Invasion of the Body Snatchers [1978]

SUB-GENRES: Horror / Thriller / Drama DIRECTED BY: Philip Kaufman WRITTEN BY: W.D. Richter (screenplay); Based on a novel by Jack Finney RELEASE: 1978 PEW PEW: While not an action flick, this version of Finney’s Body Snatchers features pulse-pounding suspense and engaging mystery. It’s riveting even in its quietest moments. CAT FOOD: This film’s concept…

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…

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…

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…

Interstellar

SUB-GENRES: Drama / Thriller DIRECTED BY: Christopher Nolan WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan RELEASE: 2014 PEW PEW: The stakes are ever-changing and the suspense is real, but the story does not require action to make this happen. CAT FOOD: The film is rich with speculation on what we are and where we’re going,…

Enemy Mine

SUB-GENRES: Survival / Drama DIRECTED BY: Wolfgang Petersen WRITTEN BY: Edward Khmara; Based on the novella by Barry B. Longyear RELEASE: 1985 PEW PEW: A decent space dogfight, a suspenseful climax, and survival stakes. CAT FOOD: This film is all about finding friendship where you have been taught to hate. Mild religious themes make the…

Nineteen Eighty-Four

SUB-GENRES: Drama DIRECTED BY: Michael Radford WRITTEN BY: Michael Radford (screenplay); Based on the novel by George Orwell RELEASE: 1984 PEW PEW: If you’re looking for action, adventure, and thrills, you’ve probably picked up the most terribly wrong film you could have possibly picked up. CAT FOOD: Nineteen Eighty-Four, in its every facet, is a…