Sci-Fi/Fantasty

Obi-Wan Kenobi, the first step into a . . . larger world?

Obi-Wan Kenobi, the first step into a . . . larger world?

I do not step into a new Star Wars property with light feet.  I’m an original fan, Class of ’77.  In fact, I’m a super-fan, as is my wife.  We’re crazy for this stuff.  You should see our living room.  The occasion of anything new always comes with a bit of excitement, and the new […]

| May 27, 2022
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Dual (2022)

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Dual (2022)

Up to this point, I have been like many in regards to actress Karen Gillian in that I have only known her for her (as of this writing) four appearances in the MCU as Nebula, the tortured quasi-villainous sister to Gamora.  Given the dark, conflicted nature of that role, I had wondered what else she […]

| April 15, 2022
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Black Crab (2022)

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Black Crab (2022)

When I first saw the name Black Crab on the list of films coming to Netflix in March, my mind immediately formed an idea of what it might be.  I imagined a coming-of-age story of a poor kid growing up slowing in the Louisiana bayou with memories of his Gran-Momma cookin’ up some shrimp and […]

| March 18, 2022
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Dune: Part One (2021)

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Dune: Part One (2021)

I had no reason to ever think that anyone could bring about a film version of Frank Herbert’s “Dune” that would do justice to his work.  It’s too bulky, too complicated, too over-stuffed.  There are too many things that are tempting to leave out in favor of longer action scenes.  It might almost seem unfilmable. […]

| November 8, 2021
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The Midnight Sky (2020)

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The Midnight Sky (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. What happened to George Clooney?  More than ten years ago he started his directorial career with two brilliant bio-pics, Confessions of a Dangerous […]

| January 2, 2021
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Aquaman (2018)

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Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman is quite possibly the most ridiculous big-budget movie that I’ve seen in at least the last five years and I swear I mean that with affection.  Yes, it is ridiculous but in a common-sense sort of way.  I mean, this is the the story of a displaced half-human, half-Atlantean ruler of an undersea kingdom […]

| December 25, 2018
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Bird Box (2018)

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Bird Box (2018)

Is Bird Box the victim of bad timing?  Watching the movie today on Netflix, I kept wondering if my opinion might have been so sour if the movie hadn’t come out in the shadow of other, better end-of-the world thrillers from 2018 like A Quiet Place, Heredity and Annihilation.  Right now, when conversation turns to […]

| December 21, 2018
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

When Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ended, I sat in my second-row seat staring at the rolling credits with a feeling of general puzzlement.  I’m a pretty attentive movie-goer but I wondered if I had missed something.  I wondered if there was a line of dialogue or a plot point that blew by me amid all […]

| July 3, 2018
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