The Man From Earthis a 2007 masterpiece, directed by Richard Schenkman and written by Jerome Bixby, about the possibilities that would exist if a man never aged and had existed on Earth for 14,000 years.
The film opens with a simple professor packing up his things and getting ready for a small gathering of his associates from the college where he has taught for ten years. During the party he decides to make a confession to his friends: that he is such a man and has lived for more than 14,000 years, moving every ten years or so, once people begin to notice he isn’t aging. His decision to open up to the group results in profound questions, answers and compelling stories that pour from the man (David Lee Smith).
The film has absolutely minimal sets, feeling closer to a play than a film and relies on its underrated and relatively unknown supporting cast and writing to bring about an epic story that is absolutely gripping for the viewer. The highs are just as extreme as the lows as emotions are wrung out of the friends with such skill that the story, along with the questions and concerns of the group become almost too realistic.
The movie can’t be recommended highly enough. It’s remarkable how little attention it has garnered given its quality, skilled acting, precise direction and a killer script from Bixby. While the movie’s themes and stories are intense, it is also totally engrossing for the audience and a terribly enjoyable movie to watch anytime.
eXistenZ is director David Cronenberg‘s 1999 film that is his strangest and most disturbing yet. It was overshadowed during its release, but has picked up a bit of a cult fan-base since it was released on DVD.
A world-famous, celebrity virtual reality game designer named Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is unveiling a demonstration of her newest game at a private, focus group meeting. The game works off of a biological, non-sentient machine called a pod, which plugs into a bio-port, looking very much like an organic opening at the base of a person’s spine. Ted Pikul (Jude Law) is a marketing guy from the game’s company and when the game session is about to begin, a late-comer unveils a weapon made entirely from bone and which shoots teeth (thus rendering it invisible to metal detectors) and attempts to assassinate Geller, Pikul is the one who rushes her from the scene, injured, but alive and the two of them try to unravel what is going on and whether or not the game has survived the attack also.
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Paul W.S. Anderson is not a director known for producing artistic films and this is no exception, but what he does deliver in Event Horizon is one of the most original and terrifying horror movies of the 1990s. Starring Laurence Fishburne as Captain Miller, Sam Neill as Dr. William Weir, Kathleen Quinlan as Peters, Joely Richardson as Lt. Starck, Richard T. Jones as Cooper, Jack Noseworthy as young Justin and Jason Isaacs as DJ who are all on-board a ship at some point in the future whose purpose is search and rescue.
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With its story and its screenplay written by none-other-than James Cameron, Strange Days is director Kathryn Bigelow (K19: The Widowmaker) vision of a beautiful dystopian Los Angeles on the precipice of the turn of the millennium where violence is everywhere, the police are out in force like something in Bosnia or Northern Ireland with full-on riot gear and automatic weapons.
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Matt Reeves‘s much marketed 2008 action/horror/thriller Cloverfield lives up to its hype. It takes the point-of-view camera technique utilized in The Blair Witch Project and brings it to new extremes as it ekes out a truly creepy and unsettling looking at an attack on Manhattan by what can only be described as a monster.
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