Oblivion: A nice, unoriginal Sci-Fi story with great visual flair

Oblivion - 2013 Director Joseph Kosinski Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman Screenplay Joseph Kosinski, Karl Gajdusek, Michael Arndt So many elements are borrowed from other sources in Oblivion, it's remarkable that it ends up as cohesive as it is.  That the sources all derive from the more contemplative sci-fi of the 1970's may have something to do … Continue reading Oblivion: A nice, unoriginal Sci-Fi story with great visual flair

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Mama chills despite familiar turns

Mama - 2013 Directed by Andy Muschietti Starring Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Carpentier, Isabelle Nélisse, Daniel Kash Screenplay by Muschietti, Bárbara Muschietti and Neil Cross There is a point in most films where the viewer recognizes the patterns they are seeing in the story they are watching are familiar and well-worn.  This happens early on in Mama.  The difference, … Continue reading Mama chills despite familiar turns