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Retro Review: Pitch Black (2000)


The obvious enthusiasm of the cast and crew to create something greater than the genre can usually deliver must be recognized. Pitch Black wanted to be different; it wanted to offer something more …

Soylent Green (1973)

Retro Review: Soylent Green (1973)


Based on Harry Harrison’s 1966 book Make Room! Make Room!, Soylent Green serves up a future where despair and hunger loom over all sense of hope. It’s a hyper-extrapolated look at the future …

Contact Movie

Retro Review: Contact


Contact is a convincing first contact film about the moral struggle that would happen during such an event. In my opinion it’s one of the most underrated science fiction movies in recent memory, not because …

Brazil (1985)

Retro Review: Brazil (1985)


Many of the bureaucratic and narcissistic themes present in Brazil are simply hyperbolic interpretations of the current world we live in.

He Said, She Said: The Thirteenth Floor Review


The Thirteenth Floor is a wholly forgettable cyberpunk/virtual reality movie that was overshadowed by similar and superior movies of the day, namely Dark City and The Matrix.

Stalag 17

Stalag 17


Stalag 17 is one of the first, and best, prisoner of war movies to come out of Hollywood following World War II. Billed as a comedy, it comes across as more of a dark comedy with very brief moments of slapstick. [Original publication: May 26, 1999]

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Retro Review: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace


Give The Phantom Menace a chance and don’t make final judgement until the series is complete. In the meantime, enjoy it for what it is: a rollicking good time! Thanks …

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Retro Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1999)


If you like Shakespeare, you will enjoy this movie. If you don’t know much about the plot of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, you may want to read a summary of the …

Retro Review: Dark City (1998)


Joe Moviegoer will probably find this movie tiresome and confusing. It’s definitely not for the average viewer. Most hardcore science fiction fans should appreciate its complex and winding plot. This movie is bound …

Soldier Starring Kurt Russell

Retro Review: Soldier Starring Kurt Russell


Soldier is one of my guilty pleasures. It’s not a particularly good movie. Hell, in most eyes it’s probably not even a passable science fiction movie. I don’t care. Todd kicks ass . . . and I like it. [Original publication: Oct 23, 1998]

Blade

Retro Review: Blade


This movie is pure action with a side of science fiction thrown in. It is not an “artsy” film like Interview With the Vampire, yet it has a unique style all its own. Blade …

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