I can't possibly review all of the movies I already own, not all are 'geek' in nature mind you, but I'd say a large majority of them are. What I can do is at least review new movies as they're added to the collection, and of course movies I see in the theaters, and it takes a lot to get me out for the latter. I picked up a duo of movies this weekend though, and was simply blown away by both. I'll try to keep future reviews (as well as these) brief, 'cause who knows? Maybe I'll try to tackle reviewing the whole collection one day. Let's dive in...
Sunshine: You could get away with calling this one, "2057: A Space Odyssey" pretty easily. I lament not seeing it on the big screen, visually it's stunning. The film revolves around a mission of eight scientists on their way to our dying Sun to deliver a 'bomb' to try to rejuvenate the nuclear fission process to save Earth. Sounds simple, but it's done beautifully. The entire film takes place on the ship, beginning to end, and all the high-tech doo-daddery is juxtaposed with cold and magnificent beauty of space. Complications arise along the way, and although the pacing is somewhat slow (compared to most films today), the tension factor picks up. It's a technical space film, but you don't need to be a physicist to get it, it's not a horror film, but was pretty darn scary at times. It achieves some serious credit with me, paying visual homage to 2001, and a deep space crew dynamic mimicking the original Alien.
Stardust: This film is a captivating, incredibly fun, high fantasy flick, with enough bite to be taken seriously, but enough tongue-in-cheek moments to make it truly memorable. A star falls to Earth, and a young man works to retrieve it, only to find a beautiful maiden. Also at play is the magical world of Stormhold bordering the human town of Wall, and when the two come into to contact with one another, the adventure begins. There are several sub-plots at work, all different factions, all vying to seek out the human star for their own purpose. It immediately reminded me of a live-action Miyazaki film, one of my all-time favorite writer / directors out there. There are air pirates akin to the Dola Gang from Laputa, and the Victorian era-infused with whimsical and pervasive magic, is incredibly reminiscent of Howl's Moving Castle. There was a great deal of swordplay, swashbuckling, and lightning harvesting going on with, to me, had a just a hint of the Iron Kingdoms. For the DnD'er, there's a few recognizable spells at work too; Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion, Burning Hands, and Heat / Chill metal.