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Four Cerebral Sci-Fi I Love. BTW, movie reviews are not always just about recommendations they're about dispensing wit.

Favorite films

  • Blade Runner
  • Ex Machina
  • The Trap
  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

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  • What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★½

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★½

  • Dick Tracy

    ★★★

  • Gremlins

    ★★★½

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  • Blade Runner

    Blade Runner

    ★★★★★

    “It’s too bad she won’t live. But then again, who does?”

    One of the seminal works of out-there, mind-blowing science fiction. Blade Runner, so complex, was suddenly more simple after its new complicated sequel had arrived. All jokey comparisons aside, the original remains challenging, perplexing and often profound, and its themes on dehumanization are stronger. Yes, the sequel shares these potent qualities and certainly is a deep follow-up, but somehow you just love an original that set the groundwork. At…

  • The Trap

    The Trap

    ★★★★

    Trying to comprehend the details of the totalitarian futureworld of Fällan a.k.a. “The Trap” is a disarming challenge, but the results are a prophetic one? Here is a 1975 Swedish TV movie that is unmistakable art, a mysterious one that I knew very little of before I turned it on, that is directed by Peter Watkins whom I know less than I should about but is an exceedingly brilliant man. The scenario proposes New Year’s Eve 1999, with the United…

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  • What's Up, Doc?

    What's Up, Doc?

    ★★★½

    The screwball scenario of What’s Up, Doc? involves a mix-up with four identical suitcases vied by lawmen and criminals at a posh hotel. The idea of mixed-up suitcases sounds insipid, doesn’t it? But the desperate personalities and antics win you over. Barbara Streisand is a tomboyish grifter chasing after free lunches, while wandering around she spots Ryan O’Neal as a geek musicologist and novice geologist in town for a seminar. Madeline Kahn (in her film debut) shrieks a lot as…

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    Who Framed Roger Rabbit

    ★★★½

    I’ve seen Robert Zemeckis’ live action / cartoon blend piece of eye candy multiple times and I’ve never been able to follow it. Maybe it’s not so much as not being able to follow it but more that I don’t care if I am able to follow it. I wasn’t born yesterday, either, I’m still able to get the gist.

    That I say I’m not always on top of the plot is also not to say I haven’t found ways…

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  • Walkabout

    Walkabout

    ★★★★★

    In Australia when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the Walkabout. This is the story of a Walkabout.” – Prologue

    The greatest film ever made. Walkabout features two city children lost in the Outback, luckily saved by an Aborigine boy who is on his yearlong…

  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★★

    In 2011, I thought Contagion was very good but had far-fetched question marks only because I didn’t understand then the credibility of an airborne virus, microbes and pathogens, incubation periods, and generally the science of it all which happens to be based on actual science. I had looked at it as a “thriller.” I saw it again this week, and it predicted a lot of things right or to come, and while the science has certain variables compared to contemporary…