Film

Thank You, Hayao Miyazaki

As we grow older, we are forced to accept the fact that those people who helped to form our childhood are also getting older. We are made to understand that being influential does not make one immortal, at least not in a literal sense. And so, thousands of people the world over are slowly coming to terms with the fact that Hayao Miyazaki is truly, truly retiring this time.

[Title Bump] What 2014 Has In Store

This past year has shown us quite a lot in the world of film. Audiences are beginning to finally understand that pricey CGI-driven action clustercusses aren’t exactly worthwhile entertainment. As always, Hollywood is slow to really grasp that—but they’re getting there. A new wave of (sort of) trilogies based on popular YA sci-fi/fantasy books have […]

Noticias literatura y avance de cine 31-7

Se anuncia “Terra Nova 2” Tras el éxito de “Terra Nova”, se anuncia que el 21 de noviembre se publicará antología “Terra Nova 2”. En esta ocasión será en el sello Fantascy perteneciente al grupo editorial Random House Mondadori, con distribución a todas las librerías de España. Con una selección mucho más ambiciosa, se han […]

One Thousand Posts

Today Amazing Stories achieves a milestone in publishing its 1,000th post (and then some!) When this project first began – the resurrection of the world’s first science fiction magazine – I had high hopes, huge ambitions and a tremendous amount of faith in the genre community;  faith that its members would live up to the […]

Superheroine Movie

Imagine the teaser trailer. Peeks at the iconic costume, a villain’s growled one-liner, the title looming suddenly out of the darkness with THIS CHRISTMAS or SUMMER 2014 beneath it. Imagine the interviews in Entertainment Weekly: the costume design chief noting how they “went with the more textured fabric, to get that realism in there,” the […]

Oblivion

Many reviewers have already pointed out the fact that director Joseph Koskinski’s Oblivion borrows quite a bit from a number of earlier science fiction films, includng Moon, Planet of the Apes, the Matrix, even Star Wars, Attack of the Clones. And that’s all very true. Koskinski’s second feature film after his debut with Tron: The […]

A Visit To A Cinema Pub

My family used the occasion of two close family birthdays as an excuse to visit a Cinema Pub.  I don’t know how common such things are in other regions of the country, but in the Greater Boston area I was able to find a total of three separate companies offering essentially the same form of […]

Christopher Nolan’s Inception as Shamanic Psychodrama

A few weeks ago, a friend and I were discussing which films should be considered science fiction and which shouldn’t. He claimed comic book/superhero movies should not be called SF. I claimed that Inception isn’t science fiction either. While the case can be made that comic book movies can be considered to be science fiction […]

“I Like Science Fiction, It’s Got Like Giant Robots and Stuff, Right?” Science Fiction’s Self-Esteem Problem Part III: Robots, Reboots and Remakes. How Hollywood Kills Serious Science Fiction

The only time the public pays attention to Science Fiction is when that great machine of mass marketing and “entertainment” called Hollywood inundates the collective consciousness with that most dreaded of phenomena: the Summer Blockbuster. But isn’t that a good thing? Should we not rejoice that the tools of cinema capitalism put our beloved Science Fiction […]