Radioactive Dreams

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews; Radioactive Dreams . Now get off my lawn!radioactive-dreams
by Richard Griffith on Sept 08, 2016
Senile Sci-fi
By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Now there are times to go see a good movie. Times when one just wants to sit back, relax with a bag of popcorn and a soda too big for their bladder and veg out.
Then there are times for a bad movie. A movie so bad that you can’t stop watching it, even with all the bad dialog, plot holes and bad acting.
Radioactive Dreams, is one of these movies. [click to continue…]

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Reboot Ladyhawke

Ladyhawke was on TV the other day, and I ended up watching it all the way through for the first time in probably twenty years. I have fond memories of that movie from when I was a kid, and even now the story holds up, but watching it as an adult exposes some pretty glaring flaws. Clunky dialogue, some fight scenes that need better choreography, and the music… oh my God, was that music awful. Parts of it sound like a cheesy 80’s infomercial. The score is great, don’t get me wrong. It’s the upbeat synth tracks that play over the intro and the early fight scenes that drive me crazy. [click to continue…]

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Senile Sci-Fi: Suicide Squad

Senile Sci-Fi Reviews; Suicide squad. Now get off my lawn!Suicide-Squad-2016
by Richard Griffith on august 16, 2016
Senile Sci-fi
By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.
Suicide squad (possible spoilers)
Now I’m a guy who lived his childhood when the only cartoons that were on tv were on Saturday morning. Also the comic books weren’t quite turning dark yet. Image and dark horse comics hadn’t yet made an appearance and the anti-hero wasn’t really a thing yet.
Needless to say I changed with the times in that regard. Now there are simply too many comics and crossovers to keep up with and still have that thing called a life, but I’m at least familiar with the who’s who in the comic book universe.
That being said, the movie was, in a word, awesome.
Although I did find some problems with the flick.
Will Smith seems to simply be Will Smith throughout, and never gets dark as a professional assassin like dead shot should.
Harley Quinn steals the show with her outrageous attitude and antics.
El Diablo had a level of complexity that made him very sympathetic to relate to.
Killer Croc was played to a T.
Captain Boomerang was excellent, but didn’t get the screen time he should have.
Katana was awesome. and left to be a bit of a mystery.
The one thing that really chaffed me about the film was the Joker. As much as he is built up in the previews and billed as a starring role, his screen time was miniscule. Although Jarred Leto really brought forth the internal conflicts and dynamics of the character even in the limited time on screen. You even get to see the point at which his own insanity gives way to his feelings for Harley.
The one scene that upset me, especially as a veteran, was a brutal scene with Amanda Waller that is designed to show her ruthless ambition. What it actually shows is that she would find it impossible to get anyone to work for her.
All in all, it is a good film, well shot, good solid storyline, action and a couple of turns in character development that keep the audience interested.
The film did seem rushed in some points and there were a couple of scenes that were edited too short on either end which made it feel rushed in some spots, but not enough to affect the film very much.
I would give the movie four stars out of five and would recommend you see it on the big screen. Go grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.

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Fringe SciFi: Into the Forest

Source: IMDB

Ratings: IMDB – 6.1, Metacritic – 59, RottenTomatoes – 77%

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi1945023513/

Plot summary: After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home.

Tag line: Hope is power

Director: Patricia Rozema

Writers: Patricia Rozema, Jean Hegland (her novel)

Novel: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86236.Into_the_Forest

Cast: Ellen Page (Inception, ReGenesis), Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld, S1m0ne), Max Minghella, Callum Rennie (Battlestar Galactica, The Butterfly Effect), Michael Eklund (Errors of the Human Body, The Divide) [click to continue…]

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Senile Scifi: Star Trek, Beyond. Now get off my lawn!

