Star Trek: Lower Decks makes “Second Contact” with its first episode…

*****STARSHIP-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!****** A new Star Trek animated series (the first since 1974) has debuted on CBS-All Access this week. Created by Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty”), “Star Trek: Lower Decks” is a look at the crew members who work at the less glamorous jobs within Star Trek’s fictional Starfleet; the ones who fix replicators,…

The Twilight Zone meets The X-Files in “The Vast of Night” (2020)…

*****FLYING SAUCER SHAPED SPOILERS AHEAD!!**** Despite the COVID-19 semi-quarantine, I haven’t really sampled many of the newer movies currently available for streaming, but there was one curious title that caught my eye; director/cowriter Andrew Patterson’s “The Vast of Night” (2020), a film recently purchased for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.  From what I’d heard, the…

That actor you knew from everywhere, John Saxon (1935-2020)…

2020 has been a heavy-hearted year of great loss. Beyond the tragic loss of 652,000 people dead worldwide (to date) from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, or icons such as longtime Civil Rights advocate/congressman John Lewis, we’ve also lost many greats in the entertainment industry.  Just this month, we lost the legendary Olivia de Havilland (“Gone With the Wind”), Kelly…

“Serenity” (2005); the film that briefly resurrected “Firefly” for the big screen…

  “Firefly” Felled by the Fox. Continuing the success afforded by his back-to-back TV successes “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (1997-2003) and “Angel” (1999-2004), writer/producer/director Joss Whedon (currently of Disney/Marvel “Avengers” cinematic fame) created, along with “Angel” partner Tim Minear (“American Horror Story”), a short-lived TV series (2002-2003) that could be described in broad terms as…

A slice of Soviet-era sci-fi cinema: “Planet Bur” (1962) is three movies in one…

Soviet Sci-Fi Cinema. Russia’s Soviet era (1917-1991) was a difficult time, especially for artists, who worked under heavy state censorship.  Many artists during this time were stifled, fined, imprisoned or even executed for daring to challenge the Soviet status quo through their works.  That said, Soviet-era science fiction cinema still managed to produce some truly…

JAWS (1975); the movie that invented the summer blockbuster turns 45…

“This is summer…” June of 1975 was a very different time.  Video games were mainly for arcades.  Home video wasn’t yet a thing.  There was no internet.  No 24 hour news cycles (there was the evening news and the morning news, as well as newspapers).  Cheap entertainment options for the masses were limited to LP record…