Top 10 Fav SciFi Movies

Everyone has their own favourites, everyone will tell you what it is about this movie or that one, that they so admired that they just had to include it on their Top 10 favourites, whether that’s the last decade, or all time favourites.

So of course, I’m going to add my 2 cents worth, and share my current Top 10 favourites. And yes, I say current, as tomorrow, or next week, or next year, I just might watch another knockout SF movie that blows me away and, yep, nudges out an old fav, to take its rightful place on my list. 

Even though there are plenty of SF movies I’ve enjoyed over the years, not all would make it onto a Top anything. But they where, nonetheless, still fun entertainment.

For instance, how ever much I love the Avengers movies for the crazy-assed action, they will never make it onto any top favourite list. Like a lot of movies that are in the end, popcorn fun, I want a little more than mad-cap explosions say like, an underlying thread or message.

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Movie Review: State of Play

STATE OF PLAY

When a Congressman’s assistant is murdered, a team of reporters join forces with the police to get to the bottom of the case. They delve into the politician’s past to find answers.

CAST: Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Robin Wright.
DIRECTOR: Kevin Macdonald

We watched this one on Netflix last night solely on the basis Helen Mirren was in it, knowing nothing about what the movie was all about. As it turns out, Helen was in fine form playing herself, next to Russell doing a dab impersonation of, well, Russell Crowe (aka Cal McAffrey). And, oh, look, as the side kick to his snide, seasoned reporter, read: pain in the ass, there is Rachel McAdams looking 12 years old playing upstart blogger Della Frye.

Throw in Batman and… oh, what? Oh, okay, Ben Affleck playing U.S. Congressman, Stephen Collins, being, well, Mister Woody himself—if he got any more wooden, I swear he’d sprout leaves—and you have one very expensive cast in a very mediocre thriller involving corrupt senators, a power-hungry private security firm, PointCorp (aka Halliburton lookalike), and a mentally unstable, rogue ex-military hitman.

Oh, and look, poor Robin Wright was in there too, wasted as the shafted wife of Batman giving the complex plot away near the end, because, someone had to clue in Russell and Rachel as to who had ordered the hit on the sleazy, I’m gonna sleep with you, document stealing spy/assistant, Sonia Baker (played by Maria Thayer).

All the President’s Men this is most definitely not! Watch the BBC (2003) six-hour mini-series written by Paul Abbott and directed by David Yates. So much better.

Movie Review: Mary Queen of Scots

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary Stuart defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. However, Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her sister in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Director: Josie Rourke
Writers: Beau Willimon, John Guy
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie

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Movie Review: Crooked House

CROOKED HOUSE

The granddaughter of late Greek-British business tycoon Aristide Leonides, Sophia Leonides, visits private investigator Charles Hayward in his office. Sophia wants Charles to investigate Aristide’s death, for she believes he was murdered by a member of his sprawling and idiosyncratic family.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Writers: Julian Fellowes, Tim Rose Price and Gilles Paquet-Brenner

Starring:
Glen Close, Terrence Stamp, Max Irons, Gillian Anderson and Stefanie Martini
Genre: Murder-Mystery

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