Saving Private Ryan (1998) – Steven Spielberg

I was stunned when I first saw Saving Private Ryan on opening day, 24 July, 1998. I had never seen war depicted so realistically, so heart-breaking, graphic, and impactful. I held onto the names of Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks like a mantra through the film, to guide me through it, to make everything be…

The Iron Giant (1999) – Brad Bird

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles now brings me Brad Bird’s now classic animated tale of a young boy, Hogarth Hughes (Eli Marienthal) who meets a robot (Vin Diesel) from outer space, and the government agent, Kent Mansley (Christopher McDonald) who is trying to capture them. Set in the late 50s, the film gives adult viewers an…

Riddick (2013) -David Twohy

  So the Sci-Fi Chronicles books invited me to sit down and watch the latest (last?) installment in the Riddick series, and this one I cared for even less than Pitch Black, especially after the cool world building (flawed or not) that occurred in the second film. Once again, Twohy writes and directs, and Vin…

The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) – David Twohy

  The adventures with the Sci-Fi Chronicles continues with the second Riddick film, once again written and directed by David Twohy. In all honesty, of the two films so far, I like this one more. There was more world-building, the introduction of a mythology for the character and the universe, though lets call the mystical…

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – James Gunn

I have to commend Marvel Studios with what they’ve done in bringing the Marvel Universe to the big screen. By establishing the basics of the universe with the first series of films leading into The Avengers, the collection generated goodwill in the audience by giving them solid stories, solid direction, brilliant production and A-List talent…

The Fast and The Furious (2001) – Rob Cohen

The 101 Action Movies made me sit through this one. Pretty people (with questionable acting skills)  in slick cars, with a pulsing soundtrack and somehow this series is still going… In a page stolen right from Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break but not as brilliantly executed, Paul Walker is undercover officer Brian O’Conner, who is working to…