Fissure (2009)

2009 was a very good year for Science Fiction. After a long drought in the theaters following the release of The Lord of the Rings, when the big studios instead turned their energies to making epic fantasies, SF finally found its way back.  While it started with a slow trickle, thanks largely to the efforts of […]

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War of the Worlds: Goliath (2012)

There was a curious moment, re-watching this film after several years, when I looked at our animated heroes lined up for an important briefing and was irresistibly reminded of all those Filmation Children’s cartoons (remember He-Man, The Real Ghostbusters and the animated version of Star Trek?).  I’m not sure entirely why:  I think it was the […]

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Flash Gordon Classic (2015)

This won’t take long.  Under four minutes, in fact. But, oh, what Robb Pratt manages to do in that four minutes! Pratt is a curious one-man band phenomenon, a master of hand-drawn animation who has made a series of deliriously brilliant short animated fan films, starting with Superman Classic. Here he created a stunning short which is […]

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Shin Godzilla [Shin Gojira] (2016)

(AKA,  Godzilla Resurgence, New Godzilla, True Godzilla, God Godzilla) This one was not at all what I was expecting – even though I already knew one of the film’s major secrets. It’s been twelve years since Toho made the “last” Godzilla movie, Godzilla Final Wars.  The only other Toho Godzilla project (other than his brief, comic cameo in Always Sunset On […]

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Allegiant (2016)

Allegiant does something truly unimaginable:  it offers a more or less plausible explanation for the Faction system in the Divergent series. Of course, on the downside of that, it is part one of an adaptation of the final novel of the YA series, with a final film yet to come.  Sigh.  Okay, okay.  You had to […]

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The Vanishing Shadow (1934)

My Dad grew up during the Great Depression and he fondly remembered going to the local theaters for the Saturday morning matinees, where they’d always show two pictures, a few shorts or newsreels, and of course, a chapter of a serial. These were sort of the precursor of television:  cheap, quickly made, and churned out […]

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