Happy Star Wars Day!

Vadar Thumbs UpIt’s Star Wars Day, May the Fourth Be With You!

The official Star Wars page has a huge list of sales and deals just in case there’s a nook or niche in your home that’s screaming out for a Jar Jar Binks combo foot massager and potato peeler.

It’s a good time for Star Wars fans. The cast of the new trilogy was recently announced and isn’t horrifying. So far, at least, Damon Lindelof has been kept away from the project. A new animated show, Star Wars Rebels, is in the works.

Yes, it’s a good time for fans, so enjoy Star Wars Day!

Movie Review: Thor: The Dark World

IMDB, Thor - The Dark WorldAction/Fantasy, 112 Minutes, 2013: “Thor: The Dark World” on IMDB

Thor, you crazy asgardian god, what’s going on?! Why are you throwing your hammer around? You look like somebody kicked your puppy. What? Your little friend from down in that other dimension get herself all infected with all-powerful ancient evil? Well, I’m sure she’ll be alright.

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Movie Review: Crawlspace

IMDB, CrawlspaceSci-fi/Horror, 86 Minutes, 2012: “Crawlspace” on IMDB

Stop me if you heard this one before: a bunch of scientists in a secret underground base are creating monsters. Something goes very wrong (or very right, I suppose) and the monsters get out. The base goes dark. The government sends in a crack squad of soldiers to clean up the mess and kill anybody left breathing. When they get there it’s more than they bargained for and everything goes pear-shaped. One of the experimental subjects turns out to be the former lover of one of the commandos. He ignores his orders to kill her on sight. The head scientist doesn’t want to see his greatest achievement killed and he tries to sabotage the mission…

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Movie Review: The Mist


IMDB, The MistSci-fi/Horror, 126 
Minutes, 2007: “The Mist” on IMDB

This is one of those classic movies that you likely saw long ago and are then reminded about by something so you track it down and re-watch. Since my wife had never seen it, I was able to share it with her and was happily surprised that it held up just as well as I had hoped.

The story is simple and effective: an oddly thick mist descends from the mountain over a small town in Maine. Was there an accident at the secretive military base up there? People soon come to realize that there are monsters in the mist and barricade themselves in the local grocery store. As religious fervor begins to overwhelm rational thought things go from bad to worse.

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Pi Day Movie: Stargate

IMDB, StarGateSci-fi, 121 Minutes, 1994“Stargate” on IMDB

Wanting to celebrate Pi Day with a movie gets a little difficult after the obvious options are ruled out. “Pi” [IMDB] isn’t exactly a family movie. “Life of Pi” [My Review] is great, but we had re-watched it recently on a whim. “American Pie” [IMDB] was floated as a possibility but dismissed as inappropriate for the audience. The excellent and often overlooked “Waitress” [IMDB], about a waitress who expresses herself through gourmet pies, was suggested as well; this was shot down by a small, but vocal minority who didn’t want any “chick flicks”.

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Movie Review: Ender’s Game

IMDB, Ender's GameSci-fi, 114 Minutes, 2013: “Ender’s Game” on IMDB

Let’s start with the elephant in the room: Orson Scott Card, author of “Ender’s Game”, is an asshat. This is a man that, when contemplating government recognition of gay marriage, said “I will act to destroy that government and bring it down.” He also defends the non-science of Intelligent Design and evidence against Climate Change as  victims of scientific dogmatists.

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Movie Review: Riddick

IMDB, RiddickScience-Fiction, 119 Minutes, 2013: “Riddick” on IMDB

I’m a huge fan of the Riddick movies and of director David Twohy [IMDB]. Riddick has the kind of over-the-top, comic-book cool that’s been missing from a genre more interested in epic run-times than fun. He was introduced in “Pitch Black” [IMDB], a near-perfect sci-fi monster thriller and expanded in 2004’s muddled, but still terrific, “The Chronicles of Riddick” [IMDB]. Vin Diesel [IMDB] clearly believes in the character: he finagled a deal to gain ownership of the franchise from Universal and produced this film independently.

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