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Emily Blunt in A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place Review starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

A Quiet Place Review A Quiet Place is a difficult movie to label with a genre. Directed by John Krasinski and starring Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt, the movie straddles horror and science fiction. The latter genre feels deliberately underplayed in order not to frighten of and audience which is young and female. Nonetheless A Quiet Place circles back to science fiction with references to Predator, but I will discuss that later. A Quiet Place is set in a world overrun by an alien species that aggressively kills humans and hunt by sound. However, that is not how the movie...

Ready Player One Review - movie poster

Ready Player One Review – Steven Spielberg’s adaptation shines, but only just!

Ready Player One Review I have just returned from viewing Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One. While it is better than I thought it would be – I fear it lacks the meaningful message it could have had. Ever since watching the first trailer I have been skeptical about the movie adaptation. I felt it looked like a silly CGI fest rather than a serious attempt at glorifying popular culture. Make no mistake – that is what the novel Ready Player One is – and that what made it so brilliant. Premise The premise for Ready Player One...

Episode 1 L1GHTMAN (Kelly). WarGames Interactive Series Review

WarGames Interactive Series Review

WarGames Interactive Series Review Sometime ago the announcement went around that MGM was considering rebooting the WarGames franchise. In the face of the data leak scandals and the success of Mr. Robot that is a good idea. The original 1983 movie starring Matthew Broderick is a favorite. MGM has teamed up with EKO to create what is an interactive series. Viewers watch the series online, view scenes from different perspectives and supposedly control part of the narrative. Despite being interactive most of the action concentrates one of the characters at a time – that means the viewer will have to...

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Pacific Rim Uprising Review – John Boyega stars in a movie that isn’t bad

Pacific Rim Uprising Review Yesterday I made my way to the cinema to view Pacific Rim Uprising. I was nervous – I knew it wouldn’t be a great experience. I at least expected it to be a good popcorn movie that if for nothing else starred John Boyega. After an hour and fifty minutes I walked away feeling impressed with watching Jaegers and Kaiju beat each other to crap. That said – little of what I saw felt of consequence and in fact the movie does not take itself too serious. As directorial début of Steven S. DeKnight I congratulate...

Talia Storm at Ready Player One Premiere

Ready Player One Premiere photos with Olivia Cooke and Hannah John-Kamen

Ready Player One Premiere Slowly the buzz surrounding Steven Spielberg’s new movie Ready Player One is growing. The adaptation of Ernest Cline’s novel was on SciFiEmpire’s ‘most anticipated’ list. Yet, the poor initial reception of the trailers made it feel as though Ready Player One would be quickly forgotten. Yet, with less than a week to go until the release in the cinema things appear to be coming together. The initial reviews form the consensus that the movie is not bad – even if it is not superb. Some criticism is levelled at the faithfulness of the adaptation. But that will...

Tomb Raider Review – Alicia Vikander reboots the franchise with a firm punching

Tomb Raider Review After a 15 year absence Tomb Raider is back on the big screen. Unlike the previous iteration the spotlight is not on elevating an actress into the role of sex symbol – fun that though it was. Instead movie director Roar Uthaug has remained faithful to the rebooted game franchise of 2013. Lara Croft – now portrayed by Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair and Jason Bourne) – is yet to become the titular character. This is Lara’s first adventure, one that will turn her into a hard-hitting adventure archeologist. The introduction firmly sets the stage. The viewer is introduced...

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider set for September 14th on PC Xbox One and PS4

Shadow of the Tomb Raider Coinciding with today’s release of the Tomb Raider movie Square Enix has released a teaser for the third game – Shadow of the Tomb Raider. The game is set for a September 14th and will cap off the trilogy known as the ‘third era’. This era started in 2013 with Tomb Raider and received a much lauded sequel in 2016 with Rise of the Tomb Raider. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was rumored to be in production since 2016 when a developer was spotted working on a presentation on a train. Since then we only got...

The Last Jedi novelization cover - Jason Fry

The Last Jedi novelization review – a decent effort by Jason Fry

The Last Jedi novelization review The Last Jedi is set for a home release soon. Next week it will be available as a digital download on Disney Movies Anywhere and on March 27th on Blu-Ray and DVD. This week however saw the release of the official novelization written by Jason Fry. Normally I am not a big fan of novelization. But as The Last Jedi ran for two and half hours and was not without controversy I sought an alternative adaptation. The dark side, and the light There is both good and bad with this novelization. The good is the...

