Man of Steel

A Superman for All Seasons

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Allusions and foreshadowing are quite prevalent throughout the movie

Man of Steel suffers from an identity crisis, part action movie, part rich and deep introspective look at the man under the big red S.  Cut out about half to two-thirds of the action, and replace it with more character development and add on more of those heart wrenching pa-Kent scenes.  It could have been a masterpiece worthy of the last son of Krypton.  Despite the failings, it really showed an all-star Superman and explored More >

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Into Darkness: Leaving the Lights On

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Spoilers are present in the later portion of this review.  Fair warning has been given.

There’s no questioning that J.J. Abrams breathed new life into the Star Trek franchise with Paramount’s 2009 release.  Especially when we consider the near decade of Trek-lessness it broke (Nemesis was all but a flop, Enterprise was hardly known or watched, and Voyager‘s ratings steadily declined its last two seasons).  Critics and audiences loved it, but many Trek fans felt it desecrated the vision More >

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Oblivion Review

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Often I hear the words new, fresh, original, and others of the kind thrown around in regards to the entertainment media we enjoy.  Naturally, this only applies to what we as individuals actually like.  We tend to ignore the harsher critics, the ones that point out the flaws, the weaknesses and the shortcomings.  Movie watching is such a personal thing, one that unfortunately gets muddled up as we take in the good and bad.  We then apply these exterior influences to what we have (or will) see, More >

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The End of an Era?

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Soon, we’ll have many more character to add.

As far as big news goes, Disney buying Lucasfilm is probably as big as it gets.  We’re talking the changing of hands of one of the most popular franchises.  Ever.  There’s a lot of unknowns at this point.  What we do know is that it looks to be a similar take over as that of Pixar.  No new blood (just yet), and they’re keeping the reigns inside Lucasfilm.  Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chair, will take over.  She’s got a lot of experience More >

New Horizons

Playing with rockets in Kerbal Space Program

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A while back I was browsing my favorite internet site and came across a post mentioning Kerbal Space Program.  If you’re no stranger to this blog, you know how much I love space flight, and especially manned space flight.  So there was no chance I was going to miss out on at least trying this game.  After downloading the game (somewhere ~500mb), I was charmed by its basic graphics and the little Kerbal-men.  It took a little time getting used to the interface and control schemes, but soon I was More >

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Reboots, Remakes and Storytellers

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With The Amazing Spider-Man and Total Recall so fresh in my memory, it sure seems that we’re entering a time of just rehashing used ideas.  I’m going to talk a little bit about these movies and what they mean.

Spider-Man is nothing new.  The last of the Maguire movies having come out only five years ago.  Of course, it was such a colossally bad Spider-Man film, I can’t really blame the studio for trying again.  Especially considering what has happened to super-hero film making since then. More >

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Things to look at…

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I’m going to kick this off by saying that sci-fi movies are going to have to wait a while for something truly special.  We’ve got some super hero movies coming out this summer, a reboot of an old Arnold sci-fi and a reboot of a failed graphic novel-to-movie on the line-up for the rest of the year.  The only thing that may be a surprise is Looper.  Bruce Willis is no stranger to sci-fi, delivering probably one of the best male characters in sci-fi ever in The Fifth Element.  With such a More >

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Prometheus

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This review will be broken up into two parts, one with spoilers, one without

Non-Spoiler

Prometheus is a work by Ridley Scott, a producer/director that has some of the most iconic films in recent history under his belt, Alien, Blade Runner, LegendThelma & Louise, Gladiator, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, American Gangster.  Basically, he’s a Hollywood tycoon.  But this movie was written by two people, Jon Spaihts, a new comer with only one movie under his belt (a sci-fi flop), and Damon More >

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Cool Stuff, But Mostly Space

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To kick off the summer, we have E3 next week, Prometheus coming out (as well as a host of other good movies), and all sorts of amazing things going on in the world.  Below, you will find videos and links talking about some of the cool things going on in the world:

Hope for repairing damaged spinal cords.  As someone who came very close to losing their ability to walk, this is amazing.   When combined with another discovery, we are, so it seems, within reach of curing paralysis due to spinal More >

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Astronauts, Why the Risk?

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“… A major impairment to astronauts being allowed to do, what they want to do, what they need to do, what they should being doing, is a safety culture which has become so risk adverse that it prevents NASA from fulfilling its mission.” – Dr. Robert Zubrin

Sending a human being into space was the pinnacle of human achievement.   Then we went to the moon, a feat that hasn’t been accomplished in forty years.  None of that came without risk though.  Just like when the American colonists decided to More >

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