Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (2012) – Brad Peyton

  I’m quite enjoying my time spent with the Sci-Fi Chronicles book so far, I’ve enjoyed watching different iterations of the same story and seeing how it’s updated, changed, or adapted. After my viewing of the 1961 version of Mysterious Island, the only other theatrical version of note to take a look at was this…

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008) – Eric Brevig

  Jules Verne, his writing, and the films inspired by his creations is next up in the Sci-Fi Chronicles (I’m loving this book so far, and I’ve barely started it). I’ve previously covered the definitive cinematic version of Journey to the Center of the Earth, the 1959 version starring James Mason and Pat Boone. The only other…

Godzilla (2014) – Gareth Edwards

The King of Monsters returned to the big screen this weekend, with Monsters director, Gareth Edwards updating the classic cinema tale for the 21st century, while embracing its origins from the 50s. Filled with spectacle, and a perfect matinée, popcorn filled homage to the original series, the film, despite Edwards deft touch, and eye for…

Tim’s Thirteen of 2013

So ends 2013, just like that! What a year! We have continued to grow and do so much here at The Mind Reels, and we’re hoping for an even bigger year next year! So I decided to throw together a list of the movies I most enjoyed this year, the ones that got to me,…

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) – Peter Jeackson

From the off Peter Jackson’s second installment in The Hobbit trilogy feels like a stronger, more confident picture than it’s still enjoyable predecessor, An Unexpected Journey. Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, the characters have already been established, as well as a large portion of the journey has already been undertaken. Threats have been…

The Day of The Doctor – Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special

Allons-y! Geronimo! That Mr. Moffat is what I call a Doctor Who episode to celebrate. While I wasn’t a big fan of the second half of series 7, there are moments and bits I like, just overall, it wasn’t the best, THIS showed what Doctor Who can be in the best way! From the opening…

Pacific Rim (2013) – Guillermo del Toro

  I’m still grinning. It’s not very often that so-called ‘Event’ blockbuster movies can completely take me in, and fewer still can lay claim to being an actual event. Del Toro’s new film, Pacific Rim, does just that. It geeked out the little kid in me, and totally pleased the grown-up film buff as well….

Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) – J.J. Abrams

This is a summer blockbuster first and foremost. Since Trek made the leap to the bug screen, they’ve had to eschew some of the material that inherently made Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek what is was when it was a weekly television show. After The Motion Picture, which I still love, the series began to shift…

Iron Man 3 (2013) – Shane Black

Robert Downey Jr returns to the big screen as Tony Stark, a man haunted and troubled by the events that befell the Avengers… Taking over directing duties from Jon Favreau, Shane Black, who seems to have a fascination for setting movies during the Christmas season (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) also wrote the script alongside…

Oz, The Great and Powerful (2013) – Sam Raimi

  I was hesitant about seeing Oz, The Great and Powerful. I wasn’t quite sure what they were going to do with it, and honestly, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to go back to the land of Oz, I mean, there’s the original stories by L. Frank Baum, the classic ’39 film, there…

The Life of Pi (2012) – Ang Lee

Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s award winning novel is a visual poem to story telling, how we see and share the events of our lives, and faith. I first read the novel in 2008 (I was a little slow to the party – it was first published in 2001) and I raved about it to anyone…