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…

“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”: an apt title?

“Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom,” the fifth movie in the “Jurassic” franchise to date, is an utterly unnecessary sequel that has little-to-no reason to exist.  While it’s not nearly as  bald-faced or useless as, say, “Independence Day: Resurgence,” it only becomes truly interesting right at the finish line. Director Juan Antonio Bayona (“The Orphanage”) does a decent enough…

“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…