Star Trek: Nemesis

A little while ago I finished the epic journey that is re-watching the main run of the Star Trek TV series from the original through to Voyager, and one bit of the 'New Generation' era remained, the final movie, Star Trek: Nemesis. Rather like it's predecessor, Insurrection, it's one I hadn't seen since it was... Continue Reading →

The Dark Tower

Stephen King's epic series of fantasy novels, The Dark Tower, is one of those sets of stories that has become part of the furniture of its genre, a little like modern Tolkien, so, even though I haven't read any of it I've long been aware of it in general terms. This meant that the release... Continue Reading →

The Dune Saga by Frank Herbert

If you've been following this blog for a while you'll probably have picked up the idea that I'm a fan of Dune - from Frank Herbert's original novel to David Lynch's film, and much of the surrounding lore, both of the fictional world of the books and in regard to other adaptions of it from... Continue Reading →

Ready Player One

Nostalgia can be a dangerous thing in art as its presence can often lead to a lack of creativity with too strong a reliance on reminiscence that, while it can feel fun at the time, is ultimately empty. Before seeing Ready Player One, Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, I was... Continue Reading →

Pacific Rim Uprising

Going into Pacific Rim Uprising, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro's rather enjoyable 2012 film Pacific Rim, I had something of a sense of unease following what seemed to be not the best reception it had received both critically and commercially. For the most part though my worries were needless. It would be hard to... Continue Reading →


Part of Alex Garland's reputation has come from a particular streak of dark and violent science fiction, from 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd to his directorial debut Ex Machina and now with Annihilation. Much has been made of the fact that this film, clearly made for big screen projection, has been picked up by... Continue Reading →

Children of Men

When Alfonso Cuaron’s Children of Men opened in cinemas in 2006, while it came with a strong reputation I have to admit by being put of by the presence of Clive Owen. While a good actor I have always found him hard to get on with on-screen and so with a couple of exceptions have... Continue Reading →

Starship Troopers

Twenty years ago Starship Troopers became possibly the first film I made a point of going to see more than once in its first cinema run, so regardless of anything else it has an interesting place in my cinematic education. Coming back to it now after several years of not seeing it, via a screening... Continue Reading →

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