I realized when watching Syfy’s second season of 12 Monkeys that my favorite character is Katarina Jones, played by Barbara Sukowa . She rises above the rest of the capable cast by adding enough ham and chewing sufficient scenery for two characters, a contrast to the rest of the actors who play it straight. Plus, […]Read more "Who is your Favorite Mad Scientist?"
La Jetée is an artful and original story that is a must-see piece of science fiction history. It may take more effort to watch for modern viewers not accustomed to less-linear presentations, but the images will stay with you long after its 28-minute run-time.Read more "Twelve Monkeys’ Avant-Garde Roots"
Ever have a cat look past you over your shoulder and hiss, whether or not there was actually anything there? There’s a reason why I prefer birds, dogs, and pot-belly pigs in that order before considering a cat as a suitable pet while aboard a spaceship. Jonsey the cat from Alien (and Aliens) did everything […]Read more "Jonesey, the Cat from Alien"
How tolerant are you of character glut? There is a hard-to-pin number out there of what constitutes too many characters in a book, movie, or show. Watching the trailer for the new Captain America: Civil War movie reminds me of how unsatisfying most of these films are when they are trying to service decades-old comic […]Read more "The Dangers of Character Glut"
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?"
I remember trying to read TS Eliot’s The Waste Land in high school without knowing anything about it. It proved a disappointing experience when I never got to any part of the book containing a muscle-bound man with a magnum revolver and a metal helmet leading an army of motorized desert trash against a group […]Read more "In Search of the Post-Apocalypse (pt 1)"
Of the elusive pursuits of the world, being able to go to a movie where you don’t get pulled out of the experience every few minutes by your fellow theater patrons’ talking, texting, or kicking your seat is as frustratingly difficult as catching a chupacabra on film. Equally as mysterious is the identity of the […]Read more "The Pristine Movie-Going Experience with the Mysterious Academy"