“Ender’s Game” Controversy . . . really? [Read more…]
Warning: This editorial has SPOILERS for several films including Inception, Red and Kick-Ass. If you haven’t seen them yet, you may want to watch them first and then read this…. [Read more…]
“A landmark technical achievement”, “A stunning visual experience”, “A wonder to behold”.
You would have thought I would have learned my lesson with Titanic. [Read more…]
A comment on Voice Mail Show #271 got me to ponder about the books I’ve accumulated in 27 years of reading science fiction.
And not just books; I subscribed to the Analog of Science Fiction & Science Fact shortly after being introduced to Science Fiction, and have kept every issue since. [Read more…]
I’ve started watching Dr. Who, and that started me researching Who-time, and found very little in way of explaining the treatment of time in the Dr. Who universe.
I asked a few Whovanians (Whovanites? Whovians?), and their answer was:
“WILL YOU LIGHTEN UP, AND JUST ENJOY THE SHOW!?!?! Sheesh!” [Read more…]
It’s been a while since “District 9” has been out, but a few people recently told me they found this movie “deeply disturbing”. I tried to get specifics, but no explanation I got gave me additional understanding as to the how and why they felt that way. But, it did remind me I was supposed to write about it. [Read more…]
Not really; maybe Balesome, for Bale/John Connors was not the central character of Terminator Salvation. The story is about the missing Terminator link, Marcus Wright. And the story is not that bad. In fact, aside a few gratuitous and pointless action sequences, I enjoyed the movie. True, I could still be shell-shocked from Star Trek’s so-called-plot, and anything might looks good at this point. [Read more…]
While everyone I meet is raving about Avatar, I only just recently caught up to the big Sci-Fi movies of last year. I’m speaking Star Trek, Terminator: Salvation, and District 9.
Mind you, I plan to go watch Avatar at the theater, maybe even at the I-Max, but for the three movies listed above I had to wait for the DVDs to be released. Now that I’ve seen them I can write about them, and I’ll start with the one for which I had the highest expectations.
I should be slugging away at my National Novel Writing Month novel, but instead I choose to regale hapless readers who wander by with yet more of my thoughts on recent movies. Recent in terms of when they became available for rent, not necessarily when shown in theaters. That’s right; I cater to people who shun the company of crowds (although crowds might have been hard to find at some of these movies), and who prefer instead to enjoy, or not, their movie-viewing at home. [Read more…]
I’ve noticed something with Eureka. No, not how the first few shows after the long absence were pretty weak. Nor how it turned around slowly and finished strong. I mean, I did notice, but I noticed something else as well.
I noticed is a consistent anti-science and anti-scientists theme to the plots. Mind you, the plots have not changed much, so it’s more me thinking about the show (probably because I find it a little boring relative to prior seasons). [Read more…]
No, this is not another article on how e-Mail, FaceBook, Twitter, and the Internet in general are shrinking what little free time we might have.
No, this is about entertainment, and specifically who is paying for it. In the course of examining where all my time is going, I realized I don’t watch live TV, I rarely go to the movies, and in general I inject very little cash into the vast entertainment industry. [Read more…]
What will I, and many others, do when it all ends suddenly?
OK, I’m not saying it’ll happen soon. We don’t know when it will happen. But you will know when it does happen. There’s a good chance your appliances will be fried, your cell phone will stop working, the power will go out, the cable will be out, and gasp the Internet will go down. [Read more…]