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Saw Matrix Resurrections, today. Thomas Anderson is a chronically depressed Software Designer, whose bit hit was a trilogy of games 20 years ago, called The Matrix, and the gaming company Deus Machina, he works for have been ordered by the owning company, Warner Brothers, to produce a fourth instalment. Then he meets a woman in a coffee shop called Tiffany, who seems strangely familiar and resembles one of the characters in his games. Then events from the games start to break in, and he meets a character from the game who offers him a choice. This sequel brings back a lot of the characters from the originals, some of very changed, there's more the of twistiness about levels of reality than in the others sequels, and though it doesn't stint on the action sequences, they're not so overloaded as in the other sequels. Also they restore some of the mystery as to who or what some of the characters are. A solid sequel though it can't reach the originality of the first Matrix. It's also a bit Meta.

I've mentioned elsewhere that I get Migraine Aura without Headache, scintillating scotomata, and the slight feeling of light-headedness and disconnection added something to this film.
 

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STELLAR MIND is a new science fiction film release from Russia by KD Studios - and is the first attempt at this genre by a 38 year old director (Vyacheslav Liznetsky). It's arrival has been rumoured for some time and I was expecting it to be more of an Epic than it turned out to be. About this I am glad: I am no giant fan of Epics. the film is not a great one, but it is likeable and has a streak of romanticism that marks it out as a Russian product.

The earth in the near future is poisoned by a virus that is affecting all of the biosphere. A project - Project Gemini - has been set up to locate an Earth like planet which could be terraformed into a new home for humanity.

A team of 6 astronauts/scientists lead by Doctor Stephen Ross (the up and coming Egor Koreshkov) sets out to such a new planet. However, on arrival they are menaced by an alien being that resents their intrusion upon it's world.

In terms of plot, this begins as Interstellar meets Alien (although diverges from both a little bit as things proceed.) There are no surprises here: whilst in visual terms it can hold its own alongside any contemporary Hollywood product, the general look of everything borrows heavily from the Alien rulebook set out way back in 1979: chunky iron doored interiors, extravagant looking computer consoles and a rocky, forbidding planet's surface (actually filmed in Khazakhstan).

One twist is that the alien monster - an otherwise predictable Lovecraftian tentacled bogey - is in fact a robot. (Actually, there were some other big twists in the plot which I think I missed owing to my pathetic Russian level).

One perplexing aspect of this film is that all the characters have Western names and the signs, the computer read outs and the insignia on their uniforms are all in English. I presume this is a rather desperate, and sad, attempt to ensure that this becomes an export product (as well as an unnecessary one: both Sputnik and Outpost have done well abroad, despite both being overtly Russian).

Another perplexing aspect of it is the strange mix of very near future and fantastical far future technology on show here. For example, the main spacecraft involved (Encounter) looks very much like the standard space shuttles that we have now - and it is launched by a standard rocket of the kind that we are familiar with in the present. Yet later we see it entering an interdimensional wormhole of the kind familiar to science fiction devotees but very far from our current technology.

There was one (pleasant) casting surprise. The all male /all white screw are joined by a black woman. She is played by one Liza Martinez, who is, in fact, a Russian*. Perhaps I ought not to be surprised, but in all honesty, I was.

Here we have straight down the line science fiction: it is not horror, not military nor adventure (although all of these elements do make brief appearances). It is a well-behaved 12+ film aimed (partly) at tweenies and teens. However, I sat in an almost empty cinema theatre - so perhaps the intended audience were all watching whatever the latest Disney blockbuster is out there at the moment.

In Russian cinemas NOW - or wait for the dubbed DVD to appear.
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*Likewise, I recently saw a Russian Black female stand up comedian on Russian TV. She was bringing the house down. So....
 

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I suffered through “The Eternals “ and what the “ h—- “.

The writers must have said “ how complicated we can make this movie to fry everyone’s brain “.
 

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How long before someone chooses "Bad Milk Blood Robot" as their registered username? :thought:
That's my name on another forum on the Dork Web....
 

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Is it true that in the book Soylent Green was based on, it's actually a mixture of soya and lentils? Not quite as dramatic, very good for you, in fact, good for the heart!
 

