Matt Damon becomes the space age Robinson Crusoe when he is presumed dead and left behind on Mars and struggles to survive and get himself back home to earth in THE MARTIAN.
Based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel of the same name and directed by sci fi auteur Ridley Scott who gave us Alien and Blade Runner, this is a film that has been best described as Apollo 13 meets Cast Away. Continue reading THE MARTIAN→
Director Christopher Nolan (THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, INCEPTION) again creatively builds upon his experimental cinematography with his use of anamorphic 35mm and 15perf/70 IMAX cameras attached to aeroplanes, to provide the audience with stunningly visuals and has successfully re-imagined the science fiction blockbuster genre on a grand scale.
If you are looking for a comparison to go by, INTERSTELLAR is a deep space thriller and odyssey that is reminiscent of selective parts of the premise in the source material for several science fiction films, including THE PLANET OF THE APES, 2001 and GRAVITY.
The film is set in the not-too-distant future. INTERSTELLAR shows a global crisis where planet earth’s crops are being ravaged and destroyed by an uncontrollable blight. A space journey is undertaken to save humanity from its destructive excesses, and to find a new planet like earth to re-locate all seven billion human inhabitants of Earth, or to start again on a new earth utilising the thousands of fertilised human eggs carried on-board the spacecraft.
Like some cinematic cousin to his masterpiece, ‘Brazil’, Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM is set in an uber bureaucratic dystopia echoing Orwell, Kafka and Philip K. Dick.
Our protagonist, the emotionally damaged and the emotionally bereft Qohen Leth, is an eccentric and reclusive computer genius plagued with existential angst.
He lives in isolation in a burnt-out chapel, where he washes in a font and a headless Christ on a Crucifix hosts a surveillance camera. Here he waits for a phone call which he is convinced will provide him with answers he has long sought.
“I like Bling Lee/ I like Bling Lee/ This closet queen who liked to preen/Was oh so totally queer/
He would tickle the ivories on his Steinways/ Then tickle his boys who became his toys/And not wish his brother George was here!
In BEHIND THE CANDLEABRA (M)/ there’s a bit of acting abracadabra/ with Michael Douglas playing Liberace/mind you both liked to romance the stone.
Matt Damon plays bi in a boofy blokey way/And Scott Bakula is a back door Johnny/Forget I wish my Brother George were here/Debbie Reynolds is playing Mommie Dear!”
…And what about Rob Lowe as the skin tight cosmetician, the plastic fantastic physician whose Botox needs detox! He arrives on the scene after Liberace declares that all he can see when he looks in the mirror is his father. A double howl from the audience as the line is delivered by Michael Douglas, a sort of double entendre, conjuring Kirk as much as Liberace senior!
All under the direction Steven Soderbergh from a script by Richard Lagravenese. Watching this Liberace is easy, though it’s a bit sleazy it has quite a dab hand at sad at the end.
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