Still hungry for “Soylent Green”, 45 years later…

Back in the days before “Star Wars” and superhero movies transformed cinematic science fiction into gleaming toy commercials, science fiction cinema (with occasional exceptions) consisted largely of futuristic dystopias that were more like feature-length episodes of “The Twilight Zone” than today’s largely escapist entertainment.  It’s far less common today to see a major studio offer up…

Hulu’s “The First” takes the long road to Mars…

I’ve just seen all 8 episodes of the first season of Hulu’s new streaming series, “The First” starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone (not to be confused with “First”, the upcoming Neil Armstrong movie).   I have to admit that, while I eventually  warmed up to this deeply angsty new series, a part of me initially…

War and Remembrance: “The War of the Worlds”…

War Correspondent.  It was over 120 years ago that Herbert George Wells first published the seminal alien invasion story, “The War of the Worlds.”  Like so many of Wells’ works (“The Time Machine,” “The Invisible Man,” “The Shape of Things To Come”) WOTW became a template for many such alien invasion stories to come, such…

“Star Trek V: The Final Frontier” (1989): God only knows…

I’ve been a Star Trek fan for almost as long as I can remember, and one thing I’ve seen over the years is that there is rarely consensus on what constitutes good Star Trek.   Even the best episodes & movies have their detractors, and the worst always have their champions. I myself have quite…

Logan’s Run: “Renew, renew…”

In the days before 1977’s “Star Wars” changed movies forever (at least for my generation), cinematic science fiction, with rare exceptions like “2001” and “Forbidden Planet,” consisted largely of cheapie monster flicks or dystopian nightmares. One of the more successful of the dystopian movies was “Logan’s Run” (1976), based a bit loosely on a novel…

“Demolition Man” inspires joy-joy feelings 25 years later…

It was an October evening some 25 years ago (checking my hands for liver spots) when a friend and I were up for a movie.  We went to a theatre that wasn’t too far from my old apartment, and decided to check out the new Sylvester Stallone futuristic action opus, “Demolition Man.”   I’d been…

Searching for Spock, and the issue of recasting…

News broke earlier this week that “Star Trek Discovery” has recast the role of “Spock” yet again, and the actor they’ve chosen is Ethan Peck (grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck).  This isn’t the first time “Star Trek: Discovery” has recast a previously established role for the new series. Mark Lenard was the original actor to play…

“The Meg” is a big, silly, tongue-in-cheek fish tale…

I make no secret of the fact that I think 1975’s JAWS is one of the most perfect pieces of cinema ever stitched together in an editing bay.   Even its imperfections add to its perfection.  So yeah, I may be a teensy bit biased when it comes to reviewing shark movies, since every shark…