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The Forgotten ‘Terminator’ Movies: ‘Rise of the Machines’ (2003), ‘Salvation’ (2009), & ‘Genisys’ (2015)

Directed by: Jonathan Mastow [1] , McG [2] , Alan Taylor [3]  || Produced by: Hal Lieberman, Colin Wilson, Mario F. Kassar, Andrew G. Vajna, Joel B. Michaels [1] , Derek Anderson, Mortiz Borman, Victor Kubicek, Jeffrey Silver [2] , David Ellison, Dana Goldberg [3]  Screenplay by: John Brancato1-2, Michael Ferris1-2, Laeta Kalogridis, Patrick Lussier … Continue reading

‘The Wandering Earth’ (2019): All Your Favorite Hollywood Disaster-Movie Clichés, But Chinese

Directed by: Frant Gwo || Produced by: Gong Ge’er Screenplay by: Gong Ge’er, Yan Dongxu, Frant Gwo, Ye Junce, Yang Zhixue, Wu Yi, Ye Ruchang || Starring: Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing, Qu Jingjing Music by: Roc Chen, Lu Tao || Cinematography: Michael Liu || Edited by: Cheung Ka-fai || … Continue reading

‘Reign of Fire’ (2002): One of the Weirder New Millennium Blockbusters

Directed by: Rob Bowman || Produced by: Richard D. Zanuck, Lili Fini Zanuck, Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, Dean Zanuck Screenplay by: Matt Greenberg, Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka || Starring: Christian Bale, Matthew McConaughey, Izabella Scorupco, Gerard Butler Music by: Edward Shearmur, Brad Wagner, Mad at Gravity || Cinematography: Adrian Biddle || Edited by: Declan McGrath, … Continue reading

‘Signs’ (2002): A Family Drama Wrapped in a Sci-Fi Thriller

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan || Produced by: M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer Screenplay by: M. Night Shyamalan || Starring: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin Music by: James Newton Howard || Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto || Edited by: Barbara Tulliver || Country: United States || Language: English Running Time: … Continue reading

‘Under the Skin’ (2013): “Slow-Burn” Sci-Fi Overstays Its Welcome

Directed by: Jonathan Glazer || Produced by: James Wilson, Nick Wechsler Screenplay by: Walter Campbell, Janathan Glazer || Starring: Scarlett Johansson Music by: Mica Levi || Cinematography: Daniel Landin || Edited by: Paul Watts || Country: United Kingdom || Language: English Running Time: 108 minutes With regards to horror and science-fiction filmmaking, the phrases “slow … Continue reading

The Bad ‘Jurassic Park’ Movies: ‘The Lost World’ (1997), ‘Jurassic Park III’ (2001), & ‘Fallen Kingdom’ (2018)

Directed by: Steven Spielberg [LW], Joe Johnston [JP3], J. A. Bayona [FK] || Produced by: Gerald R. Molen, Collin Wilson [LW], Kathleen Kennedy, Larry Franco [JP3], Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Belen Atienza [FK] Screenplay by: David Koepp [LW], Peter Buchman, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor [JP3], Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow [FK] || Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, … Continue reading

‘The Predator’ (2018): A Franchise Implosion

Directed by: Shane Black || Produced by: John Davis Screenplay by: Fred Dekker, Shane Black || Starring: Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Thomas Jane, Alfie Allen, Sterling K. Brown, Augusto Augilera, Yvonne Strahovski, Jake Busey Music by: Henry Jackman || Cinematography: Larry Fong || Edited by: Harry B. Miller III, … Continue reading

‘Inception’ (2010): Christopher Nolan’s Most Self-Indulgent Picture, Yet

Directed by: Christopher Nolan || Produced by: Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan Screenplay by: Christopher Nolan || Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine Music by: Hans Zimmer || Cinematography: Wally Pfister || Edited by: Lee Smith || Country: United States, United Kingdom || … Continue reading

‘Pitch Black’ (2000): The Definition of an Antihero

Directed by: David Twohy || Produced by: Tom Engelman Screenplay by: Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, David Twohy || Starring: Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Keith David, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Claudia Black, Rhiana Griffith, John Moore, Simon Burke Music by: Graeme Revell || Cinematography: David Eggby || Edited by: Rick Shaine || Country: United States || … Continue reading

To Defend or Not to Defend The Matrix Sequels?

One of the more divisive, underwhelming followups to a landmark Hollywood trendsetter was the 2003 two-part sequel to the original Matrix (1999). The first Matrix remains one of the defining science-fiction action films of new millennium cinema, holding up to this day as a thinking-man’s high-concept, big-budget genre film, and arguably the most original mainstream … Continue reading