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Is It Really Science Fiction
A boy is persecuted by his friends because of his imagination. He believes in time travel and believes that objects have been left but we just haven't found them. When his mother comes to pick him up, his fellow kids laugh at him. But fate takes an interesting turn.
Too Much Gratuitous Sex
I'm really enjoying the court cases and the work the law students are doing, but every once in a while we have to have tired sex scenes. There are gay scenes and scenes between Keating and Sam. These could be cut out and more plot content put in. Someone coming to a door, and embrace, and a closed door has just as much effect. They seem to be superfluous. Anyway, I am getting into this show despite that single criticism. The characters are unique and the continuing material is being well presented.
It's the Pilot
I have to admit this has some panache. Viola Davis is certainly a force in the law school. She has that same thing going that John Houseman had in "The Paper Chase." There are five students chosen to be part of her firm (an interesting idea). We know from the start that they have covered up a murder and are trying to hide the body. The case they are involved in is quite intricate. Unfortunately, there is such not much of a chance to relax and figure things out. Still, I plan on checking out the first regular episode.
The Gate (2016)
Part of a Bigger Piece
While this presents some of the best martial arts I've seen, we are given no reason for the activities of this young woman. Apparently, her sister is in a room having attempted suicide. What ensues is one choreographed battle after another. It was entertaining but more like a promotion for a longer film.
Perhaps a Sick Sort of Afterlife
When the crew of ship is jettisoned, only one man survives, and only through taking the helmet off another man. He was probably dead but..... Then we have a kind of allegory of survival, a sort of religious experience portrayed. A man is planting seeds in arid soil. We are left to our own interpretation of what occurs here. Probably the filmmaker's intention.
State Zero (2015)
Heavily armed soldiers are dropped near a tower and go in to bring a communications device on line. They are possible targets of an alien force. It is made obvious that these characters have no abilities to engage them. But engage them they do. We aren't really made privy to what this whole thing is about, but it is not clear how hostile these guys are. Apparently, there will be a second part. I hope to see it.
Where the Shadows Fall (2016)
We have a guy with a jeep being pulled by a couple horses. He is looking for his wife and child. He is obviously a mess and completely deranged. He is willing to shoot people in cold blood. He goes to get some water at one point. A guy shoots at him and he kills the man. Later, when he comes upon a caravan of people in theatrical garb (and running a prostitution ring), he fixates on one of the women, What happens next is just so strange. But we are being led by a man with a truly sick mind. The problem is the film and the storytelling.
There's so much Christian theology in here. I will watch it again when I have a chance. It takes place in a remote motel where a gruff man is concerned about all the electricity he is using. A trio of strange people have checked into a room, two men and a woman who submerges herself in the bathtub. One of the men stands guard in his car outside, waiting for something. I'll leave it up to you to try to put a label on it. It's very enjoyable.
I have a Headache
If this is where we're heading, I'm going to go live in a cave. A woman is trying to shop and is attacked from all sides by commercial entities. It is loud and fierce and uncomfortable. I would imagine there are people who would love this in their futures. We have turned our lives over to machines.
The Cloud (2015)
A Man Gone Mad!
Apparently Mike has quite a history. He has tried suicide and is brimming with paranoia. He finds himself on an elevator, but can't seem to think for himself. He has it in his head to get off on a particular floor when other floors would have offered him escape. As he talks to his own programming he becomes more and more violent. Apparently, his memory is stored in the Cloud and he keeps being reprogrammed. This is so intense.
A group of kids go into an old condemned building. They are antagonistic toward each other, so none of the trust the other's motives. But what when they turn an old light switch off and on, they begin to disappear, one by one. Of course, they've screwed around and locked themselves in a large room. Excellent suspense and an open ended final scene.
Give Us Somthing!
A woman is being held by a kidnapper of some kind. He has her on an IV which keeps her sedated. Every so often, he goes up to her and slaps her hard. We are given no explanation. When help arrives, the guy gets into a death battle with the guy. But the key to understanding this to some extent is what ultimately happens involving the girl. interesting, but needs at least summary details.
