Galaxy Quest [2000]

“By Grapthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!”

Watched #34 Galaxy Quest from the Timeout list with Tim the toolman Taylor. Kind of ridiculous. Mostly a joke about Star Trek.

Decent enough to stand on its own. Tim plays a great The Shat aka smug commander. My favourite was Mathesar though.

What a guy-octopus.

Look at him!

Primer [2004]

“Aaron, I can imagine no way in which this thing could be considered anywhere remotely close to safe. All I know is I spent six hours in there and I’m still alive… You still want to do it?”

Whilst the science force was strong with this one, the film itself (due to its low budget, no doubt), looked and sounded as if it had been filmed by a potato. One inside a can. Not a fresh one.

Could barely hear the dialogue & thought it wasn’t well written. Even worse, the acting. In a way, it portrayed scientists realistically..

But that’s not enough to make it worthwhile. Would not recommend.

Sunshine [2007]

“This is Pinbacker… Commander of Icarus I. We have abandoned our mission. Our sun is dying. All our science, all our hopes, our genes, are foolish!”

Pretty stunning film. Very reminiscent of Event Horizon. It’s enough to steer you off serious missions in space.

No ta, mate. I’ll sit this one out. I have a feeling that everything will fall apart just like the previous mission. Dunno why.

Slight spoiler. Oops. Pretty great. Would watch again.

Dark Star [1974]

“In the beginning, there was darkness. And the darkness was without form, and void.”

An amusing jaunt into space. Feels very cardboard-set, which is no surprise..

Given when it was filmed. Weird aliens. Scientists who are less like scientists and more like bumbling dudes in space.

And *SPOILER* some bomb who wants to blow itself up only to be talked down by the crew. Unbelievable but a pretty fun watch.

Watched: Sometime in March I think. Exact date unknown.

Soylent Green [1973]

“Soylent Green is people!”

So, I knew the punchline from watching too much Futurama but still great. Charlton Heston is rather good.

Felt like a none-too-far-in-the-future future w food scarcity at the core. More like a detective film set in the future.

The rich guy’s apartment felt like the 70s, and some ideas of women were quite sexist/of its time otherwise pretty realistic future hue.

Overall, liked this classic a lot. P.S. I was expecting Soylent Green to look less like poker chips however.

Solaris [1972]

“You want to destroy that which we are presently incapable of understanding? Forgive me but am not advocate of knowledge at any price.”

I’ve been meaning to watch Solaris (1972) (#40) for some time but was told by many that it is heavy going. But actually it’s just quite slow.

.. &the absence of much of a sound landscape makes the film feel unusual, esp when compared to other sci fi films about space & isolation.

I don’t know. That was probably intentional. I imagine it’s quite quiet in space, right? It did give good insight into scientists lives.

Specifically the life you leave behind.. And I really liked the end. But I think other sci fi films have done space/isolation/madness better

(to my own liking, at least). Overall. I can see why it got cult status. But I didn’t personally enjoy it.

Silent Running [1972]

“Every time we have the argument, you say the same thing to me, you give me the same three answers all the time, the same thing, “well, everybody has a job,” that’s always the last one. But, you know what else there is no more of, my friend, there is no more beauty, there is no more imagination, and there are no frontiers left to conquer, and do you know why? Only one reason why: one reason why, the same attitude that you three guys are giving me right here in this room today, and that is: nobody cares.”

Oddly whimsical tale of madness in space. With super adorable drones that I wanted to cuddle. Visual effects were pretty good for the time as it was a 70s film. Music though?

Odd Godspeed type warbling choice. Not what I would expect. But maybe just used to a different space sound. Funny Space Bros/Space Jerks.

Sort of Dark Star era of sci fi filmmaking so v DIY style which I like. Reminds me of Doctor Who. Overall quite odd but I liked it.

Watched: 10/04/2016

Seconds [1966]

“I couldn’t help it, Charlie. I had to find out where I went wrong. The years I’ve spent trying to get all the things I was told were important – that I was supposed to want! Things! Not people… or meaning. Just things. And California was the same. They made the decisions for me all over again and they were the same things, really. It’s going to be different from now on. A new face and a name. I’ll do the rest. I know it’s going to be different. I suppose you do too.”

Watched Seconds, a 1966 film starring Rock Hudson. Started out with odd warped cinematography in places and also sort of confusing feel.

& for a bit you feel like this could be any film & then, SPOILERS, it turns into The Adjustment Bureau meets the worst pyramid scheme ever.

Really really good. Not like a lot of the recent films I’ve watched of late which are space & robots & aliens & dystopian futures.

More like sci fi plus horror plus thriller mixed into one. Good stuff.

Watched: 02/05/2016

Her [2014]

“Well, the room’s spinning cause I drank too much, cause I wanted to get drunk and have sex. There was something sexy about that woman… cause I was lonely… maybe just cause I was lonely. I wanted somebody to fuck me. I want somebody to want me to fuck them. Maybe that would have filled this ti-… tiny little hole in my heart, but probably not… and sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel, and from here on out I’m not gonna feel anything new… just… lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.”

Such a good film. Odd and heartbreaking and amazing. Well done Spike Jonze. Nothing else to say really! *claps*

Watched: 30/03/2016

Contact [1997]

“You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.”

Stunning visuals. Jodie acting like a boss. Concept seemed unrealistic at times.

Happy that the two smart characters of the film were Jodie& Angela Bassett’s character. The men were imbeciles or Jodie’s pop.

Overall think it was decent. It deffo should have gotten more praise than independence day which exploded back in the day.

Watched: 04/04/2016

Quartermass and the pit [1967]

“The will to survive… it’s an odd phenomenon. Roney, if we found out earth was doomed – say, by climatic changes – what would we do about it?”

Post WW2 era film.

Lots of talk of Germans. Insanely smug corporal dude. Lots of finding proof of weirdness and then Nope it was the Germans cynicism.

Long build up and then manic last third where things go crazy. Worth a watch for nostalgia but deffo not sci fi at its best. Obvs.

Watched: 13/04/2016

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