Film Review: Morgan

There’s precious little that’s new and provocative in the sci-fi thriller Morgan, but its still sufficiently well-assembled that it’s worth a watch, albeit on HBO, Netflix or Redbox. The production team tried to deliver a dark commentary on humanity and genetic engineering, but the big reveal was so obvious that it might as well have been explicitly stated in the first reel. The story has a nameless corporation sponsoring the creation and nurturing of genetically…Read More

Review: Fantastic Four (2015)

Something weird has happened… Because no one, whom I know personally, said that the newest Fantastic Four movie was any good, at all, I subsequently avoided it like the plague. Much like I did, for so long, with Halle Berry’s Catwoman (2004). When I finally *did* see Catwoman, I was quite disappointed, and wished I had listened to my friends who said it was worth overlooking, as it was. You see The Fantastic Four is…Read More

Review: The Martian

In a plausible near future, Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is part of the research mission ARES III, part of a five-mission effort to explore Mars. But Mars is a hostile planet and when a massive sandstorm blows up with just a few minutes warning, the entire crew scrambles into the MAV, the Mars Ascent Vehicle, desperate to take off and rendezvous with the orbiting station a few hundred miles above the planet. The short journey from…Read More

Review: Fantastic Four

I have fond memories of The Fantastic Four from when I used to read the comic books as a child. A fun group of superheroes with the gruff Ben Grimm and wisecracking Johnny Storm, all led by the nerdy, egotistical Reed Richards, balanced out by Sue Storm. They did the usual superhero stuff of traveling the world, defeating bad guys and having a good time. Sounds a lot like Guardians of the Galaxy or Ant-Man,…Read More

Review: 127 Hours

Living in Boulder, Colorado, I know my share of adrenaline junkies, people who are not just extreme athletes, but get involved with dangerous sports for the thrill, the rush. Getting hurt is the badge of honor. It’s easy to wonder what motivates these people and one of the things I most enjoyed about the gripping, lyrical 127 Hoursis that it’s just as much a film about the self-indulgent culture that created an Aron Ralston as…Read More