“We’re Home”: Star Wars 7 & Vocation
Apr20

“We’re Home”: Star Wars 7 & Vocation

This week the second official trailer for Star Wars VII was released. In no time, Facebook, Twitter, and the blogosphere were alive with comments and thoughts about what this means for the movie coming out in December 2015. In case, some how, you missed it, here it is: The line spoken by Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) is the line that jumped out at me: “Chewie, we’re home!” Clearly, Hans and Chewie have returned to what...

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Mad Max (1979)
Aug28

Mad Max (1979)

Mel Gibson is Max in George Miller’s cult classic that changed the scope of Australian cinema. In a flimsy plot, Max is a normal young man in the time and place when things are not as normal anymore. Set in the not-too-distance future, this somewhat apocalyptic wasteland is symbolic of the social decay. Max becomes a victim of this social decay more than once. A biker gang terrorizes the wasteland. These villains, Toecutter is...

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Planet of the Apes (1968)
Jul15

Planet of the Apes (1968)

When it was released in April of 1968, it was not well received by many critics. However, Planet of the Apes would go down as a classic sci-fi film. Charlton Heston is George Taylor, an American astronaut who, along with his crew, crashes 2,000 years in the future on an unknown planet. Everything on this planet seems to be turned upside down. In this strange land, apes rule, and humans are hunted, caged, and enslaved. At first, Taylor...

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E. T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)
Mar15

E. T. The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

It was the summer of 1982. It was the summer of Speilberg’s E.T. I would have been three. My mother took me to see E. T., though she remembers my brother being with us, which means that it was probably when the film was released in 1985. My mother remembers me watching intensely through the whole film. I was taking, she recalls, everything in. I don’t remember going to see  E. T. as much as I remember the E.T. doll I had. Or that...

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Elysium (2013)
Dec30

Elysium (2013)

Matt Damon is Max, a man who is trying to get his life back to together and has hopes of a better life on Elysium. Turns out that in 2154, the Earth is a grime place, while the exclusive 1% live on a space station called Elysium. There they have the best of the best. Resorts. Fine dining. Beautiful landscapes. And most of all, health care. Elysium is from the creative mind of Neill Blomkamp, who brought us District 9. Blomkamp is no...

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Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
May17

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

It’s not a bad movie. True, the first four were better. This fifth film is just a bit of a mess. The plot is slightly disjointed, leaving us wondering at different points why what is happening is happening. There are parts of the plot that are underdeveloped – why are the Kligans necessary? Some loose ends when it comes to character development – why tell us about painful pasts if its not going to make a significant...

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