All tagged Sci-Fi

Ready Player One (2018)

I think I have this reputation between people that I know personally of being "not fun". Since every time I go into a blockbuster I leave the theater with this dissatisfied look and just had a horrible experience. Whereas everyone else was just there eating popcorn and shutting off their brains watching explosions. I obviously don't hate every blockbuster, but I am very critical of most of them. Because the worst thing I hate from films is not something being bad, its something being average. Films being average are in my opinion one of the biggest detriment to modern films. Since they live in this grey area where the film wasn't good in any certain way, but it wasn't bad as well. It was just okay. Which, should not be okay. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is that I am sick and tired of constantly being fed the same thing over and over again. This generic three act structure riddled with cheesy one-liners, forced romance, and awful plot. It just gets tiring to watch, and I went into Ready Player One with those crappy expectations of what I will see. However, one word came into my mind when I left the theater after watching this film. Entertaining. 

The Thing (1982)

If you know anything about my taste, you would know that horror films are one of my least favorite genres when it comes to film. Which is why for the past year I have been trying desperately to find horror films that I enjoy. I am not saying that I never enjoyed any. I mean The Shining is one of my favorite films of all time, but that's Kubrick, so it doesn't count. Anyway, in the past year I have been watching more horror than I have ever watched. I managed to find a lot of modern gems such as Get Out and to a certain extent Don't Breathe. However, through this journey, the thing I realized is that there is a sub-genre of horror that I began to really appreciate. That is, horror films which use prosthetics and makeup effects rather than CGI. This is why I think I really enjoyed films like The Fly, Alien, and now The Thing. 

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)

Well, it's that time of year again when everyone goes out during Christmas time to watch the new Star Wars film. At this rate it seems like Disney is going to do to Star Wars what its been doing to Marvel all this time. Which is unfortunate since Star Wars is a very beloved franchise and seriously does not benefit from this style of production. This over saturation will kill the franchise and everything people loved about it. Nevertheless, Disney will continue to be Disney, and we will continue to go every single year and watch Star Wars during Christmas, because that's how it goes. Although I always repeat again and again that I'm not a big Sci-Fi fan, I can always appreciate when it's done well. Unfortunately for Star Wars, this isn't.

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

What happens when you give 150 million dollars to an art film? You get Blade Runner 2049. Because that is essentially what Blade Runner 2049 is, a very expensive art film. But hey, I'm not complaining, I wish they did this more. But seeing the box office numbers it seems that we will be stuck with constant cookie cutter action blockbuster films moving forward. Which is a shame because if there was a film that needed to be praised with admissions, its this one.