Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Rewatch Movie Review – The Princess Bride (plus the top quotable quotes)
    I know every quote in The Princess Bride. Many old geeks like me do. I can’t count how many times I’ve seen this classic spoof fantasy. I introduced it to my mother tonight. She enjoyed seeing all the well-known actors in their younger days, especially Fred Savage, who is so ...
  • Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker in 4D
    Somehow at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con I scored a free Regal Cinemas 4D movie ticket, handed to me by Dan Fogelberg — Jacob Kowalski himself — from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I decided the best possible use of this golden ticket was a 4D showing ...
  • The Trouble With Doctor Dolittle
    Dolittle is Robert Downey Jr.’s first movie to be released after his triumphant turn as Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame.  (C’mon, Academy.  Don’t let me down.  Nominate him!)  Unfortunately, the trailer looks less than stellar.  In fact, Hollywood doesn’t have the best record when it comes to adaptations of Hugh ...
  • Star Wars – Every Force Ghost Voice Cameo in Rise of Skywalker
    Are you a huge Star Wars fan? I think Rise of Skywalker puts me — a die hard science fiction fan — to shame.  Can you place every Force Ghost voice we hear mentally chatting to Rey in the climactic and emotional Skywalker Saga finale?  Spoilers follow for Rise of Skywalker. ...
  • Who rated Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker higher, men or women?
    Explore how age and gender affect the expectation and aftermovie rating of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • Is there anything extra during the end credits of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?
    No, there are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • The decade of 2010s when female protagonists said #MeToo to Science Fiction
    Some of the best science fiction of the 2010s revolved around female actors as the protagonist. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • Two Must See Science Fiction Spoof Film Documentaries (plus: the most ‘inconceivable’ parody of a spoof)
    It’s hard to make a decent movie spoof for a beloved franchise, and being in the science fiction genre doesn’t make things any easier. The producers have to sell a fresh plot, quality special effects, and sparkling humor, while somehow keeping the fan base happy. You have to honor — ...
  • Every Type of Star Wars Stormtrooper, Explained
    So, I was making my own list of every type of Stormtrooper we see in Star Wars, and I found a definitive video explaining more types than I ever noticed. And I notice most things in science fiction films. One of the great things about Star Wars is the massive ...
  • Every Type of Starship and Starfighter in Star Wars, Explained
    It’s kind of interesting when this happens: I come up with an idea for a RunPee article, start my research, and then find someone made an entire video with more detail and authority then I ever could. This has been happening frequently with Star Wars. In this case, I was personally ...
  • Star Wars – Death Stars and Planet Killers: Enough Already
    Star Wars is stuck in a Death Star rut. Why is Lucasfilm so attached to Planet Killers? A New Hope opened with a super-weapon. They probably felt they had to up the stakes forever after. How many Star Wars movies feature a Death Star — or something like one? It’s been ...
  • 2019 Peeple’s Poll Movies – Year in Review
    Here’s a breakdown of the results from the Peeple’s Poll. Find out which movie was the highest rated, lowest rated, and everything in between. Plus some interesting numbers that only the Peeple’s Poll can provide: like which movie beat expectations by the widest margin. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • Star Wars – Top Seven Reasons to Watch The Mandalorian Now (No spoilers)
    If you’re a Star Wars fan burned by uneven movies in the franchise, you should  enjoy The Mandalorian. Available only on the Disney+ premium channel, these short but extremely competent episodes in the Star Wars lexicon need to be seen and savored. It’s giving the concurrent Rise of Skywalker a ...
  • Star Wars Analysis – What does balance in the Force mean?
    Since we first saw The Phantom Menace in 1999, audiences wondered what precisely it meant to bring balance to the Force. Anakin Skywalker was prophesied to “bring it” and at the time, we all assumed it meant to bring more Light Side and less Darkness. Which made no sense, since ...
  • 5 Plot Holes in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is an enjoyable movie, mostly due to the epic scenery, emotionally touching moments, and humor sprinkled throughout, but it has a plot structure that’s no better than the LEGO Star Wars movie. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • The 6 Most Epic Lightsaber Fights in Star Wars (plus 3 that didn’t make the cut)
    So many Star Wars movies. So many lightsaber and “lightsaber-adjacent” fight scenes over 42 years. Which saber duels are the best, the most visually stunning, or emotionally moving? I don’t know much about sword technique (<—- we wrote about that here) beyond endlessly watching Lord of the Rings or Xena: Warrior ...
  • The Force is dead. Long live the Force.
    JJ Abrams and Lucas killed the Force by boxing it into their preconceived needs to tell a story they wanted to tell instead of letting the story tell itself. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • Movie Review – Star Wars – Rise of Skywalker (spoiler free)
    So. It’s done. After 42 years of buildup, the Star Wars Skywalker saga is over.  I liked it! But I didn’t LOVE it. Which is okay, as all I wanted for Christmas was for Rise of Skywalker to not suck. So I can happily say that Director JJ Abrams did ...
  • Movie analysis – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has lots of enjoyable moments that make the movie worth seeing, but also lots of flaws that could have been avoided. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • The End of Skywalker – the Rise of…Something
    Spoilers ahead for Rise of Skywalker! As of this second, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Episode IX. Are they still actually numbering them? I don’t know… That’s really it… I don’t know… I DON’T know… I’ll start with something easy. This was leaps and ...
  • Movie Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
    Cards on the table. I went into this film pretty sure I was going to enjoy it. I remember going to see “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (or just “Star Wars” as it was back then!) as a student back in 1977. Here I am, retired, going ...
  • Infographic of every Star Wars movie ranked by fans on IMDb and RottenTomatoes
    Take a tour of this infographic showing how fans rated every movie in the Star Wars franchise on IMDb and RottenTomotoes. Please share and help RunPee grow:FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditEmail
  • 6 Classic Sci-Fi Movies You Can’t Afford to Miss
    The medium of film is a Holy Grail for science fiction fans: you can simply point to Avengers: Endgame and Arrival for some of its more recent eventful samplings. But the triumphs go much further back. Indeed, from I am Legend to Blade Runner, the silver screen’s preserved some of ...
  • 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 ...
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