Review: How to Train Your Dragon

Dreamworks’ latest offering is one of their best. How to Train Your Dragon focuses on the story of a Viking named Hiccup, who is scrawny, clumsy, and not at all possessimg the traditional Viking virtues of strength, battle-lust and a horn-laden hat (we can see here that this movie’s traditional viking is one of the…

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Review: Up in the Air (DVD)

Up in the Air (adapted from the novel by Walter Kirn) focuses on Ryan Bingham (played by George Clooney), a man who travels for business for more than ¾ of the year and is most at home when he is flying.  The mundanity and stress of air travel doesn’t get to Ryan Bingham.  Due to…

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“I Remember When SF Was All About Straight Men Doing Stuff.”

At least, that’s my paraphrase of this essay from “The Spearhead” http://www.the-spearhead.com/2009/10/09/the-war-on-science-fiction-and-marvin-minsky/ Have you read that?  No?  Go back and check it out.  Take a walk or go sparring to work out your righteous fury, then come back to read. Done?  Ok. The essay in question is both 1) infuriating and 2) about genre fiction…

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Review: Pandorum

This is going to be two reviews: The one without spoilers and the one with. I first started seeing material for Pandorum late last year, where it looked like a film in the space horror tradition. The previews also suggested the possibility of a Big Action Movie element as well. Pandorum is a German/American production…

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Review: District 9

District 9 was advertised widely on SF sites such as i09.com. I’ve been excited about this film since the first previews, promising an apartheid metaphor SF film with a distinct setting. Good sociological SF is hard to find, and to be commended when it shows up. I expected a Sociological SF film in a fictional…

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Review: Star Trek

After a long hiatus, the Star Trek franchise returns with the J.J. Abrams-directed re-launch film, written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Following a Ultimates-kind of model (Marvel’s re-imagining re-launch of classic Marvel properties such as Spider-Man, The Avengers, The X-Men), the new film takes the chance to re-introduce the classic characters of the original…

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The Matrix: 10 Years Later

On March 31st, 10 years ago, a film called The Matrix hit movie theatres and took the film industry/pop culture world by storm. It lead to copy-cats in content, style, and in technology (The Matrix‘s ‘Bullet-cam’ became the ‘effect to do’ for the first several years of the 21st century in action movies) It was…

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