5 Things That Bug Me About Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Fiction

First, let's define post-apocalyptic and dystopian: Post-apocalyptic refers to a work of fiction that deals with a global disaster so profound there are few survivors. It may include a period of time leading up to the disaster, or it can take place years afterwards, but mostly it's about the immediate after-effects of a disaster--war, environmental … Continue reading 5 Things That Bug Me About Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Fiction

Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Why I Love: More Star Wars films. Why I Hate: More Star Wars films that may exist solely to squeeze every possible dime out of an existing franchise. Why I Love: There's a whole generation of filmmakers who grew up on Star Wars who could revive the franchise creatively. Why I Hate: There's a whole … Continue reading Why I Love/Why I Hate Disney Buying Lucasfilm

Book Review: The Twelve By Justin Cronin

The Twelve by Justin Cronin is the second of his post-apocalyptic/vampire trilogy. The first book in the trilogy is The Passage. I wrote a spoilerific analysis of one of the major characters in The Passage a while back. This review will refrain from divulging any major spoilers. That makes it very difficult to write this … Continue reading Book Review: The Twelve By Justin Cronin

Spielberg’s E.T. And The Magic Of Childhood

Another significant anniversary has rolled around for a classic movie, this time for Steven Spielberg's E.T.: The Extraterrestrial. There have been a lot of people writing about visiting the film again after having seen it as a child, and how it still made them cry like they did when they were a kid. I was … Continue reading Spielberg’s E.T. And The Magic Of Childhood

Comic-Con 2012 Days 1 & 2 – It’s Like You’re There, Only You’re Not

Whew!  What an exciting first two days at Comic-Con!  Huge casting news, a Firefly reunion, panels featuring talent from both in front and behind the camera of some big movies and TV shows--and I won some great swag! Oh, did I mention I'm not actually AT Comic-Con? The internet, and social media in particular, have … Continue reading Comic-Con 2012 Days 1 & 2 – It’s Like You’re There, Only You’re Not

Firefly And The Success/Failure Of Genre Mash-Ups

I have a confession to make. I started watching Firefly for the very first time last week on streaming. I've only seen five episodes of the show so far and I'm in love.  Totally in love with the concept, the characters, the world created by Joss Whedon. For those of you as clueless as I … Continue reading Firefly And The Success/Failure Of Genre Mash-Ups