The Tuesday Zone: Science Fiction Double Feature (Part 2 of 2): ‘The Brother from Another Planet’

Last week, I reviewed The Man Who Fell to Earth, a movie that I would describe as competently made but dated in its style and themes. I was hoping to pull away from that in the second part of this Science Fiction Double Feature, and I felt compelled to finally watch The Brother from Another Planet, directed by John Sayles, whose Men with Guns (or Hombres armados) (1997) is an engaging political film set in an unnamed South American country that is being ravaged by United States fruit companies. How does this movie stock up in comparison to The Man Who Fell to Earth and Men with Guns, though?

A-Movie: The Brother from Another Planet (1984)

Plot: The Brother (Joe Morton), who is mute, arrives on Earth after escaping enslavement on another planet. He finds himself in Harlem and attempts to make his way through the city. Continue reading

Second Breakfast Visits the Grand Budapest Hotel


Wes Anderson! So happy his new movie finally came to the piddly little town I call home. His last film, Moonrise Kingdom, took several months to reach us, but this one only took, like, four weeks. Not bad. I’m actually studying Anderson’s filmography in a class this semester, so I was pleased on multiple levels to get to see this one, even though I ended up awkwardly sitting next to my professor. Anyway, he seemed to enjoy himself.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

The Plot: Although embedded within three frame narratives, the primary story takes place in 1932 and follows the misadventures of M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes), the rakish and charming concierge of the world-renowned Grand Budapest Hotel. When one of his regulars/friends-with-benefits, Madame D. (Tilda Swinton) is found murdered with Gustave named recipient of a priceless painting, he and his new lobby boy, Zero Moustafa (Tony Revolori) have to go on the run from Madame D.’s jealous, evil son Dmitri (Adrien Brody) and his savage thug Jopling (Willem Defoe), whilst also evading the authorities and trying to discover who really murdered Madame D. Continue reading

Rooster Recap: ‘Community’ 5.13: “Basic Sandwich”

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Season 5: 1 & 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13

Last week, Community aired the first part of its fifth season finale, which was entertaining enough but also played into some character stereotypes and in general didn’t feel like it had a ton of direction. Does the finale itself fall into these pitfalls? For a show that is perpetually in danger of being cancelled, the way this episode does or does not succeed is rather important. So, let’s recap. Continue reading

SciFridays: “Oculus” (2014)

Baddie – Antique-ing addictions.

Lesson – You can’t defeat possessed objects.

Hi kids – it’s been a while! I was on vacation, and I regret nothing. Incidentally, if you happen to want to hire an industrious 24 year old MS Print Media student, you should uh…you should let me know.

I went to see Oculus this week, a week late I know.  I don’t always get to the theaters to see new movies, and since my column gets published on a Friday it messes with the release schedule a bit. In either case, I’m very, very very glad I took the time and money to see Oculus, because it was FANTASTIC.

Okay, I don’t want to oversell it–it wasn’t perfect, but it was close. The basic plot is Amity-horror-esque, where a possessed object infiltrates the sanity of its surroundings, and, obviously, crazy things ensue. A family acquires an old mirror, and the remainder of the film centers on the disintegrating family and modern day Kaylie and Tim (Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites, respectively) trying to prove the mirror is in fact haunted.  Continue reading

King of the Monsters: Introduction

Rooster Illusion King of the Monsters

There’s a new Godzilla movie coming out, and I could not be more stoked. I’ve been a fan of the Big G since before I could tie my shoes. In honor of the King’s (suck it, Elvis) 60th anniversary outing, I’ll be posting a series of columns commemorating his legacy. This one, as the more astute of you will have gathered from the title, is the introduction. Now that I’ve gotten the intro to the intro out of the way, let’s get on to the meat of this thing.

The following is a speech I wrote for my 6th grade English class. The assignment? Talk about our hobbies and interests. My subject? The one and only King of the Monsters: Continue reading

Rooster Recap: Justified 5.13 “Restitution”

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This week marked the finale of the fifth season of Justified, and things got pretty interesting. As per norm, the finale concluded the main arc of the season, but left just enough loose ends to propel us through another. To remind everyone, next season will be the sixth and last, so hopefully it’ll be topnotch.

The finale picks up almost immediately after its preceding episode, with Vasquez breaking the news to Wendy and Daryl that Kendal will be tried as an adult for attempted murder of a federal officer (which means forty years to life if he’s convicted). The Marshals release Daryl, dispatching Tim to tail him, but hold Wendy for a bit extra. Why? Well, to allow her to watch as Raylan breaks the bad news to Kendal. While Kendal maintains his story, it’s very clear in his body language that he’s lying, and that, as everyone suspected, Daryl is in fact responsible for shooting Art. Despite this, however, Raylan can’t seem to convince Wendy to wear a wire and record her brother’s confession. Continue reading

The Tuesday Zone: Science Fiction Double Feature (Part 1 of 2): ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’

I believe I’ve intimated this before, but I’m a huge fan of science fiction movies, especially the really thoughtful ones that use the sense of another world to reveal truths about our own. Given that my past several reviews have been timely, I’m going the Second Breakfast route; since I’ve been stuck in bed feeling like Werner Herzog pulled a boat over my body, I decided to check out some sci-fi flicks I’ve been intending to see for a while. So, this review is the first part of a Science Fiction Double Feature—both movies following an alien who comes to Earth and tries to enter society—and I’m going to break up the reviews in A-Movie/B-Movie format. Although I love B-Movies, I’m using the term here to refer to the one that I think would deserve second billing. So, without further ado….

B-Movie: The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Plot: Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is an alien who has come to Earth in order to build a fortune through technological patents, all in the hope of building technology in order to save his draught-stricken home planet. Continue reading