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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

A UNIVERSE WTHOUT BOUNDARIES NEEDS HEROES WITHOUT LIMITS.  Centuries into the future, Valerian and Laureline (Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne) are agents working for a police force on Alpha, a space station containing millions of humans and other space races that’s suddenly threatened by an unknown force. Two decades after The Fifth Element, Luc Besson returns … Continue reading Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

True Blood

Alan Ball followed up Six Feet Under (2001-2005) with something completely different, even if death was a prominent theme on this show as well. The story began after the creation of synthetic blood, which made it possible for vampires to stop killing people and try to become regular citizens. Focus was on a telepathic waitress … Continue reading True Blood

The Rite

YOU CAN ONLY DEFEAT IT WHEN YOU BELIEVE. Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who’s thinking about leaving seminary school due to a lack of faith, is sent to Rome to attend a class on exorcism where he’s introduced to Father Lucas Trevant (Anthony Hopkins), a seasoned veteran in the battle against demons. The Exorcist (1973) seems … Continue reading The Rite

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

SOMETIMES IT TAKES MORE THAN JUST GOOD LOOKS TO KILL.  Empty-headed high-school cheerleader Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson) learns that it is part of her destiny to slay vampires. Joss Whedon probably realized that the original script he had written was better than this movie; five years later he would create a superior TV adaptation that would run for … Continue reading Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Blade Runner: In Search of Emotions

MAN HAS MADE HIS MATCH… NOW IT’S HIS PROBLEM.  When I first saw this classic science fiction flick, I was thoroughly unimpressed. It looked great, but the story and action were so forgettable that I refused to put in the same category as films like The Terminator (1984) and 2001 (1968). As a sign of its troubled production, Blade Runner has … Continue reading Blade Runner: In Search of Emotions

Sin City

THERE IS NO JUSTICE WITHOUT SIN. This adaptation of a graphic novel is a first in the way that the creator actively worked with the director on the visual style of the film. There are four stories, all set in the rainy, dark and unforgiving place called Basin City. Everything is so grim-looking, so noir, … Continue reading Sin City

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

SOME THINGS ARE BETTER LEFT TOP SECRET. When legendary TV producer Chuck Barris released his autobiography, there was reason to read it with caution. He did create several of the hottest game shows, but did he also work undercover as a CIA agent, killing over 30 bad guys in the process? The filmmakers choose to … Continue reading Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Batman Begins: A Very Dark Knight

As it turned out, the definitive adaptation of “Batman” was not made in 1989. The Tim Burton movie showed a Caped Crusader quite different from the original Bob Kane creation, and light years from the campy 1960s TV series. But one of the darkest, most depressing comic book superheroes ever fashioned deserved a movie that … Continue reading Batman Begins: A Very Dark Knight