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Alex Kane is an author, blogger, and critic whose work has appeared in Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, Digital Science Fiction, and Foundation, among other places. He lives in the small college town of Monmouth, Illinois, where he earned a B.A. in English, and was recently named a finalist in the international Writers of the Future contest. Visit him online at alexkanefiction.com.

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Man of Steel Is the Superman Film You’ve Been Waiting For,...

Warning: Minor Man of Steel spoilers follow. In all fairness, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is a beautiful movie. It’s the kind of thing you’d...

My top 10 SF and fantasy picks for the big-screen treatment

Science fiction and fantasy are taking over the realm of the Hollywood summer blockbuster, no question about it. Marvel Studios is gearing up to...

The Cabin in the Woods

I'll try and keep this spoiler-free, because I think it goes without saying that spoilers are the film buff's bane, but I will need...

Jingoism and the Culture of Fear in Star Trek Into Darkness

Having seen Star Trek Into Darkness twice now, and having very much enjoyed it, my aim is to avoid spoilers here whenever possible, for...

Django Unchained: A Brief Word

I think Django Unchained is one of the ballsiest, most badass flicks I've seen in ages -- significantly more mature, artful, and honest than...
Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 as Critique of Techno-Darwinism

Iron Man Three surpasses its predecessor, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, in one very exciting and fundamental way: it feels more like an actual comic...

Alone on the Moon

I’m sitting with a group of friends in the Seminary Street Pub, familiar faces here and there casting shadows upon near-forgotten memories, making plain...

Oblivion: Yet Another Heady, Action-Fueled Science Fiction Epic Falls Short of...

Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (2013) is a love letter to every science fiction film you’ve already seen, and a pretty beautiful one, at that, but...

Like Tears in Rain

You can almost smell the rain, feel it hammer the leather of your trenchcoat. Hear the harmonic buzz of blue neon all around you....

Individualism, Atheism, and the Search for God in Cormac McCarthy’s The...

The following essay originally appeared in issue number 111 of the quarterly journal Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, edited by Graham Sleight....

The Safest Place There Is

“The safest place there is. . . .” It’s a dubious, quizzical line, delivered by Lois Smith near the end of her one unforgettable scene...

David Fincher’s Alien 3, and What It Can Teach Us

According to my extensive academic research over at Wikipedia this afternoon, the third installment in Fox’s Alien Quadrilogy (’Cause why use the word tetralogy, right? What a...
Prometheus | thesocietyforfilm.com

The Fire Must Be Kept Burning

Last Saturday, I spent my morning on the couch with a debilitating migraine, wondering what karmic injustice I'd committed in order to deserve being...
Nintendo 3DS XL | nintendo.com

Nintendo’s 3DS XL

We geeks love our gadgets. Can't live without 'em. Granted, I have a dumbphone and a laptop—neither a tablet nor smartphone to boast of....
Chuck Palahniuk | startribune.com

Karmic Demons and the Power of Compassion: Buddhist Philosophy in Modern...

I would put forward that the next thing is going to be a story, because right now, people really don't have a big story,...
Argo

Metadrama and Science Fiction in Affleck’s Argo

I had given some thought to doing an Oscars recap this week, tallying the various gains and losses of the science fiction and fantasy...
The Lost Boys

The Lost Vamps: Bloodthirsty Flicks that Actually Don’t Suck

Vampire flicks have been all the rage since Twilight flooded the box office with sticky, coppery crimson in '08, and have proven a solid...
J. J. Abrams | starwars.com

All Your Rebel Base Are Belong to Us: In Defense of...

(Or, Why Your Beloved Franchise Is About to Become More Powerful than You Could Possibly Imagine.) Since the news that J. J. Abrams will be...