Tag Archives: science fiction

What if Earth is a Really Atypical Abode for Life?

Recent space missions have raised some interesting ideas about exobiology for me. The Galileo and Cassini results on Europa and Enceladus, respectively have revealed evidence for liquid water oceans under their surface ice, providing a remarkably clement environment for life … Continue reading

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Review: Zardoz

I have been seeing stills and even a few clips from “Zardoz” since way back in the 1980s, with the general impression that it was a cheesy B-grade sci-fi movie. And while I appreciate that Sean Connery in a red … Continue reading

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Brief Review: Lucy

Just saw “Lucy”. Good film. European sensibilities about a lot of it, which is not surprising, I guess. But it was refreshing to watch something “not Hollywood”. The “science” was about 90% nonsense, which was a little hard to ignore, … Continue reading

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Why Do Fans Want Artists to Make Money?

I enjoyed watching Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy a lot at the theater. It’s got a lot going for it — clever writing, interesting characters, some impressive CG (that technology has come a long way!), and more. One thing I … Continue reading

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Pacific Rim – Kaiju + Mecha + LiveAction – done pretty much perfectly

Yesterday, I went to see Pacific Rim with my offspring (ages 10, 15, and 17). We’re pretty much all fans of anime and Japanese pop-cinema in general, so we’re pretty familiar with the “Giant Mecha” genre and the “Kaiju” genre. … Continue reading

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Reviews: “Cabin in the Woods” and “Looper” (SPOILERS)

Our young daughter spend the night at her Grandma’s last night — so that means we had a chance to watch R-rated movies! We saw Cabin in the Woods and Looper. The former was extremely well-written and satisfying as a … Continue reading

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Review: Cloud Atlas

So we saw¬†Cloud Atlas¬†last night. It was interesting on several levels. I found that the reincarnation aspect could be regarded as entirely figurative or completely literal depending on your preference. The movie instead focuses on stories with strong thematic unity. … Continue reading

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