Tag: science fiction

Identicals

Identicals

| April 13, 2016

I think that people who write sci-fi are smarter than the rest of us in a few key ways.  They have a real capacity for keeping entire worlds in their head all at once, with an incredible attention to detail concerning how these fictional worlds work and how the characters therein interact with each other.  […]

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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Phase IV

Phase IV

| November 16, 2015

Even if film fans aren’t familiar with the name “Saul Bass,” chances are very good they have seen his work. Bass is best known for his work as a designer creating iconic title sequences for films, including three particularly memorable ones for Alfred Hitchcock’s films North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Psycho. This work has had […]

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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Spaced Invaders (1990) on Blu-ray

Spaced Invaders (1990) on Blu-ray

| September 13, 2015

In response to a 50th anniversary broadcast of Orson Welles’ The War of the Worlds, a group of Martians believe their compatriots are invading Earth and scramble to catch up, crash landing in a small Midwestern town on Halloween night while everyone believes they’re simply kids trick or treating. 25 years later, Spaced Invaders is […]

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It! The Terror from Beyond Space

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

| May 17, 2015

It’s been more than three decades since audiences were first warned that no one could hear them scream in space, and yet Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) continues to be celebrated as a sci-fi/horror masterpiece. Edward L. Cahn’s 1958 B-picture, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, hasn’t quite fared so well though. And that’s a real […]

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Vice

Vice

| March 14, 2015

I really had high hopes for this.  The trailer looked really cool, I like Bruce Willis a lot, and so I went into this completely sold.  Unfortunately, the movie refused to meet me half way and give me something somewhat unique or interesting that I could latch onto. The story is simple enough, though it […]

Alien Rising

Alien Rising

| January 19, 2015

With all the grace and skill of a Syfy Original Movie, comes Alien Rising, a hackneyed, hasty, cheap movie intended for god knows what audience.  Starring Amy Hathaway and Lance Henrickson (Aliens), this movie follows a former secret agent years after losing her beloved partner and working as a ballet instructor.  She is unexpectedly thrown […]

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Under the Skin

Under the Skin

| July 15, 2014

Sexy Beast-director Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin (2014) is an immeasurably tense, if mesmerizingly languid, science fiction thriller. Told from the vantage point of a seemingly cold, predatory alien, the film explores humanity at both its best and absolute worst. It allows us to view ourselves from a distance, removed from the context of our […]

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Robocop (2014)

Robocop (2014)

| May 31, 2014

The best way to go into any movie is with low expectations.  If you expect perfection, you will be disappointed, but if you expect an unwatchable travesty, then you’ll likely be pleasantly surprised.  My expectations for the new Robocop were about as low as possible.  This was not because I have some loyalty to the […]

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