“Jodorowsky’s Dune” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Jodorowsky's Dune

Imagine my surprise and insatiable curiosity at discovering only a few years ago that he almost made a theatrical version of Dune — in 1975. Two years before Star Wars changed the game for science fiction movies, and this Dune truly could have been the first game changer, in more ways than one.

“Oculus” — A Slice of SciFi Review

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The selling points of this film for genre fans are obvious. It is a pleasure to see Karen Gillan on screen playing a character different from Amy Pond, and Katee Sackhoff pulls off a role that is haunting with some genuine shock value. The characters are introduced in a manner that is intriguing, and we quickly find ourselves wanting to know what happened and where the story is heading.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest in Marvel’s bid to take over the motion picture world and keep the Marvel Universe going strong. Does it work? Let’s find out…

“Divergent” — A Slice of SciFi Review

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Divergent is the next up in Hollywood’s ever hopeful and never ending quest to keep the Young Adult blockbusters going. Will it manage? Let’s find out…

“The Wind Rises” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Miyazaki's The Wind Rises

Even if The Wind Rises is not Miyazaki’s last film, the animated drama stands strongly with the rest of the director’s body of work and should be used as an example of serious story telling in animation and Japanese Anime in general.

“The LEGO Movie” — A Slice of SciFi Review

The LEGO Movie

I have to confess: I have a small LEGO addiction. So, when I heard there was going to be LEGO movie, I had to watch it. I HAD to watch it. After seeing it, I have to say this: you HAVE to watch it too.

“The Legend of Hercules” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Legend of Hercules

Once upon a time, American theaters were flooded with Hercules, Samson, Goliath, and Maciste films imported from Italy during the late 1950s-mid 1960s. This sort of storytelling represents a time-honored genre deserving of a reboot with modern casting and modern special effects.

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — A Slice of SciFi Review

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I admire Peter Jackson. I think that he has, in the past, done the impossible with his adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings, and when I learned that he agreed to do The Hobbit I was delighted. Still, I did become just a wee bit concerned when I learned that he was stretching the book into, not two, but THREE movies.

“Frozen” — A Slice of SciFi Review

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Packed to the brim with Broadway stars and the sweeping songs throughout, Frozen just screams of a future Broadway show of the movie that Soccer Moms and Thespians will sing in their cars for years. I do believe that Frozen will be around for a long time, as a new classic.

“Thor: The Dark World” — Yet ANOTHER Slice Of Scifi Review

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Marvel has done something amazing here. They had enormous success with the sequels of the Iron Man franchise, and here again they have success with Thor. As I said before, sequels can be very scary, and that is definitely the case here as this movie is just that “scary good!!!”

“Thor: The Dark World” — Another Slice of SciFi Review

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After setting such a high standard with its creative output, we all knew at some point that Marvel Studios would give us a dud.

Up to this point, the biggest creative misstep has been Iron Man 2, but even that one had things to recommend about it. It looks like the second Iron Man has some company in the creative misstep column with the debut of Thor: The Dark World.

“Thor: The Dark World” — A Slice of SciFi Review

Thor: The Dark World

Personally I found it refreshing, and frankly somewhat of a relief, how fully this Thor movie was willing to be something of an exercise in high fantasy. I was impressed by just how much of the film took place in Asgard and the nine realms, and how much of the story’s focus was on the gods and their challenges as opposed to the focus being primarily on humanity.

“Ender’s Game” — Another Slice of SciFi Review

Ender's Game

It took close to thirty years, but Hollywood has finally found a way to adapt Ender’s Game for the silver screen.

Part of the wait was allowing technology to catch up with Card’s imagination (and that of his readers) to fully render the universe of Ender Wiggin on the silver screen.  Another part was finding young actors who could help bring the characters to life on the silver screen.

Ender’s Game — A Slice of SciFi Review

Ender's Game

I’m not somebody who normally thinks that written material can’t be adapted to the screen. It’s generally my philosophy that, in the hands of a truly skilled filmmaker, the feel or essence of anything that can be conveyed in words can also be conveyed through film.

“Gravity” — A Slice of SciFi Review

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Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, is directed by Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), and is the story of what happens when something goes horribly awry during a NASA mission to install some new technology on the Hubble Space Telescope.

If you saw the trailer and you’re like me, you had 2 reactions:
1. Holy crap that’s terrifying!
2. How do they plan on making a whole movie out of that?!?

Well I’m happy to report that #1 is completely accurate and #2 is not a problem.