Tag Archive: science fiction

Writer who laments the lack of smart sci-fi like Blade Runner 2049 doesn’t understand smart sci-fi

I’m not keen on attacking other writers, and indeed, this should not be construed as an attach. Still, I can’t help but vent a little frustration at this piece from the Guardian, Has Blade Runner 2049’s failure killed off the smart sci-fi blockbuster? The writer (who I’m sure is a terrific guy) has great praise for Denis Villeneuve’s unexpectedly astonishing sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction cult classic, Blade Runner. I agree with him wholeheartedly about that. This was a visually stunning, thematically rich modern masterpiece of the genre, one that had me talking about it and chewing it on for days after, exactly as great speculative fiction/science fiction should. I expected nothing from it, in fact openly said they shouldn’t even make it when it…
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Classic Movies: How Did Arnold Prepare For His Terminator Role?

Contributed Post Arnold Schwarzenegger is most famous for his role in the original two Terminator movies. While the Hollywood star had a couple of films to his name at the time, it was his role as in that franchise that made him millions of dollars. The man was in the best shape of his life by the time he reached the second film, and many people wonder how he managed to achieve that level of physical perfection. This article will take a look at how the Austrian Mr. Universe worked on his body to ensure it stunned audiences around the world. Maybe you could try the same technique if you want to achieve a six-pack that could crush skulls. Image The bodybuilder diet Arnold spent…
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Alien Covenant commits the worst possible sin: It’s boring

WARNING: The following contains minor, unspecific spoilers. About the worst crime an Alien film can commit is to be boring. So lock ‘em up and throw away the key, boys. This one is caught, tried and convicted. Covenant is an attempt to right the franchise after the mixed reception received by Prometheus, returning it to its roots and making it squarely about the xenomorph and bloody scares. The problem with this approach is that Prometheus’s issue was never that it strayed too far from the Alien mythos or that it didn’t adhere to the Alien formula, it’s that so much of it was poorly written and that the characters were dumber than a pail of shit left out in the sun after a Kid Rock…
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Amazing Technology That Was Predicted In Sci-Fi Movies

Image source For anyone that has even the slightest affiliation with this blog will know that we are slightly geeky (by which we mean a big bit geeky) with a real infatuation with all things sci-fi. The great thing is, while this used to be a little bit niche and weird, it is now part of the mainstream thanks to some seriously awesome Hollywood films (#Marvel). But what has made this sudden transition into the mainstream so awesome is the fact we can now have in-depth conversations on this subject, and we had one the other day that was totally intriguing. It was about which movies managed to predict the future accurately. Sure, they may not have delved into the technicalities too much, but the…
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It’s time to watch every Star Wars trailer in a row, to prepare for Rogue One awesomeness

I’m surprised I haven’t posted about Star Wars more often, considering it’s been part of my like for about as long as I’ve been been walking and talking. Saw the original in the theater when I was a wee lad, had the comics, had the toys, listened to the audio version on vinyl records with my little kid’s turntable. The whole damn Star Wars experience. Later, I read the books, played the games, and had the bitter Internet debates. Maybe that last part is why. Is there anything left to be said about Star Wars other than “it’s awesome” or “George Lucas ruined my childhood and destroyed everything I hold dear, so I will hold a grudge against him until my final days, praying for…
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