Godzilla Trailer

The trailer for the new Godzilla movie is out. We still are not getting a good view of the big guy. This is good. They are saving the reveal for the theater. We get to see more than we did in the teaser but we still have not gotten to see his classic profile. There’s …

Jumper

Jumper is the first of a series of novels by Steven Gould about a boy who finds out that he can teleport to any place that he’s previously been to. It is at its core a super hero origin story. The 2008 movie of the same name borrows the characters and the basic premise but …

Gravity

When I first heard about the Alfonso Cuarón movie Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney, and the voice of Ed Harris, it sounded like a space version of Open Water and I wasn’t interested. I heard that it was stunning to see on the big screen or in iMax format but I managed to resist. …

The Martian

You may not have heard of Andy Weir. He has no Wikipedia page and he only has the one book listed on Amazon. His web site galactanet.com looks like a 1996 MySpace page. What he does have is the best hard science book about Mars I have ever read. The entire book involves the main …

RoboCopy

Just saw the RoboCop remake. Thoughts? Well, it didn’t suck (…as bad as Total Recall). But unfortunately it wasn’t great either. The opening scenes of the Pat Novak show staring Samuel L. Jackson were supposed to evoke the same over-the-top media as we saw in the original. You could see what they were going for. …

RoboCop

The 1987 RoboCop has some endearing parts that have made it so memorable. The movie actually holds up pretty well after 27 years. It takes place in an ambiguous near future where artificial hearts are advertised on TV and there’s violence in Mexico. Some of the social commentary like the predictions on Detroit aren’t so …

When Worlds Collide

I’ve seen the 1951 Rudolph Maté movie adaptation of When Worlds Collide. It is near the top of classic 1950’s Science Fiction movies. I never gave its source material much thought. The movie won an Oscar that year for its special effects which involved the use of miniatures to convey the large scale of the …