Never Happened (2015)
So, Advanced Technology
A man and his beautiful business colleague end up in a one nighter. They realize it would complicate their lives. So they do something that is natural in their world. It makes for some interesting speculation when they return to their normal lives.
Lost Memories 2.0 (2015)
Point Made in First Film
Our guy is totally put in a funk when the cloud disappears. The girl he loved was gone, but the minute it came back (four years later), he went back to his old habits, isolating himself from the rest of the world. He searches for the girl. He has a fling with a cyber-prostitute. But the world is a mass of internet connections and circuitry. The first film showed us what was going on. This sequel is really preachy.
Lost Memories (2012)
In just three minutes, the filmmaker shows us how jaded we have become. We can't let go of technology for a few seconds to relate to one another. This is so sad. When the pretty girl takes out her Polaroid camera while her boyfriend uses every trick in the books to capture Paris, it is gut wrenching.
9 Minutes (2014)
Enjoyable with a Likable Character
I hope this doesn't ruin anything, but there are no monsters jumping out of the dog's stomach or a teenage girl with a bunch of mascara and razor sharp teeth. What there is is some nice suspense built up through the setting. Alone in the desert, an outdoorsy man is building a little house. He is with his aging dog, Jet. During the night, there is a loud bump and havoc ensues. I thought that the director and writer had this one under control and it is a nicely done short film.
A man on board a space craft has the ability to trace previous times on Earth, now a dead planet. He is disappointed along the way because it would seem, he can't quite make the connection. It's a sad commentary on where we may be going but it is quite striking in its special effects.
Lovely Monster (2011)
Well Crafted in Documentary Style
The pretty young girl who is featured here is a known monster. Her friends and family know it. Doctors know it. Yet it's as if she were any of a number of socially unacceptable things. She goes about her daily business, recognizing how dangerous she is. It's really a good deal of awful fun.
The taxi driver somehow finds himself in a world of madness. He has picked up a passenger who has bitten him. We all know what that means. That usual zombie stuff aside, this provides non-stop action and danger, even if we can't figure it out for a time. What madness has gotten into these folks? Worth a look.
I Killer (2012)
Pretty Disturbing Stuff
Teenagers with that undeveloped prefrontal cortex can be the most vicious personages on the earth. This little film involves two wanabees trying to get into a gang called the Killers. They must pass the initiation, and one of them seems to be willing to make a great sacrifice to be part of this group of psychotics.
A gigantic, intense robot is trying to rescue his creator, but is facing tremendous odds. The problem is we don't know where this fellow came from and we don't know why he is being stopped and by whom. Once again, too few details which lead to little suspense other than the obvious danger.
Once again, a film described as a short, really is a work in progress. It's simple. So many of these films are unresolved, ending in the middle of the action. Here, due to overpopulation and all that goes with it, the moon as become a huge penal colony, but the inmates aren't being held; they are being used as guinea pigs.
I agree with the reviewer who said this was more like a trailer. It could be used to introduce a film and put some substance on the frame. People of Earth have allowed for the creation of artificial beings. When one of them kills in self-defense, the earthlings go nuts, but these guys are not going away and like all repressed people, they are going to defend themselves.
From the Future with Love (2013)
It's All About Coverage
Just prior to the 22nd Century, the police are private, like auto insurance and cable TV. You only get help according to your coverage. If you have none, you are toast. The police work for different companies and offer different perks. They are also self centered and mega-arrogant in their dealings with everyday citizens. This is well-crafted but could use a bit more meat.
The iMom (2014)
The Shallowness of Our World
Going back to the Twilight Zone and beyond, we have had presentations of robots raising children. Here, we are introduced to a society of young adults who want children but want nothing to do with them--hence, the iMom. This is a subtle view of what happens when we lose sight of these "creatures" being machines, programmed in certain ways. This film leaves a lump in the stomach. It has a lesson for all of us.