Sci-fi and diversity do well at the 90th Annual Academy Awards…

First, I want to say upfront that I’m not big on the idea of pitting art (and artists) against each other in competition.   Personally, I am one of the least competitive people on Planet Earth.  The Academy Awards ceremonies in particular bring to mind the apples and oranges analogy:  Is “2001: A Space Odyssey” any…

Personal Favorites of 2017

Just want to begin by saying that for this year’s favorites list, I’m going to get away from numerical or other arbitrary values (same way I won’t give ‘thumbs up’ or 1-5 star ratings, etc).  So unlike last year’s list, I’m not going to do rankings.  Just a list. I also recognize that there are many…

Retro-futures: reimagining the future from the past up…

Having recently been awed by the superior sequel “Blade Runner 2049”  I was intrigued that the future depicted in the film’s 2049 was not a future based from our current 2017.   BR2049 shows a 2049 projected from the 2019 we saw in the original “Blade Runner” of 1982.    A future complete with ads from now defunct…

The Blade Runner Sequel: “a benefit or a hazard”?

Have to preface this entry by saying that I am a Blade Runner fan(atic).  Saw the original on home video in the ’80s, and like many others, it grew on me, slowly but surely.   Much later on, I read the Philip K. Dick source novel as well (“Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”).  I…