Tag Archives: Science Fiction

“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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I Graduated From a Monkey Prison

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In 1972, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, the fourth installment in the series, was released. When the film begins, humans have enslaved the apes but eventually the apes rise up in revolution against their oppressors. There … Continue reading

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