Greetings again. Grick here. Now that Book 4 “The Journals of Brandas” is available, I can explore other things of interest. Mr. Evanovich’s posting on computer sci-fi gaming and Mr. Stamm’s on selected sci-fi book series are most informative (refer to the Sept. blog). This month Mr. Stamm notes newer Sci-Fi movies while Mr. Evanovich weighs in next week on his favorite game. Science fiction naturally appeals to me, since I’m a living part of an ongoing saga in that genre. Such works expand one’s view of the universe and its inhabitants, a perspective from which I think we all can see things more clearly. If you’re looking for a good sci-fi series to read, I can recommend the “Man’s Best Friend” books, in which I happen to play an integral role. And remember, I only look like a “dog.” As those of you who’ve read the books know, I’m something else entirely. Of course, feel free to blog me at your convenience and we can discuss it. That’s all for now. Take care.
Lee On Current SciFi Films
A Sampling Sci-Fi Movies and Movie Series from the past five years. All entries are brief and contain no spoilers.
Cloud Atlas – Excellent
Very long but unusual story covering a time span from past to distant future.
Looper – Good
Interesting time travel premise, good action and a clever ending.
Prometheus – Good
A bit long and convoluted, bailed out by good production and effects.
Elysium – OK
Watchable despite the trite social commentary.
Ender’s Game – Good
Good concept runs fairly close to the book, if that makes any difference to you.
Gravity – OK
First hour is very slow and repetitive. The final half-hour is exciting.
Oblivion – Very Good
Interesting story, good production, satisfying ending.
Riddick – Good
If you like the Riddick series, you’ll like this mindless action fest.
Snowpiercer – Very Good
A bizarre concept of civilization preserved on a train is brought off quite well.
Edge of Tomorrow – Very Good, almost Excellent
Clever time repetition storyline with good action with formidable aliens.
Lucy – OK
Peculiar premise, decent action, nothing profound.
Jurassic World – Good
Mostly a rehash of the original “Jurassic Park” movie. Quite entertaining with nice effects.
Mad Max: Fury Road – Good
Director George Miller gives a nice try but his old classic “The Road Warrior” is still better.
The Martian – Very Good
Quite enjoyable, despite many scientific errors. Nice performance by Matt Damon.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – OK
A weaker rehash of Episode 4, bailed out by good production and effects.
The Hunger Games series – Very Good
Good actors and production flesh out an odd premise.
The Maze Runner series – OK
The scenario is a stretch, but is executed fairly well. Not up to snuff with “The Hunger Games.”
Divergent series – OK
Another not as good, minor league version of “The Hunger Games.”
That wraps up Part 1 of this months blog. Be sure to check out Part 2 next week that will cover RJ’s favorite computer game.