Wonder Woman (2017) – Movie review
Uncategorized / February 12, 2018

We finally have a Wonder Woman movie. Of course just to clarify, she already appeared in Batman v Superman, there’s a Wonder Woman TV series in the 70’s starring Lynda Carter, and also in the 70’s there was a pilot, for another series starring Cathy Lee Crosby. There was an animated Direct-to-video Wonder Woman movie in 2009, and the character appeared in MANY other animated films and TV series, but she’s been largely missing in today’s trend of super heroes and now, FINALLY, she’s represented in a stand-alone, live action film. and the wait, was worth it because, it’s really good! The plot is much more focused than many of the other super hero movies today. It’s not like Batman v Superman where they jam packed so many different characters and storylines that, it became a complete mess. It seemed like DC was just trying to hurry up to get to Justice League, because Marvel already did The Avengers twice, and has, just been running circles around DC. So, they tried to do too much at once. I was worried that they were going to skip straight to Justice League, so I’m really glad they stopped to dedicate a whole…

Blade Runner 2049
Uncategorized / February 10, 2018

So I just saw Blade Runner 2049 and it was phenomenal. For those of you not aware, Denis Villeneuve is proving himself to be one of the more talented directors working today. He’s somehow released one film every year for the past five years and they’ve all been great. Now, I’ve been excited for this film for a long time because of the director and also because of the cinematographer, Roger Deakins. To prepare for watching this film I revisited the original Blade Runner from 1982 which is something I haven’t seen since I was probably 16 years old and I couldn’t even tell you which version I watched. So yesterday I watched the Final Cut version which is supposedly the best one. As for the original film, its best selling point is the production design. The overall look and style of the film was not only unique for its time but incredibly influential. It’s one of those films that wound up heavily inspiring so many others down the line. There are a lot of futuristic science-fiction movies that are incredibly goofy in their predictions, but the original Blade Runner feels so incredibly realistic. I mean, it’s not like we’re…

The Most Underrated Sci-Fi Movies Of The Last 15 Years
Uncategorized / February 3, 2018

While some sci-fi flicks are destined to become blockbusters, other equally deserving films often linger unloved on Netflix or gather dust on the shelves before they gain a cult following. Maybe they received poor initial reviews, or perhaps they suffered from a limited or low-key theatrical release. Whatever the reason, they all deserve a second look from true science fiction fans. Here are some of the most underrated sci-fi films of the last 15 years. Sunshine. While most scientists agree that we have a few billion years left before our Sun dies, the plot of 2007’s Sunshine moves that timeline up considerably. It’s 2057, and the Sun is already nearly dead. The Earth endures freezing temperatures worldwide, and a small crew led by a physicist played by Cillian Murphy is sent on a Hail Mary mission to save the Earth. They must attempt to reignite the Sun with a nuclear bomb the size of Manhattan. 28 Days Later. Director Danny Boyle pulls inspiration from films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien to take viewers on a wild psychological ride from start to finish. Moon 2009’s Moon is a deliciously spare sci-fi film that uses its modest budget to great…

5 Must-Read Classic Novels
Uncategorized / February 2, 2018

Wondering what book you should read next? You’re sure to find something worthwhile among these five classic novels written before the 20th century. Check out these worthy additions to any must read list. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a landmark depiction of victorian values and culture. Dracula tells the macabre tales of Count Dracula, a vampire who feeds on the blood of mortals. Stoker once said the inspiration for Dracula came to him in a nightmare after a night of eating too much crab. Dracula helped to establish horror’s status as a legitimate sub-genre. Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn embarks on an adventure down the Mississippi River. It took Twain seven years to finish the novel because he stopped to write Life on the Mississippi and the Prince and the Pauper. Huckleberry Finn was finally published in 1884. Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables is considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. This epic tale follows the life of an ex convict and his quest for redemption Les Miserables offers a harsh portrayal of French politics, moral philosophy and justice. In the novel the character Fantine is…

Top 10 End of the World Novels
Uncategorized / February 1, 2018

10. Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949) How The World Ends: Super epidemic wipes out most of humanity, leaving only very scattered survivors. Scenario: The protagonist tries to maintain the memory of civilization as the leader of a tiny post-plague community. Despite being over 60 years old, Earth Abides holds up very well as a work of post-Apocalyptic science fiction. The story begins as a last man alive tale, and turns more philosophical once the protagonist begins to assemble a band of survivors who scratch out a living among the ruins of San Francisco. Likelihood of Scenario Coming True: 3 out of 10. A worldwide pandemic is among the more plausible doomsday scenarios, and Stewart’s observations of the tribalism that would likely arise among the survivors are chillingly realistic. 9. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (1951) How The World Ends: A mysterious comet passes by Earth, leaving nearly all of humanity blinded in its wake. Scenario: One survivor who retains his sight battles for survival in a world rapidly being overrun by mobile, man-eating plants called Triffids. The opening sequence, in which the protagonist wakes up in a deserted hospital, was chillingly reproduced in the movie…