Circuit 3: The Best Sci-Fi Films Since 2000

This weekend, the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina, arrives in my neck of the woods. A sci-fi junkie from birth, I – along with many of you out there, I’m sure – have really been looking forward to seeing Alex Garland’s trippy looking flick. Since we already ranked our favorite/best sci-fi films ever made, […]


Sci-Fi Fridays, Episode 23: Iconic Sci-Fi Action Moments, Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of “Iconic Sci-Fi Action Moments.” I have thought long and hard about which scenes I’d use to finalize this list, and have come up with five awesome moments I hope you’ll all appreciate. Once again, I’d like to dedicate this article to action dazzler Snowpiercer, a film that’s in limited release […]

Oscars 2013: Will Win/Should Win (Hamer)

I knew this day would come, and it is with a sense of both excitement and sadness.  By the end of my long deployment, I will have earned the most difficult and significant achievement of my life – Surface Warfare Officer Qualification, and finally perform the mission that my ship and I have been training […]

Oscar Circuit: Best Makeup

Makeup can be a truly wonderful thing. I apply makeup to my face every morning and I am transformed into a better looking version of myself. In film, a makeup team is put together to transform an actor into their character. This team is compiled of artists with different talents ranging from hair design, to […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 1/6)

The penultimate week before Oscars are announced has come to an end, ballots have been turned in, and now only five days separate us between not knowing the Academy Award™ nominations and finding out how just how in-touch (or out-of-touch) The Awards Circuit is with 2013’s Oscar® lineup. I, for one, can’t control my nerves […]

Writers Guild Award Nominations Include ‘Perks’ and ‘Looper’

They are who we thought they were. Coach Green’s famous rant about the Chicago Bears football team can be applied to the Writers Guild Award nominees, as there were just about zero surprises. With scripts from films like Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Les Mis, and Amour being ruled ineligible, it cut the […]

Deleted Scene from ‘Looper’ Increases Tension

One of my favorite movies of 2012 was Rian Johnson’s science fiction thriller, Looper, which arrived in stores on Monday. One of the bonus features on the disc includes several deleted scenes from the film. After the jump, you can take a look at some extra footage (starring Emily Blunt and Garret Dillahunt) that precedes one of […]

Spotlight on Scores: Prometheus and Looper

Musical scores are the last thing added to movie, but are often the lynch pin in the cinematic experience. Think about how you found yourself humming along to the themes or being moved to tears by a scene underscored with emotional music. There have been so many good scores this year so I thought we’d […]

Around the Circuit: September 29th – October 5th

It’s time to visit the week that was via our Around the Circuit piece, where we look back at articles that we feel are worth your time covering the Oscar race, new releases, or really just anything film related. Link(s) of the week: The big news of the week was Seth MacFarlane being named the […]

Circuit Round-Up (Week Ending 9/30)

And the Oscar goes to…Homeland? Wait…what?! Oh, that’s right, I meant the The Emmys — only the second-most substantial entertainment awards ceremony of the year! The Awards Circuit was on hand Sunday to talk Emmys on our first LIVE Blog since the 84th Academy Awards in February. Not only was it an eventful night to […]

Community Reactions: Rian Johnson’s “Looper”

Rian Johnson’s newest Looper hits theaters this weekend.  I saw it yesterday after the screening of Life of Pi and one word came to mind after walking out, overrated.  Definitely entertaining but super long-winded and not so well-executed in a concept that is surely inventive.  Time travel stuff is cool but the Joseph Gordon-Levitt as […]

Looper (***½)

One of the best movies to deal with time travel that I’ve seen in a long time, and perhaps ever, ‘Looper‘ is a real achievement of the highest level. A hybrid science fiction/action/film noir, filmmaker Rian Johnson has crafted his finest films to date. The writer/director has a clear vision for the time travel genre […]

Looper Premieres at TIFF – Positive Reviews Pour In

Well we’ll file this under unexpected.  Rian Johnson’s Looper is getting outstanding first words out of the Toronto Film Festival where its premiering.  Do we have a cool sci-fi contender?  or is this just going to cool popcorn fun?  You be the judge.  Here are the first early things being said.  More to be added. […]