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Retro Review: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The text below the break is part of a theatrical review originally published on December 9th, 2000. Here are some updated thoughts:  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was my first exposure to Chinese fantasay, also known as "Wuxia."  Wuxia has elements of "wushu" which ...

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Retro Review: Contact

Contact Movie

The text below the break is part of a theatrical review originally published on December 12th, 1999. Here are some updated thoughts:  Contact turned out to be one of my shorter reviews, much to the satisfaction of readers.  Not that I write ...

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Weekend Box Office: Apr 24-26, 2015

Ex Machina

No surprises this weekend, just like there will be no surprises next weekend when Avengers: Age of Ultron absolutely destroys Furious 7 and knocks it from the top of the box office hill hill. Furious 7 has surpassed $1.3 billion gross, ...

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The Fantastical Art of Christopher Balaskas

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Christopher Balaskas is a conceptual artist born in Worcester, Massachusetts, currently based in Jamestown, New York.  He works in both traditional and digital media, and is currently an instructor at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts as well as a freelance concept illustrator. ...

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Lightspeed Magazine #59

Lightspeed Magazine #59

Lightspeed is a science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales. ...

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Retro Review: Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

The text below the break is part of a theatrical review originally published on August 21, 1998. Here are some updated thoughts:  I just re-read this old review.  Uhhhh . . . did I really call the Battlefield Earth book "great?"  Granted, ...

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Clarkesworld #103

Clarkesworld #103

Clarkesworld is a monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in October 2006.  Each issue contains interviews, thought-provoking articles and at least three pieces of original fiction.  Clarkesworld has been recognized with a World Fantasy Award, three Hugo Awards, ...

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The Dystopian Art of Nivanh Chanthara

The Art of Nivanh Chanthara

Nivanh Chanthara is currently a concept artist at Eidos Montreal, working on undisclosed next generation projects.  You may (or may not) know him for this conceptual work on Eidos’ critically acclaimed smash hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution. His concept art career has ...

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He Said, She Said: Red Planet

Red Planet

The text below the break is part of a theatrical review originally published on November 11th, 2000. Here are some updated thoughts:  2000 was the year of Mars with Mission to Mars and Red Planet, much like 1989 was the "under the ...

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Weekend Box Office: Apr 17-19, 2015

Furious 7

Science fiction and speculative fiction is, once again, criminally underrepresented in the weekend box office.  Furious 7 has been dominating the box office for a couple weeks now, and only The Divergent Series: Insurgent represents the science fiction/dystopia genres, and ...

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Retro Review: Blade

Blade

The text below the break is part of a theatrical review originally published on August 21, 1998. Here are some updated thoughts:  Wow, a lot has changed in the vampire genre since Blade hit the theaters in 1998.  Yep, we had two more ...

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