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Throwback Thursday: Is Dark City a Space Opera?

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. It’s very hard to talk about this week’s film in regards to space opera without veering heavily into spoiler territory, so I would suggest that if you haven’t seen it, backing slowly out of the room with your hands raised in a state of surrender and come back after watching it....

Music Is Coming in the Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience

I’ve got to make a confession: I was never particularly wowed by the Game of Thrones score. And since I’m already about to get sent down the streets of King’s Landing to a chorus of “Shame! Shame!” for that fact, another confession: I was never particularly wowed by Game of Thrones in general. See, A Game of Thrones has been a prominent element of my life for a long time now, not via fandom, but via business. I am connected...

Throwback Thursday: Flash (AH-AHHH!) Gordon Is the Savior of the Universe

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. If you’re talking about a colorful, science-fiction adventure that has lots of different scenery, space battles, and melodrama, and you aren’t talking about Star Wars, odds are you’re thinking of 1980’s Flash Gordon. Brought to the silver screen by producer extraordinaire Dino De Laurentiis, Flash Gordon tells the pulpy...

John Wick: Chapter 2 Burns at Both Ends

John Wick: Chapter 2 doesn’t waste anytime letting the audience know that they’re going to get what they came for. An aerial view of the city floats past the streets and rooftops at night while the roar and whine of a crotch rocket echoes below. Eventually, the camera tracks down past a video wall that shows an old-time motorcycle wipeout. Moments later, the all-black crotch rocket slides into an intersection as its rider tumbles after it. A 1970 Chevelle SS...

Throwback Thursday: Solaris Is a Philosophical Meditation On Communication

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. One of the greatest inventions in the Star Trek universe is the universal translator. It allows different species to communicate through instantaneous translation. It is a little problematic when the series randomly decides to have people speak a specific language without translating it for the audience (Picard loves to...

Feed Your Season 7 Anticipation with A Game of Thrones: The Card Game Second Edition

Thanks to an apparent IMDb leak, we now know the expected premiere date of Game of Thrones’ seventh season is June 25th, and fans are going crazy! Normally airing as part of HBO’s spring schedule, the summer 2017 date for means a longer wait to see who among the beloved (and behated) characters will die next, who will survive, and who will rise to claim the Iron Throne. But why wait? The second edition of A Game of Thrones:...

What’s New with Yakuza 0?

Yakuza 0 has finally arrived in North America, and it’s once again time to return to Kamurocho and join Kazuma Kiryu in the criminal underworld of Tokyo. This time around, it’s a little different, as Yakuza 0 has us going back in time. As the name might imply, it’s a prequel to all of the other games in the series, putting us with our lead character, Kiryu, when he is just 20 years old, and still fairly new to...

Throwback Thursday: Starcrash Is the Movie We Deserve

Throwback Thursday examines films from the past, “classic” films that might not be in the current cultural zeitgeist but can still be important, interesting, fun, or all of the above. Once again delving into the halcyon days of my childhood, I remember relaxing during summer vacation and being able to catch film matinees on the local TV stations. One film seemed to play fairly regularly and was everything for my young pre-teen mind: scantily clad space women (which are different...

Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Series

My dear readers, I try to always give you my best when I write a review. I also try to be as brutally honest as possible, no matter who I offend. With that said, I feel as though I have reached new ground when it comes to the new Netflix original series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. What do I mean? Let me put it this way: after several weeks of pondering on what I’ve seen of...

Nostalgic, Cheap, and Satirical Thrills in Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050

  There’s nothing quite like the campy joy of Death Race 2000. The ridiculous cars, the gory kills, the politically incorrect point system of slaughter, and the hilarious production values of conference rooms dressed up as hotel rooms all made for one heck of a fun B-movie. It was remade in 2008 with Paul W. S. Anderson directing a picture that was more gritty than goofy. Two direct-to-video sequels followed that nobody took much note of. But now Death...
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