A fun revisit, but I connect less and less with this, as well as the self-promoting circus that is Vincent Gallo (blew me off the couch in my mid-late 20s, not so much in my early 40s). Regardless, this film remains among the impressive pack of '90s independent filmmaking ... and Gallo has yet to make a better film. Side Note: All the best to my Kansas City Chiefs when Buffalo comes to town for the AFC Championship this Sunday.
I don't really mind ambiguously "HUH-WTF?" endings as long as I have a good 90 minutes getting there. This is a fun "indie-sci-fi" that has more to do with a couple trying to reconnect a relationship through disconnection of devices in a remote cabin than the weird planetary invasion finding its way inside and outside the great outdoors. Side Note: With great roles in "Mr. Robot" and "GLOW" (as well as "Don't Think Twice," "Broad City" and "The Good Place"), Sunita Mani has quickly become a new favorite.
(Quickie 2012 Year End Review)
Sure, one can find holes and nitpicks with Ridley Scott’s tie-in and relaunch of his original “Alien” franchise. It’s even quite corny and spacey at times. And I more than any prefer him play with the smaller budget, pacing and mannerism of his late ’70s “less is more” space horror masterpiece. However, there is no need. This is the work of a big artist having big fun, playing with big toys, and most importantly, dreaming…
Raiders of the Russian Ark...
I'm offering an apology to all involved in this film, one I've put off seeing since first perking up about its one 90+ minute long take a dozen years ago. I recall exclaiming to a friend after he giddily relayed me the news, "No way! I want to see that!" It's just that the way my schedule typically plays out, it's hard for me to find time for the intimidation and commitment of one full…