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SOMETHING FISHY: AQUAMAN MOVIE REVIEW (SPOILERS)

Steve is not a big fan of the movie Aquaman. In fact, he’s not even a little fan of Aquaman; he thinks the movie s(t)inks!

FUN FILK AND A FILM REVIEW—JURASSIC WORLD: Fallen Kingdom

This week Steve talks about some filk, some fan musicians, and even a movie! Yes, the sequel to Jurassic World is up… will it be a drubbing or roses and a bottle of champagne? Read it and see!

REVIEW: ALIEN COVENANT—AN ALIEN TOO FAR?

This week Steve throws a few spoilers into a review of Alien: Covenant. You might want to wait until you’ve seen the movie before you read this review. Just a friendly note.

New Science Fiction Romances Arrive

More new science fiction romances have hit the figurative ebook shelves, with everything from space pirates to a tale strongly reminiscent (to me) of...

Spielberg’s slow-motion capture: How CGI can cause great film-makers to take...

  Thirty-four years ago, Steven Spielberg created the just-about perfect family movie in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. So his reunion with that film’s screenwriter, Melissa Mathison,...

Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder Part 4

M. D. Jackson's final installment on the history of visual effects in cinema takes us from the CGI revolution of Jurassic Park to the present.

Computer Generated Images and the Eye of the Beholder: Part 3

In the third part of his history of computer generated imagery, M. D. Jackson takes us from The Last Starfighter to Terminator 2, with a side trip to the Italian renaissance.

Medical Science Fiction: Tell Me Where it Hurts

Medical SF: an overlooked sub-genre

SHORT FILM REVIEW: Alba Garcia’s TIME/SPACE REFLECTIONS

Steve looks at a brand-new SF/F stop-motion animated short film by the talented film-maker and director Alba Garcia-Rivas.

3D OR NOT 2D?

This week, Steve shares his love of 3D. How do YOU feel about 3D?

Is Interstellar Too Loud?

I have read repeated complaints that Interstellar is too loud. Which makes as much sense as complaining that a record is too loud.

BUTTON, BUTTON—Who’s Got the button? 

Steve collects movie memorabilia at cons. Do you?

The Mediums of Jurassic Park

The Jurassic Park franchise has appeared in books, film, comics and countless other outlets. Yet, these varied forms of media have also given fans varied looks at the story.

Retrospective – Spielberg & Kubrick’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence

In 2001 I wrote that A.I. was more successful as a fable that as pure SF, a film to be seen and argued over, which in the current climate of mindless special effects dominated action fodder made it easy to over-rate.

CLASSIC SF MOVIES #2: George Pal’s Destination Moon

Steve reviews a seminal classic: Destination Moon, the first Hollywood SF blockbuster that respected both science and science fiction.

Time Out’s ‘100 Best Sci-Fi Films’

This week the UK London listings and entertainment guide Time Out published part of an on-going series of genre by genre features on the 100 Best Films. The current one is ‘The 100 best sci-fi movies’. Gary Dalkin takes a look...

Retrospective: A Minority Verdict Against Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report

Upon release in 2002 the film Minority Report, nominally based on a story by Philip K. Dick, received almost universally ecstatic reviews. I was among the minority of dissenting voices, and what follows, my minority retort

Isn’t All Science Fiction and Fantasy Alternate Reality?

C. E. Martin (yes, but which one?) wonders why we bother to distinguish some works as "alternate reality" when in fact, all SF and fantasy takes place in alternate realities.

It’s All My Fault – An Apology

Another summer of cinematic wilderness is drawing to a close and I owe you all a big apology. Why? Because I am responsible for the terrible state of mainstream American cinema today.
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Jurassic Park is 20 – What Went Wrong?

Jurassic Park opened in the UK 20 years ago this month. A 3D conversion was foisted upon an indifferent a few months ago. Universal...

Shadowrun Returns

This month, we will see the first fruits of the great Kickstarter flood of 2012. The four titans of that period—Double Fine's Broken Age,...

Cloud Atlas Shrugged – or let the Skyfall

On Monday Skyfall was released on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. Tomorrow Cloud Atlas will open in UK cinemas. Two films, poles apart....

Raptor Rapture

2013 sees the twentieth anniversary of Jurassic Park. To celebrate, a 3D version will be released in the USA in April: http://www.jurassicpark.com/index_splash.html. Dinosaurs are hotter...