Never Give Up, Never Surrender
(You know, out of context, that title sounds like something Gilgamesh would say, and not a way to instantly get me to quote that film in its entirety.) A week ago, I passed a little hobby shop that had Galaxy Quest miniatures in the window. I did a double-take, walked back, pressed my face to the grate until my face looked like a waffle iron, and generally pined for them.…
[Con or Bust] Ten Things You Should Know about Left Behind
[This is the second of three movie reviews that were won in the auction, which assists fans of color who want to attend SFF conventions, principally WisCon.] So, the first movie I was given for this auction was The Vampire Effect, which was horrible in sort of a whimsical, amusing way.…
Fair Food Fight Films: No Reservations
Generally, my movie-watching habits throughout life have been about 70% things I want to see, 30% things I saw under some social obligation. This has no bearing on their quality (obviously – I mean, look at me); it’s just a baseline measurement. And weirdly, it doesn’t change much even after I look at when I started to review movies for real.…
“Riverworld” is All Wet
"Riverworld" is All WetMonday night, SyFy premiered Riverworld, a four-hour miniseries based on the series of novels by Philip José Farmer. The novels chronicled the adventures of those resurrected after death, living on a cultivated river-planet overseen by extraterrestrial powers. SyFy is notorious for hilariously abysmal weekly movies. Their miniseries have fared a little better from additional time and care–not that this tempers the glee with which they can throw a decent cast into a cauldron of plot soup for four hours.…
Riverworld.
So, as promised, I reviewed Riverworld for Tor.com. It was…plentiful? I don’t even know what to say about it. They somehow managed to undercut most of their good points by accident (though every once in a while my jaw would hit the floor when something egregious stereotyped through the frame). They did try very hard with the casting, which is generally passable and occasionally enjoyable.…
Comics!
I went home last weekend to visit the family, and as usual, I tried to clean up a little of the driftwood of my young life that remains in the house, so that eventually it will stop looking like a teenager with no social skills lives in their house. (Now she lives in New York, where no one even notices social skills because they’re too busy avoiding being hit by cars.…