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Posted: December 10, 2010 in Uncategorized

Its been long that I have not visited this blog of mine, sure should have been more responsible toward this blog, but what to do, a lot of other activities and other blogs take away all of time. Not to mention, I abn already on a full time job too.

But no excuses, I should start writing again.


It took me real long to come back here for writing a review. I really feel myself guilty about my this blog, as don’t get enough time to write for it. Anyway, here I am again to write for a movie, which I found compelling enough to be called as best of the best sci-fi movie.

Dark City, a tell of a man, who woke up a night in a hotel bath tub with a female corpse in room and suddenly finds his life as a forgotten dream, about which he doesn’t know anything about. He tries to remember, who he is. Cops are behind him. He find himself being a cheating husband and a serial killer. But of course, he isn’t confirmed about anything. What’s true and what’s not… the quest led him to know about a kept secret truth “No one in this city has seen the day light”, but why? how come this possible?


Title: Dark City
Release Date: 27th February 1998
Banner: New Line Home Entertainment
Director: Alex Proyas
Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O’Brien
Story: Alex Proyas

Now what this movie is? How this movie plays with your mind? Here are a few sentences.

I know this is gonna sound crazy, but what if we never knew each other before now? What if the first time we ever met was last night in our apartment. And everything you remember, and everything I’m supposed to remember never really happened. Someone just wants us to think it did. – John Murdoch

I’ve been trying to remember things, CLEARLY remember things, from my past, but the more I try to think back, the more it all starts to unravel. None of it seems real. It’s like I’ve just been dreaming this life, and when I finally wake up, I’ll be somebody else. Somebody totally different! – Detective Walenski

The only place home exists is in your head – Dr. Daniel Schreber

The movie might be overshadowed by the well heard about movie “The Matrix” and its special effects, but still I regard this movie as a masterpiece and it plays in your mind more than it plays itself on the screen. Its been an original concept that retains its freshness and unique appearance by keeping itself limited to one movie only (no sequels).

A dying Alien Race, which has ability to “tune” the world (at least the city they are controlling) as per their liking and adjust the memories of the people, involved in social experiments over selected humans kept in a city to reach up to the soul of them to know the secret of life. Did you grasp the concept?

Yes!!! its like that either you completely take it or leave it completely, but sure a masterpiece for people like me and others sci-fi lovers out there.

Have you ever thought that you know your world? Have you ever thought that how much of it is true? What is your knowledge and how much of that you tested yourself? Tests?? On what scale? How you define one? You try to assemble pieces to know the whole story, but still feels frustrated to know that still you don’t know anything. Come to watch Dark City and try to find pieces of your own life.

So, here come the next legend from the box of Sci Fi Movies and for some reasons, I liked one very very much for its unique set of events and concepts encapsulated within.

The Butterfly Effect: A metaphor that encapsulates the concept of sensitive dependence of initial conditions in chaos theory. In other words,  the small differences in the initial conditions of a dynamic system may produce large variations in the long term behaviour of the system.

As per wiki, the term “butterfly effect” was related with work of Edward Lorentz and the term for the first time appeared in literature by Jacques Hadamard in 1890 and was popularized by Pierre Duhem’s 1906 book. The idea was first appeared in 1952 short story named “A sound of thunder” by Ray Bradbury about time travel, later got a movie over the same story in 2005 with the same name and also a video game over it.

But this so popular idea for many of the time travel related sci-fi movies, always be credited to Edward Lorentz. In 1961, he was working over a numerical computer model related to weather predictions and found that making some seemingly minor changes in initial conditions resulted in a completely different weather scenario. He published his researches in the paper by 1963 and his speeches and paper with the poetic word “butterfly” 


Title: The Butterfly Effect Change everything
Release Date: January 23, 2004
Banner: New Line Cinema
Director: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Cinematography: Matthew F. Leonetti
Cast: Aston Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Eiden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Irene Gorovaia, Kevin G. Schmidt, Jesse James, Logan Lerman, Sarah Widdows, Jake Kaese, Cameron Bright, Eric Stoltz, Callum Keith Rennie, Lorena Gale, Ethan Suplee, Camille Sullivan, Tera Wilson, Jesse Hutch 
Story: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

The first one was the most creative one and kind of an original piece of work (although I enjoyed watching the third of the series more than the other two), I guess and I heard that Director’s Cut version was along with many more variants of the story. This movie has been a precious part of my sci-fi movie collection along with its other two successors.

