Thoughtful Science Fiction

This is a review for the movie Gattaca (1997). Today I sat down to watch this movie Gattaca. This movie has mix genres of drama, romance and sci-fi. 
This movie isn’t exactly a fast paced movie but is nevertheless engaging or at least I thought it was. 
The acting is quite good but somewhat stoic but I think this was intentional to move in portraying a sterilised and mechanical future. 

Ethan Hawke is our protagonist Vincent Freeman and Uma Thurman plays a love interest Irene Cassini. There are definitely some other note worthy actors in the film like Jude Law who plays Jerome Morrow

The story is about a boy, Vincent, who was conceived “naturally” and his brother was conceived via genetically engineering. Genetic engineering is standard procedure in the not too distance future which this movie is presumably set in and those who were conceived the natural way are determined to be genetically inferior and have greater risk of terminal illness, heart failure and other diseases. Test results are able to predict some margin of error once cause of death at birth. Those presumed to be genetically inferior are considered “invalids” and are assigned mundane careers that don’t require them to be smart, taller or better looking or healthier. However, Vincent has a dream of travelling into outer of space and is unable to let go of that dream. In order to live out his dream, He must take over a life of a “valid” man, a crippled swimmer in the form of Jerome.  Jerome is willing to cooperate with Vincent to make his dream happen and thus, Vincent undergoes transformation to more or less become Jerome and take over his life. Since security checks are common place where Vincent works, he has to have urine and blood samples ready or every occasion. The only way he could keep his job and not have anybody expect of him, is to be ready for every situation. 

Vincent climbs the operate ladders and is eventually assigned a mission to outer space. At various point he finds himself at risk of being discovered and somehow manages to avert being found out. However, it is long for Irene, Vincent’s love interest, to find out the truth and others are now on to him. As Vincent is about to go into space, he decides to reveal his true identity. He hands his urine sample to the doctor who examines his urine and finds that Vincent is an invalid, however the doctor lets him proceed on his way, not the least of surprised that Vincent was posing all this time.

I found the story to be rather intriguing because it seems rather plausible. I wonder what the world would be like if we knew our possible cause of death at birth, what it would be like if everyone was tall, smart or good looking. I think it’s a scary thought and I think that this movie is ultimately trying to say, that the story is about a man who overcome his odds and ultimately proved that being genetically superior really didn’t amount to anything. If you already knew what career you are best suited for, would there be any need for self exploration… could you find joy being preselected… or is it in the human struggle that we realise our true potential... isn’t this very prejudge, that we find ourselves in the mist of today; the good genes, and a good upbringing, brings more success in life or do we have a choice to make the most of what we have. 

If you haven’t seen this movie, I would definitely recommend checking it out.


LeBron James isn’t the first high schooler to jump to the NBA, but he may just be the best. Almost from Day One, his basketball IQ hovered at genius level, and his physical skills were off the charts. Today, as a two-time MVP, his leadership skills are beyond question as well. LeBron is the reason everyone was talking about the NBA in July of 2010. His free agency was covered like a Moon Shot.  Now a member of the Miami Heat, he is shooting for the moon.


Steven Spielberg, the director of Jurassic Park

Steven Spielberg directed many of the top films in Hollywood history, including the blockbusters Jaws, E.T., and many more. The thriller Jaws made Spielberg a known name, and over the next 20 years he grew into the most successful movie entrepreneur alive. His directing credits include hits like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, and War of the Worlds.

In 1994, Steven Spielberg co-founded the studio Dreamworks SKG. Spielberg then went many years without winning an Academy Award, but he broke through with best director and best picture Oscars for Schindler's List, given in 1994. He also won a best director Oscar for Saving Private Ryan and was given the Academy's Irving Thalberg Award in 1987 for his contributions to the industry.

