Machiavellian Drama Versus the Heroic Epic

– By Jacob Foxx – America is supposed to be the idyllic shining city on the hill, a place beyond the reach of the ruthless realpolitik of Europe. Our destiny is not in the hands of princes and bishops, all vying for power against one another in a tragic game of political strategy. We are […]

Jurassic World True to Franchise, in more ways than one

– By Paulie Spiceflow – Jurassic Park is one of the great American films of all time. After the groundbreaking original, the franchise descended into gratuitous dino-violence, bad writing, and cheesy creature-feature clichés. Jurassic World restores some of the awe-inspiring elements of the first but also pleads guilty to the missteps of the latter. While […]

The Cities of the Future

– By Jacob Foxx – The future of humanity is in the cities. Over half of the world population have left the farms and more leave every year. From Fritz Lang’s Metropolis to the Wachowskis and their Neo Seoul of Cloud Atlas, science fiction has produced a diverse and fascinating array of future urban environments. […]

Wachowskis Miss Again With Jupiter Ascending

– By Paulie Spiceflow – It is hard to believe the same geniuses behind The Matrix were behind this flop. This “Cinderella in space” movie lacks substance, which is becoming an annoying trait of science fiction movies these days. Rather than make a truly great sci-fi film, the Wachowskis seemed to have spent the bulk […]

Marketplace Getting Tougher for the Sci-Fi Novel

  – By Jacob Foxx – Not long ago most filmmakers thought it was impossible to bring Lord of the Rings to the big screen. The sheer scale of the epic was beyond the capabilities of even the biggest production companies. The same has often been said about the sci-fi classic Dune (They tried and […]

Science Fiction in the Year 2015

– By Jacob Foxx – This is an important year for science fiction. It is the year Marty McFly and Doc Brown traveled to from 1985 in the DeLorean time machine. There were hoverboards, self-drying clothes, flying cars, giant 3D advertising, instant news, and instant pizza. Most miraculously, the Cubs won the World Series. Unfortunately, […]

Sadly, Science Fiction is Still a Boys’ Club

 – By Paulie Spiceflow –   Back in the old days it was common for movies to portray women as submissive helpless dames, meant only to fall in love with the protagonist, get kidnapped by the villain, then rescued, then everyone lives happily ever after. Smacking and arm-twisting were perfectly acceptable (because, you know, women […]