RoboCop and Beyond: Fanboy Says Yes to 2014

RoboCop I saw RoboCop tonight.If you're younger than me, you can't imagine the thrill the original Star Trek gave science fiction fans and budding futurists. The thing was nothing short of a revelation about a future of light and beauty, technological brilliance and human adventure. And Captain Kirk was this intrepid figure of never-give-up determination and courage, a studly MAN to match alien beings and technologies, the depths of space, and the challenges of the unknown.When Star … [Read more...]

Help Get ‘Hug An Atheist’ to a Wider Audience

Sylvia Broeckx writes: I apologise for sending you this message out of the blue, but we could really do with some help. We've made a film about atheists in the USA and it's from the perspective of everyday atheists, dealing with the aspects of life where religions provide solace and guidance such as morality, raising a family, and coping with tragedy.But, what’s the point of making a film that presents atheism in a positive light, if it doesn’t get seen by lots of people that aren’t already … [Read more...]

Fanboy Says ‘Oh Hell Yes!’ to Star Trek: Into Darkness

Warning: Profound spoilers below. If you don’t want to know major plot surprises, stop reading now. If you’re one of those who just CAN’T enjoy a movie if you know what’s going to happen before it happens (I’m not), I guarantee my poor telling can’t match what you’ll see in the extended journey of adventure the movie provides. Reading any further will cheat you out of the serious delights in store.For the visual effects alone – the starships, the battles, hell, just the new version of going t … [Read more...]

Fanboy Says ‘Oh, Hell Yeah!’ to Iron Man 3

Got back from the Iron Man 3 premiere last night (as usual, I was the oldest person there) and my roomie asked me "Which was the best of the three Iron Man movies?" I had to mull that for a moment, but I finally said "I think it might be this one."Action. Oh, yes, a lot of it. Quite a bit of this movie is Tony Stark in action as himself, either without his armor or without all of it. There's one great sequence where he has nothing more than one glove and one boot, and yet still manages to … [Read more...]

Fanboy Says Yes to The Amazing Spider-Man

Got to see the new Spider-Man movie, and I have to say I liked it a lot. Warning: Possible spoilers.Warning 2: It's after 3 a.m. as I write this, so I don't promise perfection.Holding this movie up against The Avengers, Spider-Man 2, or Iron Man, I'd say it ranks slightly below them, but only slightly.  If those are 10-star movies, I'd give this one an 8 or 9. It won't make you want to leap out of your chair and cheer, but I liked it and will want to see it again.  … [Read more...]

Fanboy Does ‘The Avengers’

Went to the midnight showing of The Avengers last night.I've been saying for a couple of years that someone figured out something, about the time of the first Spider-Man movie. Something about how to do a REALLY GOOD superhero movie.The whatever-it-was came to perfection by the time the second Spider-Man came out, the one with Doc Ock, making it the screaming best superhero movie ever-evarrrr.But then the first Iron Man hit the screen. Blew. Me. The. Fuck. Away. Topped Spidey 2.The … [Read more...]