Terminator Dark Fate An Improvement but Won’t Save Franchise

–  By J.W. Fox – Much like the titular villain, this is a franchise that is extremely difficult to kill. The previous three movies were unworthy of their title, desperately hoping to draw strength from the James Cameron masterpiece that changed action movies forever. Go ahead and watch T2 again. It has aged well and […]

Movie Review: Clara

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW Every so often it is good to give an indie, low-profile science fiction movie a watch. Of course, there is risk. They can be bad. Really bad. There are dozens that come from the Sharknado tradition, something which is called sci-fi only because these movies used to […]

Infinity War Lives Up to Hype; Likely to Break Records

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW It took over two weeks to digest everything I saw in Avengers: Infinity War, the only movie with more hype than the next Star Wars movie. Nearly every Marvel character is featured in this triumphant, awesome, epic, funny, heartbreaking first part of a two parter. To put […]

Spielberg’s Movie is a Noble Attempt But Nothing Will Ever Compare to the Novel

– By J.W. Fox – It is an old but true cliché: the book is always better than the movie. When I read Ready Play One, I knew it could make a great movie but Hollywood would never be able to make it. The licenses alone would keep it tied up, or force them to […]

The Moon and the Other by John Kessel

– By J.W. Fox –   John Kessel’s The Moon and the Other is very much a work of social science fiction, with all the pros and cons that go with that label. At times it is reminiscent of Heinlein, with characters having influential roles in Lunar politics, giving speeches, and lecturing one another on […]

Rebels Finishes Strong, Providing Much Needed Answers to Some Big Questions

– By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS OF SERIES FINALE FOLLOW While the Star Wars saga marches on with Episodes 8 and 9, Disney is filling in some of the gaps with its Star Wars Stories and its animated series. Star Wars Rebels was their first, tying into to the events before A New Hope […]

Artemis by Andy Weir

– By J.W. Fox – Andy Weir is one of my favorite new writers. The self-published author not only explains technical details concisely and effectively, his first two novels are also showing he is a capable storyteller. The Martian was a fantastic novel that was turned into an excellent movie. Artemis is slightly different in that […]

Altered Carbon Packs a Lot into First Season, Maybe a Little Too Much

  – By J.W. Fox – WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW Netflix did not promote Altered Carbon as much as that new Cloverfield movie. That might have been a mistake. The first season of the unique new sci-fi show has a Blade Runner feel combined with good ole’ fashion Bruce Willis-style shoot’em up action. There are a […]