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…

Alien: Covenant (2017) – Ridley Scott

Ridley Scott returns to the science fiction genre again and retreads things that have gone before in Alien: Covenant. The latest film in the seemingly indefatigable series connects the previous film, the divisive Prometheus with the first film in the series, 1979 Alien, both directed by Scott. And while I didn’t hate it, the film…

X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Bryan Singer

  There’s probably a good, or at least a passable story somewhere amongst the mutants, Singer as a director has done some nice work with Marvel’s X-Men franchise in the past, but this time, it just feels like too much flash, and no substance. To say the visual effects super-saturate this film is an understatement….

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Matthew Vaughn

  Sometimes to go forward, you need to go back, as we learn in the next X-Men film as I journey through the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. Continuing its cue of using great actors, Vaughn recasts the characters we’ve already been introduced to as we go back to 1962 and the height of the Cuban Missile…

Frank (2014) – Lenny Abrahamson

Michael Fassbender is the titular Frank in this amusing and entertaining dark comedy that is being released to DVD and Blu-Ray today from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The film follows a young, would-be musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), and how he becomes involved in a rather eccentric pop band that is fronted by Frank, who never removes…

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – Bryan Singer

The X-Men are back! After the less than stellar Wolverine spin-offs and the horrendous X3, it’s good to see Fox actually giving the Marvel property some respect, viewers and critics know it can work when it’s given the proper time and attention, as illustrated by X-Men: First Class, as well as the first two films….

300 (2006) – Zack Snyder

The 101 Action Movies brings me the chance to sit down and rewatch Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic 300.  Based loosely on an original final brave stand of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) with 300 of his Spartan soldiers against the legions of forces brought to bear on them by the Persian King Xerxes…

Prometheus (2012) – Some Thoughts and Questions…

Prometheus is a film with some big ideas. This is a film I’ve been looking forward to since I learned Sir Ridley was returning to the universe that he helped create and establish. Is Prometheus a perfect movie? Far from, many of the secondary characters and even some of the leads are interchangeable. But it’s…

WSFF – Celebrity Shorts

Last night was a treat for both Sue and I at the Worldwide Short Film Festival featured was a program called Celebrity Shorts and every one of them was a delight. We started with a heart-warming and joyous tail featuring Dame Judi Dench, and a cameo by Tom Hiddleston in a short from the United…

Tim’s Tops of 2011

I’m gonna take a page from my creative partner, Sue, and give a run down of my favorite films of the year; though it appears that we do have a lot of the same films on our list. 1) The Muppets – This movie is sheer joy, and by far the best time at the…