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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Film & TV

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2007

by Ken Newquist / September 24, 2007

The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival 2007 will be held October 5-7 at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It will include eight feature films, 13 special guests, discussion panels, world and regional premieres, There will also be Lovecraftian vendors, multiple door prizes, and more than 20 short films.

Tickets are $12 per day per person on Friday, $15 per day per person on Saturday, $15 per day per person on Sunday. Advance tickets can be purchased at

According to the organizers:

The 14th annual H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival shall prove to be our most exciting festival yet. This year we have some great films lined up along with thought provoking discussion panels and compelling live events."

Days of Future Heroes

by Ken Newquist / May 1, 2007

Heroes has continued to impress since returning from its December/January hiatus, consistently delivering episodes that have answered important questions while ratcheting up the serialized tension.

For any other series, last night would have been a season-ending clifhanger of epic proportions. But in an example of why Heroes is such a damn good show, they don't play for the cheap, easy shows that end up stretching out the story's continuum for years on end (like say, LOST). Instead, they take us to the future -- five years into the future -- and show us the consequences of not saving the world.

Revolution SF: Geek Movies Not On DVD

by Ken Newquist / March 12, 2007

Revolution SF has apparently run out of things to watch, because they're crawling back through the annals of time looking for classic geek movies that should be -- but aren't -- available on DVD.

The series is divided into two parts, A through K and L through Z and features cinematic suggestions from a variety of staff members, writers, critics and other geeks who love movies.

Here you fill find The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage, The Wizard of Speed and Time, Twilight Zone: The Movie and, umm, The Star Wars Holiday Special. Hey, they didn't say it was a list of great movies, just ones that geeks will enjoy (or enjoy hating). Movie Coding Myths

by Ken Newquist / December 21, 2006

Drivl gives a rundown of how coding works in the real world, as opposed to how Hollywood thinks coding works. Gems include "Code does not move", "Code is not three dimensional", "Code does not make blip noises as it appears on the screen" and "Most code is not inherently cross platform" (which means that Apple laptops shouldn't be used to take out alien motherships, and Dells shouldn't be able to connect to myriad Gou'ald and Ancient devices.

Universal Plans The Thing Remake

by Ken Newquist / November 30, 2006

The Thing CoverUniversal is planning a remake of John Carpenter's classic sf horror film The Thing. It will be written by Ronald Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame but no director has been announced. Other reports I've read suggest this may be more of a prequel than a straight-forward remake, in which case my opinion change. I can stomach a prequel, particularly one focusing on the Norwegians finding the downed spaceship and exploring it, but a straight-up remake/reimagining/rewhatever simply isn't needed.

EW: A Star Wars Virgin

by Ken Newquist / November 14, 2006

No, not that kind of virgin. The kind that hasn't seen Star Wars. Entertainment Weekly found one in Michael Morrison, had him watch all six movies as they're aired consecutively on Cinemax, and then write-up his thoughts on the films.

The most notable question to arise from this is ... what is the correct order to watch the films in? Cinemax argues for sequentially, but as Morrison notes, watching them that way ruins all the surprises. Original trilogy preferences aside, I think for that reason the best order to watch the films in is the way they were originally released because you preserve the fun and the mystery of that is Star Wars.

CNN: CBS Picks Up Jericho for a Full Season

by Ken Newquist / November 5, 2006

Jericho, the series about the inhabitants of a Kansas town surviving a nuclear war, has been picked up for a full season by CBS. I find this astounding since I've never seen it, no one I know has ever seen it, and it's generated absolutely no buzz in my various science fiction orbits.

So who's watching this thing? I've got to figure that it's gaining traction with mainstream America, which really makes me curious as to what the show's about. We've been talking about what it'll take for science fiction to regain its popular attraction ...