While in Chicago this past weekend, I had a few hours to kill so I dropped $12 on a sweet luxury seat at AMC’s Dine-in theatre to watch the latest Disney/Marvel superhero blockbuster, Captain Marvel. Continue reading Captain Marvel in One Word: Adequate
Category Archives: movies
Review of Europa Report
Europa Report was a mid-budget fairly hard science fiction film that came out in 2013. I had watched it immediately, and something about it had rubbed me the wrong way. I definitely recall starting to write a full review. But it seems that memory is a delusion: I had written no such review. Continue reading Review of Europa Report
Fast Review of Star Trek Beyond
This is a very very brief review.
Suicide Squad: Why It Failed
This article contains spoilers for the movie Suicide Squad. Read at your own peril.
I don’t know anymore. I really don’t. I’m officially middle aged, and am thus, by definition, “out of touch”. This means that I will never again understand what the kids are into, and I will never again have my finger on the pulse of pop culture or on “what’s cool”— if indeed I ever did! The fact that I put quotation marks around “what’s cool” is a sure sign that I’m now an old fuddy-duddy, as is my unironic use of “fuddy-duddy.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Okay
(This is a spoiler-free review.)
Well this is awkward.
Earlier this week, I tweeted some not-so-nice things about Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder. For instance:
The Z-man had disappointed me too many times. Sure, 300 was a lot of fun, and its visuals were innovative at the time, sort of like a comic book come to life. Then came Watchmen, which was remarkably faithful to the look of its source material…. but not its feel. Continue reading Batman v Superman: Dawn of Okay
Yesterday afternoon, I was sitting in Fran’s restaurant on Shuter Street in Toronto, with my two good friends Ed Wong and Andrew Currie. I noticed a strange art piece –sculpture, I guess– on the wall. It reminded me of something. Continue reading Nimoy Memories
Review of Interstellar
The following is a review of the film Interstellar that is very rich with spoilers. If you have not seen the movie, and wish to do so, read at your peril.
Important opening statement: Interstellar is a very good movie. I enjoyed my time watching it, and feel that it is an excellent introduction to hard science fiction for the general public. I paid $20 for my IMAX ticket, and $5 for a bottle of water (I know, I know), and feel that I got my money’s worth. I would happily recommend it to anyone interested in spending an evening watching a well made film with a science fiction theme and mature, emotional overtones. Continue reading Review of Interstellar
The Best Science Fiction Movies Ever? And What is Science Fiction, Anyway?
Over on Esquire.com, there’s a list of the best science fiction films of all time, supposedly as determined by a survey of scientists. Their list:
Continue reading The Best Science Fiction Movies Ever? And What is Science Fiction, Anyway?
The Andromeda Strain (2008) Part 2
(Read our review of part 1)
The creative team responsible for The Andromeda Strain (2008) part deux largely squanders the narrative potential established in part one by not adequately communicating the backstory, while subjecting the viewer to poor special effects and truly unbelievable plot developments. Continue reading The Andromeda Strain (2008) Part 2
2012 Skiffy Year in Review
It’s 2013. We survived the Mayan apocalypse. Or did we? (Cue spooky music). Continue reading 2012 Skiffy Year in Review