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Topic: Sci-fi

Sharktopus

Your intelligence will be neither insulted nor triggered.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Rave all you want about Julia Roberts: superstar, Oscar winner, self-appointed god. It's her brother, Eric, who has the more interesting career.
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Clockwork Orange: Anniversary Edition

You can't look away from the film or its myriad extras


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
When a good friend first introduced me to Stanley Kubrick's 1971 masterpiece, "A Clockwork Orange," via VHS tape in 1988, I was really bothered by it.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Oblivion

Cowboys and aliens, minus about $97,500,000.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
So many reasons exist to see “Oblivion,” a 1994 genre mishmash now seeing a long-overdue release courtesy of Shout! Factory. Here’s why:
 
Thursday, July 7, 2011

VOTD: Sufjan Stevens’ ‘Get Real, Get Right’

Cartoons ... they’re for paranoid schizophrenics, too!

From last year’s very bizarre departure “The Age of Adz,” Sufjan Stevens gives stop-motion life to Royal Robertson’s deranged sci-fi art. Owners of “Adz” will recognize much of the paranoid schizophrenic’s strange work from the liner art that accompanied the album.

The video definitely illustrates Stevens’ odd fixation with Robertson, leaving us to wonder how it will affect the future of the baroque indie composer’s work. —Matt Carney
by Matt Carney 07.19.2011 2 years ago
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Cowboys & Aliens

No joke, pardner: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ is pure popcorn entertainment.


Science Fiction

Phil Bacharach
“Cowboys & Aliens” sounds like one of those high-concept flicks for which you might expect the idea went no further than the jokey title. Think “Snakes on a Plane.”
 
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Music from 'Another Earth'

Ladies and gentlemen, we are floating in space!

No matter how audiences receive “Another Earth” when the Sundance drama tinged with sci-fi elements opens Friday here in the 405, one thing is certain: Its stellar soundtrack is heavenly.

Eighteen of its 19 tracks are original compositions from new duo Fall on Your Sword, a new project of composer Will Bates and LCD Soundsystem’s Philip Mossman. Here, they’ve crafted an ethereally threaded, warm blanket of trippy, downtempo instrumentals, delivered atop a bed of understated electronics and orchestral instruments. Think a toned-down Tangerine Dream as remixed by Two Lone Swordsmen.

The album opens and closes with variations on its stark, sonic theme, “The First Time I Saw Jupiter,” whose simple melodics and stick percussion result in instant accessibility and addiction. “Rhoda’s Theme” seems beamed from space, accompanied by a ghostly wisp of an angelic voice, while “Making Contact” breaks out of the box to offer some ominous vibes via strings. I don’t know what pep meds “Rhoda’s Theme/Returning to John” are on, but I want some.

The disc is peppered with a number of short, piano-driven bits like “Bob the Robot” and “House Theme,” serving as transitional bridges to the showier numbers. Another track doing the same is Phaedon Papadopoulos “Sonatina in D Minor,” a straightforward piano piece that’s not out of character, given the tone Fall on Your Sword establishes.

If the movie proves even half this good, yum. —Rod Lott

by Rod Lott 08.16.2011 2 years ago
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Red Faction: Origins

Some sigh-fi from Syfy.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In the extras, Robert Patrick, one of the stars of “Red Faction: Origins” calls the made-for-Syfy film "a wonderful family story."
 
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Trollhunter

The troll movie without a popcorn sex scene.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Vampires can be felled by garlic. Werewolves, by silver. Frankenstein's monster, by fire. Trolls, by, um ... well ... hmm.
 
Friday, August 19, 2011

Man from Atlantis: The Complete TV Movies Collection / The Complete Television Series

Before ‘Dallas,’ Patrick Duffy made a splash as a waterlogged wonder.


Television series

Rod Lott
Being all of 6 years old during its brief run on the tube, I have only vague memories of “Man from Atlantis,” Patrick Duffy’s pre-“Dallas” TV series that has become a sci-fi cult hit ever since.
 
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Master of the World

Propeller in the rear, party in the front!


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
As a huge Vincent Price fan, I’ve literally been waiting more than a decade for 1961’s “Master of the World” to hit DVD. At one time, it was slated to be released under MGM’s “Midnite Movies” line — I remember reading in a magazine that screenwriter Richard Matheson either completed interviews or commentary for it — before the studio abandoned that umbrella.
 
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
 
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