Tag: Sci-Fi

My Science Project

My Science Project

| February 19, 2016

Nostalgia is a hell of a thing, and a number of home video imprints have been recently reissuing some very unexpected titles on Blu-ray to capitalize on it. This is, for the most part, an almost unmitigated good: the more obscure, oddball films that are available in physical formats, the better. Predictably, not every one […]

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Ascension: Season 1

Ascension: Season 1

| October 16, 2015

Someone should tell whoever’s in charge of these things that a show that is cancelled is not retroactively a “mini-series.”  I went into Ascension thinking the three episodes were going to be the entire story and was slightly disappointed to see the third episode end in a cliffhanger.  Not a huge problem, I thought.  I […]

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Dark by Noon

Dark by Noon

| July 16, 2015

If there’s a type of movie that I have a particular affinity for, it’s time travel movies.  There’s something about that genre of sci-fi that is fascinating to me, and has been since I was a kid watching the Back to the Future trilogy.  I like thinking about what’s possible when a time machine is […]

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RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

RiffTrax Live: Sharknado 2 – The Second One

| July 13, 2015

Have you ever had a plate of food placed in front of you, which looked intriguing but lacked a little flavor? Movies have been known to do the very same thing. Take for example the SYFY made-for-TV Sharknado series. On the surface, these films look like they could be a complete nightmare. But when you […]

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Interview with Jack Sholder, Director of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Interview with Jack Sholder, Director of Nightmare on Elm Street 2

| April 13, 2015

Jack Sholder, the acclaimed director of such beloved genre classics as Alone in the Dark, The Hidden and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 will be making his first Chicago appearance at the Sci-Fi Spectacular (facebook.com/terrorintheaisles)—Saturday, April 18, 2015 at The Patio Theater—for a Q & A and a rare screening of one of the best films […]

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Ancient Aliens – Season 6, Volume 2

Ancient Aliens – Season 6, Volume 2

| January 9, 2015

I was intrigued by the premise of this series for a while.  If you’re unfamiliar with the show, each episode examines a historical figure or artifact and speculates about extraterrestrial influence in our development as a species.  Well, “speculates” is really giving the show too much credit.  The show presents crazy theories about alien interference […]

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

| December 8, 2014

It’d been a very long time since I’d wanted to see a film again, right after I finished laying eyes upon it. Great films manage to resonate with you, whether it’s because of the characters, the dialog or the setting that manages to captivate and encapsulate everything that you love about film. While I’ve been […]

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The Congress

The Congress

| December 2, 2014

Ari Folman is one of the greatest living directors working in the industry today and if his 2008 film, Waltz with Bashir wasn’t enough of an indication of that, then his latest film, The Congress, most certainly is. Loosely adapted from a novel by famous Polish author Stanislaw Lem, The Congress stars Robin Wright, as […]

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LFO

LFO

| October 31, 2014

After sinking myself into the first act of Antonio Tublén’s second feature film, LFO, I became extremely concerned. The film reminded me of Shane Carruth’s Primer, in that it wasn’t necessarily cinematic and very concerned about the pseudo-science behind the premise of the film. While I think the idea of Primer is a good one, […]

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

| July 6, 2014

The theme running through the new movie The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is that apes don’t kill apes and that humans are not family because they kill one another. The last movie left viewers wondering as a virus called the Simian Flu hit the country, one that was spurred by an Alzheimer’s treatment […]

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