Gravity (Movie)

Gravity-Bullock-StillIn breaking my tradition of casually pirating movies two years after last considering a passing interest in a trailer that gave half-hearted promises of not sucking, I visited one of your human theaters and was handed a set of bridge-pinching 3D glasses by Andre the Giant’s older brother (I swear he was 6’12”). Thanks Kim! The gravity of Bullock’s harrowing situation is that she must dodge both satellite shards and scientific fact in a desperate jaunt between implausible scenarios. The movie has its problems, sure, but I do agree with critics that this is the one movie to see in Imax 3D if there ever was one.

Continue reading

Kumare’ (Documentary)

Kumare-218x300We seek and subsequently elect our political leaders, lending them reigns to steer governments through times of turmoil. So too, do some find beacons in their lives, utilizing the embodiment of spiritual leaders to guide where they’re needed most. But what if our best spiritual guide was our own rational voice? And what if our religious Guru, bearded, accented, and draped in an Indian smock, turned out to be a film-maker from New Jersey?

Continue reading

Warm Bodies (Movie)

zombie-love-hmmmmIt would be easy to hear a brief paraphrasing of this movie and assume it was part of the deservedly-abhorred Twilight saga, only with zombies instead of angsty vamp-wolves. And in all honesty the plot isn’t that far off. Though that idea could very well be how this was pitched to a producer, the movie turns out to be anything but. With equal helpings of comedy, romance, and horror, Warm Bodies tells the classic story of boy becomes zombie, boy meets girl, boy eats girl’s boyfriend, boy falls in love with girl, girl stabs boy in the chest and runs away screaming. In short, you’ll be blindsided if you see this thing with any kind of preconceptions, Twilight or not.

Continue reading

Avoid These Movies! (Vol. 2)

There are worse ways to spend your time…. You can either prepare yourself by reading a random stranger’s blog, vicariously arming yourself with knowledge that his unfortunate eyes can’t un-know. Or you can take the red pill and fall down the rabbit hole yourself, forever tumbling through the unshakable certainty that you live in a topsy-turvy world of mind-numbing carelessness, a world that allows these purgatories to exist, unpersecuted. I recommend the blue pill, Neo, so that food retains its flavor.

Continue reading

Avoid These Movies! (Vol. 1)

hallgggoI say this in all seriousness and not in some snickering, mock “irony”. Unless you’re looking for a good reason to rake your own eyes across a cheese grater, leave these titles in whatever dusty bargain bin or digital corner of Netflix that you may find them. Forsaking the risk of increasing their infamy through attention, I must list but SOME of the offending titles here so that we may all learn from history, to stave off the ignorance of giving bad directors money to produce these affronts to mankind, NAY, affronts to NATURE, ITSELF.

Continue reading

Neuromancer (Book)

Back before the internet tied the world together with lolcats, anonymous hate, and free pornography, science-fiction authors enjoyed to speculate on the coolness the future would hold once man was given the ability to “hack” into cyberspace using avatars directed from remote consoles. Little did they know how lame the reality would be when compared to their jive-talkin’, street-wise, cyber-addict, punk, super-stylized, 1337 hackers that they dreamed up in the 1980’s and sooner.

Continue reading

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (Book/Movie)

It was only on my actual flight to Vegas, when I had already read the first 100 pages of this cult classic mid-air, that I noticed the irony of my book choice. What an idiot. But after I’d driven across the Mojave Desert three times in a single week, having finished the novel and actually experiencing the hot, lonely, stretch of roads described within, I decided to view the movie for my second time with the wife. Y’know, just to round out the trip. Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-fueled binge across the same area in the early 1970’s resembled my vacation to the surrounding parklands in no way whatsoever, but the movie/book combo still struck a familiar nerve and resonated with me somehow.

Continue reading

Firefly (TV)

Firefly is a “space-western” series spawned from the mind of Joss Whedon whom, himself, has been promoted to near god-like status among his throng of devoted followers. He’s the guy that helped bring you such atrocities as Buffy the Vampire Slayer (series), Alien Ressurrection, and Speed, but redeems himself (and more) with his hand in Titan A.E., Toy Story, and the original X-Men. (And I am personally on the fence on how I feel about the movie Waterworld.) The guy has a whole resume’ of creative works and talent to back up his name, but when the Fox Network originally aired his strange brand of science fiction drama complete with faster-than-light engines with an equal amount of horse riding, the professional Nerding community called “foul” and rightfully so, due to Fox’s releasing the episodes out of order and ultimately canceling the series before even the first season could conclude. After watching them all on Netflix, I can say that I’m a little surprised the show wasn’t renewed for at least another season, though I don’t count myself among the moaning masses that demands they get one.

Continue reading

Battlestar Galactica 1978 and 2004 (TV)

I gave myself about a month to watch both the original 1st season of the highly regarded classic BSG and all four seasons of the slicker, modern-er version off of Netflix. With strong initial impressions of being a Mormonized carbon copy of Star Wars and finally mutating into a humanistic heavy-hitting space drama filled with carbon-copied synthetic humanoids, Battlestar Galactica went through its share of growing pains, homages, and funky story archs. Ultimately it’s a great franchise filled to the brim with worthwhile material that will appeal to current fans of science fiction, but also those who may even be tiring of the same-old formulas inherent to the genre.

Continue reading