Category Archives: Science Fiction

Initial Thoughts on The Force Awakens

It’s all spoilers, people. You have been warned! At the time of this writing, I’ve seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens twice three times: once with Beca and Annika on opening day, once with Beca and my sister-in-law on Christmas Eve, … Continue reading

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They Live: Alley Fight

ANNOUNCER How long do you think a fight scene should last on screen? MAN I don’t know. Two minutes? ANNNOUNCER Try a little longer. MAN Two and a half? ANNNOUNCER Not quite. Try again. MAN Certainly not three minutes? ANNNOUNCER … Continue reading

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Lord Vader Breaks Down A.B.C.

Darth Vader is here from downtown, here from Emperor and Tarkin, on a mission of mercy…

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Tad’s 2013 Summer Reading Suggestions

Summer is here and it’s time to read! On the beach, at camp, poolside, at a cafe, on a boat, on a plane, on a train…just don’t read in an automobile, it will make you sick. Here’s a list of … Continue reading

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Cinematic Musical Echoes in 1980

First, watch these two short clips and listen to the music. So, what is that? Now, I have an audio super-sensitivity when it comes to Alien. When I was a kid, a friend with a Betamax made me recordings of … Continue reading

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Google Glass and Brainstorm

Is it just me? The new Google Glass demo video totally the same as the demo that Christopher Walken and his team put together in Brainstorm? Am I right? And, if you are interested in Brainstorm‘s change in aspect ratio, … Continue reading

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Welcome to Costco. I love you.

This scene in Idiocracy was originally supposed to take place in a Walmart, which makes more sense. But Costco works, too…and the studio would allow Mike Judge to make fun of Costco…but not Walmart, which sells more DVDs than any … Continue reading

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Star Wars Anxiety

I think this sums up Star Wars fans’ hopes and fears about the announcement yesterday.

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R is for Ray Bradbury

In 7th grade English class, we were assigned A Wrinkle in Time. I had already read it in another class (actually half of it, because I got bored), so I asked the teacher if I could read something else instead. … Continue reading

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The Lazy Science Fiction Name Chart

In 1997, when I went to see a screening of The Fifth Element, I was pulled right out of the movie when it was revealed that the maniacalacle arms deler with a Southern drawl played by Gary Oldman was named … Continue reading

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