Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Who played Alan Parrish in Jumanji?
    Robin Williams played the older version of Alan Parrish, the boy who had been stuck in the game for 26 years. Adam Hann-Byrd played the young version of Alan Parrish. Little needs be said about the iconic Robin Williams. He graced the screen in over 100 movies/shows and won an Oscar ...
  • Movie Review – Jumanji: The Next Level
    So here we go again! If you saw Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle you’ll know what to expect: action, thrills, and humor in abundance, but with enough tweaks to make things interesting. If you’ve seen the trailers and, to be honest they’ve been difficult not to see, then you’ll know the ...
  • Jumanji Character Names and Skills
    Just to get you quickly up to speed, Jumanji 3 will reprise the adult “avatars” from Jumanji 2, although there’s a new twist in the characters who play them. Happily, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black are back. Do you remember the Jumanji skills for each character? Here’s ...
  • Who appears in every Star Wars movie?
    Do you know who appears in every Star Wars film? It used to be easy to answer this: until Solo, R2-D2 and C-3PO were in every film, even if just a short cameo, as in Rogue One. But squeezing them into Solo would have been pure fan-service and narratively unnecessary. We ...
  • Star Wars Revealed: Obi-Wan Kenobi is a lying liar who lies
    I just finished a rewatch of every Star Wars movie in preparation for Rise of Skywalker, the last Star Wars entry chronicling the extended tribe of Skywalkers. But what happened to the Kenobis? (I still hold out “hope” that Rey is a Kenobi, somehow.) Well, we do know old Ben became ...
  • Where were the Jumanji house and jungle scenes filmed?
    With Jumanji 3: The Next Level coming out, it’s time to catch up on Jumanji 1 (1995) and Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle (2017). In a nutshell, the game is adaptive for its era, and may or may not be evil. It’s certainly sentient on some level, although we ...
  • Movie Review – Playmobil: The Movie
    I’m thinking the little tykes from ages 2 to 6 will enjoy this movie. My great granddaughter, age 6, has been an avid watcher of the Playmobil videos on YouTube for several years. I honestly think children older than 7 or 8 will be bored with this simple animated ...
  • Star Wars Meets Star Trek – Holdo’s Last Jedi Sacrifice is the Picard Maneuver
    The coolest move in The Last Jedi depicted Admiral Holdo’s Resistance flagship making a super short hyperspace jump to destroy the First Order’s dreadnought. It’s a great tactic, if suicidal. And it worked. But if you’re a science fiction nut, you’ve seen this move before. Star Trek Remember the Picard Maneuver in Star ...
  • Shallow – A Star Wars Parody
    I never get tired of Star Wars parodies. Do you? I am mean, really, Star Wars is beyond iconic. Here’s a good one for you. Lots of cool little nods to the movies. Notice the green milk. Luke sure loves his colorful lactose. Green, blue…all good. Seriously, this song is just fabulous. ...
  • What is the best all-time series franchise?
    So many movie franchises, so little time. While it’s easy for producers to add yet another movie to any long-running series, it’s not so easy to have every one of them qualify as good, quality films. And in some series, all are decent, but none are outstanding. How to decide ...
  • Never Surrender – A Galaxy Quest Retrospective
    I just smiled my ass off for 95 minutes. And you will too, if you’ve loved Galaxy Quest since it premiered in 1999. I’ve been telling everyone in earshot for decades that Galaxy Quest is one of the best “Star Trek” movies ever made. It was kind of fun to ...
  • First View Movie Review – Her
    Her is a moody, introspective piece masquerading as a love story. And while I really do appreciate Scarlett Johanssen’s vocal efforts, I did not enjoy the overwhelming feelings of loneliness permeating this film. I walked away pretty sad, and even woke up sad the next morning. I have no problem with ...
  • Movie Review – Frozen 2
    Obviously, I’m not grading this movie based on how well I personally enjoyed it. I, a 52 year old man, live in a galaxy far, far, away from the target audience of pre-teen girls. I’m confident that the aforementioned young girls will be delighted with every moment of the movie. In ...
  • Disney announces release dates for upcoming MCU Phase 4 movies and Disney+ shows
    Okay, deep breath. Thanos is snapped away along with his minions, and Ironman (luv u 3000) is hanging out with his daughter in the Soul Stone. That’s the past. It’s time to create new stories, heroes, villains and get the MCU Phase 4 underway. Here’s the movie/TV lineup Disney has announced: 2020 May 1st, ...
  • Spoiler-iffic Review of Terminator – Dark Fate
    Please don’t read this review if you haven’t seen Terminator: Dark Fate yet. You’ve now been warned. So, I did a story where I neatly ranked every Terminator film from 1984 through 2015, and they slot themselves perfectly by year. As in the first being the best, T2 coming close on ...
  • Frozen Adventures You May Have Missed
    Disney has finally given in to the demands of countless children, and made a sequel to their hit film Frozen.  I already have my tickets and will be seeing it opening weekend with my girlfriend, the world’s biggest Olaf fan.  (No, seriously.  I can’t sleep at night anymore because of ...
  • The 5 Best and Worst Films of Tom Hanks
    There’s something so satisfying about the idea of Tom Hanks playing children’s TV show host Mr. Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.  Who can resist one of America’s favorite actors playing one of America’s most beloved TV icons?  And I know Mr. Rogers was beloved because every time ...
  • 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 ...
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