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Returning from Los Angeles to Chennai by Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong, I spend my time in the long flight of 14 hours by watching few movies. The first one was Another Earth (2011). When I pressed play in the Onflight entertainment device, I was expecting a sci-fi movie, but it turned out to be a Drama, nevertheless it was okay to watch. Another Earth is directed by Mike Cahill, starring Brit Marling who has shouldered the heavy character well which involves being a young reckless girl, a juvenile prisoner & a guilt ridden women. The movie is about how…

I was in Simi Valley this week staying in a friend’s house and he took me to Simi Valley 10 cinemas today to watch a movie. The screen was not full nor the theatre crowded, a change for me coming from Chennai (India) where theatres are always crowded. The movie we saw was Elysium, a sci-fi action movie that happens in 2154 in Los Angeles. The wealthy have left Earth long time back and are living in their own private space station called Elysium. I liked the beautiful visuals shown of Elysium, the spinning wheel like station which is needed…

On my flight to Los Angeles from Hong Kong, I saw this film Europa Report (2013). The story is about how 6 astronauts travel on a private space program to Jupiter’s moon Europa to explore whether it has life. While the astronauts are doing their exploration they encounter one calamity after another just before they are close to discovering new life form. The Director does succeed in creating a claustrophobic feeling for the audience by focusing on the space capsule & the six characters. The story was good but the pace of the movie could have been faster. After all…

Gravity 2013 is a new science fiction action movie staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Directed by Alfronso Cuarón this is a 3D film. I saw this movie today in PVR Cinemas @Ampa Skywalk. The film has just 3 characters shown and its 99% about Sandra Bullock’s character. We are shown close-up shots only of her and she has done a fine job in her role. The story is about 3 astronauts doing a space walk repairing a satellite when suddenly due to a mishap in a Russian satellite, debris are flying all around Earth damaging almost all satellites including…

Today in Singapore I saw this movie “John Carter” in TV here. The movie is about a American Civil War veteran being transported to Planet mars. There he encounters 12 Foot barbarians, other creatures and finally falls in love with a local princess. Finally he transports again by force to Earth from which he goes back to Mars in search of his love. I liked the initial scenes where John Carter struggles himself to even walk in Mars due to reduced gravity there and the fighting scenes with the creatures are nicely done. Overall, an entertaining action sci-fi movie from…