12 Years a Slave (2013) – Steve McQueen

What kind of species are we that we can enslave our fellows? There are two scenes in McQueen’s masterpiece 12 Years a Slave, that shook me to my core. The first was a scene in which Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Solomon Northup is left to hang, while life goes on around him, and another when Solomon is…

Doctor Strange (2016) – Scott Derrickson

Benedict Cumberbatch settles rather nicely into the Marvel universe, as he dons the cloak and mantle of the MCU’s (Marvel Cinematic Universe) latest superhero. Doctor Strange. Easing into an American accent, as easily as he does Strange’s costume, Cumberbatch fits the role perfectly, bringing to life the doctor’s arrogance, ego, and eventually his humbled, giving…

Serenity (2005) – Joss Whedon

  Ahhh, Serenity. I’m so glad I got a chance to watch this one again, thanks to the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. I remember the year Firefly started, and the now legendary story of how Fox screwed everything up and didn’t give Joss Whedon and the show the support it deserved. Despite that of course, when…

The Martian (2015) – Ridley Scott

  A fantastic book, a top-notch actor, and one of the best technical directors working, what wasn’t to like about The Martian? Clocking in at 141 minutes, my only real issue with the film was that despite the fact that it gave you the number of sols Mark Watney (Matt Damon) spent alone on Mars…

Romantic Movies for Valentines Day

So it’s Valentine’s Day. You and your sweetie have had a romantic dinner, or a nice walk (pleasant and warm even with the chill in the air), arm in arm, hand in hand, you decide to go back to the apartment and have a cuddle while watching a romantic movie that isn’t overly sappy… What…

Children of Men (2006) – Alfonso Cuaron

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list comes to an end with Children of Men, and I honestly couldn’t think of a better film to end it on. Director Alfonso Cuaron brings an adaptation of P.D. James novel to life in a vivid way, combining all that is the best of humanity, our callousness, our greed, our…