What do we do about toxic fandom? — Box Office Buzz

I’m proud to be a geek. If people give me a window of opportunity, I’ll gladly talk about Star Wars, Star Trek, superhero films, Doctor Who, etc. for hours. I’ve made a lot of new friends through the geek community, both in person and online, and it’s cool to find people who share a passion […]

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Midnight Special(2016)-Film Review

I’m steadily going through a few films from the last few years which I have missed but have cropped up on Netflix. This was one of those films. It was from director Jeff Nichols, who has now made a number of very acclaimed and respected films and it was his second to feature the actor Michael Shannon.

It had been a while since I had thought about watching it and I only vaguely remembered that it was in some way possibly a science fiction movie. This was right but not very much like most sci-fi movies you might see.

It starts quickly with two men going on the run with a young boy-who seems oblivious-driving at night while at the same time the FBI bust into a large rural church gathering and round up the people there. In the car with the two men, the calm young boy wears swimming goggles at night and reads a comicbook by torchlight until they have to turn off the headlights and the driver puts on night-vision goggles so that they can drive unseen. Yes, very strange indeed.

Soon after this the film slows down while the two men, one played by Michael Shannon is the boy’s father, continue their journey to get the boy to a specific destination in a few short days before the FBI can reach them. Is the boy really his son? What do the FBI want? What were the church doing with the boy?

The film quickly threw up these and other questions. It seemed like it may have actually simply been a tense kidnap or abuse drama story but then a very sci-fi thing happens suddenly with the boy and we see that something really strange and fantastic is going on and there is a whole lot more to the story.

Soon enough the film feels like a mysterious episode of The X-Files or an X-Men film but it continues to maintain a tense emotional hold on the viewer. They meet up with the boy’s mother and soon Father, Mother and close friend all struggle with what they should be doing and what is the right thing for the boy.

In some ways I thought it may have been a bit more standard chase/thriller film with the cops/FBI on their tale and very predictable but thankfully that mostly was not the case. Most of the visual effects are really good, certainly the end of the film. It may not be the most original sci-fi movie all the way to the end but it become quite a philosophical story which raises a number of questions about faith, guilt, alien contact, families and more.

A good science fiction film with some challenging emotional and philosophical depth.

James E. Parsons has two SF books out now-Orbital Kin & Minerva Century both available from Waterstones, Amazon, Barnes&Noble and other bookshops and online in paperback and ebook now.

 

Ash’s small screen battles over — Sci-Fi Bulletin: Exploring the Universes of SF, Fantasy & Horror!

Ash vs Evil Dead has been cancelled by Starz after three seasons. The spinoff from the Evil Dead movies was created by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and starred Bruce Campbell and Lucy Lawless. “Ash v Evil Dead has taken audiences on a wild ride for three seasons thanks to the fantastic performances and creative…

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Stranger Things Renewed For Season 3 — Welcome to the Legion!

Today Netflix announced that they are renewing Stranger Things for a third season. This news doesn’t come as a surprise to any of us, but it is still nice to hear that they are going ahead with thh series. Season 1 and Season 2 of Stranger Things are available for streaming on Netflix so, until a fine third season…

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‘Bot vs ‘Bot! ROBOT WARS Comes to Blu-ray 12/15 — Horror Society

From director Albert Band (I BURY THE LIVING, DOCTOR MORDRID) comes ROBOT WARS, Full Moon’s sister film follow-up to 1989’s cult hit ROBOT JOX. In a gas-ravaged future Hell, the United States is divided into two opposing blocs, the North Hemi and the Eastern Alliance and targeting them both are roving bands of pirates known as the Centros. While…

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Searchlight: John Carpenter — This Is Horror

He does not need an introduction. John Carpenter is one of the Masters of Horror. A maverick, visionary, and extremely influential, Carpenter’s work taps into the visceral, primal fears we all know too well, driving our nightmares with iconic imagery and pulse-pounding suspense, with his tongue firmly in cheek for a lot of it. He’s…

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Star Trek Discovery renewed for season 2 — Sci-Fi Bulletin: Exploring the Universes of SF, Fantasy & Horror!

CBS All Access has renewed the latest Star Trek TV series for a second season. “In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” Marc DeBevoise, president and chief operating officer at CBS Interactive explained. “This series […]

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The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Horror Comics: A Basic History — Outright Geekery

In the Beginning Depending on who you ask, the answer may vary on the origin of horror comics. Mike Howlett, a horror comics history scholar, would tell you to look back to December 1940 for the comic based on Mary… The post The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Horror Comics: A Basic History appeared first…

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Special #1 — Graphic Policy

DOCTOR WHO: THE LOST DIMENSION SPECIAL #1 ​ W​riters:​ Gordon Rennie, Emma Beeby ​Artists:​ Wellington Diaz, Ivan Rodriguez ​Cover A: Mariano Laclaustra Cover B: Photo​ ​FC – 36pp – $4.99 – On sale: October 11 ​ OVERSIZED EXCITEMENT FROM DEEP WITHIN THE DOCTOR WHO EVENT! ALL-NEW STORIES FEATURING: • THE FOURTH DOCTOR! • RIVER SONG!…

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Review – Amityville: The Awakening — Horror Society

Finally, after a two and a half year long delay, the 18th entry in the Amityville Horror series is available to view for free on Google Play. While a limited theatrical release is scheduled in two weeks followed by the DVD launch, I have waited so long for this movie and I’m proud that I…

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