Browsing: Sci-fi

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Behold, a possibly controversial opening statement: Blade Runner 2049 justifies the existence of its predecessor. The cult-classic 1982 Ridley Scott epic is well-revered but remains something of a conceptual skeleton: it opens the door to great thematic richness but only flirts with entering. 2049 enters and explores…

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Over eight novels stretching out across four decades and two centuries, Stephen King’s Gunslinger has pursued his arch-nemesis, the Man in Black, across not just of the fallen Mid-World, a post-apocalyptic, post-industrial wasteland, but ours (or a reasonable facsimile) too, with the fate of the multiverse, as always…

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You can’t argue with Luc Besson. The man knows how to spend upwards of $200 million – $209 million by one report, $225 million by another – on his latest, soon-to-be-but-maybe-not-debacle, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Besson’s big-screen adaptation of Pierre Christin Jean-Claude Mézières’…

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RoboCop, a dark political and cultural satire and director Paul Verhoeven’s first American film, was released in the middle of a summer no one knew was a harbinger of things to come. Filled with arid, empty urban landscapes covered in dust and rust and decay, the disintegrating Detroit of the film, thirty years on, less…

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The Holy Trinity. No, not the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit of Christianity, but Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, DC Comics’ oldest, most iconic superheroes. DC’s Holy Trinity debuted over a comics-redefining four-year span, Superman in 1938, Batman in 1939, and Wonder Woman two years later, but while…

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Five years ago, as I walked out of Prometheus, my imagination was ablaze with the possible trajectories the sequel would go as David and Elizabeth’s journey to their creators continued. That film, while certainly dreary, had a streak of optimism in discovery that high school Austin expected to continue. I was totally unprepared…

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In the era of franchise filmmaking and shared universes, the end is never really the end. It’s a new beginning, a new beginning involving prequels, sequels to the prequels, spin-offs, and after a franchise has run aground on the infertile shores of creative bankruptcy, an inevitable reboot to restart the cycle all over again. We haven’t…

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The concept behind Bokeh is interesting enough. A young couple sets out to see the world and heads to Iceland to take in its beauty. Something happens (Northern Lights go bonkers?) and…

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If we’ve learned anything – anything at all – from Jurassic Park I-III, Jurassic World, and no doubt, the forthcoming sequel, Jurassic World II, it’s this simple message: Life always finds a way and by way, we mean, mess with Mother Nature – or in the case of Life: The Movie, a science-fiction/horror film directed by Daniel…

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