Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • A Buffy Revival – Vampires Spike and Angel Could Absolutely Do a Movie Note the following: David Boreanaz says he’s done playing Angel. Joss Whedon (creator, writer, editor, director, minor deity) has also said he’d make a Buffy movie if the heavens willed it so. We think David would return with the right offer. With Bones finished, isn’t he free now? And I don’t ...
  • Terminator TV Series: The Carlenator Ahoy there. Spoilers for Terminator: Dark Fate ahead! Terminator: Dark Fate isn’t blowing the doors off the box office. It opened with a slightly disappointing weekend of $29 million: $1 million below expectations. In fact, the past three Terminator movies (Salvation, Genisys, and Dark Fate) all failed to meet box office ...
  • Official Movie Review – Terminator: Dark Fate All things considered, I’d say Terminator: Dark Fate is a worthy successor to the 1991 Terminator 2. After 28 years, 3 other Terminator movies — plus a TV show — it’s hard to think of Dark Fate as the 3rd movie in a trilogy, but that’s where it belongs. Dark Fate ...
  • Ranking the Terminator Movies Well, cool, I just rewatched the entire run of Terminator movies and realized it will be easier to rank them in order of greatness than I thought. For each movie (I’ll get to the TV show later), the best to worst go in order of first to last created. That ...
  • Movie Review – The Lighthouse   It’s no secret I have issues with A24 productions. I have seen them all. I go in with an open mind — and every time but twice I’ve hated them. Spring Breakers and Tusk get a free pass; those entertained me. When I saw the trailers for The Lighthouse, I was ...
  • Movie Review by RunPee Rob – Terminator: Dark Fate I went into this film with mixed feelings. The original landed in the mid 80s with barely a ripple. A relatively small budget film by a new director, with not a well known cast. But it took off. The early 90s saw T2 launched with a lot of ballyhoo and fuss ...
  • In Defense of Terminator 3 Terminator: Dark Fate opens this week.  It’s the sixth movie in the Terminator franchise.  However, it is the official sequel to Terminator 2: Judgment Day…which basically invalidates Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, one of my favorite entries in the entire franchise. Billy Crystal once joked that Arnold Schwarzenegger signed on ...
  • Movie Review – Lucy in the Sky This was a pretty depressing movie. I left the theater and was so sad about so many things. It’s not a fun story and certainly not an uplifting one either. I’m one of the movie goers that like to have fun and be carried away into a riveting or even just ...
  • Movie Review – Maleficent: Mistress of Evil There really isn’t a lot to say about this Maleficent sequel. It’s gorgeous to look at. If you like fantasy movies, you’ll have a great time. Angelina Jolie brings back that good/evil vibe she did so well in the original. She also doesn’t look a day older from way back when, ...
  • Movie Review – Zombieland: Double Tap Zombieland: Double Tap wasn’t great, but it was better than I expected and certainly satisfying. I’m happy to say that Double Tap avoids the typical disappointment from sequels that were added on to a successful movie as a money grab. #ZL2 has the same charm and wit as the original. I’m ...
  • The Essential Will Smith   Gemini Man opens October 11.  The name Will Smith has become synonymous with  sci-fi action films.  Smith has had a long and varied career, even if his genre roles are my favorite.  I’ve been a fan of his since I was a kid.  Somewhere I have a Soundtracks cassette of ...
  • Best Superhero Movies That Were Never Made Todd Philips’ controversial new film Joker opens this week.  It’s kind of amazing that a character piece with no connection to the DC Universe and no Batman in sight got the green light.  Many other movies aren’t so lucky.  Even movies with major talent attached to them.  Here’s a look ...
  • Movie Review – Ad Astra   This is a very intense and thought provoking movie. I can’t write the review today, but I’ll give it a B grade for now. I saw in in IMAX, which I recommend for the best “space” experience, and for the constant extreme closeups on Brad Pitt’s face. Suffice to say for ...
  • Top 5 Space Travel Movies   Ad Astra opens this week.  Starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones, it has plenty of Oscar potential.  Pitt plays an astronaut who travels through space to seek his missing father.  In honor of this movie’s opening weekend, here are my top five space travel movies. 5.  The Right Stuff This movie takes ...
  • Movie Review – Beauty and the Beast   Without any doubt, the 1991 animated Beauty & The Beast is considered among the best of the Disney Princess movies, or any of the the Disney films. It’s from the period known as The Disney Renaissance that started with The Little Mermaid, and ran through most of the 90s. (I ...
  • Video – Opening Scene to La La Land (that amazing traffic jam dance) It’s no secret I’m not a big fan of La La Land (as in, the movie. The city of Los Angeles is fine.) Mostly I think La La Land is a bit silly and overly sentimental. It won a lot of awards, but I just didn’t love it. (Thankfully, I ...
  • Easter Eggs in Aladdin and The Lion King Who knew classic, straight-laced, non-Pixar, Original Flavor Disney would start using Easter Eggs? It’s possible they’ve been doing this all along and I haven’t noticed, but usually there’s not a whiff of cross-pollination between, say, Princess properties. No nods to Snow White in Sleeping Beauty, for example, even though both ...
  • Avengers Bests Avatar at Box Office – But Avatar Is Still #1 in My Heart Avatar is one of my all time favorite movies.  So I’m a little torn that Avengers: Endgame has broken its box office record. Yes, it’s cool that a superhero movie is now the reigning box office champ of all time. Endgame is the reigning champ And it’s an impressive feat wrapping up ...
  • Tears in the Rain – RIP to Icon Rutger Hauer Rutger Hauer sadly passed away July 19th, 2019. Hauer was a character actor best known for genre films.  His most famous and beloved role was the replicant (a type of cyborg) Roy Batty in the 1982 movie Blade Runner.  If Hauer had done nothing else, he would still be fondly ...
  • Was The Infinity War Snap actually random in who was dusted? A thought occurred to me last night while watching a YouTube video about Thanos’  Snap: were the people who became dust selected at random? At first glance I always assumed so, but maybe not. I’m not a mathematician, and questions of probability can confound even professors of mathematics. I’ll lay out my ...
  • Movie Review – The Lion King (2019) If you’re not a Lion King fan, then I think you’ll find the 2019  live action (CGI, really) version more enjoyable than the animated one, based on more humor and the outstanding cinematography. For my part, I feel a little numb because I effectively watched the movie three times today working ...
  • The Lion King – Rewatch Review of the Animated Classic This week the rebooted version of The Lion King arrives in theaters. But before that happens, I want to say a few things. To start with, the original 1994 Lion King is one of the best Disney movies EVER. For me, it’s right after The Little Mermaid, and that’s saying ...
  • The Lion King – Can Disney Remake a Masterpiece? My two cents worth as I anticipate The Lion King this week. I’m fascinated to see how Disney can remake a masterpiece. The original movie was amazing, and the stage musical was also, in an entirely different way. When my daughter, Destiny, and I saw the musical in Chicago, we ...
  • Avengers: Endgame Re-Release Extra Footage Explained In an attempt to knock Avatar (2009) off the Biggest Box Office high horse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe opened their vaults and added some extra footage to Avengers: Endgame in a ‘re-release’. Normally a re-release happens after a movie has been gone awhile, but with MCU fever still running high, Marvel ...
  • Spider-Man & Iron Man – Lyrics to Back in Black by AC/DC Starting way back in 2008 with Iron Man‘s use of I Am Iron-Man and, yes, Back in Black, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has never been shy of using classic rock hits in their superhero movies. While 2019’s Spiderman: Far From Home doesn’t have as many rocking songs as Spider-Man: Homecoming, ...

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