Archive for February, 2015

R.I.P. Leonard Nimoy

I’m at a bit of a loss here.  When I heard Leonard Nimoy was hospitalized earlier this week, I knew deep down it would not end well.

I grew up watching Star Trek, even before I discovered Doctor Who.  I grew up watching Spock, and I learned a lot of things from him.  The most important one to my young mind was his line from the episode “Operation: Annihilate!” – “Pain is a thing of the mind.  The mind can be controlled.”

But he was so much more than Spock.  And he was fascinating to watch in any role.

A legend is gone.  Tonight, my family and I will be sitting down to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan in his honor.  It’s the perfect night for that.

 

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Predestination

“I’m an unmarried mother — at four cents a word. I write confession stories.”

Wow.  wow.  Just …. wow.

I first read the original source material, Robert A. Heinlein’s short story “All You Zombies,” back in high school.  Growing up watching Doctor Who made me kind of jaded when it comes to stories involving time travel, but “All You Zombies” totally upended the concept for me.

“Never do yesterday what should be done tomorrow.”

I figured the original story was unfilmable, so I never expected to see anyone develop a film based on it.  But here come the Spierig Brothers, and >BOOM< Predestination hits all of the right marks.  I was a little disappointed at first in them building up the whole Fizzle Bomber conceit, as if they felt they needed to shoehorn in an action-based subplot to pad out the film, but the ultimate conclusion left me more than satisfied. I have to say I think this is a very valid film adaptation of Heinlein’s work.

“If at last you do succeed, never try again.”

Ethan Hawke was good, but Sarah Snook was just fantastic.  After watching the film, I had to sit down and watch the “making of” featurette in its entirety.  Her level of creating the character that she played was as mind-boggling as Heinlein’s original concept.

And I cannot tell you the amount of joy I experienced in finally hearing someone say “A paradox may be paradoctored” in a film!

“I miss you dreadfully!”

Wow.

 

John Wick

Normally I would say “Wow!” here, but considering the star I think it’s more appropriate for me to say “Whoa!”

This is a fine example of how pure unmitigated vengeance can become a thing of beauty.

All cylinders are firing on target here.  Awesome cinematography, awesome stuntwork, great characterizations and a flashback format of storytelling that for once does not annoy me.  And like High Moon, I absolutely love how they did the subtitles for when the characters were speaking Russian.

My only complaint is that I have absolutely no memory of this film hitting the cinemas.  I wish I had known about it when it was first released last year, cuz I really would’ve loved to have seen it on the big screen.