To Remake or Not to Remake…

…That is the question movie executives have been asking themselves, seemingly since the creation of the industry. But while some remakes are significant improvements over the originals – Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man versus Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (or at least Spider-Man 3), for example – there are some classics (in my mind) that shouldn’t beContinue reading “To Remake or Not to Remake…”

Special Effects Past

Earlier this week, after I posted my review of Neill Blomkamp’s CHAPPiE, a fellow blogger commented on my earlier take of James Cameron’s The Terminator that he found it interesting that I wasn’t impressed by the special effects in the Arnold Schwarzenegger flick and that, budgetary restrictions aside, they were pretty good for their time.Continue reading “Special Effects Past”

Rise of the Machines

While the term “robot” has been a part of the English language since 1921, and societies have been interested in various automated devices for centuries, my fascination with them didn’t begin until graduate school. And even then it was kind of by accident! I read P.W. Singer’s Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and ConflictContinue reading “Rise of the Machines”

Revenge of the Nerds

Believe me readers, I know the idea that “the geeks shall inherit the earth” isn’t unique to me, or even this year, but I have been struck more and more by the fact that geek culture is increasingly popular culture. Indeed, with the steady release and popularity of superhero movies, it seems that these twoContinue reading “Revenge of the Nerds”