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Harry Turtledove is a professional historian. But he dropped out of CalTech. So naturally he combined history and science and got alternate history science fiction. Aliens invaded during World War II. So we get historical figures like FDR, Hitler, Stalin, Enrico Fermi, General Groves of the Manhattan Project and of course General Patton fighing aliens from … more
My review is based on a copy provided free from the author but is strictly my own opinion. In the year 2060, Raymond is a misfit who is sent to live in boys home. He hates his life and is taunted by the other boys. His one piece of solace is going into a virtual reality chamber that he has designed for himself. As it is the only place he is happy, he dreams of the day when he can "upload" … more
There is no doubt that this newest Thor movie is superior to the 2011 movie that focused far too much on S.H.I.E.L.D. and building the Marvel universe that it left it's title character and his world threadbare. Having said that while this newest adventure corrects that deficency, it leaves others still needing attention. Thor: The Dark World begins by telling the … more
The Nine Realms are coming into alignment and are threatened with destruction unless Thor can stop the evil energy and the creatures who wish to harness it's power. Has far more to do with Thor, his world and friends then the first one hoped to and stands as a great fantasy action film in its own right.
Movies based on Marvel comics have been such an easy way to make a quick buck for filmmakers. The recent splash of the Marvel comic book adaptations in recent years have been more or less based on the Ultimate line of comic books with some alterations to fit the original 616 universe. True, those who follow my reviews know my dissatisfaction with most of the movie franchises, but I cannot deny the … more
There are a million little bits and pieces of the Star Wars expanded universe, and of all of them, the one that fascinates me the most is the history of the Sith. Their history is uniquely odd; at one time, the Sith were a real species before being conquered by the Dark Jedi. Eventually the Sith went extinct through conquest and interbreeding, and the Dark Jedi who practiced with the Dark Side of … more
As a fan of director Neill Blomkamp's first movie, District 9 (2009), and his short films, I was eagerly awaiting the release of Elysium. Though it's not a total disappointment, Blomkamp's sophomore effort unfortunately doesn't match the brilliance of his debut. There's much to like and admire in the film. The visuals are gorgeous, thanks to some impressive design and … more
Writer/director Neil Blomkamp impressed me with his first full-length 2009 film “District 9”, I thought it was a good interpretation of just how an “Alien Nation” would affect a modern human society in a way that almost feel rather similar to a “Hotel Rwanda”. It was a valid attempt to be original and to be imaginative, with a direction that blended stunning visuals, … more
Drew Karpyshyn isn't exactly a real prominent name when it comes to the Star Wars expanded universe. He's written only a handful of books, but his contributions have been pretty notable: He is responsible for the storyline in the Knights of the Old Republic video game. He also wrote the Darth Bane Trilogy, which set up the universe of the Old Republic Sith Lords in the way that fans of the more mainstream … more
I really want to see this movie, I really do. But after watching the trailer, I know this movie and its content, especially the Class issue it explores is really going to piss me off. I know it is, but i'm still going to go see it anyways.
Im not saying this is going to be a bad movie, but I honestly am not really interested in seeing this one. Am I still going to go see it though......yes. Its a marvel Phase 2 movie, i'm obligated to see it. If there is anything I hope to see from this film though is hopefully some sort of tie in to Guardians of the Galaxy which is coming out next year.
By Joan Alperin Schwartz Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of the critically acclaimed, 'District 9', once again brings us a thought-provoking, sci-fi, fantasy, action film. 'Elysium' starring … more
The story begins when General Cypher Raige (Will Smith) returns home to care for his 13 year old son, Kitai (Jaden Smith). An asteroid storm damages Kitai's craft necessitating a crash landing on planet Earth. As his dad lies critically injured, Kitai strikes out on his own to find a rescue beacon. His journey begins by scaling a moist treacherous mountain followed by … more
Most science fiction series dealing with space travel have thier Capital Ship, and by Capital Ship I mean a ship that you see it you instantly know what series its from. Stargate has the Daedalus-Class, Star Trek has the Enterprise, Doctor Who has The Tardis, Babylon 5 has the Omega-Class Destroyer and Firefly has Serenity. But even though all those ships are cool, they cant … more
If you're going to make a film about giant robots, then this is how to do it - pay attention, Michael Bay. Guillermo del Toro's two hour love letter to Japanese kaiju and mecha movies is monster bashing, robot smashing, debris crashing fun from start to finish. And, somewhat refreshingly, it's a big summer release that's not a sequel, a remake, an adaptation and not part of an existing … more
Guillermo Del Toro had arrived in American cinema with an impressive resume. Films such as “Cronos”, “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Devil’s Backbone” have made him to be one of the better storytellers in the horror and fantasy genre that he became one of the more influential names in Hollywood. While his American films have been a mixed bag with films such … more
Well it’s here everyone, my second my anticipated movie of the summer behind the exceptional World War Z. What could possibly be better than a worldwide zombie outbreak starring Brad Pit? How about a summer blockbuster about giant monsters and robots smashing the hell out of each other? It’s like someone watched a bunch of anime and decided that, hell yeah, mechs VS monsters is a freaking … more
Here's all the important things you need to know about director Guillermo del Toro's sci-fi, action film, 'Pacific Rim'... Planet Earth has been invaded by the Kaiju...Super sized monsters that have risen from a portal underneath the ocean...Millions of earthlings have died and things are not looking good for humanity. … more
Having previously reviewed Replay by Ken Grimwood, I was approached by the author to provide a review of this book which uses a similiar premise. Max Thorning is 42 and in a rut with his life. He works as an Auditor, is married to a woman he really doesn't love and has two young children. One day he finds an old book about the theory of time travel. He is obsessed with … more