Aladdin (2019) – Blu-Ray Review

Guy Ritchie (?!) directs Disney’s live action adaption of one of its most successful animated features, which sees some new lyrics added to familiar songs (as well as some new songs), and a bright young cast brings the classic tale of a diamond in the rough to life in a colorful, not entirely new, but…

Men in Black II (2002) -Barry Sonnenfeld

Jay (Will Smith) is back as I check in with the Men in Black for this sequel as I continue my time with the Sci-Fi Chronicles. When Earth is menaced by Serleena (Lara Flynn Boyle) Jay has to pull Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) out of retirement, even though he has no memory of his work…

Wild Wild West (1999) – Barry Sonnenfeld

  Ahh, the late 20th century, when Will Smith the comedic actor was at the top of his game having come off of the incredibly successful Men In Black, which was directed by Sonnenfeld, who was having a string of good luck himself, with MiB, Get Shorty, and the Addams Family movies. So, they paired…

After Earth (2013) – M. Night Shyamalan

  So my time with Shyamalan comes to an end with this last title, and while I am loving the Sci-Fi Chronicles book, his past two titles were really tough to get through. And before I get into the film itself, what was up with the really weird accents in this film? I couldn’t even…

I Am Legend (2007) – Francis Lawrence 

  The Sci-Fi Chronicles serves up the third and latest incarnation of Richard Matheson’s story. This one was made in 2007 and stars Will Smith as Robert Neville. This version of the film comes across as a much more solid adaptation of the original work but is deeply marred by the very dated CG work on the…

Men In Black 3 (2012) – Barry Sonnenfeld

For a film based on a rather dark comic property, these films tend to be light and fun and mindless popcorn entertainment, when they work. The third outing, feels way overdue, but I settled in, finally to take a look at the third installment of the franchise. K (Tommy Lee Jones) is in trouble (and…

I, Robot (2004) – Alex Proyas

The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list is coming to an end, only a couple of titles left. Alex Proyas, the director of The Crow and Dark City work off of Jeff Vintar and Akiva Goldsman’s screenplay that was inspired by Isaac Asimov’s writing, and incorporates his 3 Laws of Robotics: A robot may not injure a human being or,…

Bad Boys (1995) – Michael Bay

  Michael Bay brings his quick-cutting MTV style of filmmaking to the 101 Action Movies list as Will Smith and Martin Lawrence take to the streets of Miami as narcotics officers trying to stop an international drug ring. The story is basic, with a little mistaken identity thrown in for fun, and a cast that…

Men In Black (1997) – Barry Sonnenfeld

  The cult favorite comic book, created by Lowell Cunningham, hits the mainstream as a popcorn delight in this entry on the 101 Sci-Fi Movies list. Using the conspiracy of the MiB as a launching point, and incorporating all manner of UFO stories, rumors and possible sightings, Barry Sonnenfeld as director guides Will Smith and…

Independence Day (1996) – Roland Emmerich

  The 101 Sci-Fi Movies list brings this combination of sci-fi in the vein of War of the Worlds and an Irwin Allen disaster flick, with a huge dose of popcorn entertainment thrown in as good measure. Now that being said, this film isn’t with its eye-rolling cheese, and its questionable plotlines… the most famous of…

TIFF Next Wave 2013: Ghost Graduation – Javier Ruiz Caldera

Attention Toronto film fans!!!  Thanks to TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival, you will have another opportunity to catch one of my Top 12 Films of 2012 on the big screen one more time!!!  I was lucky enough to see this one premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and I can’t rave about…

TIFF 2012: Ghost Graduation – Javier Ruiz Caldera

  I have to admit, I was secretly really excited to see this movie, but part of me was worried that it wouldn’t be as good as I hoped it would be.  The plot description was, essentially, written for my 80’s-lovin’ self:  Five students – a rebel, a jock, a pretty and popular pregnant girl,…