• Entertainment,  Life,  Movies

    Theatrical Trek

    by I have seen every Star Trek movie ever made for the theatre, in the theatre. I didn’t see all of them first run, but most of them. After a lifetime of only being able to see the TV or videocassette versions, I managed to catch Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the theatre in my 20s. It happened at a review theatre in the city I was living in a time, maybe during some small science fiction review festival. I don’t remember what the theme was, if any, but I think as part of the same series we saw the fourth Alien movie, and the first Starship Troopers. That…

  • Movies

    Watch Good Movies

    by I’m giving the new Mad Max movie a complete miss, and I really don’t care how good it is. The same goes for the new Terminator, and Fantastic Four films. I’d like to get behind Insurgent, and the last Hunger Games movie since they’re based on books, but the earlier films in both franchises didn’t impress me. At all. I probably will see Jurassic World, and I’ve been told we’re going to see the new Star Wars, but these are sequels rather than reboots. Still, I’d like to see fewer sequels, too. What’s my problem? Hollywood needs to get back to making more new stories not just remaking the…

  • Movies

    What I’m Watching for Christmas

    by On this edition of “What I’m Watching”, we learn what my favourite Christmas movies are. I love Christmas, although mainly in a Tim Minchin “White Wine in the Sun” sort of way. It’s a secular Christmas and I don’t really care about presents. I want to spend time with my family, nuclear and extended, even the ones I don’t get along with (in fact, a lot of the presents are selected with this in mind). I also want to manage to visit with as many friends as possible, in person, by phone, or virtually. The decorations are fun, but it’s about decorating as a family. Parties are fun, even when I have…

  • Movies,  Review

    Into Dorkness

    by Yes, I know that’s been used on any number of internet memes, but it still works. The Star Trek sequel is possibly the biggest genre film release of the year. Sorry Fe Man 3. (Yes, I’m ignoring the second Hunger Games movie. I don’t want to see it. Really.) I’m going to try to keep this spoiler free. I think I’ve made my opinion clear in the past on the 2009 Star Trek reboot. The look, feel, sound, overall aesthetic, casting, and acting were all great. So was the writing, for the first half of the movie. The second half, not so much, and to the degree that it…