Science Fiction Round 61: Zootopia

2016/07/17 1 comment

Zootopia is an excellent movie for a variety of reasons that have been addressed in many other reviews: pretty animation, excellent characters, fun setting, and a storyline addressing some issues of modern society.

This, of course, means that it’s time to have some fun by taking the talking animals way, way too seriously.

Most of these animals show up in the film... although I don't remember encountering the business koala.

Most of these animals show up in the film… although I don’t remember encountering the business koala.

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Science Fiction Round 60: Tomorrowland

2016/07/10 Leave a comment

I watched Disney’s Tomorrowland, the in the vague hope that it would be as fun as certain other films based on Disney theme park rides.

I was disappointed.

For some reason, they show George Clooney and the kid-version of the character he plays, but not the other central character in the narrative.

For some reason, they show George Clooney and the kid-version of the character he plays, but not the other central character in the narrative…

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Superheroes Round 19: The Superhero Name Movie

2016/06/26 Leave a comment

While reflecting on the movies I’ve seen lately, I’ve realized there’s an odd phenomenon: every single superhero movie uses either the name of the central hero, or the name of the super team.

All of them.  And most of them use only that name, perhaps with a number or a subtitle.

It seems odd.

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Fantasy Round 46: The Court of the Air

2016/06/05 Leave a comment

Well, this is a book I read.  It was mostly fun, I suppose, but I didn’t like it as much as the critics apparently did.  The main storyline was fine, but the exploration of the world left something to be desired.

The Court of the Air, by Stephen Hunt, is described as a Dickensian steampunk fantasy novel.

And… it pretty much is, but it’s not really a good thing.

I like the cover. And there were, in fact, hot air balloons... well, I mean, airships with expansion engines... moving on...

I like the cover. And there were, in fact, hot air balloons… well, I mean, airships with expansion engines… moving on…

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Fantasy Round 45: The Time of the Dark

2016/05/30 Leave a comment

I recently read The Time of the Dark — one of Barbara Hambly‘s books.

It’s one of her earlier books, so the plot is a little bit less complex (although the characters are still excellent).

I wouldn’t be writing about it here, except that for one interesting question that came to me while I was reading it: why are people transported into fantasy realms so often instant experts?

There are newer versions of this cover, but I still like this one with the wizard drinking a can of beer.

There are newer versions of this cover, but I still like this one with the wizard drinking a can of beer.

In this particular novel, two characters get drawn from our world into a conflict in a parallel reality.  One of them is a graduate student, and the other is an artist.  Each of them picks up a big skill shortly after they arrive in the new world of magic.

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