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  • Capt. Xerox 12:51 pm on April 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Does the world need another Battlestar Galactica reboot, even if it is a movie? Lightning doesn't strike twice. http://t.co/ISuP5gJPFv

  • Capt. Xerox 10:05 am on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Conveniently deslided for you is this list of the 7 best sci-fi films with social commentary. What? No Gattaca? http://t.co/HNgNHatjLW

  • Capt. Xerox 10:58 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    If you like to read the book before the movie, here are some sci-fi films coming that are based on novels. http://t.co/rUk14xwf90

  • Capt. Xerox 10:58 am on March 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    The ONLY #scifi film Neiil deGrasse Tyson thinks is scientifically flawless is Deep Impact. http://t.co/fzuyJZpYV1

  • Capt. Xerox 10:10 am on March 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    So is Gravity the first sci-fi film to ever win a Best Director Oscar or is it not even sci-fi, as some argue? http://t.co/xdWWL6aMM5

  • Capt. Xerox 11:04 am on February 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Gravity's director distances his film from the science fiction label before the Oscars. How about Her? That's surely sci-fi. http://t.co/I1l6H9xTIc

  • Capt. Xerox 10:48 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Feeling down? Watch one of these 10 depressing SF and fantasy films, conveniently deslided for you. http://t.co/VFtNx0y413

    • Lazarus 10:36 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, I’ve only seen two of these movies and haven’t even heard about most of the others. They all seem like great movies though so I’m going to have to be on the lookout.

      • Capt. Xerox 11:24 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’ve only seen The Road and that was bleak, but I loved it. The movie really captured the spirit of the book.

        One movie on the list that I’d like to see, although I want to read the book first, is Never Let Me Go.

        • Lazarus 1:31 pm on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I watched “Where the Wild Thing Are” only a few weeks ago, but did not have any high expectations. “The Mist” is a favorite of both myself and my son. We’ve watched it at least 3 times and will undoubtedly watch it again.

  • Capt. Xerox 12:17 pm on February 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    I'm not taking bets on this Farscape sequel movie ever seeing the light of day. http://t.co/SkjYd4X1UI

  • Capt. Xerox 12:19 pm on February 19, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    In case you weren't aware of the World War II influence on the design of Star Wars' Millennium Falcon, read this. http://t.co/06IwsSz1XI

  • Capt. Xerox 10:12 pm on February 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    I liked this list of the 10 best scifi #film premises of the past 10 years. It's even been de-slided for you. http://t.co/119YPHCxfI

  • Capt. Xerox 9:35 am on February 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Esquire offers up this excellent oral history of the original #RoboCop in a Q&A session with its makers. http://t.co/4VY37kkFFS

  • Capt. Xerox 9:35 am on February 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Remember those predictions in the original RoboCop that seemed like jokes? Sadly, many of them have become true. http://t.co/SQFXHDSQg5

  • Capt. Xerox 10:27 am on February 12, 2014 Permalink

    The 80s are long enough ago that they’re becoming history. io9 looks back at 80s #scifi as we watched it on our VCR. http://t.co/q0jbQLfnUy

  • Capt. Xerox 1:23 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink  

    I’ve revived the Scifinds.com domain to blog about short sci-fi films.  It’s a work in progress http://t.co/CD9iwdK7Mp

  • Capt. Xerox 12:08 pm on January 21, 2014 Permalink

    Rumour has it that J.J. Abrams has finished his script for Star Wars: Episode VII.

    Now the fans are wondering where it fits into the Star Wars Expanded Universe or whether said universe will even continue to exist after Disney finishes with it.

    As the new owner of the franchise, it would appear that the years of accumulated post-Return of the Jedi stories would hinder how they move forward so it’s likely that a lot of that output will be thrown out as non-canon.

  • Capt. Xerox 2:54 pm on January 20, 2014 Permalink  

    You’ve got to give these folks marks for originality. They are telling the story of the popular science fiction movie Terminator 2 by using dialogue ripped from the pages of William Shakespeare.

    I’m not sure why they are doing it other than they can, but, judging from the video sneak peek, they might just pull it off.

    Get a taste of what they’re doing here:  http://ow.ly/sLHPs

  • Capt. Xerox 3:40 pm on January 19, 2014 Permalink  

    Many of us have only ever seen famous science fiction movies on our televisions. They certainly look great on some of those big-screen TVs, but seeing them larger than life in a movie theatre is a different experience.

    In Canada, over the next few weeks, Cineplex is screening a series of movies during its Digital Film Festival. A number of notable genre films will be shown during that time, usually for only one or two screenings, so check your local schedules.

    Some of the movies on the menu include:

    • Akira
    • The Avengers
    • Batman
    • Battlestar Galactica
    • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    • Brazil
    • The Dark Knight
    • Flash Gordon
    • Ironman
    • Logan’s Run
    • Planet of the Apes
    • Spider-man
    • Superman: The Movie
    • Tron

    Details are available on Cineplex’s site:  http://ow.ly/sJAZG

    • Lazarus 3:14 pm on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good news is that there is ons Cineplex in Ottawa that will be participating and it’s close to my house. The bad news is that aside from a few good movies (Apes!) their selection isn’t that good (Bill and Ted. Seriously) and many movies are not old at all.