A boy, who finds that he has capability to go back in past over some selected memory places, tries to correct some of worse part of his life and his repeated tries over the same purpose come to show us that in what way minor events could change the whole course of life, but a man just can’t be the God even if gifted with some of his powers.


Title: The Butterfly Effect 2
Release Date: October 10, 2006
Banner: New Line Cinema
Director: John R. Leonetti
Cinematography: Brian Pearson
Cast: Eric Lively, Erica Durance, Dustin Milligan, Gina Holden 
Story: Michael D. Weiss

This one kind of prequel to first movie having references to story of that boy’s father, with the same elements of time travel and changing the future things (although was having much little to be related with the first movie and no problem at all in watching this one as a fresh movie).

Story plot is the similar to the first one. A man finds that he has the power to reach to past events happened in his life, by closely looking at pictures and tries to alter a few things of his life and repeated tries make him learn that we never know that how smaller and seemingly irrelevant events could cause the biggest changes to your life.


Title: The Butterfly Effect 3: Death repeats itself
Release Date: January 9, 2009
Banner: Lions Gate
Director: Seth Grossman
Cinematography: Dan Stoloff
Cast: Chris Carmack, Rachel Minor, Sonya A. Avakian, Melissa Jones 
Story: Holly Brix

This one was much more technical and unpredictable than other two of the series. Much more complicated with a lot of more suspense added in the movie, it was a remarkably thrilling movie I ever watched.

A person is using his time travel skills systematically to help out unsolved cases without altering anything from the past, but things go bizarre, when he just tries to know that how his girlfriend was actually killed and he come to know that there is a serial killer out there now!! What he did? What was altered that this serial killer appeared? Who is he? Some interesting twists and turns make the already exciting sci-fi concept more engaging.

The third movie has no references to other two movies in any way as in my knowledge. The banner is different and so the treatment is even if has the same basic elements of story. I really wish to watch few more names added in the series.

If you go through the list of movies I have watched, then will see that there are rare movies, which might have got a 10/10 or 9.5/10 from my side and if there is so for some movie, then it really meant to be recommended for everyone. Here comes such a movie Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense.

Just a little mention that its a horror, people will jump upon the conclusion that its that screaming horror. But believe me, its really not kind of that. The Sixth Sense is a very very frightening movie, not with those scary faces all around, but with some very very extra-ordinary and outstanding performances like never before.


Title: The Sixth Sense 
Release Date: August 6, 1999
Banner: Hollywood Pictures 
Director: M. Night Shyamalan 
Cinematography: Tak Fujimoto 
Cast: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Tony Collette, Olivia Williams,  
Story: M. Night Shyamalan

Child Psychologist, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is about to celebrate an award, he just received with her wife, when he get shot by one of his former patients (who suicides himself right then). Crowe blames himself for failing the patient and his career takes a downward fall from there as he alienates his life. Later he finds a chance to make up the guilt, when he run across a small boy, who displays same psychiatric symptoms his former patient did and this time Crowe is determined to set the things right.

The little boy has a secret, a secret, which he is not ready to share with even his mother. The secret is keeping him always scared, but he is not saying anything to anyone. Crowe has to figure out the reason, have to win the faith of the boy and when the boy speaks out of his silence, Crowe listens and so we viewers watch the magic happening with those magnificent words; something like never been said and never been watched on the screen before.

The boy reveals that he has a supernatural thing happening to him that he can see and talk to Ghosts. But unlike the way any adult could have dealt with this, the poor, innocent boy don’t know how to deal with this ‘gift’ and the scary images of those ghosts keep on frightening him. He has no option but to live with that. Now, Crowe finds his own responsibility to make the boy facing his gift and in this way, the revelation of the secret in a way gives meaning to their lives. Now together both of them need to find their reasons to be around this secret.

My words might not be that impressive, but the movie really is. Everything is so simple, but when you relate yourself with things happening on the screen, you come to know that you are watching something, which you have never seen before and will never seen. In my opinion, not the supernatural element, but the budding relationship with between the two and the surprising ending makes this film a legendary one.

