RETRO MOVIE REVIEW — PREDESTINATION (2014)

Many, if not most, SF fans who are readers would really like to see a movie made from his works that adhered to Heinlein’s story and didn’t take great leaps away from his ideas to someone else’s, as in the Paul Verhoeven Starship Troopers. I think Predestination is one that Heinlein would have liked. Do you agree?

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MOVIE REVIEWS — ARACHNOPHOBES BEWARE!

This week I review two films, both dealing with arthropods, namely arachnids. (Well, one’s an arachnid, the other appears to be). Both movies include jump scares, and both are pretty darned good, if somewhat predictable. If you like that kind of film, these two are for you!

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REVIEW – GHOSTBUSTERS: FROZEN EMPIRE

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire is, you will forgive the expression, kind of a stiff. (Frozen stiff.) I didn’t find the movie particularly funny or scary, though Patton Oswalt was pretty good. I didn’t really care for any of the characters. Watch it when it’s free streaming and save some bucks.

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REVIEW – ABIGAIL (2024)

Can’t say too much about Abigail (spoilers), but the 14-year-old girl in the titular role is extremely good. The movie has a twist that’s revealed fairly early, but I can’t reveal it in the excerpt. I enjoyed it, and the effects are pretty “effective.”

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REVIEW – OCEANUS BY SCOTT OVERTON

A new book, by Canadian writer Scott Overton, is a near-future thriller about first contact (maybe), telepathy, deep-sea habitats, and all sorts of really cool stuff. I think Steve likes it! Read this!

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BOOK REVIEW – WRITERS OF THE FUTURE VOL 40

It’s been a bit over 40 years since L. Ron Hubbard began the institution Writers of the Future to “pay forward” his success in writing science fiction. In that time, well over 800 writers (and illustrators!) have won awards, most going on to major careers in the field. This week, Steve reviews the 40th volume in the series. And finds it excellent!

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THE LAST HARRISON FORD INDY… MAYBE

It is supposed that Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the fifth Indiana Jones movie, will be the last one Harrison Ford will star in. But it’s possible that it will not be. It’s almost certain that there will be more Indy movies, but who will star in them? Only Lucasfilm knows!

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MIYAZAKI AND SPIRITED AWAY

The name Hayao Miyazaki is almost synonymous in many people’s minds with Japanese anime because of the many high-quality films that he and his Studio Ghibli have put out over the last few decades. (There is lots more anime than they have produced, but it’s not all as exemplary as theirs.) Revisiting some of his best films is always a rewarding experience, especially Spirited Away, for me.

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CREEPSHOW Season 4

Up to this season, Steve’s personal opinion has been that it’s okay as a tribute (to Stephen King and the eponymous movie), but rather meh as a show. Steve thinks Greg Nicotero’s show is finally hitting its stride.

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Resident Evil: Death Island

The latest animated Resident Evil movie is, I think, worth watching if you’re a fan of the game or the movies. If not, you might wonder what’s going on, but it is at least somewhat self-explanatory. I kinda liked it.

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SHORT TAKES

Steve does short, personal takes—not necessarily reviews—on four recent genre movies (well, almost all genre). He enjoyed watching them and hopes you will too.

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RETRO REVIEW –STAR SCIENCE FICTION #2 (1954)

Steve takes you back to 1954, when newspapers cost a nickel and a bus trip through town was a dime. Back then SF writers were real men and women, not like today’s namby-pamby… er, he finds a lot of old SF fun and involving to read. He hopes you will too.

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MOVIE REVIEW (Maybe some spoilers) – HYPNOTIC

The new movie, Hypnotic, with Ben Affleck, William Fichtner and Alice Braga looks like a cop movie, but beware. It’s definitely genre and has one or two twists that may surprise you. (Or not, if you’ve seen several notable genre movies.) But overall it’s worth a bag or bucket of popcorn.

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