As a fan of science fiction films, I often feel that originality within the movie industry can be at a disappointing low. Whether we are presented with remake after remake, or ideas that just seem so far fetched that they almost belong in the comedy category of our Netflix account, science fiction pictures can at times be tough to pass off as great films.
I hate writing traditional movie reviews. I hate having to express myself within the confines of a structured checklist. Here's the plot summary. The acting was strong. The writing was confident. The sets were pretty. The music was loud.
Worst of all is having to rate films though some kind of metric: numbers, letters, stars, thumbs, tomatoes, etc.
Not to be melodramatic but all good things must come to an end. That's right Fringe fans this is the end of mine, and maybe yours, favourite sci-fi series.
Mysterious bald people with abnormal abilities? Check. Characters sometimes submerged in water to focus their minds? Check. Precogs able to predict deaths before they happen? Check. Tom Cruise using a jetpack? Umm nope.
"On March 21st 1963 Alcatraz was officially closed due to rising costs and decrepit facilities. All the prisoners were transferred off the island... only that's not what happened. Not at all." – Emerson Hauser
Those are the ominous opening words spoken by actor Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) as Hauser introducing this new series on FOX, Alcatraz.
With their sophomore episode ("Ghosts") under their belt, Person of Interest still begs the question: is the series another procedural or a smart drama with an endgame? Jim Caviezel tries a familiar CBS style approach early on with the delivery of some of his lines.
Ben Linus is off the island and is training the second coming of Jesus to be New York's version of Batman. I could either be going to Purgatory, Hell, or Arkham for that opening sentence. Now that I've got the obvious jokes out of the way let's take a look at one of this fall season's most promising new series, Person of Interest.
Even in 8mm those bursts of light follow J.J. Abrams from project to project. Don't attempt to wipe or adjust your camera lens because these camera flares are normal for an Abrams flick.
Fringe is back folks ...again. With the story taking place back in our universe (or prime universe), "The Box" still has that season premiere feel to it.
Like last week's episode, "Olivia", this episode takes place a couple of weeks after the season 2 finale.
Tonight the film world came together to celebrate the best in motion pictures with the 82nd Academy Awards. We love the Oscars here at ShowbizMonkeys.com -- the movie stars, the spectacle, the whole thing -- but we also like picking our own favourites in movies. Since this site began under our old name in 2001, we've been choosing our own top movies of the year.