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Topic: fiction

Lifeforce

The best nekkid-space-vampire movie ever made.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Tobe Hooper got a raw deal. The director of horror hits The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Poltergeist didn't deserve to be sent to movie jail for 1985's Lifeforce. It's a well-crafted, well-intentioned work that was mismarketed and misunderstood, losing a bundle of money and soon sending Hooper into the lands of episodic television and direct-to-video features.
 
Friday, June 14, 2013

Femme Fatales: The Complete Second Season

Refractory period over; ready to go again?


Television series

Rod Lott
Certainly the favorite TV show of pubescent boys nationwide whose parents have no idea what airs on Cinemax after they go to bed, Femme Fatales is an anthology series that puts women on top, both figuratively and literally. The better sex engages in better sex, all while pulling the wool — surgically enhanced and otherwise — over the eyes of stupid men.
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Incredible Melting Man

A trash classic lands on Blu-ray.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
In the trash classic The Incredible Melting Man, the titular creature — aka astronaut Steve West (Alex Rebar), returned home from a botched mission to Saturn as a walking pile of goo — claims his first victim less than 10 minutes after the MGM lion roars, but only after he's given a nurse such a shock that she jumps through a glass door. What’s not to love?
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Beast master

Inspired by Japanese cinema, an exhibit pits ‘Machines vs. Monsters’ in a battle to the death.


Visual Arts

Louis Fowler
Machines vs. Monsters: Final Wars
6-10 p.m. Friday
Oddfab Design Lab
703 W. Sheridan              
628-2689
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Oblivion

Cruise into a dystopian future.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
Oblivion marks the second Tom Cruise vehicle in a row — Jack Reacher being the first — to underperform at the box office and underwhelm critics, yet turns out to be not bad. Not bad at all! (Scientology backlash? Signs point to “yes.”)
 
Friday, August 2, 2013

Errors of the Human Body

What sci-fi should be.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
It's too easy to compare Errors of the Human Body to the "body horror" entries on David Cronenberg's CV — too easy because it's all too apt. As much as it brings that master director to mind, the new film is original enough to stand on its own terms.
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Dark Angel

The high-def release comes in peace.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott
When did 1990's I Come in Peace become Dark Angel? More importantly, why? Did some porno cop its title? Now people will confuse it with that one TV series Jessica Alba did for James Cameron before she became a movie star.
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Frozen Dead

A head of its time.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

I've seen many a zombie movie — too many, one could argue successfully — but 1966's The Frozen Dead must be the first in which a member of the undead was so concerned with hair care, Carly Simon probably wrote a song about him. As the pic's mad scientist introduces him, “This one is harmless. He combs his hair continuously, like a vain adolescent.”

 
Friday, August 23, 2013

Star Trek Into Darkness

Boldly going again.


Sci-Fi

Rod Lott

With the run of original Star Trek films, there's a long-standing theory that only the even-numbered entries are good, i.e. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Well, that theory does not apply to director J.J. Abrams' rebooted franchise; both of his voyages of the starship Enterprise — 2009's Star Trek and this summer's sequel of Star Trek Into Darkness — stand strong as successes across the board: creative, critical and financial. 

 
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Breaking 'Glass'

Local-born author Gena Showalter talks zombies and inspiration with the release of the second book in her young adult fiction trilogy.


Fiction

Sarah Lobban
Last year, best-selling author Gena Showalter introduced the world of young adult fiction (YA) to Alice Bell, a 16-year-old zombie slayer whose life was turned upside down by a tragedy that would change her forever.
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
 
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