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Comments on the 1945 Retro Hugo nominations in the Dramatic Presentation category (article).

March 28, 2020 | By | Reply More
Comments on the 1945 Retro Hugo nominations in the Dramatic Presentation category (article).

Members of the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention will be given an opportunity to vote retroactively for Hugo Awards for 1945, for works from 1944. I am not actually old enough to have been around in 1944. The year 1944 was roughly a flowering when fantastic media was seen by much of the public. I […]

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Color Out Of Space (a film review by Mark Leeper).

January 31, 2020 | By | Reply More
Color Out Of Space (a film review by Mark Leeper).

‘Color Out Of Space’ is the latest film adaptation of HP Lovecraft’s horror story tells of a meteor strike in the Massachusetts backwoods. Toward the beginning, director Richard Stanley sets his story in a pleasant natural setting. As the story progresses and nature corrupts or gets corrupted. The herbage becomes harder to understand and to […]

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Movie Retrospective: The Mortal Storm (1940) by Mark Leeper.

December 15, 2019 | By | Reply More
Movie Retrospective: The Mortal Storm (1940) by Mark Leeper.

It had been years since I have seen ‘The Mortal Storm’ (1940), and I think I saw it only once, but it was a jaw-dropper. It is a story set in a village in Germany. Fascism comes to the village and suddenly things are just not so pleasant any longer. When Nazism gets power it […]

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The Aeronauts (film review by Mark Leeper).

December 8, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Aeronauts (film review by Mark Leeper).

With a little flair borrowed from Jules Verne, we get the story, The Aeronauts, of two mid-19th century explorers who attempt to travel by balloon higher above the Earth than any humans had ever been to that point. The two leads from ‘The Theory Of Everything’ as actors Felicity Jones and Eddy Redmayne, are reunited […]

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Retrospective: The Woman in the Moon (Die Frau Im Mond) (1929).

December 4, 2019 | By | Reply More
Retrospective: The Woman in the Moon (Die Frau Im Mond) (1929).

In July TCM celebrated the 50th anniversary of humans first landing on the moon. They chose to run the rarely seen The Woman in the Moon (Die Frau Im Mond). This was the first science fiction film to try to be serious and accurate in depicting celestial travel. While it is not too hard to […]

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The Dead Don’t Die (a film review by: Mark Leeper).

October 28, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
The Dead Don’t Die (a film review by: Mark Leeper).

The dead are yet once again back from themselves when the Earth pitches a little off its axis and in zombie movie scientific logic this causes the dead to return to life in a rural central US town. Seeing this all happen around them two cop car police, Chief Cliff Robertson (actor Bill Murray) and […]

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The Riot Act (2017) – a review by Mark Leeper.

October 9, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Riot Act (2017) – a review by Mark Leeper.

In this independent film, ‘The Riot Act’, probably crowd-funded, we get a father/daughter story of mystery and revenge set in 1901 and 1903. A troop of vaudeville players comes to a town and their presence sparks conflict between the part-owner of the local opera house and his rage-filled daughter. While the writing could have used […]

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The Day Shall Come (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 30, 2019 | By | Reply More
The Day Shall Come (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

Moses is the head of a very tiny church in Miami–less than a handful of members–that preaches that the Great Inversion is coming. European whites will be on the bottom and blacks will be on the top. In the meantime his church is about to die of financial problems. Watching the film one is never […]

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The Bestowal (2019) (film review by Mark Leeper).

September 30, 2019 | By | 1 Reply More
The Bestowal (2019) (film review by Mark Leeper).

Steven, a successful salesman, is depressed. After seeing the world unimproved in spite of his best effort, Steven is ready to commit suicide when who should drop in on him but Death. Not just someone calling them self Death but Death itself. It is not a skeleton carrying a scythe but the form of a […]

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AUGGIE (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

September 19, 2019 | By | Reply More
AUGGIE (a film review by Mark R. Leeper).

As a going-away gift at his retirement party, Felix is given a virtual reality generator that creates for him an image of a stunningly beautiful young woman. He finds himself forming an emotional attachment to the computer-created image. The self-same story could have been told without any Science Fiction. Directed by Matt Kane; written by: […]

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