Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” is a scathing satire of inconvenient truths…

*****COMET-SIZED SPOILERS AHEAD!!***** Writer/director/producer Adam McKay is known for poking fun at television conventions (“Anchorman”) and politics (his “Saturday Night Live” shorts). With Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up” (2021) he takes aim at the current distrust of science and common sense, using a planet-destroying comet as broad metaphor for COVID and climate change-denials. McKay also skewers…

“Dune: Part One” (2021) is as good an adaptation as we’ll ever get…

*****SPICE-LADEN SPOILERS AHEAD!!***** Dune It Again. The path of Frank Herbert’s seminal 1965 science fiction novel to the screen has been almost as harsh and dangerous as conditions on the desert world of Arrakis. Over the last five decades we’ve seen (and almost seen) a surreal, aborted Alejandro Jodorowksy adaptation (circa 1975), a colorful 1984…