Archives For Sci-fi/Fantasy

Yeah, yeah. I can already hear my usual spate of friends: “you hate EVERY film, Iron Man 3 was AWESOME, what’s wrong with you??”

I didn’t hate Iron Man 3; I thought it was fun. But what bugs me is on the back of Marvel flexing its muscle with The Avengers, Iron Man delivered one of the laziest scripts I’ve seen hit the screen in a while.

Even if you don’t agree with me today, soon I wager, you will. If Iron Man 3 is an indication of things to come, you’ll do well to heed my warning and start looking for the new up-and-coming independent filmmakers now.

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Hello my patient and long-suffering Friends. A lot of you saw the Aurora Centauri hoopla last month. Some of you have questions.

I often tell the story about how on a junior high class trip I received inspiration from a lizard on how to make friends: warming yourself in the sun will get you nowhere; you gotta get up and do something…like climb a rock.

This post is for the crazies that are climbing the rock alongside me.

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I’m never very good at the ‘name your heroes and influences’ questions, but for some reason tonight I’m extra reflective. If you want to know what drives a man like me to do the things that he does, look no further. Here are three geeky things (in no particular order) that have influenced my filmmaking. Continue Reading…

I’m the furthest from a fashionista. Hand me a hoodie and a comfy pair of jeans, and I’m set. Of course, the hoodie I’m talking about is this one…

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The challenge is bigger on the inside. But many have become companions and gone on to become Doctor’s themselves.

Steven Moffat started as an occasional writer, bringing us breathtaking episodes like “The Empty Child” (meet Captain Jack and the creepy gas mask kids), “The Girl in the Fireplace” (which has had Who fans begging for more Sophia Myles), and “Blink” (the hallmark Weeping Angels introduction). When Matt Smith joined us as the 11th Doctor, Steven Moffat was coming on board behind the scenes as showrunner.

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All right, so if you haven’t noticed, I am slightly fond of Doctor Who. And by slightly fond I mean completely obsessed. I stare at statues far longer than I should, you know… just in case. I also think my dishwasher sounds like the TARDIS is landing in my kitchen.

Okay, you get the point. So, with all this talk of Matt Smith becoming a big time Hollywood star and leaving the show I’ve been able to write about who I think should replace him and who it should be if they decide to go with a female Doctor so I thought I’d round out the series with who I think should not replace him. I’m talking about the worst possible choices here, people. Come, laugh with me.

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I once thought that there could never be too much fantasy in a movie, but I’m really starting to think twice about that. It’s becoming a bit too common for movies to be all about the special effects. That’s been happening for a while now, so no surprise there. However, some of the fantasy movies that are coming out today look like the entire movie was shot on green screen.

I have a problem with that for a few reasons.

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7 Epic Robot Death Scenes

Dan Baker —  March 4, 2013

No no no, I’m not talking about death at the hands of a robot, (though that may be an unsettling commonplace occurrence if military developments continue the way they are). I’m talking about scenes where robots die.

There’s a silly amount of anthropomorphism going on here. What are the filmmakers saying? Are the robots more human than us? Are we little more than biological robots? Is consciousness just a consequence of pre-programmed biological perceptions? Maybe death is such a frightening thing that we need an abstraction in order to come to terms with it?

Or am I just reading too much into this…

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We’re being assaulted, fellow nerds. The world, as we know it, is slowly falling into the hands of one man: J.J. Abrams.

See that picture of him? He’s plotting our demise. He’s trying to telepathically blow our minds.

He inched his way into the business, trying to draw little attention to himself in comedy and drama, writing movies like Taking Care of Business, Regarding Henry, Forever Young, and Gone Fishin’. (Yes, he co-wrote that stinker.) We were so unsuspecting…

He continued to throw us off track by working with people like Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. And he created the well known chick drama, Felicity. He started his sneak attack when he created Alias and co-created Lost. Those aren’t straight up nerd shows. But they came alongside the nerd community, started the conversation, if you will.

Abrams made his big move when he directed an undeniably good Mission Impossible III, capturing our imaginations for what this great director could do especially with a lagging series. Then came the sci-fi series Fringe. Before we knew what was happening, Abrams was crowned nerd king when he was given the reigns to Star Trek.

See what I mean? Slow, methodical takeover.

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Oscar season is upon us! For most people, that means next to nothing. And for geeky filmmakers like us Timid Monster folks, it means less. Why? Because some of our favorite movies are never honored!

Okay, I take that back. They’re honored. Usually in categories like Costume Design, Make-Up and Hairstyling, Production Design, and Visual Effects. Unless period dramas take over for the year. (Like this year.)

I think the Golden Globes has a good thing going… a Drama category and a Comedy/Musical category. So why not a Sci-Fi/Fantasy category? Heck, why don’t we just take over a few of the leading categories for a second? It wasn’t the most “golden” of years, but let’s have some fun! Scribble your picks in the comments. Here are mine…

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