Archive for the ‘sci-fi’ Category

This isn’t a review per se. I’ve done that before, and looking back it is strange to feel so distant from my former self of merely 18 months ago. Oddly, I think I got it completely right whilst missing the point entirely. I was right to find it furiously imaginative, and second only to Empire. […]


Looking back at my original review of Inception, I don’t think there’s a word of it I would want to change. My reaction has, of course, since been tamed, and repeat viewings will never live up to the first. But that doesn’t change the fact that, having seen it for the first time, I think […]


Liam Neeson (Qui-Gon Jinn), Ewan McGregor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Natalie Portman (Queen Amidala / Padmé), Jake Lloyd (Anakin Skywalker). Screenplay by George Lucas. Directed by George Lucas. Rating: U. Running time: 136 minutes. The Phantom Menace gives us Lucas in the modern era, and that means at least on one front he’s allowed to be at […]


Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Chow Mo-wan), Li Gong (Su Li-zhen), Faye Wong (Wang Jing-wen), Takuya Kimura (Tak), Ziyi Zhang (Bai Ling), Carina Lau (Lulu), Maggie Cheung (Su Li-zhen). Screenplay by Wong Kar-wai. Directed by Wong Kar-wai. Rating: 12. Running time: 129 minutes. If Chungking Express feels like a scrapbook, a rapid-fire mash-up of sublime style, […]


Bruce Willis (Tom Greer), Radha Mitchell (Peters), Rosamund Pike (Maggie). Screenplay by Michael Ferris and John D. Brancato. Directed by Jonathan Mostow. Rating: 12A. Running time: 89 minutes. Surrogates asks us to imagine a world in which everyone can plant their real physical selves in bed all day, and instead live life through a custom-designed […]


[Voices] Ben Burtt (WALL·E), Elissa Knight (EVE). Screenplay by Jim Reardon and Andrew Stanton. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Rating: U. Running time:  98 minutes. Talk about ambition. This is quite a remarkable effort from Pixar. WALL·E is not packed with delightful character after character like most of the production company’s animated gems, instead opting for just […]


Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Carlrissian). Screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas. Directed by Richard Marquand. Rating: U. Running time: 134 minutes. So the third episode arrived, and with it the confrontation the whole series had been working towards. After years of plotting […]