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The Dark Side Of The Sun (2017)

The Dark Side Of The Sun (2017)

1849. Victorian Internet crashed. Powerful sun storms. The Carrington event. It fried telegraph wires, batteries, and basically anything with a magnetic field.

Sun spots = magnetic fields showing through the sun's surface - the corona.

Only during a solar eclipse can you really see the sun's corona. It was first captured on film in black and white from a zeppelin in New York during the early 1900s.

They have space weather observation centrals now, to forewarn us if for example a Carrington event may come again, which at our particular all the more technology-reliant point in time would be all the more catastrphic.

It's a documentary about the sun y'all! It starts good, but ends up feeling a bit like propaganda

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

Breach (2020)

Breach (2020)

On the cusp of fatherhood, a junior mechanic aboard an interstellar ark to New Earth must outwit a malevolent cosmic terror intent on using the spaceship as a weapon.

Bruce Willis! What's he doing with all these B roles lately? Just having fun? Just getting by? Not thinking they are B-movie roles...?

It's like Resident Evil in a space ship, and it's not ALL bad but... Bruce just seems to have lost his touch with this one. He walks around and looks angry, and barks at people, and says stuff, but just doesn't have the authority he used to... until the very end maybe.

I'd say it was still better than DOOM: Annihilation though. Similar theme. Ghosts of Mars vibes too, a little. It feels like it could've become a cult classic in time if they just hadn't chosen the wrong actors for the wrong roles. It's gritty. It's good. It's scary too sometimes. It just doesn't have that extra oomph it might've needed.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Man On The Other Side (2019)

The Man On The Other Side (2019)

Stephen Lim, 1949 - 2015.

"He was a man, take for all in all: I shall not look upon his like again."

I miss the days when they could make a good movie with as restricted a set as this. Two people, stuck in an undisclosed location, one of them behind a door, both kidnapped, and one of them the protagonist... though things aren't all as they seem.

It's a simple premise, but it does get a grip on you, and the rare moments they're outsides you to get to see a dam for a moment. It's a strange yet appreciably stark contrast between the enclosed space and the momentary but all the more open one.

Well-played Sophie too. It's maybe not all that intense, but a good movie.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

The Comfort Zone Post

I wrote up a post a few days back that turned out so personal I hesitated to post it.

I didn't post it, actually. I still haven't. And that has me questioning why I do this in the first place. Why do I blog, if not to get out of my comfort zone? Not just to vent, but to explore the lesser known nooks and crannies of my turbulent psyche, and to put some of this potential greatness and/or weakness and/or revelation on paper?

Be it on a low point or a high one. So that I may grow stronger, and better, and so that I may maybe live forever. If not as myself then at least in a formulated essence I leave behind.

This ain't social media. This isn't FB. I'm not trying to put on a façade here and be someone I'm really not. To portray me only in the positive moments. Being introspective forces you to grow, and getting out of your comfort zone seems essential in being introspective.

Online these days it seems people would rather just hide, and be someone else. Pick up a fake online persona they stand behind, and never reveal their true dreams or intentions to the world.

I don't want to be that way though.

All the power to them, but I don't feel power in anonymity.

Or maybe that's the wrong word. I do. Maybe I do. Maybe that's just not kind of power I have. A power that takes away my reason for being true to myself, and taking responsibility for my actions. I want to be present, in the world and in myself.

And I feel like the stamp of a true artist is to put out the full you, with flaws and defects and everything. You can't hold back, less you have no authenticity, and no purpose. What is art but a reflection of the self? And if you're too afraid to stand in front of a mirror then what's the point.

Just be a vampire instead.

I guess I should post that post after all...

This one ended up way less introspective than I planned though.

Think I just am out of word. Have other dues right now. Maybe I lost a bit of my drive with that hesitation?

I'll get back to this later. When I'm a better writer. When I can conclude with a little wisdom and vision and keep going on that inner mission, the rich one, all-nighter, not this one...

Aaand I posted that post, a little belated. And this one too.

Fuck you comfort.

Zone 414 (2021)

Zone 414 (2021)

Human meets AI. Human falls in love. It's the same old New Age story, though a bit more empathic than Ex Machina, and a bit more savage, too. Also more detective fiction than futuristic sci-fi action.

It feels a bit like Blade Runner, with a girl like Motoko from Ghost In The Shell, and a man the embodiment of her power... sort of.

Dystopian soundtrack, cyberpunk zone, not that much violence, heavy dialog... it's atmospheric, this one.

Not the brightest, not the happiest; not one I'm sure I'll watch again, but if I do and I like it as much as I did this time I just might give it a five next time around

Travis Fimmel's God speech went a little overboard maybe, but everything else is great. The main characters played by Guy Pearce and Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz were masterful. Olwen Fouéré was like a female Anthony Hopkins too. Powerful characters all around.

And I really like that girl in particular.

Ironic both David and his employer lose their girls... and replace them with synthetics. Cure for a lonely world indeed.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome

Every Last One Of Them (2021)

Every Last One Of Them (2021)

You know what this is about by the title right? Vengeance. All the way. Though as to for whom and why that'll reveal itself if you see the film.

It was gray, gritty, and great... the showcase of emotion in their screams, the sleaziness' of the strip joint in the beginning, the setting they set of a small town owned by one man, and one man out to throw sticks in his spokes...

It's a shame the joint was such a short-lived movement, I felt like this movie was at it's highest there, introducing the protagonist before it all came tumbling down.

The actors had potential, the premise was good, the isolation perceptible, but it just didn't turn out as spectacular as the intro seemed to promise. Apart from unfortunately somewhat sub-par directing though it was great. Nothing wrong with the action; nothing wrong with the emotion either when those moments do come, it just seems the tension doesn't hold, the script's not great, and the overall experience ultimately comes across a little underwhelming.

 rated 3.5/5: not bad at all

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