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Five Things I’ve Learned from Star Trek

Star Trek (2008) Directed by: J.J. Abrams

I might have mentioned earlier (or maybe not) that my love of Star Trek had a very reluctant and rocky start in my childhood.  As a child in the 80s, there wasn’t an incredible amount of variety on television.  So many a weekend afternoon aired long marathons of Star Trek, Bruce Lee movies, etc.   My father, an avid Star Trek fan, wouldn’t miss a chance to sit and watch the episodes from the original show, and of course he was the one who introduced it to me.  I admit I wasn’t very receptive at first, but in time it grew on me, and I found myself addicted.  I’ve watched all remakes of it including Enterprise (and no, I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as people said it was – it’s actually one of my favorites).

Fast forward to adulthood...

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The Trouble with ‘Twilight’

There he is... Captain Obsesso and his "prize."

Ok, I promised (or perhaps ‘warned’ is a better word) in the About SFZ section that controversial subjects will be discussed from time to time.  So I think it’s about time I get something off my chest, something that has to do with a very popular series of books and movies.  And while I believe that my point of view will be the minority, it doesn’t make it any less valid. 

That being said, I think I’m ready to move on and start discussing the topic at hand which is Twilight.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy anything about the series.  I’ll confess that the plot is pretty interesting, and I enjoy seeing how the characters somewhat develop...

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The Dreaded Science Fiction Sequel – Or Is it?

There’s an interesting phenomenon that occurs when a movie becomes a box office hit.  The people involved in the project get an idea (in my opinion it’s mostly greed- motivated) that perhaps a sequel would be a good idea.  They try to tap into what made their first movie a hit to begin with and expound on it in some way which allows for greater entertainment of audience members and more revenue, etc. etc.

However, in terms of science fiction movie sequels, I hope I’m not the only one that often feels disappointed after subjecting myself to one...

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My Latent Star Wars Obsession

I remember mentioning in earlier articles that my father was a huge influence for me in terms of my love of science fiction.  I can easily recall the Sunday marathons of Star Trek in which my dad would sit almost entranced as he took each episode in.  He’d call to me, “Chris, come see this…you should watch this show.”  And I’d sigh, roll my eyes and sit down with him (even at 6-7 years old I already had a dramatic streak), but what I didn’t expect was that I would start to love the show.  I mean, I LOVED Star Trek.

But that was pretty much where I drew the line.  When Star Wars would come on, I’d run – UNLESS it was the one with the ewoks.  Boy, I loved those little furry guys so much that I’d watch Star Wars JUST so I could see the little ewoks run across the screen...

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Terry Gilliam’s ‘Brazil’ – The Unseen Masterpiece

There was no 25 year fanfare last year for a movie that even today defies traditional classification. This, to me as a film lover, is both a tragedy and an affront; an affront because this is still a movie that many people haven’t had the opportunity of seeing, and if you’re an SF film lover you owe it to yourself to see it.

So, one year after its 25th Anniversary, I want to take the time to opine about the genius that is Terry Gilliam and his stunning creation Brazil.

Gilliam is one of those fairly unique Americans who seems to get British humour, sensibilities and quirks even better that most British writers do. This may be due in part to the time he spent creating the hilarious (and ground breaking), animations for the Monty Python team...

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