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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review

The ninth and latest movie by director Quentin Tarantino is an homage to the late 60s and the final days of Hollywood’s golden age. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood revolves around a trio of characters as they try to make their way in the movie business. I expect most readers to be familiar with Tarantino’s style: violence, grotesque humor and an uncanny ability to integrate popular culture and myths. With Once Upon a Time in Hollywood the director may well have succeeded in dialing every setting to 10. Yes the movie is too long, they almost all are. Yes...

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The Dead Don’t Die Review – a summer zombie slasher

For a few weeks the horror comedy The Dead Don’t Die has been running in theaters. I was surprised the movie received mixed review. I expected that a stellar ensemble cast including Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Sevigny would succeed in creating a classic. Director Jim Jarmusch is an experienced director. Sadly, certain aspects of The Dead Don’t Die feel like a movie made by an amateur. Just like the many reviews I have a mixed opinion about it. I give it a passing grade as it humoristic most of the time. The people of Centerville In...

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Spider-Man Far From Home Review

Spider-Man played by Tom Holland has been a crowd favorite ever since his introduction in Captain America: Civil War. A year later Spidey got his own movie with Spider-Man Homecoming. It introduced a larger cast with Zendaya playing MJ, a girl with whom Peter slowly developed an attraction – despite her sometimes dark comments. Furthermore there is Ned, Peter’s best friends played by Jacob Batalon. Ned at times acts as Peter’s sidekick. There was a larger cast of course, but at its core the character dynamic revolves around these 3 friends. That a second Spider-Man would be released was a...

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SciFiEmpire.net celebrates it’s 8th anniversary!

It has been 8 years to the day that I made my first post on this blog. Strictly speaking SciFiEmpire.net already existed for a few weeks before that, but I was still figuring out how to set up WordPress. It has been a long road. Looking back at some posts I wrote it feels like the Sci-Fi scene has changed drastically. Back then we still had shows such as Eureka, Person of Interest, Warehouse 13, Alphas and Alcatraz on the air. In fact, streaming services hardly existed. SciFiEmpire.net has had its up and downs since then. Arguably blogging has made...

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My thoughts on the Disney Star Wars Universe

There has been plenty of Star Wars news in the last few weeks. Mark Hamill announced he is done with Star Wars and Daisy Ridley admits Rey might come not be back after episode 9. Finally, Kathleen Kennedy has announced Michelle Rejwan will oversee the production of live-action Star Wars movies. To some the latter appears to be the first step in removing Kathleen all together. However, a more nuanced view is that Disney has simply created a dedicated position for a franchise that is steadily increasing in scope. Rejwan would be to Star Wars as Kevin Feige is to...

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Dune Movie Preview – all there is to know!

Next year, November 20th 2020, director Denis Villeneuve will release the first of two Dune movies. Dune of course is the magnum opus of author Frank Herbert who released the novel in 1965. Fans of the novel and its sequels have always wanted a film adaptation that would do it justice – the 1984 David Lynch version being particularly epic for failing to do so. But now we have Denis Villeneuve creating what he says is a faithful adaptation. To properly adapt the source material the book is divided into two movies. Filming for the first has started in February...

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Review X-Men Dark Phoenix – not the movie we needed

Early in January I made my list of top Science Fiction movies for 2019. I also placed X-Men Dark Phoenix on that list, with a few caveats. The constant delays and less than stellar career of its director made my me afraid it would flop. By the look of it X-Men Dark Phoenix will flop. So what happened? Back in 2014 Bryan Singer managed to instill a new life into the X-Men franchise with X-Men Days of Future Past. It had a bi-generational cast, that 70s vibe and time-travel. After that we had two Deadpool movies, Logan and a middling...

