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…

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…

Chappie

SUB-GENRES: Thriller DIRECTED BY: Neill Blomkamp WRITTEN BY: Neill Blomkamp & Terri Tatchell RELEASE: 2015 PEW PEW: Action takes a back seat on this one, but it is not non-existent. CAT FOOD: Heaps of existential deep thinking offered up against a degenerate backdrop. The great thing about Neill Blomkamp’s most bizarre outing to date is…

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…

Alien

SUB-GENRES: Horror DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott WRITTEN BY: Dan O’Bannon (screenplay); Dan O’Bannon & Ronald Shusett (story) RELEASE: 1979 PEW PEW: The film takes a while to build up and, even at its most suspenseful, isn’t about action. CAT FOOD: The inter-crew drama and the implications of corporate and military greed are fertile ground for…