Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Sorry YA movies that never finished their franchises
    I’m the member of the RunPee family who LOVES the YA (young adult) Dystopian/Fantasy genre. Harry Potter is still an obsession for me (and I’m 50). I re-read The Hunger Games every year, and watch the franchise even more. I even think Twilight was decent, although The Host was better. So, what’s ...
  • Movie Review – The Darkest Minds
    Here is yet another Young Adult Dystopian film that feels a lot like many others that came out of last decade’s love affair with young people who are either 1. the Chosen Ones or who have 2. Superpowers. Sometimes both apply. These characters even ask themselves what Harry Potter characters ...
  • About the End Credits Scenes in Ant Man & The Wasp
    First off, it’s a Marvel movie, okay? You simply may not leave your seat until the lights come up. In this case, Ant Man and the Wasp is no different. Make your friends — and even strangers — “hold onto their butts.” (Ten points to Gryffindor if you remember where that ...
  • Comic Con Releases Grim but Exciting Trailer for Fantastic Beasts — The Crimes of Grindelwald
    The new trailer for JK Rowling’s Wizarding World was released to great excitement at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con. I didn’t manage to make it into the panel where it was released (SDCC is no joke, folks), but I was nearby at the convention center, and eventually got a ...
  • Arthur Dent Costume for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    I wore this Arthur Dent costume  for the 2018 San Diego Comic Con on Saturday (along with an Ask Me About RunPee pin, of course), and tucked my old ratty copy of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in my robe pocket (the DVD will work too. Or just your Smart Phone, ...
  • Movie Review – Teen Titans Go!
    I’ll try to stay away from spoilers, but let it be said of Teen Titans Go To The Movies! that there are hilarious references to the Marvel universe, along with a multitude of other jabs toward superheroes in general. The plot was typical of most animated movies about the good, the bad, ...
  • Movie Review – Sorry to Bother You
    From our wonderfully insightful San Diego RunPee newbie correspondant Ola Sojobi: “I absolutely loved this movie. The whole setting is beautifully surreal, while the message hits in real ways on several levels. It’s a rollercoaster ride, where the steep drop seems to keep getting steeper, instead of leveling out. The twist will ...
  • Dinosaurs and Mead in San Diego: Bronto Brewery
    Where can you have a serious sword fight  beneath the skeleton of a T-Rex, drinking handcrafted mead from ancient recipes, play geeky games, and watch classic sci-fi movies? That would be the Bronto Brew Meadery in San Diego. The owners are certified geeks, just like their patrons, and if that sounds ...
  • Why Hulk is a Big Weenie and Loki Isn’t
    Loki, God of Mischief, once had a very bad day with the Hulk (“Puny God”), way back in the MCU’s 1st Avengers film. This is when our favorite anti-villain was the Big Bad. He’s come a long way since then.  We saw, even as late as Thor: Ragnarok, that he’s ...
  • Every Stan Lee Cameo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
    We all know about Stan Lee. He’s one of the big name co-creators of Marvel Comics, is a co-producer and co-writer for the movies,  and seems to be a little bit nuts. He’s been inducted into the Sci-Fi & Fantasy Hall of Fame.  He’s also, in one way or another, ...
  • Movie Review – Ant-Man and the Wasp
    When leaving the theater my overall feeling was that I liked the movie — I gave it an 8.8/10 in the RunPee User Poll — but the more I think about it, the less I like it. What I liked The movie had plenty of funny moments and the action was decent. ...
  • Everything Wrong With The Jurassic Movies (YouTube series)
    YouTube has some ongoing series related to movies that are so clever and fun, like the Honest Trailers, or How It Should Have Ended. Here we have the Everything Wrong With shorts (each about 15 minutes). These are funny and insightful, and if some of the nits they pick are ...
  • Movie Rewatch Review – Jurassic Park III
    I finally  made the effort to rewatch Jurassic Park III – something always came up to distract me, and I’m easily distracted if I don’t want to see the movie in question. But I’m glad I did it: the movie isn’t so bad once you’re aware of the retched parts. It’s ...