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John Wick 3: Parabellum Review – brilliant & bloody

I am just back from watching John Wick 3 at the cinema, and I still have ringing in my ear. I had seen the first two movies of the trilogy at home, but that doesn’t do justice to the insane carnage that John commits throughout the movie. From New York, to Casablanca and then back to New York, John Wick 3 starring Keanu Reeves is insane. Keanu plays retired but-not-actually retired hitman John Wick, a rather grumpy guy who doesn’t say much but who can kill people really well. Story? What story? So what is the story about? I am...

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu Review

Let me start by saying I know absolutely nothing about Pokémon – let alone Pokémon Detective Pikachu. That particular craze was going in the late 90s while I was transitioning from elementary to high school. I know a lot of friends who were into it, along with something called Dragonball Z. Instead, I had Star Wars, and Star Trek, and Stargate. I would never have even considered watching this movie if it weren’t for the trailer – and I am glad I did. Pokémon Detective Pikachu Review – The Movie Pokémon Detective Pikachu is an absurd movie. Who would have...

My thoughts on Disney doing more Star Wars, Avatar and the MCU

Yesterday Disney showed a multi-year line-up of movies as part of its ongoing merger with 21st Century Fox. There is plenty to see on the list as the studio owns Star Wars, the Marcel Cinematic universe, its own well-stocked lineup and Avatar. For the latter it has been announced that the first of FOUR sequels will be released in 2021 – with a 2 year release cadence. All this news gives me mixed feelings – which I intend to discuss below. Star Wars + Disney Star Wars is with me on an almost daily basis. That has been the case...

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Avengers Endgame Review – the MCU snaps out gloriously

Avengers Endgame is a sad movie. The creative staff behind it have not shied away from showing and letting the viewer feel the full repercussion from Infinity War. Set 5 years after the events if the previous movie the remaining Avengers live on a significantly depressed earth. This stands in contrast with my own feeling on who would be brought back from oblivion and who die ‘permanently’ in this movie. Instead, the creative staff focus heavily on establishing what the fallout was, on a personal level, for each Avenger. The Avengers cut in half Clint (Jeremy Renner) is probably the...

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Avengers Endgame review roundup + premiere pictures

Finally Avengers Endgame upon us. After last year’s Infinity War in which Thanos destroyed half the universe everybody wants to know how the story ends. Everybody wants Thanos’s deed undone, even if everybody kind of knows that is impossible. I won’t be reviewing Avengers Endgame until Saturday. Until then there are reviews I want you to have a look at if you are still on the fence. Review Roundup Avengers Endgame stars a very large ensemble cast: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man / Tony Stark, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff...

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Alita: Battle Angel Review

Alita: Battle Angel is an adaptation of Yukito Kishiro original manga series Battle Angel Alita. Directed by Robert Rodriguez this movie has been in development for ages. I think I heard first mention of it back in 2001. Originally the movie was supposed to be directed by James Cameron as a prelude project to Avatar. Well, we all know how long that project has taken. Nonetheless Alita: Battle Angel has been completed and I think it is damn worthwhile. The movie succeeds on many fronts: fantastic characters and cast, strong visuals and a good story. If I failed to convince...

Glass Review – M. Night Shyamalan returns to conclude his trilogy

Glass is a difficult movie to describe. Is it truly a superhero movie? Maybe, there are plenty of references to comic books as well. And yet, Glass is a M. Night Shyamalan movie. There are twists and turns, not all of them great, and the viewer is obligated to pay attention to not miss any details for when the ending comes. Officially Glass is the third movie in what is being called the Eastrail 177 trilogy. And what is odd is that the director has forced Glass to be the final movie in the franchise. You see, without wanting to...

2019 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies

2019 has finally started so comes the time to anticipate what the year might bring to the big screen. The first thing that is noticeable are the number of super-hero movies. Granted, that has been the case for nearly a decade. Yet, there is a noticeable drought of pure Science Fiction movies such as last year’s Annihilation and A Quiet Place. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any. Netflix movies and other lower-budget offerings are not as visible. Included on this list are a number of movies at risk of being a flop. The Terminator franchise has been pointless since Rise...