Monthly Archives: March 2015

“Avatar” by James Cameron

A common joke about James Cameron’s Avatar is that it’s really just the lovechild of Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves and Cameron’s Aliens (or, depending on your age, FernGully and Aliens). In Avatar, a disillusioned marine joins a group of natives to fight against the white occupiers. Only in this version, the natives are … Continue reading

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“Ready Player One” directed by Steven Spielberg!

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, which I reviewed several months ago, is being made into a film. The novel is an extremely fun tribute to 1980s pop culture. Thus, it’s fitting that, according to Deadline, Steven Spielberg is set to direct. Spielberg of course was the … Continue reading

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Tolkien Reading Day!

Today, March 25, is Tolkien Reading Day. If you haven’t read any of Tolkien’s works recently, this might be a good excuse to start. I plan to start reading Tolkien’s The Book of Lost Tales, Part II today (or soon).

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Summer 2015 Mythgard Institute Courses

Originally posted on ravingsanity:
In case anyone here doesn’t know, I’m pursuing a master’s degree with the Mythgard Institute at Signum University. This is a totally online institute that offers courses in fantasy, science fiction, and medieval literature for students…

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“Looper” by Rian Johnson

Note: I saw Looper years ago, but am posting some brief thoughts because director Rian Johnson was recently selected to write and direct Star Wars Episode VIII… There’s a lot about Looper that I appreciate. Looper goes beyond the usual tropes about assassinating Hitler … Continue reading

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Blomkamp “Alien” film

Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi film, Chappie, hits U.S. theaters on March 6. Earlier this month, I reviewed Blomkamp’s breakout hit, District 9. Last week, I reviewed Elysium, his 2013 followup. In 2017, we have this to look forward to… Neil Blomkamp has announced that he will write … Continue reading

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“Elysium” by Neill Blomkamp

  Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi film, Chappie, hits U.S. theaters on March 6. Last week, I reviewed Blomkamp’s breakout hit, District 9. Here I review Elysium, his 2013 followup. Director Neill Blomkamp gained international acclaim with the underground hit District 9 (reviewed here), which combined convincing … Continue reading

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Rogue One & Star Wars: Episode VIII

Star Wars.com has just announced that the first standalone Star Wars film will be titled “Rogue One,” directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones. Meanwhile, Episode VIII will be directed by Rian Johnson and will be released on May 26, 2017 – … Continue reading

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What’s wrong with the economics of sci-fi?

Economist David Berri has an article in Time criticizing the depiction of economics in science fiction. In particular, he argues that sic-fi stories frequently depict technologically advanced galactic empires despite the fact that, in the real world, autocracy sniffles economic growth. Historically, empires have … Continue reading

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“District 9” by Neill Blomkamp

Neil Blomkamp’s latest sci-fi film, Chappie, hits U.S. theaters on March 6. Here I review Blomkamp’s breakout hit, District 9. Next week, I will review Elysium, his 2013 followup. Most sci-fi movies about first contact with aliens generally depict humans as either the heroes or … Continue reading

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