Tag Archives: Sci-Fi

Avatar (2009)

Eighteen years. Eighteen years! Eighteen years? Fans of one of the greatest sci-fi directors of all time waited eighteen years for director James Cameron to return to the sci-fi genre. And we got Avatar, a film that makes George Lucas’s betrayal of the Star Wars franchise look like a triumphant return in comparison. Avatar isn’t just a bad film, it’s a horrible film, a film that takes ideas that could have been good and turns them into childish propaganda. Continue reading Avatar (2009)

Ink (2009)

I’m calling it, even though I’ve got a few dozen more 2009 films to see before the year’s end and will probably be watching a 2009 film here or there for the rest of my life I can say with great certainty that Ink is the hidden gem of 2009. It’s a film so obscure that only a handful of critics have seen its only exposure was the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before it was swiftly and quietly dumped onto DVD. And its underexposure is a crime because Ink is one of the most beautiful, creative and powerful films of the year. Continue reading Ink (2009)

Star Trek (2009)

J. J. Abrams has become the sci-fi nerd’s best friend. He’s created both the sexy spy series “Alias” and the currently running “Fringe” television shows. Perhaps more importantly he created “Lost,” a polarizing show to be sure, but part of its brilliance was in tricking tons of people into watching what is essentially a sci-fi show without ever presenting it as such. But how does he fair with the sacred cow of sci-fi nerds, one of the most beloved television series of all time? I am, of course, speaking of “Star Trek.” Continue reading Star Trek (2009)

Alien (1979)


Alien shouldn’t be as good as it is. On the page the film is a standard monster flick that fails to be anything more than a b-movie. It follows the conventions of the horror genre and doesn’t have anything compelling or fascinating. The reason why Alien works is because the look of the film is crafted and captured like a serious sci-fi picture. It’s an exercise in style and one that pays off. Continue reading Alien (1979)

The Omega Man (1971)


If you are going to make a movie about the last man on earth you better cast the best actor you can. All you’re going to have is one man to make the audience invested in his fate and the fate of humanity. It’s has to be someone big, big enough to fill the screen as an actor and as a persona. This movie must be built upon this performance, shaped by it and anywhere it goes has to come from that. Who do you cast? Will Smith. Then you fill your movie with CG vampires, horrible plot twists and a handful of awkward scenes. Continue reading The Omega Man (1971)