Tag Archives: Science Fiction

Science Fantasy

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Gawping at “science” evangelists has developed into one of my favorite pastimes. I use the scare quotes because, more often than not, the people who are celebrated as science evangelists (typically at places like Reddit) seem to … Continue reading

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“Timecop”

Paleo Retiree writes: Slick, clever, pretty amusing if also occasionally not very convincing Jean-Claude Van Damme time-travel action thriller from 1994, directed by Peter Hyams from a comic-book series. Van Damme’s a cop who’s assigned to police misuse of new … Continue reading

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“Pacific Rim”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Pacific Rim” comes across as a dream project for director Guillermo del Toro, his chance to blow his geek-visionary load while fireworks explode on the soundtrack. The concept is suitably awesome: giant robots battle giant monsters in an apocalyptic … Continue reading

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“After Earth”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I’ve never been a fan of M. Night Shyamalan’s brand of high-concept solemnity. Yet his latest, the sci-fi fantasy “After Earth,” is so measured — so delicate and quiet and grave — that I found myself … Continue reading

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“Starship Troopers 3: Marauder”

Paleo Retiree writes: Scrappy sequel to the brilliant Paul Verhoeven picture, directed this time by the first film’s screenwriter, Ed Neumeier. The movie was made on one-tenth the budget of the original and was shot in only 28 days, and … Continue reading

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Sturgeon’s “Law” is Crap

Blowhard, Esq. writes: You may not know it had a name, but if you’ve spent any time talking about the arts, you’ve surely come across Sturgeon’s Law, coined by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.” The … Continue reading

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Blowing Up the Fantasy Bubble: A Review of Kirk Hammett’s “Too Much Horror Business” (and More)

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of the best gifts I received this past Christmas: Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s book covering his extensive horror collection. It’s called “Too Much Horror Business” (after a song by New Jersey punk band The Misfits), … Continue reading

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