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J.J. Abrams

Star Wars: The Last Jedi — Thoughts of a Sci-Fi Cynic

Long ago, in a galaxy not that far away, George Lucas had the visionary insight to rip off every sci-fi story of the ’40s through ’70s to create what would become the most bafflingly beloved and fiercely defended science-fiction saga… Continue Reading →

Reshoots, Rewrites and Reboots of a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

With multiple directors’ chairs rotating (as well as different screenwriters checking out) within the cinematic Star Wars Universe, what, exactly, is going on with Lucasfilm?

The Leftovers: Charlatan or The Real Deal?

Some time ago, J.J. Abrams gave a TED talk. In that presentation he goes on at length about the concept of mystery in cinema and life. He shows the audience what he calls a mystery box, and explains his fascination… Continue Reading →

Westworld: One Theory Down, Many More to Go

This week’s episode of Westworld has flipped everything on its head. For anyone not caught up with HBO’s new and exciting sci-fi drama, this is the point where you should stop reading.

Westworld and the Legacy of the Mystery Box

Westworld is the latest hit from HBO. It is also the Internet’s latest theory-generating obsession. But there’s one small thing about this obsession that has been bothering me.

Westworld: Bizarre, Expensive, Surreal, Intriguing

So, Westworld… “Trippy,” as the kids say. The premise of this story, in case you didn’t happen to recall it from the now-dated film by the same name, or the trailers, is a high-tech Western-themed amusement park inhabited by androids,… Continue Reading →

South Park Hits Season 20 Benchmark

This week, South Park aired the first episode of its 20th season, tying Gunsmoke and Law & Order for the second-longest running primetime TV series behind only The Simpsons, which has cataloged 28 seasons of its own, and is still… Continue Reading →

New Trek Takes Us Well Beyond the Previous Sequel

This summer is just littered with gifts of good geeky movies rising above the cynicism and low expectations. Star Trek Beyond is the latest to do just that. It’s not perfect, of course, but it certainly tops the prior installment’s… Continue Reading →

I Hate Star Trek Into Darkness, But Can’t Wait for Beyond

When the first entry in the new series of Star Trek films hit theaters in 2009, it was was a much-needed breath of fresh air. By simultaneously serving as a sequel, prequel and reboot to the franchise, it made Trek… Continue Reading →

J.J. Abrams is a Master Manipulator

Per Matt Whether it’s his coy marketing campaigns, secretive storyline revelations or rebooting of classic sci-fi franchises, J.J. Abrams has made a lasting impact in a relatively short amount of time as a powerful Hollywood producer and director for many… Continue Reading →

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