The Evolution of Adult SFF Television

When I was growing up, science fiction and fantasy TV shows tended to share three main elements: they were usually 1) pure action-adventure affairs; 2) filmed in the abandoned quarries, forests, and subdivisions of Vancouver; and 3) were episodic/monster-of-the-week shows. You know the drill: Hercules, Xena, Sliders, SeaQuest 2032, Stargate: SG-1, The X-Files, Farscape, Andromeda, Bablyon 5, … More The Evolution of Adult SFF Television

History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…

Originally, Godzilla embodied the fear and apprehensions of nuclear weapons, of full-on nuclear war: a massive dinosaur rising out of the depths to vomit forth atomic fire upon a helpless populace. What better nation to depict this than Japan, still suffering its own psychological woes from the devastation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki a mere nine … More History shows again and again how nature points out the folly of man…

In The Electric Mist

Tommy Lee Jones stars as Dave Robicheaux, small-town Louisiana sheriff investigating a murdered prostitute named Cherry Leblanc. On top of that, he has to deal with drunk film star Elrod Sykes (Peter Sarsgaard) and his more-responsible girlfriend (Kelly McDonald) roaring around the backwaters, who stumbled upon a chain-encrusted corpse on their set. Said corpse belongs … More In The Electric Mist

The Hunger Games

Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s something built into my jaded generation, but I end up assuming everything will be a steaming plate of shit and chips unless it first provides certification of its not-shit nature. In triplicate. Such was my assumption about The Hunger Games; when I first heard about it, my reaction was … More The Hunger Games

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale – Again

Okay, I’ve been pretty skeptical about this one, dating back to when I first heard they were remaking it. I mean, the Schwarzenegger one wasn’t brilliant, but it managed to keep Philip K. Dick’s paranoia and questioning of reality intact inside an entertaining ’80s trashy action movie. Probably one of the top three PKD book-to-movie … More We Can Remember It for You Wholesale – Again