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Is it true that in the book Soylent Green was based on, it's actually a mixture of soya and lentils? Not quite as dramatic, very good for you, in fact, good for the heart!

Yeah that was it, the novel was Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. I preferred the film.
 

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Yeah that was it, the novel was Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison. I preferred the film.

I mostly know Harrison for The Stainless Steel Rat books, which were great fun. There's a franchise for you, Hollywood! Don't do Dune again!
 

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I mostly know Harrison for The Stainless Steel Rat books, which were great fun. There's a franchise for you, Hollywood! Don't do Dune again!
Yes, I am amazed that nobody has tried to create a TV or film series of the Stainless Steel Rat. I had all the books, before I foolishly gave them all away.
 

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Yes, I am amazed that nobody has tried to create a TV or film series of the Stainless Steel Rat. I had all the books, before I foolishly gave them all away.

Really good, weren't they? I wonder if the rights are up for grabs? (Harrison passed away a few years ago)
 

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I mostly know Harrison for The Stainless Steel Rat books, which were great fun. There's a franchise for you, Hollywood! Don't do Dune again!

I want to see Dune Part 2 but I'd love to see an SSR series.
 

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Really good, weren't they? I wonder if the rights are up for grabs? (Harrison passed away a few years ago)
Another series of books that would make great cinema is the Deathworld series by Harrison.
I do wish they'd get on with it!
 

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STELLAR MIND is a new science fiction film release from Russia by KD Studios - and is the first attempt at this genre by a 38 year old director (Vyacheslav Liznetsky). It's arrival has been rumoured for some time and I was expecting it to be more of an Epic than it turned out to be. About this I am glad: I am no giant fan of Epics. the film is not a great one, but it is likeable and has a streak of romanticism that marks it out as a Russian product.

The earth in the near future is poisoned by a virus that is affecting all of the biosphere. A project - Project Gemini - has been set up to locate an Earth like planet which could be terraformed into a new home for humanity.

A team of 6 astronauts/scientists lead by Doctor Stephen Ross (the up and coming Egor Koreshkov) sets out to such a new planet. However, on arrival they are menaced by an alien being that resents their intrusion upon it's world.

In terms of plot, this begins as Interstellar meets Alien (although diverges from both a little bit as things proceed.) There are no surprises here: whilst in visual terms it can hold its own alongside any contemporary Hollywood product, the general look of everything borrows heavily from the Alien rulebook set out way back in 1979: chunky iron doored interiors, extravagant looking computer consoles and a rocky, forbidding planet's surface (actually filmed in Khazakhstan).

One twist is that the alien monster - an otherwise predictable Lovecraftian tentacled bogey - is in fact a robot. (Actually, there were some other big twists in the plot which I think I missed owing to my pathetic Russian level).

One perplexing aspect of this film is that all the characters have Western names and the signs, the computer read outs and the insignia on their uniforms are all in English. I presume this is a rather desperate, and sad, attempt to ensure that this becomes an export product (as well as an unnecessary one: both Sputnik and Outpost have done well abroad, despite both being overtly Russian).

Another perplexing aspect of it is the strange mix of very near future and fantastical far future technology on show here. For example, the main spacecraft involved (Encounter) looks very much like the standard space shuttles that we have now - and it is launched by a standard rocket of the kind that we are familiar with in the present. Yet later we see it entering an interdimensional wormhole of the kind familiar to science fiction devotees but very far from our current technology.

There was one (pleasant) casting surprise. The all male /all white screw are joined by a black woman. She is played by one Liza Martinez, who is, in fact, a Russian*. Perhaps I ought not to be surprised, but in all honesty, I was.

Here we have straight down the line science fiction: it is not horror, not military nor adventure (although all of these elements do make brief appearances). It is a well-behaved 12+ film aimed (partly) at tweenies and teens. However, I sat in an almost empty cinema theatre - so perhaps the intended audience were all watching whatever the latest Disney blockbuster is out there at the moment.

In Russian cinemas NOW - or wait for the dubbed DVD to appear.
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*Likewise, I recently saw a Russian Black female stand up comedian on Russian TV. She was bringing the house down. So....
The English language DVD of this - as Project Gemini - is due out this March.

https://www.gruv.com/product/project_gemini_dvd
 
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