• Life,  Movies,  Television

    Entertainment Preferences

    by A while back, I noted that I have certain reading preferences when it comes to genre. I identified what I consider to be the eleven basic genres and then broke out where I spend most of my reading time and where I didn’t (and why). There are some differences when it comes to my non-reading entertainment. The same basic genres exist, but then there are extra things that find there way into entertainment that I wouldn’t call fiction when we’re talking about that. (Hmm. I never did get to non-fiction reading, did I? Another time.) Once again in alphabetical order, but this time putting the breakdown in the list…

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    Star Trek Sunday: The Point of It All

    by When I first thought about writing this post, it was going to be a grand argument about how Star Trek was the expression of a fundamental need in the human spirit, that it explored not just strange new worlds but the very nature of humanity itself. At its best, Star Trek holds up a mirror to humanity and pushes the boundaries of what it means to be human, to remind us that we’re stronger together than apart, that it’s important to do the right thing because it’s the right thing, and that we should always strive to be better than we are. But how do I compete with the…

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    Star Trek Sunday, Theatrical Trek: TNG

    by Okay, so I suppose I could have covered this before now. If I look at when the first movie arrived, the post probably could have fit in this blog sequence continuity between the posts on DS9 and Voyager. Much as I had with Star Trek VI when we were dating, I dragged my wife (then fiancée) to see Generations in the theatre. If memory serves, we may actually have gone on opening weekend. She was more used to the whole Star Trek thing by then but still wasn’t quite as steeped in the lore as I might have liked, so every movie was a chance to drag her in…

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    2001 vs 2010

    by During the course of the shutdown, in between our gradual pursuits of Farscape and Deep Space Nine, my oldest daughter and I have been watching some classic genre movies together. In the last week, we’ve watched both 2001 and 2010. It’s hard not to compare, and it’s hard for me to leave the books out of things when we do. We differ on which is the better movie. Though not by much. 2001 is a clear masterpiece of cinematic art. Technically amazing, stark and beautiful, filled with big ideas and a vision of the future that still resonates fifty years and more later. But it’s also sterile and, frankly…

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    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…

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    Geek Cinema in 2018

    by I feel like I might be down a little bit of cinematic geek cred from last year. I really did very few theatrical release movies, either in the theater, or on Netflix or other streams after the fact. I did do a reasonable amount of television, but that’s a whole different discussion. Thinking about all the major releases last year, there really weren’t all that many I got to. Oh, I had a reason for most, but I don’t promise it was always a good reason. January Maze Runner: The Death Cure I will be honest I was pretty much tired of the whole dystopian society teenage hero motif…

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    Paramount’s Last Chance at a Star Trek Movie

    by So it’s actually been several weeks since I watched Star Trek Beyond, and I know everyone is dying to know what I thought of the movie beyond (ha, ha) the brief Facebook post I made after getting home from the theatre with my 17-year-old son. I have a few basic thoughts overall. First, all of the things that I actually liked about first two movies in the rebooted, alternate timeline sequence stand. The casting is generally awesome, and I think even Chris Pine was a better Kirk this time. The design aesthetic is beautiful, visuals are breathtaking at times, and the soundscape really adds to things. Second, there were…

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    Nine Things I Think About Star Trek: Discovery

    by (Note: I drafted this before the announcement this week that Discovery will take place ten years before TOS in the Prime Universe. I didn’t get around to finishing the edit/polish until this morning. I also saw Beyond a few nights ago, contrary to the following text, and I’ll write about that soon.)     Nine Things I Think About Star Trek: Discovery So I know everyone is probably desperate to hear what I think about the idea of Star Trek: Discovery. Yes, I said Star Trek: Discovery. I haven’t seen Beyond yet, but I have time booked with my son to see it tonight. And I have higher hopes…

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    Star Trek Beyond: A New Trailer

    by So I’ve watched the new trailer for Star Trek: Beyond several times now, and I’m still coming away with a far better impression than from the first. The presentation, at least, gives the vision of something more than a mediocre action adventure movie with Star Trek trappings that rips off previous plots without making enough sense to avoid a WTF was that reaction. I’m not going to do a frame by frame analysis. I’m sure there are a dozen or more of those available already, and the trailer only released 8 or 9 hours ago. But I will make a few general points. The movie seems to be trying…

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    Why Can’t Hollywood Tell New Stories Anymore?

    by It’s not a new idea, and it’s not the first time I’ve said so, but I wish Hollywood could produce new movies instead of remaking things they’ve made before. Most of the big releases in recent years seem to be sequels, reboots, or retellings. And it’s getting worse. Somehow, we seem to be approaching an event horizon, after which it will only be possible for a movie production company to produce a story we’ve already seen and liked, maybe with a few little twists and some names changed to protect the innocent. The thing is, I don’t subscribe to the idea that the only way to be successful is…