For better or worse, here’s a list of Spielberg’s greatest movies in my opinion. 
- Jaws
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
- Schindler’s List
- Saving Private Ryan
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence
- Minority Report
- Munich
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Empire of the Sun
- Jurassic Park
- Catch Me If You Can

In drafting this list, I was struck with something profound: I actually don’t like a great deal of Spielberg’s movies.  For every classic, there seems to be two letdowns.  Again, this argument is fruitless, given the fact that one name can be billed to so many indisputable masterpieces...


The gifts from god

The directors of horror movies are the entire gift from god. They all have special thought about life. They use different angle of view to show the life.  
Hideo Nakata
Hideo Nakata is famous for his film, the Ring. It is very classical. I still remember the girl who has black straight hair cross the television screen to room, most people afraid their televisions after watching this movies.

The Ring
He directed this movie from 1998 to 2005, he as the writer and director. He is the director of the Death Notes. It is also very popular in the world. 

James Wan is a Malaysia-born Australian producer, screenwriter, and film director of Chinese heritage. 
James Wan
He is also a giant director. The Saw is the best example about that. The Dead Silence is his work, too. His always use the sound and blood to show his thinking. He is very young (born 27 February 1977), I think it is a good news for his fans.

Dead Silence
There are many famous horror movies’ directors in the world, I like horror movies and I like them, too.

Supper Stars

Stephen Chow
Stephen Chow is named “The King of Comedy” in China; he is a Hong Kong actor, comedian, screenwriter, film director and producer. Stephen Chow began as a temporary actor for TVB. He entered TVB in early 1980s, and was trained there, although he had few opportunities to appear in films. Chow graduated from TVB's acting classes in 1982. Chow began to find some success with the children programme 430 Space Shuttle, which he co-hosted with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. In 1987, Chow entered into the movie industry through the film Final Justice, which won him the Taiwan Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor. While Chow became quite well known on TVB for his comedies (especially 1989's The Final Combat), he shot to stardom in 1990's, all for the Winner. This film made him and his older sidekick Ng Man-Tat two of the most sought-after stars in the Hong Kong film industry. Chow would collaborate with Ng on many of his more successful comedies, including Shaolin Soccer. Chow became Hong Kong's undisputed No. 1 comedian, taking over the mantle of Michael Hui. Unlike Hui, Chow's comedies are of the mo lei tau genre. With his expert comic timing and "rubber-faced mannerisms" , Chow ranked alongside Andy Lau, Chow Yun-fat and Jackie Chan as the major box office draws of the 1990s. In 1994 Chow began directing films, starting with From Beijing with Love, which he co-directed with Lee Lik-Chi. In the late half of the 1990s, mainland China began to warm to Stephen Chow movies. His film duology A Chinese Odyssey (1994) became (and remains) a cult classic in mainland China, baffling many Hong Kong observers, as the duology did only moderately well in Hong Kong. Nonetheless, on the mainland Chow rapidly became one of Hong Kong's most iconic film stars.  In 2001 his film Shaolin Soccer grossed over 60 million HK dollars. The film won Best picture, and Chow won Best Actor and Best Director at the 2002 Hong Kong Film Awards, receiving a total of seven wins from 2001–2003, including the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Bauhinia Award for Best Picture and Best Director.It was his first international hit and established his reputation in the West. In 2004 he directed the film Kung Fu Hustle winning 18 awards including BAFTA Best Film not in the English Language, five Golden Horse Awards and six Hong Kong Film Awards. Chow's film CJ7 began filming in July 2006 in the eastern Chinese port of Ningbo. In August 2007 the film was given the title CJ7, a play on China's successful Shenzhou manned space missionsShenzhou 5 and Shenzhou 6. This film introduced newcomer Kitty Zhang as his romantic lead. In 2011, news was released that Chow had started work on a new Chinese Odyssey project. He is to star as well as co-direct, produce and screenwrite. He is to co-direct with Derek Kwok. Other names have included for the project are Anthony Wong, Show Luo and Shu Qi. Chow often casts relatively new young actresses to play opposite him, especially as romantic leads, and many of these actresses have gone on to have successful film or music careers of their own. He had been acting movies since 1981 till now and there are about 84 movies. People love his movies due to the way he played is different between other. He was using another style to make people laugh, but after they laughed, they always can learn something from it. All the stories he acted are from the society. All the things may all be happened around people; in that case, it will pay more people’s attention.

Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, singer and writer. He has received two Golden Globe Awards and has also been nominated on four occasions. Carrey began comedy in 1979, performing at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto, Ontario. After gaining prominence in 1981, he began working at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles where he was soon noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who immediately signed him to open his tour performances. Carrey, long interested in film and television, developed a close friendship with comedian Damon Wayans, which landed him a role in the sketch comedy hit In Living Colour, in which he portrayed various characters during the show's 1990 season. Between 1996 and 1999, Carrey continued his success after earning lead roles in several highly popular films including The Cable Guy (1996), Liar Liar (1997), in which he was nominated for another Golden Globe Award and in the critically acclaimed films The Truman Show and Man on the Moon, in 1998 and 1999, respectively. Both films earned Carrey Golden Globe awards. Since earning both awards, Carrey continued to star in comedy films, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) where he played the title character, Bruce Almighty (2003) where he portrayed the role of unlucky TV reporter Bruce Nolan, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004), Fun with Dick and Jane (2005), Yes Man (2008), and A Christmas Carol (2009). Carrey has also taken on more serious roles including Joel Barish in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) alongside Kate Winslet and Kirsten Dunst, which earned him another Golden Globe nomination, and Steven Jay Russell in I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) alongside Ewan McGregor. Till now he has already acted 36 movies.

Sanma Akashiya
Sanma Akashiya was born July 1, 1955 in Kushimoto, Wakayama, Japan) is a Japanese TV comedian and actor simply known as Sanma. His real name is Takafumi Sugimoto. His talent agency is Yoshimoto Corporation. Together with Beat Takeshi and Tamori, Sanma is said to be one of the "Big Three" tarento of Japan.[by whom?] Sanma's nickname is Owarai Kaiju. He is known for his ability to endlessly carry a conversation. His protruding front teeth are often ridiculed even by himself. 

Sung-kee Ahn
Ahn Sung-ki (Korean:  born 1 January 1952) is known to the public as the "National Best Actor of Korea" who had been acted over 80 movies now. A Roman Catholic, he was born in Daegu and grew up as a child actor - graduating Kyundong junior high school, from which Cho Yong-pil also graduated - appearing in director Kim Ki-young's celebrated film The Housemaid (1960). Starting from the 1980s, he appeared in nearly 100 movies. He was a graduate of the Vietnamese department of the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Because of his ability to speak several foreign languages, UNICEF appointed Ahn as a representative, and his image is often seen in advertisements on planes travelling to Korea. He acted twice as the President of Korea in the movies the Romantic President (2002) and Hanbando (2006).He had military service after graduating from university as an artillery officer (first lieutenant, 1974 ~ 1976) which he volunteered for.Go, Shogi and Cue sports are well known as Ahn's hobby, but he confesses in the interview that he has not played cue sports; he also tells his profiles publicized about twenty years ago are still on the internet. Ahn is critical about plastic surgery; he told that plastic surgery damaged actors' identity, in Park Joong-hoon's Holiday Talk Show on January 18, 2009. He had been acted over 80 movies now.
Ahn has two sons, Dabin and Phillip, who both attended The Lawrenceville School, a prestigious boarding academy in New Jersey. His sons both aspire to pursue art and design in the future.



In my previous post, the celebrities show the audience where they came from in their own documentary film. It is a perfect way to show the audience what their place is like and how special it is. While not many people know where Stratford, Ontario or Akron, Ohio is, it is actually a place where Justin Bieber and LeBron James grew up. Both of them just put these two places onto the map again cause before them, no one would of heard of it or been there.

Stratford, Ontario

Akron, Ohio