The Take Over: SF & F Film Invasion

Resistance is futile, but resisted I have. Okay, I’ve written little blurbs on the summer genre movies (more last year then this year) This year seems to be chock full of block buster SF that I couldn’t keep up with either financially or even temporally (think of all that writing time as I sit through all that film. )  So, here’s a list of what I’ve watched (or not) with a one liner– including a thumbs up, thumbs down  1-5 score (5 is highest) on what’s out there.  I know you’ll all go see what you want ( I do). I should add that I consider summer to stretch from May to end of September, if didn’t think of it as that long I don’t thing I could stand my existence on this intelligent ape ridden, comic hero protected, 100% intelligence (NOT) planet.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy

The latest one.  A great gallop through the galaxy with a gaggle of goony guys and girls. Space Op glop (I’m not much of a comic hero fan but I liked it).  I give it 4.5 rocket raccoons out of 5.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

“Apes do not want war!” Thank goodness because humans sure do. Who knew monkey men could be hot? Caesar rules. The sooner we can make him president the better.  When a movie makes my son and I have a philosophical discussion on the state of mankind and intelligence, it’s got to have something going for it.  This is my MOVIE of the SUMMER, so far.  I give it  5 hail Caesars out of 5 (oops my arm saluted across my chest)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Haven’t seen it yet, but would go see Captain Canada if it were made…

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Haven’t seen, but I ‘ve seen all the others, big machines turning into big monsters. I want a transformer lawn mower…

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Did anyone look at anything other than the blue Jennifer Lawerence? I don’t bat for the other team, but even I couldn’t keep my eyes off those scales.  I have no idea what happened here, but I think the earth averted disaster, hurray. It was fun I give it 3.5 blue boobs out of 5.

Edge of Tomorrow

Kay, it wouldn’t be fair to call it the sf version of Ground Hog day, but you know what I mean. If you’re a Cruise fan see it.  It was interesting, if somewhat repetitive.  I give it 3 karmic turns of the wheel out of 5.

Godzilla

Haven’t seen this one, but have seen ALL the others before it. I miss the man in the rubber suit. Military SF is not my favorite place to go in the genre, but one day I will watch the beast crush Tokyo and then watch  his foot fall off from radiation.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Officially Announced, Gets A Release Date image

All Right! Charlie’s angels. Am seeing this tonight. Don’t know why it wasn’t included in 2014’s sf movie list, but I guess its not REAL, that’s why.  let you know how the bad turtles win the race.  See ya!

 

 

Lucy Loses *Spoiler Alert*

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These days I have a hard time getting past the gory peripherals science fiction movies use, or not even peripherals, in some cases the in-your-face gruesomeness to get people into cinema seats.

Lucy’s viciousness and the violence of the gang world– making certain races evil (Chinese and British in this case), then there’s the  less than admirable treatment of women, all this stabbing and torturing and kicking women in the guts get in the way of the story for me. When our heroine stabbed that gang leader during his massage, why didn’t he die??

Then the silly obligatory car chase , yes, it’s exciting, but pointless. And I’ve heard people describe SJ’s acting as great but come on, is there anyone alive today who can’t act like a zombie robot?? I’m sure she’s perfectly capable of acting the part if there had been anything in the part to act! Let’s do a workshop at V-con and see how many of us can do the “Lucy look.” So, while I love the science fiction idea and the even cooler idea of — the arc of Lucy,” the missing Link” to Lucy the 100% all-brainer, I find that the neat stuff is just an excuse to portray all that yucky bloody-gory stuff and yanking bullets out of flesh.

I did like what I think was a moment of homage to 2001’s:A Space Odyssey (apes touch the monolith) at the end of this movie when the two Lucys touch fingers. I prefer to see more of the idea of attaining 100% brain capacity and the story of humankind’s adventures in advancement and human potential, not the loud noise and nonsense of Hollywood.

For me the modern day Lucy is a loser.

I give it 2 apes out of 5.060920-lucy_big[1]