Moon

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: Duncan Jones WRITTEN BY: Nathan Parker (screenplay); Duncan Jones (story) RELEASE: 2009 PEW PEW: The film is slow-going and there is no action to break up the unfolding drama. CAT FOOD: Moon is brimming with existential commentary and emotional human drama. It’s a quiet and oddly serene look at the beauty…

I, Robot

SUB-GENRES: Action / Mystery DIRECTED BY: Alex Proyas WRITTEN BY: Jeff Vintar & Akiva Goldsman (screenplay); Jeff Vintar (story); Suggested by the book by Isaac Asimov RELEASE: 2004 PEW PEW: There are plenty of action sequences that are supposed to be thrilling, but I didn’t find them terribly compelling. CAT FOOD: There are plenty of…

The Alien Factor

SUB-GENRES: Horror DIRECTED BY: Don Dohler WRITTEN BY: Don Dohler RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: Nah, it’s not a very engaging picture, but stuff happens and it’s amusing. CAT FOOD: Don’t let a zoo ruin your amusement park. I’m sure you’ve heard it many times before, “that movie is so bad it’s good.” Well, Don Dohler’s…

Beyond the Black Rainbow

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Horror DIRECTED BY: Panos Cosmatos WRITTEN BY: Panos Cosmatos RELEASE: 2010 PEW PEW: Watching the hour hand move on a clock is a more action-packed experience. CAT FOOD: It is possible that this film contains a multitude of social commentaries. The fact that everything is so cryptic begs one to come up…

Capricorn One

SUB-GENRES: Thriller DIRECTED BY: Peter Hyams WRITTEN BY: Peter Hyams RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: It’s a very good seventies thriller with a great uncover-the-mystery value, but don’t expect a modern, high octane rollercoaster ride. CAT FOOD: There’s an exceptional amount of food for thought as we witness first hand what fellow humans might be willing…

The Martian

SUB-GENRES: Survival DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott WRITTEN BY: Drew Goddard (screenplay); Based on the novel by Andy Weir RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: If you’re an action-only kind of person, your attention might wander. The climax is thrillingly suspenseful. CAT FOOD: The story is very human, with helpings of isolated frustration and triumphant displays of will,…

Contamination

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Luigi Cozzi WRITTEN BY: Luigi Cozzi & Erich Tomek RELEASE: 1980 PEW PEW: Mostly suspense-oriented. Very little action. CAT FOOD: If anyone attacks us through coffee, we’re fucked. Two major events happened in the late seventies that changed science fiction film forever. The first was Star Wars in 1977,…

Spaceballs

SUB-GENRES: Comedy / Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: Mel Brooks WRITTEN BY: Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan, & Ronny Graham RELEASE: 1987 PEW PEW: Spaceballs does a fine job of replicating the exciting action of the original Star Wars films. It’s surprisingly engaging for a comedy. CAT FOOD: The film parodies some political and religious concepts…

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

SUB-GENRES: Action / Adventure DIRECTED BY: J.J. Abrams WRITTEN BY: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, & Michael Arndt RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: The Force Awakens is complete with a near perfect ratio of swashbuckling action to compelling narrative. The series positively glows with, and is perhaps the greatest example of pure ‘pew pew!’ CAT FOOD: This…

Tron

SUB-GENRES: Adventure DIRECTED BY: Steven Lisberger WRITTEN BY: Steven Lisberger (screenplay); Steven Lisberger & Bonnie MacBird (story) RELEASE: 1982 PEW PEW: Battles are fought through games, and there are a few chase scenes, but Tron is fairly adventure-based instead of action-oriented. CAT FOOD: There are some light religious allegories regarding programs and users, but it’s…

Brazil

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Comedy DIRECTED BY: Terry Gilliam WRITTEN BY: Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard, & Charles McKeown RELEASE: 1985 PEW PEW: There is very little action here. CAT FOOD: Brazil presents a world that is a pure satire of modern bureaucracy. There is a lot to take from this film. Few films present the same…