Among the leads of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the knowledge-seeking Jedi-in-training Rey (Daisy Ridley), the latest in a long line of strong female protagonists for the series. And this doesn’t just include characters like Princess Leia (the late Carrie Fisher), who took the “distress” out of “damsel” by aiding and abetting her own rescue….Read More
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The 1987 film RoboCop was a razor sharp satire of late ‘80s America, with its crime, grime, and anarcho-capitalist bend. Interspersed between such lines as “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me” are wry newscasts and commercials from the future. And if there were a commercial for RoboCop itself, it would look like the video, below.
Nachu Bhatnagar has terminal cancer, and the teenager likely not live past June. Despite his sad position, he has something that all of us want: a kind and thoughtful best friend. What his buddy “Kivakid” did to ease his buddy’s suffering was, shall we say, unique.
Fox news anchor Lou Dobbs recently accused the upcoming movie, The Secret World of Arietty, which is based on the Mary Norton book, The Borrowers, as well as The Lorax, based on a book by Dr. Suess, as tools by the liberal media to indoctrinate children. These films, he said, “plainly demoniz[es] the so-called 1% and espous[es] green-energy policies, come what may.”
At last, things are looking up for John Carter. I spent yesterday bemoaning the lack of decent advertising for the upcoming film, a misstep that could cost Disney millions. But as of the release of the newest poster, I see I’ve been pleasantly mistaken.
When the trailer for Brave, the upcoming Pixar movie, arrived in November, it had me at Billy Connolly. Never mind the charm, wit, and general wonderfulness that goes hand-in-hand with Pixar movies. Billy. Connolly.
Kolchak, the Night Stalker, the short-lived 1974-5 television show that has been credited as the inspiration for The X-Files, is about to get a third life (the one after its even shorter-lived second life as a 2005 TV series). Johnny Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, will be bringing the adventures of reporter Carl Kolchak to the big screen.
Fact: I’m a fan of the 1917 novel, A Princess of Mars, the book that serves as the inspiration for the upcoming Disney movie, John Carter. I love Edgar Rice Burroughs’ prose and his world-building of Mars. But I’m less than happy with the negative press surrounding John Carter, especially because some of it has been deserved. And if the movie flops, Disney will have no one but itself to blame.
Let’s say you’re an evil Imperial overlord in the Star Wars universe, and you want to keep the rebels in line. You should build something they fear, say, a Death Star. How much will advancing your evil plans set you back? Short answer: it’s more expensive than you can possibly imagine.
Author George R.R. Martin is a genial-looking man, the kind of man you would want to read a bedtime story to your children (or just to you). But that means you haven’t actually read what he’s written. The author of A Game of Thrones has been writing cruel tales since the early 1970s (read his famous novella “Sandkings” to see what I mean), and each book in the Song of Ice and Fire series brings the pain–and the food–like few fantasy authors have done.
What do you get when you cross a badass little girl with the scene in Star Wars where Vader first reveals his Force Choke power? You get one awesome commercial for the Xbox Kinect, that’s what…especially when she finds your lack of faith disturbing.
Science fiction films contain aliens and space battles, time-travelers, and often enough violence to sate the cravings of an 11-year-old boy. But many people overlook what we science fiction fans have known all along: SF/F can be deeply romantic. I’ve found a few movies that appeal to both the action lover and the romantic, no […]
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