Don’t miss to watch

Keeping my promise of brining reviews to best of the best movies of Sci Fi genre, I am here again to write over Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The best of the best narration of romance with using elements of science fiction, non-linear narration and subconscious visions.

Have you cried a lot in some corner for your helplessness in forgetting someone, you loved very much? Have you ever been angry with someone you loved very much and got him/ her leaving you forever? Have you ever wished that what if you two might have never met before or what if there was something which could have really erased him/ her from your mind completely like it never come back by any means? Can we forget someone we really loved a lot, even after there mistakes?


Title: Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
Release Date: March 19, 2004
Banner: Focus features
Director: Michel Gondry
Cinematography: Elien Kuras
Cast: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslate, Kirsten Durst, Mark Ruffalo, Elizah Wood, Tom Wilkinson, Jane Adams, David Cross, Thomas Jay Ryan
Story: Michel Gondry, Pirre Bismuth, Charlie Kaufman

"How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each prayer accepted, and each wish resigned."
Alexander Pope

That’s from where the title of the movie is taken, Alexander Pope’s poem. Joining the words Eternal Sunshine and Spotless mind results in one of the most tender and mind bending romantic sci fi movie ever.

Joel and Clementine after courting and felling in love with each other for last few years, going through rough patch in their relationship and at one valentine, Joel finds himself heartbroken, when he come to see that impulsive Clementine now don’t even know him as she got herself treated from some clinic using a new science procedure of erasing selected parts of your memory.

How you will feel and what you will say, when you know that your feelings, words and tears already don’t matter as the person next to you already moved on. You know that you left with only option to move on, but is that go easy? Joel does the same by visiting the same clinic and asks for the same procedure for himself. But any science procedure could erase portions of memory of whatever might have happen, but little does it know about why Joel loved her so much in spite of her all mistakes.

Joel’s mind under the procedure starts to fight for his relation even when he know that its done now. Will the fight get a happy ending? Are these two lovers really destined to meet? Will an impulse override the passion you feel for someone?

Find the answers by watching the movie.

At some moments of time, we think about our life to find that whatever we know about us and our world is just what we get told about it; first by parents, then by teachers/ friends, then by family and media. Our mind asks that is life really the same or something out of glasses? Is it really working autonomously or someone ‘GOD’ taking off the strings on the SHOW? Do everything happening around us happens for a reason to affect us (JUST ME) only?

Later we smile over our these thoughts, laugh it off and move on without giving a thought that what if its really true? 

Some movies come to touch your bare deep down thoughts and last as an effect of hypnotism; The Trueman Show is really like such a movie. Its really a rare cinematic experience close to utmost perfection that even discussing about it in words is like spoiling it. Pure, original, delicate and very inventive movie of sci fi genre.

Title: the TRUMAN show
Release Date: 5th June 1998
Banner: Paramount Pictures
Director: Peter Weir
Cinematography: Peter Biziou
Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Ed Harris, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
Story: Andrew Niccol 

The Truman Show

“On the air, unaware”, “The story of a life time” – these were the words written over the movie posters and those really pronounce the story. We spend hours of our lives watching television, which keeps us bind in some another world, hooked with another lives. What if we are those lives?

Truman Burbank has an just ordinary life like any of us as an insurance salesman and a happily married man. One day of him starts with encounter with an incident in which a spotlight from sky falls in front of him and he starts thinking that something is unusual around him.

Later the viewers come to know the fact that Truman is actually a man living inside a show without even knowing about it. His parents, whole life incidents, friends, wife, job, daily happening, each and everything is controlled and staged in biggest reality TV show ever on a giant TV set. Every incident of his life is staged and sometimes decided by viewers choices and in all those years, he never got an idea. Now, this fact is to be discovered by himself with help of his secret love, who is set to put off from the show, but wants him to be freed.

Will Truman be able to succeed in coming out from his artificial life and fears made around him? Can everything be controlled in someone’s life, every emotion? Everything? Truman has to prove that its all about the truth at the end.

Watch it, I promise that it will be an experience of lifetime.

Its been a much interesting movie series, which I liked a lot for the same reason. It starts over a concept only without using lots of special effects or surrounding efforts and keep you bind in it till the end and make an impact that you end up discussing about it later on. A kind of cinema that involves your mind and you see much more than what’s being shown on screen.

