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Mar. 2nd, 2010

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BASFA 2010 Hugo Recommendations: Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

As in previous years, the Bay Area Science Fiction Association held Hugo (and Campbell) Recommendation Nights in January and February, and we are posting our accumulated recommendations in a series of entries here. A key to the initials of the people making recommendations is in this post in basfa's LJ. These posts may change if we receive additional recommendations from club members.

Avatar: BJH, CIP, CM, JED, TH
Coraline (Henry Sellick, Universal): CM
District 9: AJF, DNO, DSM, DWG, HW, KPR, MYS, SP, SS
Fan Boys: AJF, DSM, RM
Fantastic Mr. Fox: DC
Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus: DSM, MM
Inglorius Basterds: KP
Jennifer's Body: CJG, JED
How to Make a Killing in Business, Parts 1 - 3, Medium: AJF
Moon: CJG, CM, DSM, RM
Nation (Pratchett, National Theatre Production): DC
Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie, Dir): AJF, BJH, CJG, DNO, KP
The Time Traveler's Wife: AJF, LDH
Children of Earth, Parts 1-5, Torchwood: AJF, DC, DSM, DWG, KP, LDH, RM
Watchmen: CJG, CM, JED, KAS
X-Men Origins: Wolverine: AJF
Zombieland: AJF, BJH

Jan. 5th, 2010



Let's Send a Rocket to the Moon!


The sixth edition of my fanzine The Fortnightly Fix includes the following:

"As a number of friends have been reminding me today, the nominations process has begun for this year’s Hugo Awards. Might I humbly suggest that those of you eligible to nominate consider the British science fiction movie Moon for the "dramatic presentation (long form)" category?

"Even if you choose to vote for another movie or tv miniseries on the final ballot, it would be really good to see an intelligent, non-cgi-driven sf entry reach the Hugo shortlist, and it might also help director Duncan Jones secure funding for his next project, Mute."

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sep. 2nd, 2009

Life In The Fast Lane


Watchmen - Best Dramatic Presentation Longform

This may seem like an obvious recommendation, but it was not obvious to me  -  and in fact, the quality of the film really surprised me.

I was/am not familiar with the comic series, and had no expectation about this film.  (Actually, I thought it was going to be yet another inane comic book adaptation).

I was very surprised.  Plot was interesting, and different.  Acting was very good, at times excellent.  Cinematography was outstanding.  Special effects also good.  Violence was a bit more than I care for, but in concert with the scope of the film.  Little touches throughout the movie (which I won't mention as you'll pick them up) added to the interest.  Soundtrack music was outstanding.

This was (surprisingly to me) an extremely entertaining and well done movie.  So much so that I watched it a second time a week later, something I never do, to make sure I had caught all the nuances - and enjoyed it the second time as well.

I highly recommend this film for consideration.

Aug. 5th, 2009

looking up


BDP - Not sure if long or short form

Torchwood - Children of Earth - not really sure if the whole thing for long form, or the fourth episode for short form, but I loved it. It was dark and gritty, it kept me glued to the screen for 5 hours, and like all good science fiction asked some really tough questions and admitted there were no easy answers. It may well be the end of Torchwood, but if so they're going out with style.

Jul. 11th, 2009


BDP Long Form possibility: "Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit"

This was looking like a terrific candidate when Cartoon Network started showing it last year, but they stopped at 10 episodes. This year, they swear they're going to show the entire series, and on the current schedule, they'll finish it just before the end of the year.

The story so far, since it's episode 5 this weekend: Moribito is set (so far) in vaguely Chinese-looking kingdom of Shin-Yogo. Prince Chagum, second in line to the throne, has been possessed by what the astrologers believe to be a water demon that was banished at the time of the kingdom's founding, and that the only way to banish it again is for the emperor to kill the prince. The Second Queen, Chagum's mother, has charged Balsa the spearwoman to hide him to save his life. Chagum's death has been faked in order to give him and Balsa cover to escape. Meanwhile, Shuga the astrologer, Chagum's ex-tutor, has begun checking into some old writings for more information on the nature of the demon.

At the end of the last episode, Balsa and Chagum had taken refuge in the hut of Balsa's friend Tanda, a yaku (shaman), while Balsa recovered from a fight with some of the emperor's elite guards, who had been sent to retrieve Chagum. Just as everyone was getting caught up on events so far, in bursts Madam Torogai, a powerful yaku, babbling something about an egg...

Jul. 4th, 2009



"Moon" for 2010 Dramatic Presentation Long Form

For all the genre movies being made these days, hard science fiction films are still rare. Intelligent ones, rarer still. I had to go out of my way to see Moon (the nearest theater playing it was an hour's drive away), and it was well worth the trip.

The plot is, by sf standards, basic. Sam Bell is the only human resident of a moon-based automated mining station. He's only a couple of weeks from the end of his three year contract, when there's an accident. And then . . . well, anything more would be a spoiler.

Thanks to a smart script by Nathan Parker (especially noteworthy these days for having the courage to leave some things up to the viewer to figure out), solid direction by Duncan Jones, and a truly outstanding performance by Sam Rockwell, Moon succeeds almost completely. Does the science work? I honestly don't know enough to say for sure, but I was able to suspend disbelief while watching. There are a couple of fairly minor questions that remain unanswered. But overall, I recommend searching it out.
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