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SATURDAY AFTERNOON B-MOVIE CRAPFEST: “Message From Space” (1978)

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Yes, yes, I know, I know: It’s Monday, not Saturday. I’ve discussed this before: This feature is dedicated to the kinds of movies that used to get shown on cheap “Monster Chiller Horror” type local shows UHF channels in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, before MST3K simultaneously perfected and destroyed that format. And, yes, this feature *USED* to run on Saturdays, until we realized that people only look at this site from work, and hence no one read it on Saturdays, but rather the following Monday, if at all.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “What Dreams May Come” (1998)

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This isn’t a science fiction film, but as R4 has opened up the mandate somewhat to allow fantasy, that’s not the problem it once was. I’m not sure if this counts as ‘fantasy’ either, though. Perhaps more like new-agey speculation? I dunno. Whatever it is, though, I’m reviewing it.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor

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As most of you know, this past Saturday saw television history being made. At 19:50 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time, also the time in London, England) the BBC television network held the world's largest simulcast of a television program in broadcasting history. All across the world people turned on their television sets, and a few select groups piled into movie theaters, and saw "The Day of the Doctor", the 50th anniversary feature-length episode of the television series Doctor Who. For many of us, this was the culmination of years of anticipation and speculation. Who will return?

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Wolverine

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Probably the most successful superhero film franchise of the past 14 years, the X-Men films, which are credited with kick-starting the modern superhero film genre with Bryan Singer's X-Men in 2000, are still going strong with Bryan Singer set to return next year with X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer's first time in the director's chair of an X-Men film since X2: X-Men United in 2003. This year, however, saw the release of The Wolverine, a somewhat follow-up to 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and a direct sequel to X-Men: The Last Stand. Loosely based on the fan favorite 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, The Wolverine was directed by James Mangold and sees the return of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, a role he has reprised for all six X-Men films, including a small but memorable cameo in 2011's X-Men: First Class.

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FICTIONAL SCIENCE: Movies Based On Science Fact, Pt. 1

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We all know what we mean when we talk about "science fiction," right? Well, I've been thinking a lot lately about science fiction--that is, fictional stories inspired by real-life scientific events. And I've decided to start reviewing some films that derived their plots from science. Up first--"The Story of Louis Pasteur."

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MOVIE REVIEW: G.I. Joe: Retaliation

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Well, it's better than the first one, I can say that much for it. Here's the thing, I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, though I realize I'm in the minority on that one, but it was a perfectly mediocre movie. It wasn't fantastic, but it wasn't unwatchable, either. My biggest problem with the first G.I. Joe was that it was kind of just a two hour toy commercial. I would much have preferred a more straight-forward military action film. But it wasn't terrible, and in a lot of ways, Retaliation is slightly better.

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Adaptation vs. Transformation: Peter Jackson’s Hobbit Experiment

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So we’ve seen the first Hobbit film. What now? Lovers of Tolkien’s world were warned a couple of years ago that material was going to be added to the movies (originally two, now three), based on additional Middle-earth lore, primarily from The Silmarillion. The movie met those expectations and now many of us have firsthand experience of the fact that Peter Jackson’s Hobbit is, in many ways, not Tolkien’s. Does that make it bad?

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MOVIE REVIEW: “Day of the Dolphin” (1973)

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What a strange, laconic film this is! Seriously: It starts out relaxed, doesn’t move very far, and takes its own sweet time getting there. Also, it picks an odd place to end, proving Wells’ old saw about the difference between tragedy and triumph being where you decide to stop telling the story.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Undefeated” (1969)

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This is not a great film. It’s also not science fiction. Not even remotely. Why am I reviewing it? Well, primarily it’s because Joss Whedon once said that “Firefly” was largely based on (A) the book “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara, and (B) this movie. So while it’s not SF in and of itself, it had some unexpected impact on SF, and is worthy of a look-see just out of curiosity.

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