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Title: Cube
Release Date: 11 July 1998 [Netherlands]
Director: Vincenzo Natali
Writers: Andre Bijelic, Vincenzo Natali
Actors: Nicole Da Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller, Julian Richings, Wayne Robson, Maurice Dean Wint

Seven complete strangers of widely varying personality are kept under a cube like structure having six door at six faces. Each door opens in another cube. Out of these all cubes, some are trapped. All characters trying to figure out the way to out with brainstorming over the question that who might have built the place of dimension 26x26x26 rooms.

Title: Cube 2: Hypercube
Release Date: 15 April 2003 [USA]
Director: Andrzej Sekula
Writers: Sean Hood
Actors: Kari Matchett, Geraint Wyn Davies, Grace Lynn Kung, Mathew Ferguson, Neil Crone, Barbara Gordon, Lindsay Connell, Greer Kent, Bruce Grey, Philip Akin, Paul Robbins, Andrew Scorer

Cube got one more dimension. Strangers are now eight and things got more names like connection to one big weapon manufacturer company and a legend hacker, who designed the concept, but the game is still the same with special effects added this time as we got alternate realities. Confusing?? Watch it.

Title: Cube Zero
Release Date: 16 December 2004
Director: Ernie Barbarash
Writers: Ernie Barbarash
Actors: Zachary Bennett, David Huband, Stephanie Moore, Martin Roach, Terri Hawkes, Richard McMillan, Mike, Tony Munch, Micheal Riley, Joshua Peace, Diego Klattenhoff, Alexia Flippeos, Jasmin Gelio, Fernando Cursione, Araxi Arslanian

They called it Zero to mention that its where it started, but its still the same confused and complicated. Although its not that mind game like the earlier two. I mean you cant make the same thrill over the same concept again and again, but its like building up the blocks left open in other two parts. No one can resist watching the third one, if have watched any of the two.

So, this was the review of the second set of movies, I personally found like some collector’s edition. Must watch.

When I thought about having a separate blog about movies, then out of many questions like an interesting theme setup and name of the blog, there was one more question in mind that with which movie entry, the blog will get a start.

I already watched more than 400 movies since March 2009, but I thought to choose the best one to write for the first on this blog; The Man From The Earth.

A young and charming professor, who is leaving a university, in his farewell with eight people in same room, claims that he is one, who lived 14, 000 years straight. He says and keep on proving and assuring it in front of most knowledgeable people around. Conversations moves from stone age to Buddha and Christ and like those eight people in the room, you find yourself stunned.


Title: Man From Earth
Release Date: 13th November 2007
Banner: Independent (That’s why it relied on Mouth-to-Mouth publicity only)
Director: Richard Shenkman
Cast: David Le Smith, Tony Todd, John Billingsley, Elien Crawford, Annika Peterson, William Katt, Alexis Thorpe, Richard Riehle, Steven Littles, Chase Sprague, Robbie Brayan
Story Writer: Jerome Bixby

It stands as the best movie, I ever seen till now, just because its like some Entrepreneur of its era, makes the biggest impression out of nothing. May be, if it was some other story, then we were disappointed by acting performances or something else, but full credits goes to Jerome, the writer of many TV episodes including 4 of Star Trek, 1 of Twilight Zone and of few movies including Fantastic Voyage.

There was nothing to show off in this movie means no special effects, no big name, nothing. Just a innovative story idea and a simple room filled with a few actors. But when you get finished with watching the movie, whatever you might be, you come up with the words “What the hell?? What I just watched?” I really find no one, who can stop himself/ herself without talking about it after watching.

“ But I also seen people, who watch movies, by forwarding scene by scene to just take a look what’s going on in movie and is it worth watching? I remind you, it is not for the people, who cant sit down to watch out scene by scene, dialogue by dialogue as they come very fast and worth noticing. ”

I also would like to take the place for mentioning, what I come to read from DoshDosh and from RLSLOG. The later was an article, whose authenticity I can’t assure, but was interesting to read. It says that they got an mail from the official site of Man from Earth saying thanks to Piracy, which placed this small low budget independent movie on the map by overwhelming number of positive reviews and rankings all over.

Can it be true? Don’t know, but yes! its true that it jumped from ranking of around 11, 000 something to #1 sci fi movie on IMDB.

At the end, I wish to remind you all, you are missing something incredible, if you missed to watch this movie.