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…

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…

The Poor Teaching Practices of Professor Dumbledore

Professor Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was a great man. A champion of wizard and muggle rights, defender of the innocent, genius, scholar, warrior, philosopher, and general. Founder of the Order of the Phoenix, Dumbledore single-handedly stopped the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald’s reign of terror, kept the dangerous Elder Wand safe from those who would…

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…

Doing What’s Right: A Review of Captain America – Civil War

“No. You move.” Captain America: Civil War needed to be a lot of things. As the introduction of both Black Panther and a new Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sequel to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the final instalment in the Captain America trilogy, and the sequel to both First Avenger and Winter Soldier,…

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…

Daredevil Season 2: Here Comes the Man Without Fear

There’s a moment in the third episode of this season where, faced with fighting his way down a whole building of armed thugs, Matt Murdock gives a quick grin from under his mask, and then with a sudden violent and terrible fury he roars, smashing out the lights overhead. At this point, I almost unconsciously…