Plus a Couple More (#SFWApro)

MV5BMTg0OTEzNTI4Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjI2NTYyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_The Polish BLIND CHANCE (1988) is a film in the Sliding Doors mode that explores three different timelines, all springing from a students’ different interactions with a beer drinker in a bar. As a result, the protagonist becomes a Communist Party member, reform activist or apolitical, though unusually he comes to a bad end in all three. Uninspired. “My mother was so proud when she saw my Party card, she cried.”

LOST IN SPACE (1998) was one I expected would be marginal (a last-minute time travel bit) but the time-travel element (one of the characters twenty years in the future trying to fix everything) is substantial enough it goes in the body of the book, not the appendix. In its own right, this reworking of the sixties TV show is dull despite a cast that includes William Hurt, Gary Oldman, Matt leBlanc and other capable actors; it’s very episodic (the need to save the world sort of fades into the background), with a dull monster (looks too much like a knockoff of Stargate: SG-1‘s Replicators) and the family drama (trying to save Earth, dad has neglected his son, who suffers so much with dad’s love!) feels stock. “Monsters live to devour little boys—I know because I’m one of them.”

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