March 2002 SF Movie Previews by David Marsh

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3 15 Ice Age They came. They thawed. They conquered.
3 15 Resident Evil - A secret experiment. A deadly virus. A fatal mistake.
3 15 Enraged New World - Astronauts with bad movie star names return to Earth an wonder why everyone is a psychotic killer. Really.
3 22 ET: Digital Enhanced 20th Anniversary Version - E.T., Come Home.
3 22 Blade 2 - Know The Mark
3 29 Clockstoppers  - Freeze the future
It's almost Oscar Night, and on March 24th they'll be rolling out the red carpet to welcome the royalty of the film industry and to honor the best of the best in movies from the past year. At least, what the American Film Academy thinks the best is. And the nominees are: 2001 Nominee list.

This year, we fans of SF and Fantasy film don't really have a whole lot to grumble about, even though there's no specific category for Best SF&F film, because among the nominees are Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone, A Beautiful Mind, A.I., Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Monsters INC., and Shrek (SFReviewed movies are hyper linked to our reviews.) The last three films are all animations, CGI animations in fact, and they make up all the entries in a new Oscar category, Animated Feature Films. Hurrah for the creation of the category and for the SF&F sweep of it. My personal favorite out of the bunch was Jimmy Neutron, though I expect that Monsters INC. (starring former Oscar Presenter Billy Crystal) will take it.

Up ahead there are some good looking films coming up, and I'm especially looking forward to three: 

imageBlade 2: March 22, 2002
IMDB entry: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0187738 

Starring Wesley Snipes as the dynamic vampire hunter and Kris Kristofferson as his not-as-dead-as-we-thought partner. Kris got killed off in the last film, so they're going to have to do some fancy talking to bring him back, but the word is that it makes every bit as much sense as Spock's return. If you can count on nothing else, you can be sure this will be a high energy kick butt rock and roll ninja flick, when vampire hunter and prey join forces to meet the newest challenge from the underworld: the Reapers. Reapers are a vampire mutation that preys on living and undead alike and they're really, really thirsty.. 

imageSigns: August 22, 2002
IMDB entry: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0286106  

Starring Mel Gibson as a Pennsylvanian farmer with a crop infestation...someone's leaving big circles in his fields, written and directed by a director the genre is coming to count on for exciting films: M. Night Shyamalan (Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and the forthcoming Indiana Jones IV which is currently scheduled for Summer 2004).  I love the film's tagline..."It's Not Like They Didn't Warn Us." Hopefully that means an alien invasion, not a celluloid turkey.

imageMinority Report: June 21, 2002
IMDB listing:  us.imdb.com/Details?0181689 

Challenging Wells for being the Science Fiction writer that most influenced Hollywood, Philip K. Dick's work is back on the big screen this summer with Minority Report, a Spielberg film in which Tom Cruise plays a future cop who works for a temporal crime prevention agency that arrests criminals before they commit the crime. Stand by for causality conflicts.

Next month, I'll be back with more news about the upcoming SF features, but until then, watch the movies...and the skies.

2002 Ernest Lilley / SFRevu                                                                           sa03.16.02