Sara Serraiocco as Baldwin Counterpart

Counterpart – the new spy thriller starring J.K. Simmons and Sara Serraiocco

Counterpart I have been meaning to write about Counterpart for some time. The spy thriller from Starz starring J.K. Simmons has been on air since December, though I only learned about after reading up on Berlin Station. Like that show Counterpart is set in Berlin – with filming also taking place in L.A. At first I didn’t know what to make of this show. J.K. Simmons is a wonderful actor but aged 63 and wearing a cap in the trailer I almost wrote this off as a slow-moving drama. After watching the first two episodes I was wrong about that – Counterpart...

Black Panther movie

Black Panther Review – Ryan Coogler succeeds with Afrofuturism

Black Panther Review Finally fans of Black Panther get the movie they always wanted. Personally I knew little about the character before his introduction into the MCU with Captain America Civil War. However, just like with Spider-Man it was a hugely successful introduction. Chadwick Boseman played the role of Crown Prince T’Challa (and then King) with charm, depth and elusiveness that endeared. Black Panther tells the story of what happened after the events of Civil War, after the death of T’Challa’s father – T’Chaka – at the hands of Helmut Zemo. Wakanda has been referenced before – notably in Age of Ultron as...

Stargate Origins - Paul Langford with Brucke and Eva Reinhardt

Stargate Origins episode 1 to 3 – An underwhelming return for the Stargate franchise

Stargate Origins I tend to write about thing that I like. Rarely do I see need the need for a bad review of a movie, series or game. I probably would not watch or play it if it was bad. I love Stargate, from when I saw the original movie, to SG-1 and onwards. However, I do not like Stargate Origins. In fact I hesitate to call it a show at all. So far just 3 of the 10 webisodes have been released on MGM’s “Stargate Command” subscription service. Each is around 10 minutes long. Sadly, the show does not manage...

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Star Trek Discovery S01E15 Will You Take My Hand? Review – Finale achieves mixed results

Will You Take My Hand? After last week’s episode of Discovery saw the beginning of the end for Starfleet and the Federation the series has set the stage for the finale. While it cannot match all of my expectations it is a decent episode in its own right. The episode starts with the show doing the right think – putting former emperor Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh) in command of the Discovery. A number of the bridge crew are shaken by the curt and unethical orders they receive – especially Saru, but they make their way to Qo’noS. The mission is to lay the groundwork for...

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds Review

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds Review – The Maestro of SF revisits the Glitter Band

Elysium Fire by Alastair Reynolds Review Another year and thus another Alastair Reynolds novel is released. Well, strictly speaking, we did not get a novel in 2017 – but we got two in 2016 (Revenger and The Medusa Chronicles). And Elysium Fire was released in January. So its not all bad – right? Elysium Fire is the direct sequel to Aurora Rising, a standalone novel set in the Revelation Space universe released in 2007. These two novels exist quite separately from the larger RS-verse. They are set in the Glitter Band – a world of thousands of the habitats orbiting the planet Yellowstone in...

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Altered Carbon Review – Netflix strikes out with a Hardboiled Cyberpunk Marvel

Altered Carbon Review Netflix’s new show Altered Carbon is one I have been looking forward for some time. The show is an adaptation of the novel with the same from author Richard K. Morgan. Altered Carbon’s best description is as a ‘hardboiled’ cyberpunk story. Show creator Laeta Kalogridis has created what in essence is Blade Runner for the small screen. A worthy successor to a little known TV show from the 90s called Total Recall 2070. In fact, comparing Altered Carbon with either of those would underplay the terrifying depiction of a dystopian world, the special effects, storylines and sardonic humor. Despite ticking...

Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies (2018 and beyond) – from Mute, to Dune to Neuromancer

Most Anticipated Sci-Fi Movies 2017 was among the best years for Science Fiction at the cinema. With movies such as The Last Jedi, Blade Runner 2049 and Logan. But what ‘great’ sci-fi movies can we look forward to from this point on. Below I have a compiled a list of movies that are in one stage of development or another. Some, such as Mute and Solo are practically finished while others such as Dune have only been announced. So here is the list of most anticipated sci-fi movies – in no particular order. Mute When director Duncan Jones released his...

The X-Files S11E04 The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat - Doctor They

The X-Files S11E04 “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” Review

The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat This week’s episode of The X-Files was totally not what I expected. In fact, I am not sure that I fully understand it. It is aptly named “The Lost Art of Forehead Sweat” after the conspiracy-theorist-of-the-week. This episode has a fair share of absurdist humor common to X-Files, and it might be a little bit confusing at times. Nonetheless the episode is worth viewing twice just so you get it. It starts familiarly enough. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) meets a man named Reggie in parking garage. Their meet was arranged using the same method Mulder used...