      • Capt. Xerox 10:25 pm on January 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        What’s wrong with Bill and Ted? Be excellent to each other, dudes!

        I’d be curious to see Brazil and Logan’s Run on the big screen. The rest aren’t so interesting.

        I remember Cineplex had a similar series of movie events with big name films like Gone With the Wind and Lawrence of Arabia. Those are movies that really need to be seen in a cinema.

        Casablanca is one of mine, and everyone else’s, favourite movies and I had seen it multiple times on TV, but when I saw it in a movie theatre, it was a revelation.

        • Lazarus 11:26 am on January 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I only watch Bill & Ted for the first time last year. Did not do it for me, but many movies from that era are some of my all time favorites. As for these, Akira and Brasil are tempting. Seen both before but they are some of the few movies on the list that I don’t actually own on BR or DVD.
          Oh, and Casablanca does not do it for me either. ;)

  • Capt. Xerox 11:06 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink  

    For the past 15 years, movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has been handing out Golden Tomatoes, awards based on a weighted voting system that looks at the number of positive and negative reviews it gets from various sources.

    This year’s winner in the science fiction and fantasy category was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

    Taking a look back at the previous years’ winners shows you that being big at the box office helps win this award so don’t expect any indie movies to win any time soon:


    2012: Looper
    2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
    2010: Inception
    2009: Star Trek
    2008: Hellboy II: The Golden Army
    2007: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    2006: Superman Returns
    2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    2004: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    2000: X-Men

    Read about this year’s winner and the runners-up at http://ow.ly/svcE9/

    • Lazarus 11:34 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Best Sf movie for 2006 was “Superman Returns”? Oiy.
      FWIW that year also had “Children of Men” and “V for Vendetta”.

  • Capt. Xerox 7:44 am on January 6, 2014 Permalink

    Disney is taking firm control over its Star Wars investment. Not only has it cancelled The Clone Wars TV show and a never-aired animated comedy (which may be a small blessing), but it’s also saying bye bye to Dark Horse Comics.

    Not coincidentally, Disney owns Marvel Comics so it only makes sense that they tap into that cash cow.

    My local library has a ton of the Dark Horse Star Wars editions and they were very good so I, and many other fans, can only hope that Marvel comes close to matching their quality.

    More details at http://ow.ly/siMlD.

  • Capt. Xerox 10:48 pm on January 5, 2014 Permalink

    Plenty of Star Wars fans love the bounty hunter Boba Fett, but until his back story was filled in through the prequels. comic books and novels, he seemed like a bit of a loser considering how quickly he is dispatched in Return of the Jedi.

    Rumour has it that a solo Boba Fett film may be in the works, which gives you an idea of how Disney may be approaching the Star Wars universe. Sure, have another trilogy to fill out the original story, but develop those side characters as Marvel did for its comic book movies, and you can churn out multiple movies and watch the cash roll in.

    Read the details at http://ow.ly/siejq.

  • Capt. Xerox 5:30 pm on January 2, 2014 Permalink

    As we turn the calendar to a new year, film fans look forward to a fresh crop of science fiction movies in 2014.

    I’m not sure if I’d include the LEGO movie on the list, but Jupiter Ascending and Divergent look promising. I saw the trailers on the big screen when I took the family to watch the new Hobbit movie.

    The latest Planet of the Apes should also be good, but I am wary about the Robocop reboot. I really liked the originals, despite their cheesiness.

    What movies are you looking forward to in 2014?

    Read more at http://ow.ly/se0R0.

  • Capt. Xerox 2:23 pm on December 29, 2013 Permalink  

    IO9′s collection of the best #scifi and fantasy short films of 2013 will keep you busy. http://ow.ly/s83MJ

  • Capt. Xerox 1:23 pm on December 29, 2013 Permalink

    This list of the year’s best #scifi and fantasy films reminds me I have a lot of catching up to do. http://ow.ly/s83DM

  • Capt. Xerox 7:14 pm on December 22, 2013 Permalink  

    Nice to see that 5 of the top 10 worst films of 2013 were sci-fi, including the #1 and #2 spots. Can you guess which? http://ow.ly/s0aKe

    • Lazarus 2:37 pm on December 23, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I haven’t seen any of those movies. But the only one I really wanted to see, and still do, is Sharknado. And I will probably enjoy it more than any of the others for the simple reason that it was supposed to be campy on purpose (or at least with little regard to making a proper film.) You gotta wonder what excuse the other movies had.

  • Capt. Xerox 3:19 pm on December 17, 2013 Permalink  

    Which of these #scifi movies from this year’s “black list” would you like to see make it to the screen? http://ow.ly/rR2ft

    • Lazarus 11:20 am on December 18, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      On the one hand it mocks (and knocks) the complete space program. On the other hand there are so many people who believe this that it is sure to be fun. There is a site (sorry you’ll have to Google) where someone decomposed “The Shinning” and asserts that this was a cry by Kubric to reveal his handiwork in the moon hoax. It made quite a compelling argument as there are indeed a lot of blatant (and many not so obvious) moon references in the moon to the space program.

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