Science Fiction Movies

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#64 Elysium

Elysium One of the great sub-genres of science fiction explored explored by authors and filmmakers is the dystopia.  The paranoia of 1984, the environmental tragedy of Silent Running, the overpopulation of Soylent Green and Logan’s Run, the rampant crime of Dredd and Demolition Man, the genetics-as-currency of Gattaca, each explore an aspect of a negative future that could be.  Elysium is an action … Continue reading

#63 World War Z

World War Z Superhero films, musicals, zombie films, vampire and werewolf films.  Their popularity ebbs and flows.  At the moment the zombie genre is flying high thanks to AMC’s The Walking Dead and the Brad Pitt action/adventure film World War Z.  The film is based on the 2006 apocalyptic horror novel, World War Z: An Oral History of … Continue reading

#43 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn This film began life as a series of webisodes, brief mini-movies published on the internet, which were later stitched together to create a feature-length film.  Occasionally this structure shows in the pacing and flow of the film, but we’re not here because this was ever going to be a great … Continue reading

# 39 Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness Nearly all of the films I have viewed and reviewed thus far this year were films I saw at home.  To be sure I have a better film setup than most–HD projector and a 95″ screen and surround sound–but there are still some films which benefit from a truly large screen. … Continue reading

#38 Avatar

Avatar Edgar Allen Poe made very little money from his short stories and poems.  It is said for  “The Raven” he earned just $5.  Poe rather made his living as a literary journalist reviewing works of the day.  In response to Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales, Poe included a strong argument against the use of allegory. … Continue reading

Fan Films : My Journey

Fan Film noun -a motion picture created in homage to a particular film or series of films.  Differentiated from a remake or copy as the often nonprofessional filmmakers create an alternate or secondary storyline set in the fictional world created by the original film. Ok, honesty time here… I made a fan film.  It was … Continue reading

Tron vs. Tron: Legacy

I’ll admit it.  When it comes to remakes and updates of classic films, usually I like the original better. However, with Tron and Tron: Legacy I am torn.  Each has it’s strengths and weaknesses. Tron Strengths: Plot -The plot makes sense from beginning to end.  In fact, the plot is simple.  But that’s ok because … Continue reading

Why 1982 was perhaps the best year in SF film…

What was it that made 1982 so special for science fiction on film?  The US economy was in the midst of severe recession which lasted from 1978 to late in 1982.  In the wake of the energy crisis, stagflation, and unemployment at about 8% the outlook was suitably bleak.  Why then was there so much … Continue reading

1951, 1982, 2011… the Thing?

Three films from three different eras all with the same idea at their core…this is part one of three. Let’s start with a little background. 1951- The USA is engaged in a “police action” in Korea.  Seoul is captured for the second time by the Communist forces of China and North Korea only to be … Continue reading

Why Alien is a better film than Aliens…

There are many ways to decide why one film is better than another.  You might judge on how things like: How you felt after watching the film The acting The plot The quality of the script/writing The camerawork and cinematography What someone else(a critic, a friend, etc.) said about it The quality of the special … Continue reading