the roadThe Road, directed by John Hillcoat, 2009

Yes, The Road can be considered a science fiction film. The movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where animals and vegetation are scarce, leading people to scrounge for food and even resort to cannibalism. This adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's popular novel is a bleak but emotional film that follows a father's (Viggo Mortensen) journey through an American wasteland with his young son (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Charlize Theron and Robert Duvall deliver fine supporting performances, but its Mortensen and Smit-McPhee's portrayal as the father-son team that gives the movie its emotional power. Director John Hillcoat is uncompromising in his vision of a grey and hollowed-out world that has little to offer but dirt and violence. This was one of the best films of 2009.

roswell season oneRoswell: The Complete First Season, produced by Jason Katims, 2009

A teen drama at its core, Roswell starred Jason Behr as Max, a do-gooder alien smitten with the lovely Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby). Katherine Heigl and Brendan Fer co-starred as Behr's moody alien sister and his best pal, but the relationship between Max and Liz was the heart of the first season. Roswell aired on The WB, and later UPN, and the show suffered many creative ups and downs during its three-season run. But Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims and crew crafted a sweet and addictive first season that offered a great balance of teen romance and sci-fi suspense. Check out the free episodes on Slashcontrol.

battlestar galactica the planBattlestar Galactica: The Plan, directed by Edward James Olmos, 2009

This straight to DVD flick revisits events from the show's first few seasons through the eyes of the Cylons. I reviewed it upon its release last year, but I felt compelled to screen it again after reading all the exciting BSG MMO news coming out of E3. Simply put, it's not that great. The Plan gives flat answers to questions from the series that didn't really need answering, and it mostly fails to deliver any deep insight into the Cylon agenda or "plan." The best reason to watch The Plan is to see Dean Stockwell's insane performance. The guy is having a blast lying, scheming and killing his way through the flick as Cylon baddie Cavil. Most of the show's headliners only appear in old footage from the series, but Grace Park and Rick Worthy, who also played Cylons, deliver excellent performances in a few key scenes.
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