C. G. Gross

Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (13 of 14)
Location: Oradell, NJ United States
Birthday: March 30


Top Reviewer Ranking: 489,632 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 14
Eden by Stanislaw Lem
Eden by Stanislaw Lem
3.0 out of 5 stars Culture shock, April 29 2004
This one is sort of a forced hybrid-- a stereotyped sci-fi space crew (mostly without names, as I recall) dealing with an alien civilization based on lies and linguistic distortions. Who says that aliens have to be immediately understandable? What would have happened if some spacefaring race were to have plopped down in the middle of Nazi Germany or Stalinist Russia? That's the situation our protaganists are faced with; they don't even know what the aliens are normally like, let alone what they're like under the situation in which they find them.
The story is told in a very straightforward manner, leaving the readers to draw their own moral conclusions; something that Lem does very… Read more
Thx-1138 <b>VHS</b> ~ Robert Duvall
Thx-1138 VHS ~ Robert Duvall
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's wrong?, Oct. 31 2003
It's strange that a film dealing with a bleak, dehumanized future turned out to be so human! THX-1138 starts out with what appears to be a Buck Rogers trailer, but it's re-dubbed in such a way that the announcer is talking about "Buck Rogers in the 20th Cen-tu-reee!" There is a great deal of ironic humor and deadpan comedy in the film, and it would be difficult to appreciate "THX-1138" without understanding that. This is a film in the vein of "Catch-22", "M.A.S.H.", and "Slaughterhouse-Five". In fact, in some ways "THX-1138" bears some similarities in its absurd humor with "Apocalypse Now", which George Lucas helped to write and almost directed.
THX-1138 (Robert Duvall), a good citizen… Read more
Lessons of Darkness [Widescreen/Pan & Scan] <b>DVD</b> ~ Werner Herzog
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness indeed, Oct. 11 2003
This is a sad and eerie film, in some ways similar to those of Godfrey Reggio. Werner Herzog and a camera crew toured Kuwait and environs in the wake of the Gulf War and documented the destruction (both physical and human) wrought by Saddam Hussain's armies in the oil fields and by the bombing of strategic targets. But instead of presenting a straightforward story about a historical event, Herzog created a science-fiction parable. The entire movie has a strange, detached tone; we see horrendous destruction, rooms full of torture equipment, and victims of brutality, but there are no cinematic clues about how the 'aliens' who supposedly made this movie feel about these things; their attitude… Read more