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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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MOVIE REVIEW: “Summer Wars” (2009)

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Man, what a *nice* movie.

I mean, yeah, I’ve seen better films, I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen ones that made more and less sense, I’ve seen sweeter, more cloying films, and far more brutal ones, but the first impression that really jumped out at me about this flick was just how *nice* it was. If Frank Capra made a science fiction film, this would have been it. The central message is that the Lamb is more than a match for the Lion, which is, of course, what Frankie Boy was all about.

PLAY BY PLAY

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Loved One” (1965)

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Man, this is one weird-assed film. I saw it once, twenty-five or more years ago, late, late, late at night, and I was never entirely sure I was remembering it right. Perhaps a decade after that, I was talking to my shrink at the time, and he said, “Hey, you know a lot about weird old movies. Let me ask you this: there was a movie I once saw that had Jonathan Winters in it playing two charac…”
“Was it ‘The Loved One’ or ‘The Loved Ones’ or something like that?”

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Last Colony” by John Scalzi (2007)

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I’ve read five of John Scalzi’s novels now, and there hasn’t been a one of ’em I didn’t like. Granted the previous book in this series - “The Ghost Bigades,” reviewed here http://www.republibot.com/content/book-review-%E2%80%9C-ghost-brigades%E...
- was probably the weakest of the bunch, but he’s still batting above .750, and he hasn’t struck out yet. He’s earned my faith.

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BEELINE TO THE FUTURE: Jack Kirby's 'Kamandi' Series

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I’ve been recently rereading Jack Kirby’s SF comics from the 70s when Kirby left Marvel for DC with great fanfare. Kamandi was Kirby best selling and longest lasting series from that period. A couple of years ago, DC republished the series in large folio editions, superb reproductions on good, thick paper that really gives you the opportunity to appreciate the art.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 3: Second Variety” (1987)

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It’s a bit of a quandary: I really enjoy science fiction anthologies more than pretty much all other forms of literature, but given their nature, they’re really hard to review in any meaningful, organized fashion. As much fun as they are to read, they’re not so much fun to write about in less than ten thousand words, and as a result, I tend to read the books, but postpone reviewing them as long as possible, unto the point of having only vague and squishy memories of what was in them in the first place.

Not my best work.

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BOOK REVIEW: “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale” (1987)

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Originally published under the somewhat more reasonable title “Second Variety” in 1987 (Because it was the second in the series), the book was re-titled and re-released in 1990 to cash in on expected the “Total Recall” bonanza. Lest there be any confusion on this point, the full title appears to be “The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick, Volume 2: We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, The Story That Inspired The Hit Motion Picture TOTAL RECALL.” That’s the thing about trade paperbacks from the first half of the 90s: You’re never sure where the title ends and the subscript begins.

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BOOK REVIEW: "Deception Point" by Dan Brown (2002)

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A lot of the books I review here are ones that have been foisted off on me by my friend Gin Rummy. This is basically a process that's been going on since we were in college together a quarter century ago, and lived in the same dorm. He'd get bored and borrow some of my books, I'd get bored and borrow some of his, and then we'd yak about 'em afterwards.

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