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  • Micmacs

    Micmacs 2009

    ★★★½ Watched 04 Jul, 2015

    Ahh, sweet freedom!

    So, having finishing my science fiction project, I was cast adrift into a world of having to choose films for myself. It was a big step for a terminally indecisive man such as myself, but I had to face the world of cinema sooner or later. After a brief spell of anxiety when I came home from lunch this afternoon wondering what the hell I was supposed to watch now, I remembered that I actually have a…

  • Alien: Resurrection

    Alien: Resurrection 1997

    ★★★½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 13

    And here ends my sci-fi project. Only 3 days over schedule, which I think is a damn fine effort. For me.

    It’s been an interesting project as well. Some expected successes (Seconds, Paprika, They Live), some dark horses (Time After Time, The Hidden, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), some major disappointments (The Adjustment Bureau, Logan’s Run, Time Lapse) - and Flash Gordon, which belongs in a category of its own.

    Through this project I was wondering if I…

  • Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

    Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel 2009

    ★★★ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 2

    I think I'm all burned out on time travel now.

    There's been a lot of that in the last month and a bit and Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel almost put me over my tolerance levels. But at the very least it did perhaps solve one problem, or almost solve it at least.

    I was talking on Twitter recently about people I like in films who are never in anything good and the name Anna Faris was quite central…

  • Spy

    Spy 2015

    ★★★★½ Watched 03 Jul, 2015 4

    I really, really like Paul Feig.

    I'm sure that all of the recent events surrounding his proposed revival of the Ghostbusters franchise haven't been deliberately provocative on his part. But it has felt like he's doing some high class trolling of many of the, largely male, whiners bemoaning the 'fact' that his Ghostbusters film will 'destroy' the originals and 'sour the legacy' of the first two films and be an 'insult to the memory' of Harold Ramis and various other…

  • Strange Days

    Strange Days 1995

    ★★★½ Watched 02 Jul, 2015 5

    Still trying to figure out a Bam Bam Bigelow related gag for the director of this but I just can't get the wording right.

    This is the fourth Kathryn Bigelow film I've seen and there's just something about her films that irks me. And that's even the case in the two I've liked - this and Near Dark. There's something that niggles at me about them and I don't quite know what it is. I thought it might be to…

  • The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time 2006

    ★★★★ Watched 01 Jul, 2015

    Imagine if Bob Beamon could leap through time.

    The most interesting thing about The Girl Who Leapt Through Time is that it's a sci-fi anime that shows complete restraint and in the end is a film that is less about the science fiction and more about the people. It's a reversal that I wasn't expecting, but a reversal that actually worked really well.

    It's a bit of a gamble for Mamoru Hosada to set up his film this way because…

  • Time Lapse

    Time Lapse 2014

    ★★ Watched 01 Jul, 2015

    I know it's not June any more and therefore this can't be the June-ar Module any more. But I only had a few films left in this project so I thought I'd finish them off before I embark on my summer not a project.

    Although if the rest of the films that I have left are as ponderous as Time Lapse, I'm going to wish very quickly that I hadn't bothered. Bradley King's thriller is a classic case of a…

  • Solaris

    Solaris 1972

    ★★★★ Watched 30 Jun, 2015 34

    Ahh, Mr. Tarkovsky. We meet at last.

    Of course, Solaris is just a film. There shouldn’t be anything daunting about watching a mere film. But when one comes along with such a lofty reputation, helmed as it was by a director whom you have heard so much about, I think you have justification to feel daunted and even overwhelmed by it.

    I came into Solaris merely as an experiment. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy it and I wasn’t expecting to…

  • Seconds

    Seconds 1966

    ★★★★½ Watched 29 Jun, 2015 2

    The June-ar Module

    Don't mess with Nedrick Young's tie!

    Between 1962 and 1966, there was arguably no more in-form director around than John Frankenheimer. In that period of time he directed Birdman Of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, Seven Days In May, The Train and Seconds.

    What perhaps stops Frankenheimer from being regarded as one of the true greats is his inconsistent output after this period, and he did make a couple of truly dreadful films. Yet his output remained varied…

  • Save the Green Planet!

    Save the Green Planet! 2003

    ★★★ Watched 29 Jun, 2015

    The June-ar Module

    Ahh, these Koreans, they're not fooling anyone!

    You see, they might dress this one up as a science fiction film, one of the rare science fiction films that South Korea was ever supposed to have produced. But about halfway through Save The Green Planet! things start to become very familiar indeed. It's really not much of a science fiction film at all and, instead, it becomes the kind of Korean film that many of us are very…

  • Logan's Run

    Logan's Run 1976

    ★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2015 4

    The June-ar Module

    Considering the subject matter of Logan's Run, it's quite apt that this was another one that got away.

    Logan's Run was the first film shown on the UK version of TCM, although back then it was called TNT. It was pretty exciting to see any channel launched back then in the mid 1990s but this was different - it was a dedicated film channel that was free to view. Well, it was mostly dedicated to films until…

  • Time After Time

    Time After Time 1979

    ★★★★½ Watched 28 Jun, 2015 2

    The June-ar Module

    I just want to get something out of the way first before I talk about how awesome Time After Time is.

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS KEY BUSINESS. I know it's probably because I'm a complete moron and I'm sure it's very simple. I understand that the key at the back of the machine stops a person from being hurled into infinity but I don't understand why David Warner is after the other key if he claims…