I get alot of requests to review products by the makers,authors and/or distributors themselves.Unfortunately,as much as I would love to,I just do not have the time,as I have a backlog of items that will keep me going for years.But as always I wish these folks the best in their efforts.
Gravity(released Aug/13),stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.With the unprecedented super hype and press push by both its stars,and it's endless comparison's to other past Sci-Fi films,in particular 2001:A Space Odyssey,you would have thought this was a film for the ages! Let's clear something up,shall we? Firstly,this film does not come anywhere close to the epic classic that was 2001,in plot nor style.Secondly,it is a simple and mundane film that I am sure looked impressive in 3D and on the big screen.An honest to goodness good picture however,especially one made in 3D, has to have some substance to it.It must strike a balance between a good and decent story and it's eye popping… Read more
Percy Jackson:Sea of Monsters(released Aug/2013)stars,among others, Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson,Alexandra Daddario, Douglas Smith, Leven Rambin, Jake Abel, Stanley Tucci and Nathan Fillion.I was very pleased to see the entire production,after the first one,on a much better footing as it ended up being far better. The story finds us pretty much starting where the last one left off.If you recall, three out of four 1/2 Gods made it into the training camp alive.The one who died saving the rest was the daughter of Zeus,Thalia.What we didn't see is Thalia morphing into a living tree which in turn produced a barrier around the camp which no ordinary enemy could penetrate.One day a… Read more
Ender's Game(released Oct/13)stars,among others, Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Ben Kingsley.This Sci-Fi adventure of young teens is a pleasing,fast moving and well played film by all concerned.The "hero" that all cadets in training try to emulate is called Mazer Rackham.It's just,to me,a mix up of Occum's Razor,which is to solve problems succinctly.This is exactly what our lead character does and which makes the film so compelling. The story finds the Earth in 2136,which went through a terrible battle 50 years before.It barely managed to win a war against an ant like species called the Formic.The hero of that battle is… Read more