Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004) – Review

Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004) Poster

Directed by Richard Kelly

Written by Richard Kelly

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Daveigh Chase, Holmes Osborne, Mary McDonnell,  James Duval, Jena Malone, Katharine Ross, Patience Cleveland, and Patrick Swayze

Length: 1 hour and 53 minutes

Genre: Drama, science fiction, thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A troubled teenager is plagued by visions of a man in a large rabbit suit who manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after he narrowly escapes a bizarre accident.” Continue reading “Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut (2004) – Review”

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Xenos – Review

Xenos by Dan Abnett

Published in 2001

Pages: 314

Genre: Science fiction

“Hunting the recidivist Murdin Eyclone, I came to Hubris in the Dormant of 240.M41, as the Imperial sidereal calendar has it.”

To someone who has never read a story taking place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, this sentence probably sounds like a bunch of gibberish. Despite this, Xenos, by Dan Abnett, contains a compelling mystery at its heart, which quickly overcomes any confusion by the reader. Taking the main character Eisenhorn from the hibernating world of Hubris, into the fourth dimension in search of a demonic text held by corrupt aliens, the novel sets up a series of books in a universe where war is the norm and intrigue lurks around every corner. Continue reading “Xenos – Review”

The World’s End (2013) – Review

The World’s End (2013)  Poster

Directed by Edgar Wright

Written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright

Cast: Simon Pegg, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Nick Frost, and Michael Smiley

Length: 1 hour and 49 minutes

Genre: Action, comedy, science fiction

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from twenty years earlier unwittingly become humanity’s only hope for survival.” Continue reading “The World’s End (2013) – Review”

District 9 (2009) – Review

District 9 (2009) Poster

Directed by Neill Blomkamp

Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

Cast: Sharlto Copley, Louis Minnaar, Jason Cope, and Vanessa Haywood

Length: 1 hour and 52 minutes

Genre: Science fiction, thriller

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.” Continue reading “District 9 (2009) – Review”

The Player of Games – Review

The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks

Published in 1988

Pages: 391

Genre: Science fiction

“This is the story of a man who went far away for a long time, just to play a game.”

If one ever wanted to boil down the plot of The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks, into a single, succinct sentence, the quote above couldn’t be beat. This book, being the second in the Culture series, follows a player of games into an alien and dangerous empire built upon the structure of an intricate and difficult game. With information being spoon fed to the protagonist, it makes for a compelling story and thriller that builds up to the climax on a planet with a wave of fire that circles the globe. Not all is as it seems when the Culture’s Contact division gets involved, and the player must learn to either win the game or be consumed by it. Continue reading “The Player of Games – Review”

Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade

Album: The Second Stage Turbine Blade by Coheed & Cambria

Album Cover
The Second Stage Turbine Blade

Released: March 5th, 2002

Band Info:
Coheed & Cambria is an American progressive rock band that was formed in 1995 in Nyak, New York and released their first full-length album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in 2002. Fraught with line-up changes in the mid-late 2000’s, the band currently consists of founding members Claudio Sanchez (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards), Travis Stever (lead guitar, backing vocals), Josh Eppard (drums, keyboards, backing vocals), and bassist Zach Cooper who joined the band in 2011. Coheed & Cambria are known for their use of odd time signatures, concept albums based on a science fiction story by Sanchez, and their rabid fanbase. The band has released eight studio albums; the first seven albums all focus on the Kilgannon family and their role in the war to save the worlds they live on from the evil Tri-mage Wilhelm Ryanwith, while 2015’s The Color Before the Sun is the only non-concept record. The band returns to the sci-fi concept with their upcoming album, Vaxis – Act 1: The Unheavenly Creatures, which will be released on October 5th.

Band Photo
An early photo of the band.

Continue reading “Music Monday: Coheed & Cambria – The Second Stage Turbine Blade”

The Matrix (1999) – Review

The Matrix (1999) Poster

Directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (as the Wachowski Brothers)

Written by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (as the Wachowski Brothers)

Cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, and Carrie-Anne Moss

Length: 2 hours and 16 minutes

Genre: Action, science fiction

MPAA Rating: R

Description from IMDB:

“A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.” Continue reading “The Matrix (1999) – Review”