PROJECT ALMANAC

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Dean Israelite Stars: Jonny Weston, Sofia Black d'Elia, Sam Lerner, Allen Evangelista, Virginia Gardner, Amy Landecker, Gary Weeks, Gary Grubbs. This sci-fi teen drama involving time travel is like Back To The Future for the Twitter generation. David Raskin (Jonny Weston) is something of a science geek who has inherited his late father's passion for creating and building gadgets and experimenting. In order to win a scholarship to MIT he has to create something spectacular. While rummaging through his father's belongings stored in the Continue reading

THE INFINITE MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Hugh Sullivan Stars: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades. This is the second local production in as many months to feature time travel as a key narrative device. And I found the quirky The Infinite Man to be far more entertaining and enjoyable than the recent sci-fi head turning Predestination, especially when it comes to dealing with the paradoxes of time travel. It seems to have an internal logic that works. It also seems to have more energy and humour, and likeable characters. Like Groundhog Day and Eternal Sunshine Of Continue reading

PREDESTINATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Directors: Michael and Peter Spierig Stars: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Christopher Kirby. I came, I watched, I left scratching my head. Predestination is a mind bending time travel sci-fi drama that raises a lot of questions but struggles to provide adequate answers. It's one of those puzzling and complex films that almost demands to be seen twice in order to assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a bit like Inception, etc. Predestination is the third film from local twin filmmaking brothers Peter and Michael Spierig, who obviously have Continue reading

PREDESTINATION – interview with Michael and Peter Spierig

by GREG KING The opening night film at MIFF 2014 was Predestination, a mind-scratching sci-fi thriller that plays around with the conventions and paradoxes of time travel. It is based on a short story written by Robert Heinlein, and stars Ethan Hawke as a "temporal agent" on one final mission, and Sarah Snook in a challenging role. To find out more about the film, Greg King spoke to the directors, twin filmmaker Michael and Peter Spierig, for his Movies At Dusk Program. http://www.mediafire.com/listen/ir5ixkv7l3h8phw/190716_002.MP3 Continue reading

SOURCE CODE

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Duncan Jones Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright. Source Code is the sophomore film from Duncan Jones, the son of rock star David Bowie, and is a wonderful follow-up to his debut feature, the intriguing low budget sci-fi film Moon, which was a study of paranoia, isolation, madness and identity. This film explores some similar themes, but, working with a bigger budget and special effects, Jones is also able to explore some high concept ideas that are increasingly rare in today’s sci-fi Continue reading