Category Archives: movies

“miss peregrine” soars

I wasn’t expecting much from Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, released in the U.S. last Friday.  That’s because: 1) the premise–a household of misfit children with extraordinary powers sounded too much like Marvel Comics’ X-Men or New Mutants; and … Continue reading

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“suicide squad” is this year’s “guardians”…

…In that, when I first heard of Suicide Squad, I had no interest in seeing a film about a rag-tag group of D-list comic book characters–just as I had with Guardians of the Galaxy.  But once I saw the trailers, … Continue reading

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awesome con is exactly that

I work in Washington, DC and live about an hour away, but this year was the first that I went to Awesome Con this past weekend.  I was only there for one day (Saturday, June 4), but I was blown … Continue reading

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farewell, goblin king

I was shocked this morning to learn that David Bowie, one of my favorite singers, had passed away from cancer.  But tragic though that may be, why mention it here?  Because many of the younger visitors may have never heard … Continue reading

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“empire” or “awakens”–which is the best?

Last week, I said that The Force Awakens was the best Star Wars movie yet, but some readers objected, holding up The Empire Strikes Back as still being superior.  I agree that Empire is an excellent movie, and before TFA … Continue reading

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no spoiler: “the force awakens” is the best “star wars” yet

To say that Star Wars (by which I mean Episode IV: A New Hope) changed my life would be an understatement: as I discuss here, it set me on the course to becoming a writer of sci-fi and fantasy. So … Continue reading

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the amazing “mockingjay”

The Hunger Games—Mockingjay, Part 2  is the movie you might have kept hoping Part 1 would be—engaging, and gripping, suspenseful and spectacular even if you’ve already read the book(s).  Which, for the purpose of this review, I’m going to assume … Continue reading

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making monsters meaningful, part 3

Previously, I had talked about what makes monsters scary; as well as how despite appearances to the contrary, monsters really only come in two types.  Now I’d like to share with you some monsters that scared me when I was … Continue reading

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a quick review of “the martian”

I saw The Martian over the weekend, and I cannot say enough good things about it. Evidently, many others agree with me, as it grossed $100 million around the world ($55 million in the U.S.) on its opening weekend, and … Continue reading

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a quick review of the sf/f movies of 2014

2014 IS ALMOST OUT THE DOOR, and I was fortunate enough to see quite a few science-fiction, fantasy, or superhero movies.  Here’s how I rank them: 5 Stars Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  “The man out of time” (as Loki … Continue reading

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