The best science fiction movies from every decade.
The Yellow Flick Road
What we predicted has come true: Disney, with its unlimited resources, has created the Callback Masterpiece in Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. This film’s callback game is so deep, it calls back other franchises. It is like Scary Movie, only with Star Wars. There is a callback to Avengers that makes me cringe. This being the last film in a trilogy of trilogies, Rise calls back to every film in the series, bringing together eight movies into one. It could come off as the Remember When? Reel if not so brilliantly realized by JJ Abrams. The trick here is to refer to the callbacks without spoiling any details from Rise. That’s easy, as long as we avoid any mention of new material, of which there is a considerable amount. I will attempt to mention any callback that occurs in chronological order, starting from New Hope, Empire and Return, then Menace, Clones and Revenge, and finally Awakens and Last Jedi. Let us use the Episode numbers to keep track. And in case you are wondering, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker follows the Yellow Flick Road like a zealot.
The Yellow Flick Road
Dark Fate: Dorothy saves the World With Tim Miller at the helm as director, and James Cameron as Executive Producer, The Terminator franchise reboots to directly after the second film in the series. Spoiler alert if you have never seen T2: A robot from the future is sent back in time by an Artificial Intelligence called SkyNet to kill 12 year old John Connor in order to preserve a dystopian machine-controlled society. His death as a child would eliminate his development as a leader of a human resistance that eventually defeats the machines. The Resistance sends back an older model robot reprogrammed to protect John. This model appears identical to the robot (known as T-100) originally sent twelve years prior to kill John’s mother, Sarah. That first unit was destroyed by Sarah and a resistance fighter named Kyle Reese, sent back in time by John to protect his mother from the T-100. Kyle dies in the effort to stop the T-100, but not before a sexual encounter with Sarah which leads to the birth of John. Twelve years later, Sarah, John and the second T-100 are able to destroy this new robot, called a T-1000, through serious hard work and effort, but the T-100 insists on being completely destroyed by fire to avoid his advanced technology to be discovered during this time. Apparently, some of the original T-100’s parts were found by a company called Cyberdyne, which leads to the development of Skynet. What this actually means is that these future actors arriving in the past changed the future, but not significantly enough to avoid Armageddon, as it were.
My Review of "Captive State"
Captive State is an alien invasion movie that barely has any aliens in it. Don't be expecting a ton of action in this alien invasion caper movie. There's a ton of intrigue as the many players don't know who to trust. It's definitely a very different change of pace for an alien invasion movie. Unfortunately, despite the intrigue of most of the movie the ending is rather predictable through the not so subtle foreshadowing throughout the movie.
My Review of "Beyond Skyline"
Beyond Skyline has showed up on my Netflix suggestions for quite some time. I didn't quite know if I wanted to see it or not. The premise of the movie was right up my alley but I usually like watching higher budget science fiction movies. My mind has been changed recently because I've seen a bunch of low budget science fiction movies on Netflix and they've impressed me. So I decided to take the dive and see what it was all about.
Dark Light - review
Brief synopsis: After her divorce, a woman takes her young daughter and moves into her old vacant family home in rural Mississippi. When strange things start happening and her daughter disappears, she is the local sheriff’s number one suspect. The woman fights to not only clear her name but also to find her daughter.
My Review of "Contagion"
Every few years there's a new virus that makes everyone fear for their lives. This year it's the new Coronavirus. So I guess the writers of Contagion discovered this trend when they recognized how much SARS and H1N1 freaked us all out.
'The 5th Wave' (2016) Review
I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before but I'm a huge sci-fi fan. People have asked me in the past: "What's your favorite sci-fi movie?"
Do you hate war, pollution, or hard pizza rolls? You would love the 1969 science fiction/satire "The Monitors". This motion picture is based on a science fiction novel of the same name written by Keith Laumer and published in 1966. The story is about a group of friendly aliens coming to Earth and taking over the planet and its governments. The movie was produced by the Second City comedy troupe and co-produced by the Bell and Howe Corporation. This film was shot on location in Chicago, Illinois with the intention it would become a center of movie and TV production. The Monitors is minutes 92 in length and premiered on October 8, 1969, in New York City.
‘Ad Astra’ Serves Dazzling Sci-Fi Spectacle Amid a Compelling Examination of the Male Psyche
It seems like an annual tradition that a critically-acclaimed sci-fi from an auteur will be released to either adoration or derision or both from a general audience. Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian and Arrival all earned acclaim and were generally well-received by audiences, but then Blade Runner 2049 and Annihilation faltered at the box office and the latter did not even receive international distribution, instead being bailed out by Netflix while a studio reluctant to even release the film barely marketed it at all. I think the box office results of Ad Astra will be carefully examined by studios to see whether this genre is worthy of being financed as original films’ performance at the box office continues to trend downward. What’s also interesting is that this film is a holdover from 20th Century Fox—now Disney owned—which could be completely reshaped itself under new management. Ad Astra’s release was pushed back numerous times which was concerning as it could have been a sign of studio apprehension, as the film is a clear financial film relying on star power, word of mouth audience response and marketing. The September release date the film was given was clearly a clever choice however, as only one franchise heavyweight was released, so it was mostly a level playing field between mid-budget original films, which was quite refreshing and I hope becomes the case more often. The film has performed better than expected, crossing more than 100 million worldwide, but it still stands to lose money, it’s box office performance similar albeit slightly better than another space-based film, First Man. These auteur-driven films go against typical Hollywood filmmaking, but it’s saddening to see such a lukewarm audience reception for a more creative take on the genre and going against convention.
'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic'—10 Actors to Play Jolee Bindo in Live-Action
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is my favorite video game of all time. Hands down, there is no other. I'm sure many will disagree and that's fine, they're probably not as big of a Star Wars geek as I am. But, this game made my childhood.
Movie Review: 'Encounter' Is Good Bad
Encounter stars Luke Hemsworth as Will Dawkins. Will lives in his sister’s, Teresa (Cheryl Texiera), garage, sadly recreating the image of his late daughter and his still living former wife, Jessica (Anna Hutchinson), in sad clown paintings. Will was left paralyzed by the accident that killed his daughter and the overall trauma was more than his wife could bear. To say that Will’s life is one of ongoing despair would be an understatement.
'Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus' Review of Doom
From March 30, 2001 to December 10, 2002, Invader Zim aired on Nickelodeon. After it got cancelled, several finished episodes ended up on DVD in 2004 and didn't air in the US until they ended up on Nicktoons in 2006. Since then, the 2015 comic series has been the only ongoing Invader Zim content. But now, we have the Netflix movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus, which reflects the art style of the comics and brings familiar characters on an absurd and hilarious adventure.