Alien

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are the movies in the series that started with Ridley Scott’s Alien. The quadrilogy Alien 1979 -> 3/5 (+) Aliens 1986 -> 4.5/5 (+) Alien3 1992 -> 3.5/5 Alien Resurrection 1997 -> 4.5/5 The crossovers Alien vs. Predator 2004 -> didn’t see it Alien vs. Predator: Requiem 2007 -> didn’t see it The prequels […]

Batman

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here are my ratings for the Batman movies that aren’t part of the DC extended universe. It’s possible that I watched 1966’s Batman movie with Adam West decades ago but I have no interest in watching it again to rate it. The graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns and the TV show Gotham are both […]

The Theory of Everything

Posted by Dave Switzer under Reviews of movies

{5/5} “Your glasses are always dirty.” The Theory of Everything, released in 2014 Stephen Hawking is a physics student and Jane Wilde is an arts student at Cambridge in 1963. Just as they start to pursue a romance, Stephen finds out that he has motor neuron disease. The doctor gives him only 2 years to […]

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

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{4/5} “I’m sorry, you’re a great driver. You’re the best driver in the entire universe.” Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, released in 2017 Valerian and Laureline are special operatives who undertake dangerous missions in the far reaches of the galaxy. They return to Alpha, a huge space colony, after another successful mission. […]

Science fiction is good for you

Posted by Dave Switzer under From the web

Here are a couple of different perspectives on this topic. First, Rebecca J. Rosen on The Atlantic reports on research that suggests that reading SF can give inventors new ideas — and also anticipate the consequences of new technologies. A quotation from Dan Novy: “Fiction allows you to live more lives in the space-time of […]

Looper

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{5/5} “I don’t want to talk about time travel because if we start talking about it then we’re going to be here all day talking about it, making diagrams with straws.” Looper, released in 2012 Joe is a looper. He works for the mob, killing people they send from the future at a specific time […]

Blade Runner 2049

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{4.5/5} “I know what’s real.” Blade Runner 2049, released in 2017 It’s been 30 years since Deckard and Rachel left Los Angeles. K, a blade runner who knows he’s a replicant, is still hunting down illegal replicants. But then he finds out that a replicant has had a child — and everyone is very interested […]

OtherLife

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{4/5} “As far as the brain is concerned, fantasy and reality are chemically identical.” OtherLife, released in 2017 Ren is a co-founder and programmer at OtherLife, a company that’s developing software that gives you a new memory — of a perfect day. She’s also testing it on herself, and it doesn’t always work right. They’re […]

James Bond

Posted by Dave Switzer under My thoughts

Here’s an updated version of this list. I’ve seen Quantum of Solace once and all the other James Bond movies at least twice. Many of them I would have given a higher rating to the first time I saw them (+). Sean Connery Dr. No 1962 -> 3/5 (+) From Russia with Love 1963 -> […]

Spectre

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{4.5/5} “I won’t be long.” — Bond, to a woman he never returns to Spectre, released in 2015 James Bond receives a message from his previous boss, M, who died. She wants him to track down a man and kill him, and he won’t let anything stop him. Because of a bit of a fiasco […]