Reviews

  • Film Review: Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)

    By Ross on October 31, 2012
    This is an extraordinary film. The chances are that if you are reading this you are a sci-fi fan, if that is the case I cannot imagine how you would not want to see this film. More than that I think the majority will love this film. It has been informally described as David Lynch meets Stanley Kubrick. It has the eerie surreal feel to a Lynch film without making you feel that you are wasting your time or missing the bigger picture, Lynch for me is a bit like modern art- you know it is supposed to be good but you are not sure why, if you stare at it long enough you might work it out, but then is it worth it?
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  • Film Review: Looper (2012)

    By scifiMethods on October 1, 2012
    Time travel. It's one of the most potential-enabling yet hazardous narrative devices available at a storyteller's disposal. Taking a plot apart on a chronological level is a dangerous game and the temptation to do so can lead many writers to inadvertently damaging their story's timeline beyond repair and alienating audiences. Looper takes on this challenge boldly and isn't afraid to play around with the concept in an extremely casual manner.
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  • Film Review: Dredd 3D (2012)

    By scifiMethods on September 9, 2012
    The production of this film really has not been a smooth ride for anyone. I did love a lot of the design work in the 1995 Judge Dredd film starring Sylvester Stallone, but ultimately it was just a big-budget Stallone film which happened to be about Judge Dredd and nobody wanted another production like that, with it's "TAA-DAAAA!" musical score (no offence, Alan Silvestri) and "shooting-someone-in-the-face-requires-overemphasised-moral-justification" safeplaying.
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  • Film Review: Total Recall (2012)

    By scifiMethods on August 31, 2012
    First of all let me point out that I'm not going to do what most other reviewers of this film have done by resisting the urge to directly compare it with the original 1990 Total Recall film starring Arnold Schwartzenegger. I am a great fan of that film, and although a few references may slip in, I feel it is much fairer not to compare as they really are from different worlds.
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  • Game Review: Syndicate (2012)

    By scifiMethods on August 26, 2012
    The original "Syndicate" game which made it's debut on Commodore Amiga in 1993 was a smash hit and instant favourite with strategy game fans. It had heavy Cyberpunk influences, being set in a world where warring corporations send their cyborg agents on espionage, assassination and kidnapping missions. The 2012 First Person Shooter game based on the franchise has made lots of hardcore geeks very angry
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