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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The Android’s Day

Specialized Review of Dark Matter 205: “We Voted Not To Space You”

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Before I begin, here are a few notes about this review:

  1. There WILL be spoilers!
  2. This review is about Season 2, Episode 5 (7/29/16), but will include things that’ve been developing all season.
  3. This is a specialized review, focusing on the episode’s star character.
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WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW

 

 

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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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Like many of the series on SciFi /SyFy, Flash Gordon (2007-2008) wasn’t given a fair shot to go beyond one year. The series took the Flash Gordon mythology and expanded it while staying true to many of the basic ideas of comic.

The series stars Eric Johnson as Steven “Flash” Gordon, an all-star athlete.

His former girlfriend, Dale Arden, played by Gina Holden, is a reporter and is engaged to police officer Joe Wylee.

Jody Racicot plays Dr. Hans Zarkov, a former mental patient and scientist who worked with Flash Gordon’s father, Dr. Gordon. [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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Man Of Steel Review

Last Wednesday, my wife and I decided to see the newest blockbuster tearing the internet up, Man of Steel. As it turns out, we hit traffic and missed the show, so we just ordered a pizza and watched Ghostbusters instead. We tried again Friday, but our plans were thwarted yet again. We finally resolved to see the movie on Monday, and would not be deterred. We made it out to the theater, cashed in the free tickets we received for seeing an unhealthy amount of movies already this year and waiting for the show to start.

As it turns out, we should have rooted for another traffic jam.

Man of Steel is the story of Superman as written by someone who has clearly taken the opposite side in the Superman/Batman debate. Superman is known throughout our culture as a beacon of hope – A symbol of everything that is right about humanity and our culture. He is a paragon of moral virtue, taken often well beyond a fault, more important as a rallying point for humanity than he ever could be as a superhero. He’s a beacon, a symbol, somewhere you can place your hope for the future. He is the man of tomorrow, and a man of his adopted people. [click to continue…]

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After Earth: Warning Spolier alert

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After Earth:

The special effects are good. Now there is an introduction for a review. Sadly my thought rapidly descend from here onwards.

Over the years, the man who once gave the world the brilliant The Sixth Sense has developed a seventh sense for how to send everyone down to Sleepy Town.

Though After Earth marks a decided improvement on Shyamalan’s last effort, that bottomless pit of bafflement The Last Airbender, it is still a flat-out snooze of a movie.

Can’t be totally blaming the M-Night for this dud outcome, however. If only because After Earth is the conceptual brainchild of its marquee drawcard, Will Smith.
It was he who came up with the original yarn about a future where Earth has long been emptied of all signs of human life. [click to continue…]

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Star Trek: Into Darkness – Review *Spoiler*

 

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J.J Abrams gives Star Trek a kick start.

The opinion was that 2009’s origin-story-driven affair tried too hard to be better than it had to be.

Yet, this time around the belated sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, settles for a slight, but noticeable, downscale of impact.

Does Star Trek: into Darkness deliver the goods?

An exciting opening act sees Star Trek Into Darkness hit the ground running at a cracking pace. [click to continue…]

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