  • The Ant Man Movie — Sexism and Real Ants
    Assuming the MCU is in our universe, every ant we see in the film Ant Man is female. All worker ants are sterile female clones. Male ants are called drones, and are only used for breeding, then discarded. Queens stay in the nest. This is how ant society works, and ...
  • Movie Review – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation – As Fun as a Real Vacation Kids and Adults Alike
    Hotel Transylvania 3 is just as entertaining as both HT2 and HT1 were. The plot is cute: bringing the great-great granddaughter of Van Helsin and Dracula, together in a possible relationship. I saw this movie with my own 5 year-old great granddaughter and she loved it, as did the rest of the young audience. The ...
  • Movie Rewatch Review – Ant Man
    I really used to like the original Ant Man. I thought it was underrated, charming, funny, and a lighter take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And that’s how I remembered it until my rewatch last night. What I forgot: since it came out, a lot more amusing  and enjoyable MCU ...
  • Tour the Millennium Falcon with Lando Calrissian
    I’m really chuffed to show off this little video, a real treat — a tour of the brand new Millennium Falcon from Solo: A Star Wars Story, with that other double-crossing, no-good swindler of a space rogue, Lando Calrissian. Donald Glover (the new Lando, smarmily stealing Solo’s film) is in all his ...
  • The Quantum Realm in Ant-Man 2 Offers Answers for Avengers 4
    People are wondering why the big beautiful Avengers 3 – Infinity War is being followed so closely in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by, of all heroes, the Ant Man. With Ant-Man and the Wasp smashing across theaters July 6, we’ve barely had a moment to absorb the calamitous events of ...
  • Chewbacca Sings Silent Night (and it actually works)
    Sometimes I just can’t help myself, and watch all kinds of dorky Star Wars fun from the endless free entertainment provided by the internet. And no, I don’t mean the abysmally received Star Wars Holiday Special. (Although you can find THAT on the internet too, if you have 98 minutes ...
  • Tom Holland is an Adorable Bigmouth
    You can’t trust some actors not to spoil their own movies. People like Mark Hamill and Mark Ruffalo can maybe be excused. Chris Pratt too. They didn’t grow up with the internet and Twitter, where everyone knows what’s been said within minutes (seconds, really). Guardians of the Galaxy director James ...
  • Movie Rewatch Attempt – Jurassic Park III
    Known and reviled by most as the “worst Jurassic movie,” I sit here and wait for a for Jurassic Park III rewatch at the most dinosaur-themed brewpub I’ve ever seen, The Bronto Meadery in San Diego. Bronto Meadery is hosting a  viewing all four Jurassic movies before Fallen Kingdom weekend ...
  • Welcome to Jurassic Poll…
    Lots of Dinosaur action this week. I’m getting ready for my Jurassic World Double Feature on Thursday (all Thursdays are movie nights here at RunPee...) Here’s a poll of the state of dinosauria in Twitterland. Poll results will drop in when the time limit is up, but feel free to ...
  • Movie Rewatch: Jurassic Park – The Lost World
    While enjoying a lovely pint of hand crafted mead at the San Diego Bronto Brew Meadery, I got to view a free social rewatch of the entire Jurassic oeuvre. With Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom opening in the US this week, that’s five fun movies. Or, well, some fun movies and one ...
  • Review: Jurassic Park Ride at Universal Studios
    I love dinosaurs. I was a dino geek before dinosaurs were cool, and to make me stand out even further, I was a “just a girl”. Girls who were geeks in the 70s were a rare breed. Fortunately, I was also a Klingon, so efforts to bully me landed on ...
  • Incredibles 2 & the Success of Animated Movie Sequels
    Sequels are big deals for today’s audiences. We’re willing to watch 19 ( soon 20) films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ve got DC and their endless versions of Batman, an evolving Star Wars franchise, Star Trek reboots, and sequels to things we never asked for, like Hot Tub Time ...
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