Sci-Fi & Fantasy

  • Want to be a MIB? A Satirical Review of the Original Men in Black (1997)
    *Flash* Everyone listen now: what you may think you just experienced is a house party with drunk teenagers and a crazy, lonely lady. In actuality, you traveled back in time 22 years to help us, the Men in Black, save the galaxy from an alien invasion. We’re looking for some new ...
  • Movie Review – The Secret Life of Pets 2
      So here is what I hope: The Secret Life of Pets becomes its own universe, much like the Minions, and we can continue to enjoy the antics of Max, Duke and Snowball. There’s so much story left to tell about these citified critters who can’t stop getting into mischief. And ...
  • First View Movie Review – Jumanji (1995)
    Adoring as I do Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle — my favorite film of 2017 — I looked forward to finally watching the original Jumanji with Robin Williams. My understanding was the game updates itself for its era, meaning the 1995  game would be a vintage style board game ...
  • Movie Review – X-Men: Dark Phoenix
    The X-Men Universe, produced by 20th Century Fox,  had a twenty year run. Now that it’s over, they should be applauded for the influence they’ve had on the superhero movie genre. Fox movie assets are now owned by Disney. That means the X-Men can, at some point, be wrapped into the ...
  • A Godzilla Newbie Watches King of the Monsters
    Having not seen any of the previous Godzilla movies, I’m not sure what I was expecting going in to see this 4th film. I had no notion what was coming, other than ‘large monsters destroying cities’. The beginning of the movie does a fair job filling the viewer in to ...
  • Every X-Men Film Explained
    Dark Phoenix marks the 12th film in the X-Men franchise.  While there is still one more X-Men film in the can, this will be our last journey with this set of characters.  Now that Disney owns both Fox and Marvel, they will supposedly reboot the franchise at some point and ...
  • All Modern Godzilla Movies, Ranked
    I’m not a die-hard Godzilla fan, but I’ve gone on a bit of a giant lizard binge-watch lately. I’m happy to admit Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the best one yet. Not only did the big beasties get plenty of screentime, but the people plots didn’t entirely suck. People and entire ...
  • Godzilla End Credits Song Remix By Serj Tankian
    Blue Oyster Cult is probably most famous for their song Godzilla.  It’s a must if you want to set the mood for seeing Godzilla: King of the Monsters. But, better yet, give a listen to the remix by Serj Tankian that plays in the movie as the credits roll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOO8Um_jmLI   https://runpee.com/godzilla-lyrics-and-video-from-blue-oyster-cult/ https://runpee.com/movie-review-godzilla-king-of-the-monsters/ Please share and ...
  • Movie Review – Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    Let’s face it, no one watches porn for the plot. Two barely dressed women order pizza and minutes later a buff young man knocks on the door. You know what happens next. Likewise, no one watches mega monster movies expecting Inception level plot twists. We watch to see monsters eff each ...
  • Rewatch Review – A Look Back at The Hunger Games Series
    The Hunger Games, My current favorite franchise. Again… Last night I wasn’t in the mood for TV. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch a movie, read a book, play the PS4…On a whim, I started the Vudu app on the fire stick and browsed my digital copy collection. When ...
  • Life on Earth After Avengers: Endgame (Post-post Snap)
    NOTE: Spoilers start right away for Avengers: Endgame. Although it’s a beautiful moment in Avengers: Endgame when Dr. Strange‘s portals opened and The Vanished step back into existence, the sudden return of all these people is very problematic. Let’s assume for a  minute Strange’s sorcerers planned ahead and saved all the people ...
  • Rewatch Review – Godzilla (1998) – More overthinking than this film deserves
    I really don’t want to make this a long review, since the movie’s trash and it’s not worth a lot of my day. I say all this in advance and with apologies to Matthew Broderick, who’s a fine actor. Broderick is always adorable, and can normally pull a film out any ...
  • Virgin Movie Review – Godzilla (2014) – Not as bad as the last one
    Did this movie do Godzilla right? Yes,  better than the previous Godzilla. How’s that for a ringing endorsement? (It isn’t.) The 2014 Godzilla HAD to be an improvment over the  1998s  Matthew Broderick mess, just to even things out. But I’ll save that for its own review. In case you find the ...
