Harry Potter: Dispelled By Rain?

A British newspaper recently reported that filming on the “Sorcerer’s Stone” movie (or “Philosopher’s Stone” for most of the non-US world) was running behind due to the wicked weather in England. In traditional spin fashion, Warner Brothers execs are denying the rumors. In other news, John Williams, who has composed such forgettable scores as all the Star Wars music, will be scoring the aforementioned movie.

Review: Clerks Uncensored

Disclaimer: This isn’t really SF or fantasy in any sense of the word.
I’m just a big fan of Kevin Smith, who’s arguably just a grown-up fanboy
himself. (You’ve seen his movies, and probably read some of his comic
books.) If blatant fanboy-ism isn’t your thing, go read something else.
Thank you, drive through.

If you’re still reading, soak up the review
of the “Clerks Uncensored” video/DVD just released today.

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The best SciFi/Fantasy you’ve never seen on the screen

bluestrain writes, Sci/Fi and Fantasy has long had the tradition of the epic. My definition of epic is a sweeping story line with lots of characters, battles, good, evil, politics, and religion. Some of my favorites have made either the big screen (Dune, Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings) or the small screen (Dune again.) I first read C.J. Cherryh’s Downbelow Station many years ago and wondered if could ever be adapted for a movie. I came to the conclusion a movie couldn’t do it justice and a mini-series couldn’t pull off the effects. Times have changed. Eye-popping effects are commonplace and a cast of thousands or a fleet of a thousand spacecraft can be assembled digitally. Maybe someday I’ll be there for the premiere of Downbelow Station. What work of SF or fantasy have you always wanted to see in a darkened room with a big tub of popcorn?

ST: Voyager Review – “The Void”

The Void

First off, my apologies for posting this on Friday and not Thursday. I had stuff on Wednesday night and had to tape Star Trek: Voyager.

Every now and then we get to see glimpses of why the opening credits mention “Based on ‘Star Trek’ created by Gene Roddenberry.”

Tonight was one of those glimpses. Gene’s ground-breaking premise, a starship crew (and a federation) made up of, not only, different races, but different species. And they could overcome anything one episode at a time.

Jump forward a hundred years (Star Trek time that is) and we find the poor hapless U.S.S. Voyager, billions of miles from home. Can the Federation’s high-minded ideals and philosophies work when you don’t have the firepower to back up your morality?

In standard Voyager heavy-handedness, it does. Preachy, but still ‘Star Trek’ down to the warp core.

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