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Attack the Block

13 Mar

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Attack the Block | 2011 | Director: Joe Cornish | Site | IMDB
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What would happen if aliens invaded South London? That is the premise of Attack the Block. A group of hoodies and punks take up arms to defend their block from an alien invasion. This is one of the best science fiction films in years. Writer / director Joe Cornish optimistically suggests that gangs, hoodies and other deviants would step up and fight for those that couldn’t fight on their block. I would like to believe this was the case, but regardless is extremely funny and entertaining Continue reading

Take Shelter

4 Mar

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Take Shelter | 2011 | Director: Jeff Nichols | Site | IMDB
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Suffering from apocalyptic visions a father and husband begins to prepare for an oncoming cataclysmic storm. All to the disbelief and concern of his friends and family. Take Shelter is one of my favorite films of 2011. Directed by Jeff Nichols, who also directed another one of my favorite films, Shotgun stories, starring the same lead Michael Shannon. Another foray into the Southern Gothic genre plus an apocalyptic twist. The cinematography was gorgeous. Wide expansive spaces look gorgeous and entirely ominous Continue reading

Timecrimes

11 Feb

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Timecrimes | 2007 | Director: Nacho Vigalondo | Site | IMDB
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A man finds himself pulled into a strange succession of events, which ultimately leads him to accidentally time travel and through a series of unforeseeable disasters. Timecrimes is a fantastic Spanish science fiction thriller from director, Nacho Vigalondo. You do not need grand special effects or even any special effects at all to be a great science fiction film and Vigalondo proves this in spades. You are escorted through the first third of this film-revealing clue after clue allowing you to happily predict what will happen next Continue reading

Another Earth

3 Jan

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Another Earth | 2011 | Director: Mike Cahill | IMDB
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This is a film more about what isn’t there vs. what is, and I completely enjoyed it. The subtly of the science fiction aspect lets your imagination do most of the work. It is a movie about regret, redemption and leaves a lot of unanswered questions. I was left guessing and still thinking about what I would do if I lived in a world with another version of myself in it. There are very few characters in this film all played very restrained, believably and perfectly Continue reading
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