The Force Awakens is first and foremost a film for Star Wars fans. Even the heroes themselves are fans, well-versed in the legends of Luke Skywalker and General Leia. With great performances from the new stars and a director who understands how to deliver a film worthy of its source material, The Force Awakens gives me hope that the new era of Star Wars films will live up to the original trilogy.
Great sci-fi films combine visual effects, plausible science, and engaging characters who feel like real people. It’s a difficult balancing act between explosions and action, math and engineering, and an engrossing emotional journey. This is why great sci-fi films are so few and far between, and why The Martian gives me hope that this kind of movie can exist in the effects-ridden landscape of current sci-fi and action movies.
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Let’s face it, Hollywood loves a remake. In a world seemingly out of ideas, films from the days of old are revamped with CGI and sold to a new generation who might not be...
In anticipation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we’re bringing back a throwback post from Comic Con 2011 when we sat down with John Boyega to discuss his film debut in Attack the Block, a funny and innovative sci-fi comedy from Joe Cornish.
It seems like a great idea: a post-9/11 disaster flick with aliens. Unfortunately, Matt Reeves’ Cloverfield begins like an episode of The Hills and looks like the cinematography was done by Britney Spears a la her homemade reality show Chaotic. The hype surrounding this film and the spectacular trailer gave me very high hopes for Cloverfield. It’s too bad that the trailer contains nearly every watchable part.