Firestarter (1980) – Stephen King

It was going to happen sooner or later, I came across a Stephen King that really didn’t do it for me. There’s an idea at the core that I really enjoy, but it felt like King wasn’t exactly sure he wanted to go completely dark, in his telling of this tale. Little Charlie McGee is…

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1992) – The Perfect Mate, and Imaginary Friend

Captain’s log: stardate 45761.3 Airing on 27 April, 1992 this episode was penned by Reuben Leder and Michael Piller from a story by Rene Echevarria and Leder. The episode features two exemplary guest stars, Famke Janssen, and Tim O’Connor. The Enterprise is ferrying Ambassador Briam (O’Connor) and his special cargo on a diplomatic mission. When…

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…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) – Gavin Hood

  Hugh Jackman returns as iconic mutant Logan aka Wolverine in Fox’s next stumble and mishandling of a Marvel franchise, as I continue my journey with the X-men in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book. While there are some nice visuals, and moments, overall everything about this film falls flat, and one of the things that angered…

This Island Earth (1955) – Joseph Newman

  A flawed but enjoyable space opera is my next port of call in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, and is notable also because it was one of the first color science fiction films to be made, and This Island Earth does like to show off its Technicolor look, and boasts some pretty solid effects considering…

Blood Glacier (2013) – Marvin Kren

Available from Anchor Bay today is this German horror film that is a bit of an ecological monster menace combined, loosely with the solitude and physical effects of John Carpenter’s The Thing. In the Austrian Alps, a secluded team is researching the ecological impact of global warming and documenting the recession of the glaciers that used…

The Host (2006) – Joon-ho Bong

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies is coming to an end, and it was a lot of fun revisiting this highly enjoyable film from South Korea. The Host is a monster movie that balances thrills and laughs, and some great moments. Park Gang-du (Song Kang-ho) is a little slow, loves a nap, and can’t really be…

X-Men (2000) – Bryan Singer

  The 101 Action Movies returns to the comic book genre with this great flick by Bryan Singer. Featuring an all-star cast the legendary and iconic X-Men characters made an incredibly successful jump to the big screen. I remember when I first saw this one, my friend Dennis was very eager to see it, he’d…

The Wolverine (2013) – James Mangold

  The Wolverine is a bit of a mixed bag, and sadly, for me, came across as a bit of a lackluster affair. It led me to wonder if perhaps Fox is simply churning out X-Men films to hold onto the rights to prevent them from coming under the Disney umbrella much like it seems…

Stalker (1979) – Andrey Tarkovskiy

Andrey Tarkovskiy, who last showed up on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list with the epic Solaris, brings us another epic science fiction film dealing with human nature, faith, hope, inspiration, science and creation. Something happened, was it a meteorite, was it an alien craft… no one knows. But something happened in a remote corner of…

Invaders From Mars (1953)

Huh. The 101 Sci-Fi Movies brought me this film, that is simply the height of B-movies in a time when American xenophobia seemed to be at its height. The fear of the other, the Cold War, and nuclear destruction are hard at work in this film. But sometimes you just need a giggle. All of…