Image source: Rogerebert.com review of Solaris(2002), November 22, 2002- http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/solaris-2002
Reviewed by Kirkus: An elegant philosophical/futuristic solar bash by a Polish writer involving haunts and terrors on a space station attached to the planet Solaris lit by two suns (red and blue) and covered by an "organic ocean." Scientist Kelvin, after falling in love with one of the ocean's projections, tossed up as a model of his dead wife, confronts the reality of the "dumb, fluid colossus" and its meaning for man. It all gleams with portent. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 1970)
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Product description: Superstar George Clooney turns in a stellar performance in this "brilliant sci-fi movie" (New York Daily News) from Academy Award winners Steven Soderbergh (2000 - Best Director, Traffic) and JamesCameron (1997 - Best Picture, Titanic). Aboard a lonely space station orbiting a mysterious planet, terrified crew members are experiencing a host of strange phenomena, including eerie visitors who seem all too human. And when psychologist Chris Kelvin (Clooney) arrives to investigate, he confronts a power beyond imagining that could hold the key to mankind's deepest dreams?or darkest nightmares. Co-starring Natascha McElhone and Jeremy Davies, Solaris is "mind-bending!" (Rolling Stone)
Excerpt from Roger Ebert's Film Critic of Solaris / November 22, 2002
Solaris" tells the story of a planet that reads minds, and obliges its visitors by devising and providing people they have lost, and miss. The Catch-22 is that the planet knows no more than its visitors know about these absent people. As the film opens, two astronauts have died in a space station circling the planet, and the survivors have sent back alarming messages. A psychiatrist named Chris Kelvin (George Clooney) is sent to the station, and when he awakens after his first night on board, his wife, Rheya (Natascha McElhone), is in bed with him. Some time earlier on earth, she had committed suicide.
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Reviewed by Kirkus: The previous books of this author (Devil of a State -- 1962 -- The Right to an Answer -- 1961) had valid points of satire, some humor, and a contemporary view, but here the picture is all out -- from a time in the future to an argot that makes such demands on the reader that no one could care less after the first two pages. If anyone gest beyond that -- this is the first person story of Alex, a teen-age hoodlum, who, in step with his times, viddies himself and the world around him without a care for law, decency, honesty; whose autobiographical language has droogies to follow his orders, wallow in his hate and murder moods, accents the vonof human hole products. Betrayed by his dictatorial demands bya policing of his violence, he is committed when an old lady dies after an attack; he kills again in prison; he submits to a new method that will destroy his criminal impulses; blameless, he is returned to a world that visits immediate retribution on him; he is, when an accidental propulsion to death does not destroy him, foisted upon society once more in his original state of sin. What happens to Alex is terrible but it is worse for the reader. (Kirkus Reviews, January 1, 1962)
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Product description: A vicious criminal undergoes treatment that will make him develop an aversion toward violence. Directed by Stanley Kubrick.
Book description: The moon, 2075. Working to produce wheat for earth, lunar residents live like sharecroppers, kept prisoners of the mother planet by a tight web of control. A small group of dissidents are planning a revolution that will change this relationship forever.
The book and film were developed concurrently. The book was released after the film but it was a part of the Space Odyssey series. The other titles to the series are 2010:odyssey two, 2061: odyssey three and 3001: the final odyssey.
Book description: Two astronauts find their journey into space and their very lives jeopardized by the jealousy of an extraordinary computer named Hal.
Product description: A space voyage to Jupiter erupts in disaster when the ship's computer goes mad. Includes commentary by Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood, documentary - 2001: The Making Of A Myth, 4 featurettes, audio-only interview with Stanley Kubrick, and trailer.
Excerpt from Roger Ebert Reviewing 2001: space odyssey (1968), March 27, 1997, ROGEREBERT.COM
The genius is not in how much Stanley Kubrick does in "2001: A Space Odyssey," but in how little. This is the work of an artist so sublimely confident that he doesn't include a single shot simply to keep our attention. He reduces each scene to its essence, and leaves it on screen long enough for us to contemplate it, to inhabit it in our imaginations. Alone among science-fiction movies, “2001" is not concerned with thrilling us, but with inspiring our awe.
No little part of his effect comes from the music. Although Kubrick originally commissioned an original score from Alex North, he used classical recordings as a temporary track while editing the film, and they worked so well that he kept them. This was a crucial decision. North's score, which is available on a recording, is a good job of film composition, but would have been wrong for “2001" because, like all scores, it attempts to underline the action -- to give us emotional cues. The classical music chosen by Kubrick exists outside the action. It uplifts. It wants to be sublime; it brings a seriousness and transcendence to the visuals.
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Excerpt from the review summary of Blade Runner by Janet Maslin, nytimes.com
A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner (1982) was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019. L.A. has become a pan-cultural dystopia of corporate advertising, pollution and flying automobiles, as well as replicants, human-like androids with short life spans built by the Tyrell Corporation for use in dangerous off-world colonization. Deckard's former job in the police department was as a talented blade runner, a euphemism for detectives that hunt down and assassinate rogue replicants. Called before his one-time superior (M. EMMETT WALSH), Deckard is forced back into active duty. A quartet of replicants led by Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) has escaped and headed to Earth, killing several humans in the process. After meeting with the eccentric Eldon Tyrell (JOE TURKEL), creator of the replicants, Deckard finds and eliminates Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), one of his targets.
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Reviewed by Kirkus: The prolific Delany enjoys two audiences: the hard-core SF crowd and admirers of his more literary efforts, such as this humongous novel first published in 1975 as a mass market paperback, reprinted in cloth in 1977, then again by an academic press in 1996. Through all these lives, it's sold well—more than a million copies, supposedly—despite the demands it makes on readers, especially those expecting the more conventional SF that Delany published until Dhalgren's appearance. A futuristic, postapocalyptic narrative, Delany's circular and heavily allusive fiction surveys the American "autumnal" city of Bellona, where some sort of disaster has taken place, altering not just the social structure but the nature of the space-time continuum. An anarchist community evolves, prominently featuring Delany's protagonist, "the Kid," a pansexual gang leader and poet. Fellow hypermodernist William Gibson provides an introduction (written for the 1996 edition) in which he admits he "never understood" the book, that it's a riddle not meant to be solved. Yet he admires the "sustained conceptual daring," probably more suited to today's audience, with its taste for transgressive ideas about sex, race, and gender. Ultimately, a study in identity and illusion, Delany's huge and difficult novel will interest admirers of Ballard, Pynchon, and the like, though one suspects there's many an unread copy of the original mass market edition floating around. (Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2001)
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Kirkus: /* Starred Review */ Mandella starts out as a foot soldier in man's thousand-year war against the Taurans and ends as a reluctant major. Spanning the stars at faster than light speeds, Mandella and his comrades age only months as the centuries zip by on an earth that becomes increasingly foreign. But few soldiers will return to the altered home planet; in battles fought with powered suits and other stranger weapons, the odds for survival approach zero. This war is the opposite of the one Heinlein glorified in Starship Troopers (1959) -- bloody, cruel and meaningless. This is a splendid, thoughtful adventure. (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 1974)
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Book description: The lives of Joanna and Jeannine interact with the world of Janet Evason after the female man from a planet of the future arrives in New York City.