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Columns:
Editorial License
US Books
UK Books
Can Books
Comics
DVD

Events/Cons:
CanVention 22 and the Aurora Awards
If It's Tuesday, this must be TOR

Feature Interview:
Ken Macleod

Feature Review: Cosmonaut Keep by Ken Macleod

Book Reviews
The Alchemists Door
by Lisa Goldstein
Alternate Generals
ed by Harry Turtledove
Argonaut by Stanley Schmidt
Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks
The Iron Grail by John Woodstock
The Sacred Pool by L. Warren Douglas
The Sky So Big And Black by John Barnes
Spaceland by Rudy Rucker
Straw Men by
Michael Marshall Smith
Sisters of the Raven by Barbara Hambly
To Trade The Stars by Julie E. Czerneda
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror
, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Graphic Novel:

Murder Mysteries. Original short story and radio play by Neil Gaiman. Graphic story script and art by P. Craig Russell
Zine: The Journal of Pulse Pounding Narratives

SFMedia:
Film:
Austin Powers: GoldMember

Metropolis (2002) Restoration
& Metropolis Essay
PowerPuff Girls
Reign of Fire
Signs
Simone

 


August 2002 Damnaliens DVD Review by Steve Sawicki
Note: order the films from Amazon by following the hyperlinks to buy  junk food for the aliens and keep them away from the dog.) Want a second opinion? We suggest www.imdb.com - Ernest

Recent Releases    /    Classics    /    SFTV    /     Anime

We’re having a heat wave, a tropical heat wave.  Unfortunately it’s not in the area of dvd releases.  Sure there’s the release of the dvd which should not be mentioned.  You know, the one to bind them, the one created in that desolate country of Mord....I mean New Zealand.  But heck, we’ve all seen that one at least once, and most of us stayed awake through the whole thing too!  So, excepting for that one release, which is sure to become a hobbit...er habit, there’s not much out there.  Come to think of it, this time of year is actually most appropriately known as the dog days of summer.  And I can think of no more fitting time than now for Holloworld to let loose with the dregs.  Heck, you should all be at the beach anyway, except, of course, for those of you too taken with that long trip down memory lane that you’re so fond of tolkein, I mean taking.

Recent Releases  -

Okay, the dogs’ out of the bag, The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring, is out on DVD.  This will allow all you Tolkienists ample opportunity with the slow forward and reverse to study every excruciating moment of scenery and non-plot moving footage.  This will also allow the astute among you to fast forward through those long boring segments that did nothing to add to story and get right to the meat of this 94 minute movie tucked into a three hour body.  Maybe someone should phantom edit this as well.  Whatever side you fall on you’ve got a few months to play with this version before the next chapter comes out.

Anne Rice should be spinning in her grave after allowing this movie, Queen Of The Damned, to be made from her book.  The fact that she’s not dead yet shouldn’t stop her.  Did they even look at the book besides to comment on what a pretty cover it had?  The answer is sadly no.  Maybe their dog ate it.  Fans of the first movie, Interview, will hate this sequel.  Fans of the book will hate it too.  Everyone else will simply be confused.  This probably explains why this flick had a life of less than 5 days in most theaters. 

Classics -

Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. This is the Director’s Edition which means they’ve tacked lots of useless stuff onto this disc in hopes of drawing you in for another purchase.  Even despite the wooden acting of Shattner this is one of the best of the ST flicks even though there’s not a pooch (unless you count Shattner’s belly) in sight.  Might as well buy this one if you haven’t already got a copy.

The same thought process that went into the making of the Anne Rice book took over Harry Hamlin’s brain when he agreed to be in Clash Of The Titans.  I think the part with the mechanical owl, booboo, should have been enough to make him run screaming away.  This is what happens when you give a film to an animationist and let him have his way.  Pretty clay models right at the end of this kind of special effects in flicks.  Everything after this was done different.  I wonder if there’s a connection?  I’m sure Hamlin, assuming anyone can find him now, has the answers, although I’m just as sure that if you ask him he’ll tell you you’re barking up the wrong tree.

Not a dog in site but plenty of giant ants to go around in Them, the classic 50’s giant monster radiation flick.  No plot except the giant ants coming to get you.  Drop the picnic baskets and run for your life.  There’s no amount of raid that will stop these things.  Call out the army.  Call out the national guard.  Call out the handsome scientists and reporters.  There’s no hope and we’ve got two and a half reels of film to fill.  Pretty high up there in the giant bug section of the genre.

Time travel has been done in some interesting ways with some interesting characters.  Time After Time, puts together H. G. Wells and Jack The Ripper in present day Los Angeles.  Seems old H. G. is the inventor of the time machine and Jack is one of H. G.’s dinner guests who just so happens to enjoy time travel.  Rip steals the machine, Wells chases after and much comedic mayhem ensues.  It takes Wells entirely too long to find Rip although it’s a wonder he found him at all in the big strange city.  Surely a dog would have helped.  Not what you’d expect and some decent acting to boot.  Worth a watch if only for the interesting plot device. 

The Blob. This 1988 remake tries to stay true to the original but just can’t help itself and adds conspiracy theory, stupidity and enough dumb luck to make this an almost new film.  Even with all the additions it’s still a big pass.  Watch the original if you really need a fix for big slimy alien things.  Better yet, watch something good with your dog instead.

SFTV -

V: The Final Battle, , picks up where the first miniseries left off and also served as a lead in to the weekly television series.  This made for tv movie falls short in a number of areas--script, acting, effects, and yet it still holds some interest, particularly for those who enjoy a good saucer fly by now and then.  They did enough interesting things here to make it worth a rewatch.  No dogs but a buffet’s worth of gerbils and mice.

Anime -

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo: 2040. Boomers are robots used for heavy construction and other things and occasionally they get tired of working and go berserk, killing squishy humans.  The only ones who can take out boomers are women in high heeled power suits.  And if you think any of this is incongruous you won’t believe the path to the ending.  None of the robots mumble and if you believe that a rock star and a lingerie boutique owner make good squad makes then you need to be watching this right now.  This is anime so it's perfectly natural that everyone has puppy dog eyes. May we count our blessings in absence for once.

-- Steve Sawicki