While we currently have a lot of great genre shows populating the airwaves, columnist Kyle Munkittrick argues that it’s time for some of the premium cable channels to step up to the plate and deliver a “cinematic” sci-fi experience. [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…]
Many of us have had to defend our love of science-fiction and fantasy to friends and family for years now. Whether or not we’ve been successful in convincing them that the genre is more than rockets and laser battles is probably up for debate.
But if you’re looking for a little back-up the next time you defend the genre, then you need to read Doug Mann’s article from “The Mark.” [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…]
This weekend, the 10th Doctor’s era came to a close with the conclusion of “The End of Time.”
Now, as fans across the world get ready for the Matt Smith era to begin on “Doctor Who,” we take a moment to look back on the best stories from David Tenntant’s tenure as the Doctor.
Listed here are my top eight stories from the David Tennant era. [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.
For years, many of us have complained about a lack of original ideas from Hollywood.
Week after week, we’ve heard and read stories about the latest comic book, toy line, video game, board game or tv show being mined for a new blockbuster in Hollywood. And that doesn’t even get into the rebooting of franchises or remaking of previously made movies or properties. [Read more…]
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…]
Wired columnist Scott Brown has an intriguing essay on why the United States may finally be ready to embrace “Doctor Who.” Having been a fan since the mid-’80’s and seen the show on the verge of breaking out of its cult stutus (until Michael Grade put the show in haitus and ruined the momentum), the […]
I’m enjoying both the show and the ride it takes you on, but I don’t know for how much longer. Yes, yes, I know . . . give it at least six episodes. However, after only three episodes I’m already switching from enjoy-the-ride mode to let-me-look-under-the-hood mode, and what I see is iffy. First, let […]
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…]