The Faculty (1998) – Robert Rodriguez

A Kevin Williamson script, a Robert Rodriguez film, and a cast back to the rafters including Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Piper Laurie, Famke Janssen, Jon Stewart, Robert Patrick, Usher, Bebe Neuwirth, and Daniel von Bargen. Sounds decent right? Honestly, it ends up being a pretty solid science fiction film, giving a…

Deep Impact (1998) – Mimi Leder

Releasing the same year as Michael Bay’s big budget, small story, extravaganza, Armageddon, Deep Impact got a little lost in the rubble. But with Steven Spielberg’s name attached to it as executive producer, it’s my next stop on the Sci-Fi Chronicles. Eschewing the flash-bang, style over substance, popcorn nature of Bay’s film, Deep Impact, ably…

Fan Expo Canada – A Look Back

  As summer threatens to wind to a close (actually, did it ever really start?), and kids start shopping for back to school crap, my mind turns to what I fondly refer to as Nerd Christmas. Fan Expo Canada is on our doorstep again at last!   This year marks my 10th year in attendance…

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……

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) – Michel Gondry

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brings me this fantastic film to revisit, and what a beautiful film. I’m not always a big Jim Carrey fan, but it’s films like this, that show me that he really does have some acting chops, and isn’t just a physical comedian. With a script by Charlie Kaufman, for which…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) – Peter Jackson

  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a love letter to and for Tolkien fans, and it was a joy to walk the lands of Middle Earth again (and yes, I got weepy eyed when I found myself back in the Shire, and in that comfy hole in the ground known as Bag End). Non-fans…

There and Back Again: Remembering The Return of the King

The Return of the King… oh… I cried… And I know people often complain about how many endings the film seems to have. Personally I was ok with that, because I never wanted to say goodbye to any of them. I never wanted to leave Middle Earth. It was also recognized by the Academy as…

There and Back Again: Remembering The Two Towers

The Two Towers… The thing I was most looking forward to in my return to Middle-Earth with this film was the rumor that the battle of Helm’s Deep was supposed to run for a good 40 minutes! That was insane, a single on-screen battle running half the length of most action films? Wow. And of…