  • The Animated 1978 Godzilla Cartoon – Lyrics & Video
    Do you remember the old 1978 Hanna-Barbera  TV Godzilla cartoon that used to play during the Saturday morning children’s lineup? What I really remember liking was that it featured Godzilla as a hero. I I like that perspective a lot more than OMG BIG MONSTER MUST DIE. That’s part of the ...
  • Movie Review – Brightburn – An Ingenious Anti Superman Film
    Last night I was thoroughly entertained. Brightburn has something for everyone. There is horror, science fiction, humor, drama, suspense — the list goes on and on. The special effects garnered most of my applause. There were sequences I’ve never seen done before. One scene in particular was a literal jaw dropper. ...
  • Movie Review – Aladdin (2019) – A Live Action Remake, Good for the Target Audience
    The 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin is a difficult movie to review, because I’m not the target audience — that’s mainly young kids. Personally, I found the movie to be occasionally entertaining at best, and barely tolerable for the rest. There were a few laughs here and there, and rarely ...
  • Rewatch Review – Disney’s Animated Aladdin (1992) – A Classic Film with Deeply Modern Flaws
    The animated Aladdin of 1992 is a beloved Disney classic. It’s one of the great films of the Disney Renaissance Era, and features A Whole New World, a TOP EVER song of ever in the the Disney oeuvre. Yet parts of Aladdin are deeply problematic to modern audiences. Disney is ...
  • A Whole New World – Aladdin Lyrics and Video (1992 Animated Version)
    Back in 1992, Aladdin charmed audiences with Disney’s usual blend of great animation, voice work, humor, casting, and a brand of cynicism-free earnestness typical of Disney’s Renaissance Era. Aladdin nests among the top rank of the films in this period, starting in 1998 with The Little Mermaid, and ending with ...
  • Aladdin –  Animated vs Stage vs Live Action
    The Aladdin remake will be flying into theaters soon.  This will be Disney’s third version of this popular story, including the 2014 Broadway musical.  So how does it compare to its predecessors? Let’s find out. NOTE:  Aladdin article contains SPOILERS.   Aladdin Sidekicks In the animated film, Aladdin has a monkey pal ...
  • Interview with John Wick director Chad Stahelski – from stunt double to director
    Remember the 1990s movie The Crow, staring Brandon Lee who was tragically shot on set during filming? In order to finish the movie, a young Chad Stahelski went from stunt double to actor double. Now here he is, decades later, as one of the brightest new directors in Hollywood. Read the full ...
  • Is Godzilla: King of the Monsters a Sequel to Kong: Skull Island?
    The trailers for the new Godzilla movie have been amazing, but the marketing campaign isn’t the clearest.  What’s there to know besides the fact that awesome-looking monsters are going to destroy things for our entertainment?   For the true movie lover? Plenty. Here are the connections they aren’t advertising. There’s a ...
  • Natalia Alianovna Romanoff – AKA Black Widow – Original Avenger (spoilers)
    Warning: Endgame spoilers begin right away. See the movie first! Natlianovna Romanoff, better known in the U.S. as Natasha Romanoff, Black Widow, Avenger, Agent of SHIELD, and former KGB Assassin. These are the only known occupations of this founding member of the Avengers. Romanoff’s Early Life Born in 1984s Soviet Russia, Natasha’s ...
  • Avengers: Endgame – What was that hammer sound in the credits?
    Did you stay to the very bitter end of Endgame? There’s some speculation about what that hammer sound was at the end of the credits in Avengers: Endgame. Is it something we’ll find out in an upcoming movie? Could be. But that hammering-on-metal audio clip sure does sound a lot ...
  • RIP Star Wars Hero Chewbacca – Peter Mayhew is Dead
    I was born in 1978.  I have never known a world without Peter Mayhew.  Until now.  I have never met the man.  I know very little about him personally.  What I do know is the joy he brought me throughout my life via his portrayal of the beloved Star Wars ...
  • Movie Review – UglyDolls – Best for toddlers, but a good message for all children
    Ugly Dolls is 87 minutes of bright color, almost constant motion, and singing — so much singing — which will make your toddler dizzy with delight. Parents will need to go to the nearest Starbucks for a jolt of caffeine before driving home. The theme of the movie — learning to ...
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