Michelle Posted July 7, 2009 Share Posted July 7, 2009 (edited) The first episode of that show was decent. I'll have to save up for the boxed set. Oh, and as to good movies:Gattaca. Awesome dystopic science-fiction about how one man bucks the system when he is told that he looses by default (being 'genetically inferior'). The pacing is great, the plot involving (both on a narrative and a philosophical level), and the characters vivid. Serenity. While it wasn't as good as I'd hoped it would be, this is still a great adventure story and a superb ending for Joss Whedon's short-lived Firefly. Dark City. Stylish fantasy noir with a great twist at the end. Far superior to The Matrix, which it is commonly compared to.If you like sci-fi as such, Dark City is a good, but not great movie. I have watched it several times. It is yet another reworking of the primacy of consciousness premise, although at least in this case there is a machine that makes one's thoughts into realities. It is, I concur, much better than the Matrix, except for the Matrix's great wire-guided fight scenes. (They should neve have made the Matrix sequels.) Kiefer Sutherland is a far cry from Jack Bauer in this movie.But Gattaca is a great movie that happens to be science fiction. The theme, the role of human choice in defying genetic destiny, is excellently illustrated in the suspenseful muder-mystery plot. The characters are well developed and vary from the poignantly tragic to the quintessentially heroic. The movie's visual style, 1940's film noir in rich dark color set 50 years in the future is a unique integrating characteristic that compares favorably to the more washed-out visual style of O Brother, Where Art Thou. The leads, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, would have a whirlwind affair and marry. This film is universally beloved by Objectivists. It should have won Oscar for best picture. It wasn't nominated. The director would be a great candidate for Atlas Shrugged. This movie is unconditionally recommended. I wouldn't call Dark City "sci-fi." There's just no emphasis on science in the movie. It's pure fantasy. As to the film's premises, I think you'll enjoy it less if you analyze it. It strikes me as a style over substance movie. But the style is great. The only thing I did not like about it is the ending. It turns ridiculous when the guy gets powers and starts floating around and battling it out with the head honcho of the aliens. I felt like it spoiled the rest of the film's haunting and deliberate atmosphere. I thought the first Matrix film was a decent action movie with an interesting premise, and enjoyed it for what it is worth (not much). The first film internalized the ridiculousness of its own mythology and made for a fun film. The sequels, however, are awful. The Wachowski Bros. apparently thought their silly movie premise was worth expanding upon. I did not care for the overly stylized fight scenes, either. It tends to get ridiculous near the end. V For Vendetta is in every way a better film than any of The Matrix movies. Gattaca took me by surprise. It deserves to be more well-known and popular than it is.I love this quote function, don't you? The Wachowski Bros. didn't think the Matrix story was worth expanding upon. They thought the lucrative franchise was worth expanding upon. The Matrix was my second worst movie-viewing experience ever. (The worst was when I threw up in the theater watching Pay it Forward - how poeticly just!) Toward the end of watching the Matrix on its release day in a packed theater with seats fit for hobbits my boyfriend fell asleep and started snoring loudly. I insisted we leave, and come back the next night to see the finale toward which the movie was apparently building. So, we sat through the same tediously pretentious plot the next night, without benefit of the novelty of the fight scenes, which were all that made the movie enjoyable. Red pill versus blue pill? I'll take the feather instead. So, after two hours we got to the climax during which we had walked out of the movie the night before. Then the movie just ended. The credits rolled. We had seen all but the last 60 seconds the night before. There was no resolution. We had sat through the movie twice, for nothing. Finally, as for Vendetta, yes, it is a great movie under the same circumstances as Dark City. If you take it as a fantasy, refuse to analyse it (who were those lesbians?), can tolerate the brain-damaged hero's alliterative neuropathology, and are able to entirely blank out its offensive pretentious envy-Leftist anti-Americanism (Hurrah, the Yanks have the plague! Serves them right for saving the Brits' bacon in World Wars One, Two and Three!) then, yes, it is quite good. Shame it was written by a whiny undergraduate gay studies major with no knowledge of history and an anti-daddy chip on his shoulder. Heh. No doubt they knew they had a cash cow after the success of the first film, but they clearly had an idea of where they were going with the series and wanted to tell the rest of the story. They put a lot of work into those sequels. Those aren't purely profit-oriented products, like, say, Babe 2, Ice Age 3, and Saw 5 are. I have to wonder at the health of a culture when a movie series that is about nothing but people being graphically tortured is so successful that they can make four sequels to the original film and still roll in the dough. Modern "horror" films are awful. They're nothing but depraved gorefests that never evolve beyond the level of trying to gross out the audience. What rubbish. The best horror films scare an audience without resorting to pure visual depravity. Consider the original 1963 film version of The Haunting. It is one of the creepiest films ever made, and yet you never actually see the ghost and you'll find stronger violence in an animated Disney movie. I wouldn't say V For Vendetta is anti-American. The film didn't celebrate America going down the gutter. It does, however, have an irritating leftist streak to it. Despite being based on British source material, the film is quite clearly a frustrated liberal's commentary on the Bush Administration. The heart of the film, however, is fully celebratory of liberty, and so the film's leftism never really bothers me. I thought the alliteration was neat. V is a very colorful character. Still a lunatic, but not as villainous as he was in the comic. Edited July 7, 2009 by Michelle R Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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