science fiction

Eric, Trevan and Trey spend the entirety of the podcast talking about Prometheus, the latest from director Ridley Scott. Because the plot has been well guarded up to this point, we each offer spoiler-free recaps, but once our recaps our out of the way, everything is fair game. Be warned: Spoilers Ahead. If you’ve seen the film, be […]


After 33 years, director Ridley Scott returns to the Alien franchise with a film that answers a few questions, poses some new ones and plays fast and loose with its ensemble cast along the way.


Indeed everything that has a beginning has an ending, and how we choose to confront the challenges that come with existence define how that ending is resolved. In peace or in death. But the Matrix Trilogy doesn’t tell you that outright. It asks you to assemble the parts yourself and hopefully arrive at the same conclusion. But that might have been asking a bit much of its audience. Especially in the fall of 2003.


It takes a trilogy of posts to defend a controversial and series like The Matrix Trilogy. It would seem moral relativism has invaded Zion. One might guess this will play an important part in where this saga goes from here.

What follows is Part Two in Michael Bird’s column The Contrarian.

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The Matrix Trilogy is a misunderstood triumph. We like our conflict between two sides: good and evil. When moral imperatives becomes moral relativism, you have a formula for confusion.

It takes a trilogy of posts to defend a controversial and series like The Matrix Trilogy.

What follows is Part One in Michael Bird’s column The Contrarian.

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While about 30 percent of the films that have played Fantastic Fest (which starts Thursday Sept. 22 and which I’ll be covering for Scene-Stealers) are available to stream online, and about 50 percent otherwise have a U.S. DVD release, the remaining 20 percent have not been released in the United States at all. Aside from […]

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Is “Repo Men” a rip off “Repo! The Genetic Opera” or the other way around? Which came first? How similar are they? “Repo Men“–starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker–is hitting theaters on Friday. The premise: In the future, there’s a biotech company that hires repo men to hunt down and repossess people’s organs provided to […]


Alfonso Cuaron’s masterful “Children of Men,” the best film of 2006, takes place in a not-too-distant future where women are unable to give birth and the planet is dying out. It’s a metaphor for the way things are going today. Everybody is so excited to look into the future, but if art is truly a […]