Author: Alex Kane

Clarion West Hiatus

Clarion West Hiatus

Dear Amazing Stories Readers, It’s been an incredible five months. There’s nothing I look forward to more each week than sitting down with a Blu-ray or some new theatrical release, watching worlds take shape before my eyes, and then sitting down afte... Read More »

Man of Steel Is the Superman Film You’ve Been Waiting For, So Long as You Don’t Really Care About Women

Man of Steel Is the Superman Film You’ve Been Waiting For, So Long as You Don’t Really Care About Women

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures / flicksandbits.com Warning: Minor Man of Steel spoilers follow. In all fairness, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is a beautiful movie. It’s the kind of thing you’d expect from a “New 52”-era DC Comics adaptation: loads of fu... Read More »

My top 10 SF and fantasy picks for the big-screen treatment

My top 10 SF and fantasy picks for the big-screen treatment

Credit: Lizard Brain / danielabraham.com Science fiction and fantasy are taking over the realm of the Hollywood summer blockbuster, no question about it. Marvel Studios is gearing up to launch the Avengers franchise into space with the forthcoming Gu... Read More »

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

I’ll try and keep this spoiler-free, because I think it goes without saying that spoilers are the film buff’s bane, but I will need to at least hint at a few key aspects of the story in order to properly criticize it in the manner I inten... Read More »

Jingoism and the Culture of Fear in Star Trek Into Darkness

Jingoism and the Culture of Fear in Star Trek Into Darkness

Having seen Star Trek Into Darkness twice now, and having very much enjoyed it, my aim is to avoid spoilers here whenever possible, for the sake of those readers who might intend to see the film but haven’t gotten around to it yet. That said, if you... Read More »

Django Unchained: A Brief Word

Django Unchained: A Brief Word

Credit: Tom Edwards I think Django Unchained is one of the ballsiest, most badass flicks I’ve seen in ages — significantly more mature, artful, and honest than Tarantino’s own Inglorious Basterds, I’d argue. Its unflinching po... Read More »

Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 as Critique of Techno-Darwinism

Credit: Tom Edwards Iron Man Three surpasses its predecessor, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, in one very exciting and fundamental way: it feels more like an actual comic book than any single Marvel flick before it—hell, maybe more than any comic adaptat... Read More »

Alone on the Moon

Alone on the Moon

Credit: Tom Edwards I’m sitting with a group of friends in the Seminary Street Pub, familiar faces here and there casting shadows upon near-forgotten memories, making plain the slippery nature of time and life. Red neon lights drench the dark paint o... Read More »

Oblivion: Yet Another Heady, Action-Fueled Science Fiction Epic Falls Short of Its Ambitions

Oblivion: Yet Another Heady, Action-Fueled Science Fiction Epic Falls Short of Its Ambitions

Credit: Tom Edwards Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion (2013) is a love letter to every science fiction film you’ve already seen, and a pretty beautiful one, at that, but it nearly collapses under the weight of its own ambition. Nevertheless, it’s an enjoya... Read More »

Like Tears in Rain

Like Tears in Rain

Credit: Tom Edwards You can almost smell the rain, feel it hammer the leather of your trenchcoat. Hear the harmonic buzz of blue neon all around you. You can taste the Tsingtao, bubbly and cool on your tongue. If there’s a single flaw worth noting a... Read More »

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