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I... I don't know what to say!
I woke up, then I made my day.
And now I'm feeling great.
And now I'm sub lime.
I used to just speed past -
Till I saw some sign.
I'm happy I didn't crash.
Just punched the line.
This poems full of them.
It's so wholesome, it's like: a whole pun.
But poetry? No. Nun.

Serenity (2005)

Serenity (2005)

Here's a pretty different sci-fi space movie. It has a bit primitive effects if you compare to, say, Star Wars, but otherwise that's what it reminds me most of. Even if the atmosphere is completely different, and alien diversity a bit limited. The story's a bit like Equilibrium too - but in space. Actors are OK, there's some verbal comedy, and Summer Glau yet again plays the unpredictable, uncontrollable killer with emotions deep inside, and Chiwetel Ejiofor the villian. The cast is mixed mediocre and great, the team not the most convincing, but they are an interesting bunch of characters; their relationships packed with passion and conflict.

IMDB's summary doesn't summarize things at all: The crew of the ship Serenity tries to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their number who is telepathic. It's much more complicated, but maybe that's as far as you can type without revealing the secrets entirely. If you feel like watching a B-movie on the verge of being great, occasionally uplifting, sci-fi flick with contrasting inspirations from the most melancholy movies of the genre, here it is. Serenity. It's far from perfect, but it has its moments.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Martian (2015)

The Martian (2015)

Awesome movie. Matt Damon was great, and his performance all the more impressive since he played most of the movie solo, but everyone did a good job. The plot's pretty basic: a man (that's Matt) gets stranded on Mars, left for dead, doesn't know what to do, starts planning ahead, and things start happening!

It's a pretty inspiring space movie by the master of space movies: Ridley Scott, and in difference from movies like Interstellar or Moon it feels pretty authentic. It feels like this could actually happen within a foreseeable future, and I suppose the recent ideas of colonization of Mars might have kickstarted the idea as well. If the lack of fiction and fantasy is a good thing or not is left for you to decide (personally I liked the aforementioned movies more), but there's no notable flaws in the logic herein. The science checks out. Mars looks beautiful, dialog is witty and clever (occasionally bleak and hopeless), and the world plays audience to further enforce the sense of isolation and bravado of our stranded Marsian as he eventually nears home. There are plenty of plot twists, but the rest goes as you'd expect it. It's just that kind of movie, the kind you wonder if NASA might've sponsored. :) Great watch nevertheless.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

I AM

I am.
Therefore it's late
I am.
Yet I am awake.
I am.
And I will not sleep.
I am.
Until the beep.
I am.

Man On Fire (2004)

Man On Fire (2004)

A killer starts working as a bodyguard. He doesn't want any attachments, but the little girl he's guarding takes a liking to him, and soon he's playing both swimming coach and tutor. And then she gets kidnapped. And then, she gets killed.

Death isn't exaggerated here. There's no hero. There's no mastervillian either. Well, not just onw. The business of kidnapping is just one of many, and a life's a life, some worth more than others - some not. It's a savage world, but the savage world isn't strange to him; he does what he does best, and what he can, to pay them back. The action's sparse but brutal, creatively gritty, and feels plenty authentic.

Denzel looks a lot like Denzel. He acts like Denzel. He may get emotional, but he always seems to play his own character. Tough guy, with a heart, with habits and recognizable expressions, but that's the kind of character this movie needs. He does a good job at it too.

It's a sad movie, with an ending that wasn't really what I expected, but even if it's a bad one it's not entirely without good. What a hearfelt movie! Gritty, grimy, but with plenty of passion and personality too. It's based on a true story no less. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

The Grudge 3 (2009)

The Grudge 3 (2009)

I'm not sure whether I liked this one more or less than the prequel. I like the characters. I miss Japan. I like the asylum. I'm not so sure about the apartment. It's a familiar area, but a large portion of the movie is tied to the building; there's little time spent outside. Not that varied scenery.

They take it to the apartment entirely in this one. First movie: to Japan. Second movie: from Japan to the US. Third movie: the US entirely, with certain Japanese influence. It's not as atmospheric somehow, but the actors are decent; the plot OK. The sister to the original victim is involved now as well. Always some sister involved! Creepy, not necessarily scary; not all that memorable. On second thought of the second, the second was definitely better after all.

 rated 3/5: not bad

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