Category Archives: Movies

“Blade Runner 2049”

Ridley Scott’s 1982 classic Blade Runner helped me understand humanity. The film is rightly lauded for its detailed world-building and hypnotic score, but it is also a philosophical treatise about human identity (seriously, Ridley Scott’s oeuvre has spawned a whole academic subfield). … Continue reading

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“War for Planet of the Apes”

Many things about the past few years have shocked me. 2007 me I would never have believed that George Lucas would sell Star Wars to Disney, that I would come to love my cell phone, or that Donald Trump would win … Continue reading

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“George Lucas” by Brian Jay Jones

I read Brian Jay Jones’ biography of Jim Henson when it first came out and found myself captivated. Jones conveyed Henson’s passion for his work and his joie de vivre. When I saw that Jones had written a book about George … Continue reading

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

When news broke in 2012 that Disney had purchased Lucasfilm, some fans worried that Disney would “Disneyfy” the Star Wars franchise by making it too kid-friendly. After all, despite George Lucas’ protestations that Star Wars was made for kids, the … Continue reading

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“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is the first Harry Potter movie not based directly on one of J.K. Rowling’s novels (although she did write the script).* The movie takes place in New York City in 1926, over 70 … Continue reading

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Star Trek Beyond (part 2)

In Part 1 of my review, I focused on how Star Trek Beyond handles the characters of Kirk and Spock. In Part 2, I address problems with the villain Krall… Unfortunately, like its predecessors, Star Trek Beyond struggles when it comes … Continue reading

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Star Trek Beyond (part 1)

Star Trek Beyond is a sequel to J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, but it takes greater effort than either of those two films to root itself in the spirit of The Original Series. Beyond is first and foremost an action film, yet it’s not … Continue reading

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Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness is a decent enough action film, but it’s not a good “Star Trek” film. On the level of pure spectacle, I probably enjoyed this film more than the 2009 reboot. However, Into Darkness suffers from basic storytelling … Continue reading

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Star Trek (2009)

J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek is easily the most polished Star Trek movie ever made. It looks great. Abrams moves the story along at such a brisk pace that it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. The new actors step into the iconic … Continue reading

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Happy Alien Day!

Fox has declared that henceforth April 26 shall be known as “Alien Day” in honor of the planet featured in the movie Alien (LV-426). In addition, this July marks the 30th anniversary of James Cameron’s Aliens (which also takes place … Continue reading

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