Mad Max: Fury Road is insane, in the best possible way

mad max: fury road review

I had never seen a Mad Max movie prior to Fury Road, so my expectations were exactly nilch. I knew very little about the franchise, save for the fact that it kickstarted Mel Gibson's acting career, and that the last one was released way back in times of yore (1985, to be more specific). I actually almost skipped this latest entry--I'm not much of an action movie fan, and the crazy trailers just didn't tickle my interest. Alas, Fury Road is listed within the confines of science fiction, and I … [Read more...]

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is a big ol’ pile of ‘meh’

Avengers: Age of Ultron review

What happened to Marvel films? They haven't been around long enough to show this much wear and tear. The first Iron Man movie came out in 2008--that was only seven years ago. It hasn't even been a decade yet. Come on. This is getting completely out of hand. Or maybe it isn't. In retrospect, maybe Marvel films aren't really all that they're cracked up to be. With the lone exception of the aforementioned Iron Man, the first Avengers, and to a lesser degree, Guardians of the Galaxy, I'm not … [Read more...]

Review: Ex Machina

Ex Machina Poster

    Lite Spoiler Warning: I do my best to keep spoilers out of my reviews, but sometimes this is easier said than done. I don't personally think that this review of Ex Machina contains anything that would ruin your movie-going experience, but those super-sensitive to minor (but important) details may wish to read this after watching the film. As per usual, you have been warned. End Spoiler Warning. Somewhere in the mystical ether where fictional characters frolic about, … [Read more...]

Review: Chappie

Review: Chappie

It's still very early, but 2015 has thus far been a terrible year for sci-fi movies. Predestination was a nonsensical puzzle, Project Almanac was found-footage garbage at its most predictable, and Jupiter Ascending was just way too out there to be anything more than mindless entertainment. I can't comment on Hot Tub Time Machine 2 because I (strategically) skipped it, but it was universally panned by critics. Surely Neill Blomkamp, the writer/director behind 2009's excellent District 9, can … [Read more...]

10 Sci-Fi Sequels And Remakes That (Thankfully) Never Happened

E.T. cornfield

There's no denying that sci-fi movie sequels and remakes have the potential to be absolutely terrible. For every Superman II, there's a Man of Steel (shudder). Alien and Predator were golden, both Aliens vs. Predator movies were abysmal. Don't even get me started on Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Oh God. Believe it or not, we haven't even seen the worst of them. Sometimes an idea for a sequel/remake/reboot is so awful--so terribly ill-advised--that they never even make it out of the initial … [Read more...]

Review: Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending Review

Jupiter Ascending is a film out of time and place. Had it been released twenty or thirty years ago, there's a good chance that it would have been well regarded, or, at the very least, been considered somewhat original. If this were 1995, I would tell you that the latest Wachowski outing is totally worth watching. I would also probably say that Jupiter Ascending is not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a rollicking good time--one that needs to be experienced on the biggest … [Read more...]

Review: Project Almanac

Project Almanac Review

Somewhere in the year 2014, a geeky high school senior named David gets accepted into MIT after building a motion-controlled drone. He discovers soon thereafter that MIT tuition isn't cheap. Instead of applying for a federal loan or getting a part-time job, David goes through his deceased father's pile of stuff with the hope that he'll find an experiment that'll somehow make up for his lack of college funding. He finds the schematics for a time machine, and with the help of his equally geeky … [Read more...]

Review: Predestination

predestination review

Predestination is sci-fi genre fare at its most confusing. There is no "getting it" because it doesn't make any sense, and never once does it intend to. This is a film that will make your brain hurt without purpose. The problem? Well, it's a time travel movie. Time travel movies are always tricky because the very notion of time travel is ridiculous. There's always going to be a narrative hole--that dreaded paradox--and it's almost impossible to ignore. But that's not really the problem … [Read more...]

Why Justin Lin is Just Fine for Star Trek 3

why Justin Lin in just fine for Star Trek 3

I consider myself a huge Star Trek fan. Sometimes I'll even call myself a "trekkie." So when news came that the Fast & Furious Justin Lin would be taking the helm for the third "Nu Trek" installment, I joined my brethren in our collective WTF moment. How is this a good idea? Like many an Internet commentator out there, I panicked at the thought of Justin Lin directing Star Trek 3. I didn't think there was any way that the guy best known for directing car porn could effectively continue … [Read more...]

Preview: Jurassic World

Preview: Jurassic World

Release Date June 12, 2015 (Theatrical) Director Colin Trevorrow Writers Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson Synopsis A genetically modified hybrid monster wreaks havoc in a fully-functional dinosaur theme park. Why You Should Care About Jurassic World It's time for some more dinosaurs You can't dispute the fact that the original Jurassic Park is a cinematic classic. You just can't. It's the perfect … [Read more...]