Author: Darren Slade

What’s wrong with Doctor Strange

What’s wrong with Doctor Strange

After the first half hour, Doctor Strange somehow turned into a spectacular but oddly empty experience. Read More »

Star Wars and SF cinema:  Where would the genre have gone without it?

Star Wars and SF cinema: Where would the genre have gone without it?

You think Star Wars ruined the possibility for "legitimate science fiction" to appear on the big screen? Darren Slade suggests that you think again. Read More »

Drawing on the Ideas

Darren Slade was drawn in by Star Trek's physical universe, but stayed for the ideas. Read More »

Spielberg’s slow-motion capture: How CGI can cause great film-makers to take leave of their senses

Spielberg’s slow-motion capture: How CGI can cause great film-makers to take leave of their senses

Mark Rylance’s motion capture giant with Ruby Barnhill in The BFG   Thirty-four years ago, Steven Spielberg created the just-about perfect family movie in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. So his reunion with that film’s screenwriter, Melissa Ma... Read More »

I finally saw Avatar and I’ve rarely been so conflicted.

I finally saw Avatar and I’ve rarely been so conflicted.

Darren Slade has come late to the Avatar party, and has mixed feelings about what he found there. Read More »

Finding Fault With the SF Nitpickers 

Finding Fault With the SF Nitpickers 

The witty YouTube spoofs of How It Should Have Ended (HISHE) show nitpicking at its best   It used to be that if a genre movie didn’t make sense to you on some level, you might just  turn to someone afterwards and say “Hold on. Is it... Read More »

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price: the actors who defined a genre

Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Vincent Price: the actors who defined a genre

The legacy of Cushing, Lee and Price Read More »

Review: Captain America: Civil War – 147 Minutes of Immense Fun

Review: Captain America: Civil War – 147 Minutes of Immense Fun

DC characters ought to generate more compelling stories, but... Read More »

“Did it come true?”: the Question That Dogs Movies Like Blade Runner, 2001 and Back to the Future II

“Did it come true?”: the Question That Dogs Movies Like Blade Runner, 2001 and Back to the Future II

Inevitably, almost everything “predicted” in movies set in the near future doesn’t happen. Read More »

Pixar and the Triumph of Storytelling

Pixar and the Triumph of Storytelling

Those of us who like genre tales know that the boldest and most intelligent story-tellers often deal in SF and fantasy. In Hollywood today, many of them also work in animation. Read More »

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