Monday, April 30, 2012

One Line Movie Reviews

1. The Shadow (1994): Cheesy yet fun remake of the classic radio series.

Rating: B-
2. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Excellent English version, though, I am partial to the original Swedish version.
Rating: A-
3. Tipping the Velvet (2002): Fantastic story of lesbian Nan Astley and her adventures as a male impersonator in the 1890's of London.

Rating: A-
4. Saved! (2004): Funny, inspiring, and gets you thinking.

Rating: B+

5. Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998): Fascinating African myth story.

Rating: B-

6. The Three Musketeers (2011): Some fun scenes and special effects but not the best remake.

Rating: C-

7. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003): Beautiful cinematography of Italy and fun love story.

Rating: B-

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Contact by Carl Sagan

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Summary: Radio astronomer Ellie discovers an extraterrestrial signal from Vega that includes instructions on how to build an unknown machine.

Carl Sagan really brought his love of science and humanity into his first and last novel. It's a shame that he died so young. How would the world change with the knowledge that we're not alone in the Universe? Do we band together as a global species and do we let or differences annihilate us? Sagan gets very philosophical throughout the book. I feel that the heroine, Ellie, was truly Carl Sagan's voice. He sort of brings all of his ideas into one book. He also explains the science very well so me, as a lay person, can understand.

Sagan shows his weakness in fiction writing here. Sometimes the plot got bogged down by his philosophical points, but overall it was a moving story told with trepidation about our future but with a little hope thrown in at the end.

Like Sagan, I hope we as a species can learn to think globally and not annihilate ourselves so we can truly journey to the stars and make space our backyard.