The adventures of James Bond continue in the 24th installment of the franchise. Spectre attempts to navigate the increasingly difficult sweet spot between appeasing the genre and charting new ground with a fresh story. Daniel Craig reprises the role, again bringing the more brooding and thuggish version of the British spy to life, the least […]Read more "How Spectre Fits in with the Bond Universe"
Neal Stephenson’s novel Snowcrash comes out of the gate with a rapid flow of language that feels impatient with a reader that won’t keep up. The tone is hip, and there’s an immediacy to the story. (Some minor first chapter spoilers follow.)Read more "The Quest for the Perfect First Chapter – Snowcrash"
For anyone wondering just how different adaptations can be need look no further than two films based on John W. Campbell Jr.’s 1938 novella Who Goes There? The two versions of note are The Thing From Another World (1951) and The Thing (1982).Read more "The “Who Goes There?” Adaptations"
Francis Bacon wrote, “Hope is a good breakfast but a bad supper.” The same could be said for nostalgia. Film and television continually work at resurrecting the treasured memories of science fiction shows and movies that form the foundation of many of our youths. The X-Files is the latest example. (No Spoilers)Read more "Nostalgia vs. The X-Files"
As they didn’t use disintegrators, the three sirens should go on the Empire, er, The First Order’s short list of hires, as they deliver.Read more "Cinema Over-Analysis: O Brother, Where Art Thou?"