For 40 years she was ‘my’ Lois Lane. Goodbye, Margot Kidder…

The following isn’t going to be an obituary (there will be hundreds of those all over the internet, I’m sure); this is just me sharing a personal memory of an encounter with ‘my’ Lois Lane; the late Margot Kidder. But first, a bit of context…   December 1978… a time I believed a man could…

SyFy cancels “The Expanse,” and the grieving begins…

I’ll admit; I’m a Johnny-come-lately to “The Expanse” party, and I’ve not read the books yet, either.  But I’m a sincere, devoted and passionate fan of this TV series, and it has filled the hole in my heart that’s existed ever since reimagined “Battlestar Galactica” ended its run in 2009…a hole that even BSG’s spinoff…

My long relationship with science-fiction television…

The way it was. When I was a kid there was an emergent wave of science fiction and fantasy films in the multiplexes.  “Star Wars,” “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and “Superman: The Movie,” as well as countless lesser-quality imitators of each, such as “Starcrash” (an exceptionally awful movie), “Hangar 18” (a dumbed-down “X-Files”…

“Avengers: Infinity War” is a rollicking rollercoaster ride on a tightrope track…

In my previous reviews of “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” , I’d noted my acute case of ‘Marvel fatigue.’  Too often these movies are ridiculously top-heavy with CGI eye-candy, Dolby Digital-booming explosions, and butt-numbingly long sequences of flying super-people punching away at cars, planes and buildings like so many LEGOs. Dialogue in these kinds of films consists mainly…

HBO’s “Westworld” continues to blaze trails…

HBO’s “Westworld” has finally unleashed its sophomore season, after a 16-month long hiatus (these marathon hiatuses are real patience-testers).   I’m pleased to say that the returning series is of the same meticulously-produced, feature-film quality we fans enjoyed in its first year. The series, which I’ve touched upon all-too-briefly before (“Westworld and The Prisoner Comparison” …

Amy Schumer deserves better than “I Feel Pretty”…

If you follow this blog, then I guess you’re probably wondering why this old scifi-geek is posting about a ‘girls-night’ comedy?  Well, surprise surprise.  I like many different types of movies and TV shows. Yes, science fiction is a staple of my filmgoing/TV diet, but if you saw my home DVD/blu-ray library you’d see a…

Netflix’s “Lost in Space” Season One has landed…

As I’ve said in a previous post ( “Finding “Lost in Space” ), my feelings on the classic series that spawned the current Netflix reboot are decidedly mixed.   While I loved it as a kid and would catch reruns quasi-religiously after school,  its charms have dimmed considerably for me as an adult.   While I’ve matured…

Bad Robot Trek part 3, “Star Trek Beyond”: A return to tomorrow…

Five years after it launched, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company released the last (so far?) of their quasi-reboot Star Trek trilogy, with “Star Trek Beyond” (2016). My personal scorecard for this trilogy was one hit with 2009’s “Star Trek, and one very big miss with “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). My feelings for a third…

“Jurassic Park” (1993) loses none of its bite 25 years later…

When I think of game-changing special effects movies, a handful of my favorite titles come to mind; movies such as “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)  “Star Wars” (1977),  and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (also 1977).   Others include James Cameron’s “The Abyss” (1989), and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991), as they are landmarks in the advancement of computer-generated imagery…