Tag Archives: J.J. Abrams

Why Not Make Captain Kirk Bisexual Instead?

When the decision was made to reboot the Star Trek concept back in 2009, resulting in J.J. Abrams’s movie, it was obvious that decades had passed since the original TV show and maybe new generations would view things differently. However, that film and its sequel made an effort of honoring what came before them. This summer it … Continue reading Why Not Make Captain Kirk Bisexual Instead?

Happy Birthday, J.J. Abrams, 50

In the clip above, from last December, director J.J. Abrams talks to PBS talkshow host Tavis Smiley about Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the challenges of making a movie that appeals not only to straight, white fanboys out there, but also women, gays and people of color. Considering the unjust furor surrounding the upcoming Ghostbusters, I’m … Continue reading Happy Birthday, J.J. Abrams, 50

Anton Yelchin Would’ve Been a Perfect Mr. Mercedes

Yesterday’s news of Anton Yelchin being found dead outside his home, crushed by his car in a freak accident, was quite a shock. I remember seeing Yelchin in David Duchovny’s directing debut House of D a decade ago, thinking this kid is the stand-out of the movie, even though Robin Williams had a showier role. In … Continue reading Anton Yelchin Would’ve Been a Perfect Mr. Mercedes

The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

EVERY GENERATION HAS A STORY. There are some people out there who call themselves fans of Star Wars but still prefer to pretend like the trilogy of prequels that George Lucas created in 1999-2005 never happened, even though they were as excited about them before the premiere as they are now when the saga continues … Continue reading The Force Awakens: Saving Another Franchise

Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

This year’s Comic-Con in San Diego ended last Sunday. Time to sum up what we enjoyed the most: The Star Wars panel – We get J.J. Abrams explaining his vision for the new movie, and Lawrence Kasdan as a connection to the original trilogy. We get real examples of newly designed creatures. And we get a Carrie Fisher-Mark … Continue reading Highlights of Comic-Con 2015

Celebrated by Sci-fi Icons, NASA and the White House

Leonard Nimoy passed away yesterday at the age of 83, and there has been a steady (and deep) outpouring of appreciation from all corners. There was the whole Star Trek community, from veterans like William Shatner and Patrick Stewart to newcomers like J.J. Abrams and Zachary Quinto, the actor who plays Spock in the new franchise: my … Continue reading Celebrated by Sci-fi Icons, NASA and the White House

The Greatest Hits of 2015

It’s time for that annual list of next year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2015 for ya. JANUARY: * Blackhat – Michael Mann’s first directorial outing since Public Enemies (2009) is a cyber thriller starring Chris Hemsworth. Its January release makes it hard to really get excited about it.  * Escobar: Paradise Lost – Notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar reaches … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2015

Star Wars Teasers – Now and Then

“There’s been an awakening… have you felt it?” After an amazing build-up today that felt like the entire Internet was standing still in anticipation of the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we finally got to see what all the fuss was about… and it was beautiful to behold. Just listening to the … Continue reading Star Wars Teasers – Now and Then

Star Trek: Into Darkness

BEYOND THE DARKNESS, LIES GREATNESS. After an attack on Starfleet headquarters in San Francisco, the main suspect (Benedict Cumberbatch) hides on Klingon territory and is pursued by a vengeful Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew. The sequel to Star Trek (2009) is equally impressive, boasting beautiful visual effects (now in 3D that looks great even … Continue reading Star Trek: Into Darkness

The Greatest Hits of 2013

It’s time for that annual list of this year’s highly anticipated Hollywood films. Here’s 2013 for ya. JANUARY: * The Last Stand – Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first starring vehicle in ten years. Not expecting great things. * Broken City – Allen Hughes directs this political thriller starring Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe. FEBRUARY: * Warm Bodies … Continue reading The Greatest Hits of 2013

Top 5 Best TV Show Adaptations

So, MacGyver is apparently on track to become the latest TV show to hit the silver screen with James Wan directing. We have yet to see that project truly come alive, but if it does it would follow a proud Hollywood tradition. “Proud?”, you say. Sure, there have been many horrible adaptations of TV shows… but … Continue reading Top 5 Best TV Show Adaptations

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

He’s not selling out, he’s buying in. In Super Size Me (2004), Morgan Spurlock spent a month eating nothing but McDonald’s food. In this documentary, he’s selling out to any company that’s prepared to invest in his new movie about product placement and advertising in TV shows and films. Spurlock sure likes to subject himself … Continue reading The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Super 8: Monster Mash

IT ARRIVES. Director J.J. Abrams’s first major collaboration with Steven Spielberg prompted David Edelstein of New York Magazine to spell it out: “Abrams has probably been fighting not to reproduce Spielberg’s signature moves since the day he picked up a camera. Now, with the blessing of the master, he can plagiarize with alacrity.” Super 8 is not … Continue reading Super 8: Monster Mash