Seen any movies lately?

December 2, 2008

I have.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. With names like Stanley Kubrick, Peter Sellers and George C. Scott how can you go wrong? It’s beautifully shot, wonderfully acted and bitingly satirical. In spite of the fact that it’s older than I am, this movie still holds up really well. Oddly, the younger folks in the room disagreed: dumbest thing they’d ever seen.
  • Code 46. It’s tough to be in love when you’re in a gritty but high-tech future which relies heavily on genetic profiling. Even when you’re Tim Robins. This movie had so much going for it that it should have hit it out of the park, but somehow I kept feeling that something was missing. It was sort of like a well-made shoe that isn’t laced up tight enough. It was pretty good, but it was no…
  • Gattaca. It’s tough to pursue your dreams when you’re in a 1940s-themed future which relies heavily on genetic profiling. Even when you’re Ethan Hawke. This is just a brilliant movie. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Jude Law is fantastic, Uma Thurman is almost pretty, and you even get a nice cameo by Earnest Borgnine!
  • Whoa, I forgot one more. Firewall starring Harrison Ford. For those of you expecting a repeat of one of his Tom Clancy thrillers, forget about it. For those of you hoping to see ol’ Indy brawl through a batch of bad guys, forget that, too. (The bit with the blender was pretty hardcore, but by itself it won’t satisfy.) In fact, forget the whole movie: it’s formulaic and doesn’t boast any terrific acting performances, either. Even Virginia Madsen’s hotness doesn’t redeem it.

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  1. So which do you think is the more likely outcome for America’s (and the civilized world’s) future:
    Gattaca or Vonnegut’s Harrison Bergeron?

  2. Gattaca by a mile.

  3. I have not watched Dr. Strangelove in quite some time! I should do that again soon, one of my short-listed best movies of all time. I always loved Gattaca as well.

    I recently watched the Sci-Fi network recreation of Dune, Dune: Messiah, and Children of Dune. One of the best done book mini-series ever.

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