Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
Oct10

Blade Runner 2049 (2017)

Customized Miracles; Customized Angels: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)     If you haven’t seen the 1982 Ridley Scott-directed Blade Runner then you will still find an enormous amount to enjoy about the 2017 outing; but it is only fair to say that this is a sequel in its truest form.  It is not content to merely rehash the original – one of the great classics of science-fiction cinema – but rather takes the many themes of that film,...

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It (2017)
Sep11

It (2017)

Everybody Floats: It (2017)       Let’s see. Put it this way: You know how, in the movie The Shining, Jack Nicholson’s character doesn’t look as if he’s playing with a full deck even in the opening interview scene? Remember the eyebrows arched like crazy and that feral-looking grin?  Like a guy trying his damnedest to look at least half-sane and not doing a very good job of it? In the novel you have this build-up where...

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Detroit (2017)
Sep07

Detroit (2017)

‘It’s a War Zone Out There…’ Detroit (2017)     I think that we can safely call Kathryn Bigelow a talented painter, producer and even occasional actress.  And we can certainly call her an always interesting and quite brilliant film director.  What we can’t call her is a prolific one. To my astonishment and mumbles of ‘where did the years go’?  I’ve just discovered that it is a full three decades since she nailed me to the cinema...

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J.G. Ballard : The Complete Short Stories
Aug21

J.G. Ballard : The Complete Short Stories

The Pacifics of Our Imaginations: J.G. Ballard The Complete Short Stories       “In the codes of Renata’s body, in the junctions of nipple and finger, in the sulcus of her buttocks, waited the possibilities of a benevolent psychopathology.”  (Zodiac 2000) “Its ruined appearance [was] profoundly depressing, an Auschwitz of the soul whose mausoleums contained the mass graves of the still undead.” (The Terminal Beach) “Already...

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A Feast for Crows: Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire
Aug21

A Feast for Crows: Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire

A Feast for Crows Book Four of A Song of Ice and Fire     Those early episodes of HBO’s Game of Thrones…they seem so long ago, don’t they?  Why, back then Ned Stark’s head was still firmly attached to his shoulders and Daenerys’s dragons were cute and playful little tykes.  Now, with the penultimate series well under way, Ned’s head is but a distant memory and the dragons are all grown up and ready to burn… So I thought it might...

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)
Aug12

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)     I had been given the erroneous impression that writer/director Luc Besson simply thrusts the audience into Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets with little or no context to help establish the coming action. Not so. To the hauntingly familiar notes of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ we see the space station Alpha in 1975 orbiting the earth as different races from the home...

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