The Flatnet

The internet has always been, sadly, two-dimensional. Your access to this space is through a specific code word (internet address), or a net that’s trawling the depths of a three-dimensional ocean. All that you’ll ever find once that net has been dragged back onto your boat’s deck (screen) is what snagged on the mesh. You […]

So You’re an Agent

Every now and then a movie will give us a fantastic plot device, like the human-hopping agents of The Matrix, and inadvertently expose a larger problem that never gets addressed. In this case, the audience doesn’t really need an answer—at least not for the sake of the story. But if you were the unfortunate host […]

Rooting for Rosie

My earliest exposure to a robot wasn’t pleasant. I didn’t come across R.O.B., Nintendo’s companion to the NES, nor can I recall seeing the ever-sassy C3PO or his squat pal, R2D2, though both would have been in commercials for Return of the Jedi when I was young. Seeing a visual effects TV special for Chucky had made […]

Review: Ghost in the Shell

Sometimes the highest compliment you can pay a movie that’s based off of legendary source material is to say that it makes a great trailer for the original work. That was my sentiment after watching Zack Snyder’s version of The Watchmen, which made me go back and read the graphic novel again. The same sense […]

Interstellar Rain

Growing up, I loved thunderstorms. I’d sit with my window open, face pressed against the screen, watching and listening as lightning lit the sky and thunder pealed. The harder it rained, the better. If the gutters became rivers and the streets were ankle deep with water, I’d imagine that it was never going to end–that […]

Better Late Than Never: Don’t Breathe

Spoilers abound: Don’t Breathe has an interesting premise: replace the feature creature of a horror flick with a blind war vet, make audiences wonder if he’s the villain or an innocent, disabled victim just trying to protect his home, and then immediately break that illusion, reducing the remaining two-thirds of the movie into a gory […]

Better Late Than Never: Assassin’s Creed

While watching Assassin’s Creed, I couldn’t help but have a scene from another film playing in my head, over and over. See if you can pick up the significance: Assassin’s Creed was touted as our “chosen one”, to finally break the long streak of horrible video game-to-movie adaptations. Except we were given Anakin, who, by […]