Sci-Fi

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Happy Death Day

Does the thought of a cross between satirical slasher movie Scream and the time looping romantic comedy Groundhog Day excite you? Then you’ll love the new black comedy movie, Happy Death Day. Cynical college student Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) wakes on her birthday nursing a raging hangover induced headach...

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Blade Runner 2049

I’m fascinated by exploring ideas around what it means to be human and sentient. With the possibility that one day we’ll be able to create true artificial intelligence, there’s a host of moral ambiguities that can be delved into. This is what makes the Blade Runner universe a beautiful sandbox for playing w...

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The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume One

Now that I’ve seen the Osiris Child, I think I understand why adults would get so frustrated when I didn’t do the best I could at school. This movie had so much potential. Perhaps I went into it with too many expectations, perhaps I left it too long before watching it, raising my hopes. Whatever it was, I t...

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Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator was born from a nightmare. In 1981, James Cameron was in Italy working on the production of Piranha II: The Spawning (“finest flying killer fish horror/comedy ever made”) and was running a bad fever. That night, in what was no doubt a troubled sleep, he dreamt that a metallic torso was dragging i...

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Fashion meets Fantasy in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”

Let’s just call it Valerian. Man, this title is a mouthful. I kept calling it “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Somethings”. Title aside, it has Luc Besson at the helm. If Christopher Nolan is the bad boy, then Besson is the rock star of directors in my eyes. With his typical style of f...

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Transformers: The Last Knight

You know, it ain’t bad. Back in 2006, I remember seeing the trailer for the first Transformers at the cinema before a screening of Nacho Libre. I went home telling my Mum about it and she gave me a strange look and a patronising “OK…” The following year however, on the way home from the cinema, Mum was ravi...

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The Fly: Ultimate Collection

If you’re reading this, if you’re interested at all, you’re probably already a fan of Cronenberg’s 1986 classic The Fly, starring Jeff Goldblum. Such a classic, that many are unaware that it’s actually a remake of a 1958 movie of the same name. Fewer still have been exposed to the sequels in the 50s and 60s...

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Colossal

If you want something a bit off-beat, Colossal might meet your needs in this old-school-monster-meet-dysfunctional-people movie. Unemployed and alcoholic Gloria (ANNE HATHAWAY) gets thrown out of boyfriend Tim’s apartment after one too many times of late night partying. In a haze, she returns to her s...

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Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Do you know what makes you who you are? What makes you human? Is it the heart beating in your chest or your lungs filling and compressing as air rushes in and out of them. It could be argued it’s your brain, but your brain interprets sensory information from your body. If fed entirely different sensory info...

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Assassin’s Creed The Movie

Movies based on video games have a reputation for being cheesy, often low budget affairs with bad acting and even worse dialogue. As a massive fan of the Assassin’s Creed series of games (I may have an Ezio costume in my closet…) I was waiting with baited breath to find out whether the movie would deliver o...

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Passengers

You’ve probably heard of Passengers, it’s one of those safe bet sci-fi blockbusters, almost completely marketed on it’s two massive stars Chris Pratt & Jennifer Lawrence. The posters are effectively Chris Pratt & Jennifer Lawrence … in space!! Do you really need to know any more? You do? Man, ok, I ...

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Arrival

After watching the trailer, my expectation of Arrival was that it would be awful or amazing, but either way a fun watch. Colour me surprised, because it was decidedly average. Arrival is a sci-fi mystery blockbuster about an alien civilisation making first contact with humanity by landing 12 space ships in ...

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