The Sins of Professor X (Part Two)

Hey, did you miss me? Well I missed you! Welcome back to: The Sins of Charles Xavier! (Part Two) Let us jump in right where I left off on the good Professor, with… 4. Danger! So the X-Men’s training room is pretty cool, right? For some reason Xavier saw fit to build a work-out chamber…

The Sins of Professor X (Part One)

Let me roll off some key features of a comic book character and see if you figure out who I’m talking about: Kindly father figure, symbol of peace and tolerance, wheelchair-bound, teacher, bald, eyebrows like the wings of an eagle, enjoys the letter X, disagrees with his more violent buddy, named a school after himself,…

The Wrath of Khan

“How do you feel, Jim?”   Did you ever read a book or watch a movie as a kid and think, “Hot diggity, that was great!”, only to leave it for a long time, get some grey in your hair (seven hairs exactly), and then come back to that movie you loved as a kid…

Bowie Fiction

There was a time during the twentieth century when the position of the greatest science fiction author was officially split into three. The greatest authors were considered to be Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clark, and Isaac Asimov. Of the three, the latter two came to an official accord on how to respond to questions…

Lonesome no More!

Different writers speak to different people. There can be lots of writers that you like, and lots that you don’t. But I think for each of us, there are a few writers who speak to us in a way that most do not. For me, Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is one of those writers. Slapstick, or Lonesome…

Arrival – A Case of Déjà vu

Walking into Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer, I only knew a little about the movie. I knew that it was based on the short story “Story of Your Life” by author Ted Chiang which I have not read (it’s on the shelf). I knew that it was starring Amy Adams and…

Remember To Save What Keeps Us Human: Looking At “Childhood’s End”

Childhood’s End is a 1953 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. In the twentieth century, Clarke was considered to be one of the three greatest science fiction writers, alongside Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. The story that has stood the test of time for over sixty years. Now, after various failed attempts (Stanley Kubrick…

4 Heroes. 4 Movies. 4 Mistakes. 4 Puns.

There have been four attempts to bring Marvel’s first family to life on the big screen. First in 1994, then 2005, 2007, and most recently in 2015. Whatever grand cosmic meaning might be found in four failed Fantastic 4 movies escapes me, but all of them have sucked. I’ve heard people say maybe the Fantastic…

Not My Superman

The twenty-first century is home to a world that is perhaps a little darker and more complicated than the century that came before it, and our heroes should reflect that. Or at least, that is the message that some people like to spew to justify a darker, more violent and morally ambiguous Superman. Some portion…