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(BELATED)MOVIE REVIEWS: Capsule reviews of “The Dark Knight,” and “Stardust.”

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“The Dark Knight” was really, really good. I was very impressed. I’d postponed watching it because I’m a parent and get little free time, and I didn’t want to blow my rare nights out on a silly superhero movie, but grudgingly I went to see it, and damn if it wasn’t amazingly awesome, even if the soundtrack kind of sucks and at least one fight sequence was too damn choppy to follow.

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(Belated) MOVIE REVIEWS: “Iron Man” (2008)

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I can’t say as I was psyched about watching this movie before hand. First of all, I’m a DC geek, not a Marvel Geek, though I will admit that Iron Man is one of a very small handful of Marvel characters that are actually kinda’ cool. (Short list: Captain America, Iron Man, Nick Fury, Spiderman when he’s taken his lithium, that’s about all I can think of right now. Oh, and I liked the Hulk when he could talk and was a bouncer at that Vegas casino. Remember that?) I don’t really care for Robert Downey, Jr. even before his drug use got completely out of hand.

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MOVIE REVIEWS: “Be Forever, Yamato” (1980)

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Recently I reviewed – in drunken, rambling, and poor fashion – the movie “Space Battleships Yamato: The New Voyage,” which was essentially a ‘reunion movie’ for the “Space Battleship Yamato” television series (Known in the ‘States as “Star Blazers). It was pretty kickass and entertaining, and so I was understandably pretty psyched about watching the next movie in the series, “Be Forever, Yamato” which came out the following year.
To be honest, I was rather disappointed. It just wasn’t all that good.

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SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE REVIEWS:“Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage” (1979)

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“Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage” is essentially a “Reunion Movie” that was made after the “Space Battleship Yamato” series had ended. In the US, “Space Battleship Yamato” was (badly) dubbed in to English, and was known as “Star Blazers.” In this bowdlerized form, the show was a huge hit with kids of my generation, who tended to get beat up a lot and were too old for “Battle of the Planets,” and too young for girls. The series ran for two seasons in Japan in the ‘70s.

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(FANTASY) MOVIE REVIEWS: The Chronicles of Narnia: "Prince Caspian" (2008)

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The "Narnia" series is obviously Fantasy and not Science Fiction, but just like Frank Baum's "Oz" books, they've been unpredictably influential in Science Fiction circles (Heinlein loved the Oz books, and put a fairly embarasing visit to Oz in his entirely-embarasing novel, "The Number of the Beast;" Joe Straczynski named his reptilian aliens the "Narn" in hommage to CS Lewis' series, and there are scads of other less prevalent influences), so that puts it kind of on the fringe of our radar, if not solidly within our mandate.

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