i’ve seen too many good movies lately and i’ve been too lazy to blog about them.
dark star is the best science fiction movie i have ever seen. i like it more than star wars (which is saying a lot for me). actually, i think this movie had as big a impact on the look of star wars as 2001.
speaking of being influenced by dark star, i saw boyle’s sunshine. while it seems to be about humans somehow postponing the end of our solar system, i think it’s actually about how meaningless our lives are on a galactic scale. there are some spectacular deaths and enough dark star references to keep you laughing except during the parts where you’re scared. and the movie is in love with cillian murhpy, but who isn’t?
other great sci-fi films i’ve seen in the last two months? well, there’s robo-cop. i’m dead serious about robo-cop being amazing. it’s like a two-hour commercial for the movie robo-cop. it’s slick and funny and understands how cybernetics and artificial intelligence change what we think it means to be human. and there’s this tv show in the movie called tj lazer which seems like the best cop show imaginable. and i guess it’s also a retelling of the greatest story ever told.
i also saw blade runner in the theater and alien the next day. i used to hate ridley scott, but he did make one good movie (alien, which is also a lot like dark star) and one spectacular movie (blade runner). it’s just sad he stopped trying to be interesting 25 years ago. i blame a negative influence form his brother tony (who made top gun, which is probably a precursor to brokeback mountain). blade runner is a strange movie. and i mean that as a compliment.