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by Richard Griffith on July 21, 2016

Senile Sci-fi
By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series
The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

STAR TREK: BEYOND (possible spoilers)
So ya, I might be old fashioned, but there are just some things that are sacred. Like old Star Trek. Now don’t get me wrong Star Trek Beyond was good, and worth seeing, but there were just some things I couldn’t reconcile.
So our story opens with Kirk, the cadet who became captain of the flagship of the federation before he even graduated, questioning the monotony of deep space and his entire mission. So much so that for some insane reason the federation is willing to give this kid, who’s maybe five years out of the academy, a vice admiral position. Makes me really question my 24 years of service as an enlisted man.
But he’s not the only one with issues. [click to continue…]

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Senile SciFi: Ghostbusters

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The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

Ghostbusters: (possible spoilers)

Now I might be an old fuddy duddy, but I don’t mind the reboots of successful films of yesteryear. Except for Spiderman. Rebooting spiderman three times in ten years or so seems a little excessive. But I digress.
Which brings me to the latest reboot, ghostbusters.
Our story opens with one scientist trying to walk away from their paranormal past, while her friend is attempting to convince her that all is not lost and there is actual science to ghosts and the like.
Minds are changed, alliances forged and decisions are made and the ghostbusters are born. Well sort of. It takes a while for the ghostbuster name to appear. [click to continue…]

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Senile Sci-fi
By: Richard Griffith
Author: Lady Excalibur and Levi Garret, Space Detective series

The thoughts and ramblings of an old author and his views on science fiction, past and present.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE (possible spoilers)

For those of you who are new to the science fiction world, or just happened to be born in this century, this movie is the sequel to the 1996 blockbuster INDEPENDENCE DAY. Which I, ironically, watched in Canada.
Now I could tell you the story line of the old movie and compare it to the new movie, but you could just watch the new movie and have the old one pretty much figured out.
So, let’s begin.
It has been twenty years since the aliens that ravaged Earth have been defeated, by Microsoft. And they still haven’t learned to leave us pesky humans alone. So bigger, badder, and more determined, they have returned. Humans, however, have been preparing for this moment for two decades.
The Earth will find that its preparations were woefully inadequate and disaster looms. However [click to continue…]

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What do the critics say about Star Trek Beyond? ‘It’s way too much like a TV episode’. 

Wait, isn’t that what everyone wanted? Do away with the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Themes, and return to the realms of real Trek?


Well you can’t satisfy everyone. 
But in light of the recent releases of said rebooted franchise, ‘Nu Trek’ Promises a change in pace with Star Trek Beyond, respect towards the originals and a return to classic adventurism. As I discovered, it was indeed fun, meaningful, adventurous and epic.
Star Trek Beyond is basically laid as a TV episode, but it certainly evolves and develops a plot as the story progresses. I admit to being pleasantly surprised a little, as my expectations were to receive more of an adventure-clad drama/action piece, as opposed to a story of revelation and personal development. There is hope for ‘Nu Trek’ after all.

The movie has exceptional character development, something lacking in previous JJ Verse titles. I simply can’t get over how well Spock and McCoy are together, a kind of ‘Anti-Bromance’ exists between them in the film which produces some good quality humor, definitely the highlight in terms of laughter.
The Action spread throughout the film actually had me on edge for once, far more than any JJ Trek movie before, which is great! It didn’t feel over the top, instead [click to continue…]

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Pacific Rim Review *Spoilers*

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When I went to see Pacific Rim a week ago, I went with an open mind. I heard very different opinions from many people. I had heard that the acting was weak, and I’d heard that the Graphics were amazing, but excessive. Now, I’m not super critical of movies. I like to enjoy myself, and just accept them as entertaining.  But with Pacific Rim, I honestly felt that the acting was reasonable quality at least, but I think there wasn’t enough relationship development.   [click to continue…]

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Pacific Rim- Monster Alert!

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Monsters Inc gone wild, or Robots Verses Monsters. A pubescent Boys fantasy

Now I have to begin this by saying, I’m not normally a fan of this genre of Sci-fi and I had to admit, I was dragged along by three kids from next door, simply so they could have a chaperone. Aged thirteen and fourteen I thought what the hell, it’ll be a laugh. So Godzilla-ish beasts from an alternate dimension that are here to wreck the planet, and to heck with the consequences. [click to continue…]

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