ROGUE ONE, PASSENGERS ZERO: Movie Reviews of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Passengers by Howard CasnerPosted: December 27, 2016 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alan Tudyk, Ben Mendelsohn, Chris Platt, Chris Seitz, Diegan Luna, Felicity Jones, Gareth Edwards, Jennifer Lawrence, Jon Spaihts, Lawrence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Sheen, Morten Tyldum, Passengers, Peter Cushing, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Tony Gilroy | 50 Comments »
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In film, Sci-Fi has often been divided into two categories: adult science fiction, stories that capture the mind and are more philosophical and questioning in nature; and pop culture Sci-Fi, stories that are more escapist and less challenging where the grey cells are concerned.
Perhaps no better year can define this dichotomy than 1977 when the original Star Wars was released the same year as Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
Critics often claim, or have a prejudice, that adult sci-fi is inherently superior or preferably to pop culture sci-fi. And I do have to admit, if truth be forceably told, I tend to prefer the former to the latter. But there is never a guarantee that one is going to be better than the other. In fact, in the end, the one that is better is simply the one that is better, and the reason why it is better is because, when all is said and done, it’s the, well… better one. Read the rest of this entry »
REEL MEN, REAL MEN, PART ONE: Movie reviews of Foxcatcher, Rosewater and The Imitation Game by Howard CasnerPosted: November 21, 2014 | Author: Donald | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Alan Turing, Allen Leech, Anthony Michael Hall, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bennett Miller, Channing Tatum, Charles Dance, Dan Futterman, E. Max Frye, Foxcatcher, Gael Garcia Bernal, Graham Moore, Howard Shore, Jason Jones, Jon Stewart, Kid Bodnia, Kiera Knightly, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Strong, Matthew Goode, Maziar Bahari, Morten Tyldum, Rosewater, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Steve Carrell, The Imitation Game, Vanessa Redgrave | 32 Comments »
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