for second place, but it was one of the only films that came out this summer that exceeded my expectations. It was a very fun, intense, and entertaining blockbuster zombie movie that I thoroughly enjoyed.

3. This is the End- This is by far the funniest movie I saw all summer. Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and many more play incredibly funny versions of themselves in this incredibly raunchy apocalyptic comedy.

4. The Wolverine- Though the trailers didn’t make it look like anything special, this movie surprisingly really delivered. This is my favorite superhero movie of the summer, and taking the film to a Japanese setting made it all the more awesome.

5. Star Trek Into Darkness- The sequel to 2009’s Star Trek, slightly disappointed me, but was nevertheless a very good sequel. Though it missed some of the humor and energy of the first, it was a nonstop 2-hour thrill ride through space with a great performance from Benedict Cumberbatch, who is the man. I also lost my ipod touch when watching this movie, so that kind of sucked.

6. Fast and Furious 6-  It took what was awesome bout 2011’s Fast Five, did not take itself seriously, and had some truly incredible action sequences. Whether it is a battle on a free way involving a tank, or a scene where Vin Diesel literally drives out of a plane, this movie is ridiculous, and is all the better for it.

7. Iron Man 3- Iron Man 3 is for the most part a really good movie. It is much better than Iron Man 2, it featured the signature Robert Downey Jr. humor, and while there was some plot issues, for the most part it is pretty great. My main problem with the movie was how they handled the ending of the movie, but I’m still looking forward Avengers 2.

8. We’re the Millers- We’re the Millers is another really hilarious, raunchy summer comedy. Jason Sudeikis was really funny, plus there is Jennifer Aniston. As a stripper. Nuff said.

9. Elysium- While definitely not as good as director Neill Blomkamp’s previous film,  District 9, Elysium is still an exciting, innovative, and smart science fiction movie that dealt with real world problems. Personally, it was a little too short for me, and while it didn’t have as much power as District 9, it was a pretty good movie.

10. Man of Steel- Almost too action packed, this still made for a pretty solid superhero movie with a Dark Knight/Christopher Nolan feel to it.

 

Moon

Directed and Written by Duncan Jones

Starring Sam Rockwell and Kevin Spacey

2008, Rated R

95/100

It isn’t everyday that a mind bending sci-fi movie is released. Sadly, most of the science fiction movies released today are big, brainless Hollywood blockbusters (Transformers!!!!!) and aren’t complicated in the least. Out of all these science fiction movies, only few really good and smart ones are released. For 2010 it was Inception, For 2009 it was a tie between District 9 or Star Trek, and for 2008, it was Moon.

Moon takes place in the future, centering around one person for the entire movie. This person is named Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) and he has a 3 year contract to work on the other side of the moon, collecting a clean energy called Helium-3, and sending it back to earth for energy uses.He is accompanied only by a talking robot named GERTY, who is voiced by Kevin Spacey. Only with two weeks to go, some very weird things start happening to Sam, starting with him crashing his vehicle into a space station after seeing another one of himself. To say any more would ruin the movie for you, so I will not go any further.

Moon is triumphant in a very many ways. First off, it has a compelling and interesting plot, filled with elaborate and eye opening twists. Second, for being an independent movie, it has great special effects, and has no trouble convincing you that this is actually happening on the Moon, in the future. Third, it features a career-best performance coming from Sam Rockwell. If you don’t know who he is, Sam Rockwell is known from being the ever-so annoying Justin Hammer from Iron Man 2 and Zaphod Beeblebrox from the movie adaptation of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy . After seeing this movie, I found that he is one of the less appreciated actors in Hollywood as every movie I have seen him in, he hasn’t failed to impress me. In Moon, he does an intense, heartfelt, and excellent performance that carries the entire movie. Once he gets noticed, he will have a heck of a career. Finally, Duncan Jones does a great job in the directors chair, giving off one of the best debuts i have ever seen. I am excited for him to make another movie, as he will have a promising career.

The only thing that could have been improved about this movie is if it had a clearer ending, because i couldn’t fully understand what ended up happening in the last few seconds.

Overall, Moon is a smart, compelling, and engrossing movie that is definitely among the best science fiction movies i have ever seen.

Yoni Gottlieb

2/10/11

Here is the trailer for the movie http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi843186969/