Category Archives: Films

Skiffy Flix: King Kong

This very famous and popular film, from 1933, isn’t exactly science fiction, but somewhat adjacent to SF: a variation of the “lost world” story popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when there were still unexplored areas of the … Continue reading

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Skiffy Flix: Son of Frankenstein

This third Frankenstein film, Son of Frankenstein, from 1939 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Son_of_Frankenstein), again features Boris Karloff as the monster. I saw this film decades ago, likely in the 1990s when there was a fine, independent video rental store around the corner from … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

(From Facebook, Sunday 26 August) Today we saw Crazy Rich Asians, a pleasant if fairly conventional Hollywood comedy romance, the distinctive and attractive feature being that the entire cast is Asian, and it’s mostly set in Singapore among the very … Continue reading

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From the Ridiculous to the Sublime: My Own Journey to 2001

Yesterday, April 2, 2018, was the 50th anniversary of the release of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, still regarded as the best (or at least one of the best) science fiction films of all time, and as among the … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: SF, fantasy, and SF cinema

» io9: 10 works of science fiction that are really fantasy I love lists like these, and I still mean to compile many of them. Still, I’m not sure I agree with some of the selections on this list. This … Continue reading

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Fb review of The Girl on the Train

We saw THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN today, an excellent thriller, starring Emily Blunt. It’s a mystery about a murder that Emily Blunt’s character, an alcoholic who has blackouts, fears she might have committed. It’s a complex story about several … Continue reading

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Fb review of Moonlight

So we saw Moonlight today, the low-budget art-house film that’s been getting lots of media coverage in the past couple weeks, about a young boy struggling with his identity as he grows up in a drug-infested ghetto of Miami. The … Continue reading

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Fb Review of Manchester by the Sea

Yesterday we saw Manchester by the Sea, the new film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, starring Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges, about a distraught man (Affleck) returning to his hometown after the death of his brother, where … Continue reading

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Film Reviews: La La Land and Hidden Figures

A couple belated capsule film reviews, from the holiday week — La La Land and Hidden Figures. I loved La La Land, for its charming cheerful songs, its tour of LA locations — especially Griffith Park, that freeway ramp along … Continue reading

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Review: Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight

I’m a bit under the weather this week, with a cold or flu that began Sunday, or Saturday night — I took DayQuil to get through our Sunday adventures in the city, with a walking tour of Nob Hill, drinks … Continue reading

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