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STARSHIP TROOPERS 2: HERO OF THE FEDERATION (2004)

Friday, 12 July 2013 12:00
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        The Federation's war against the bugs continues in this sequel to 1997's Starship Troopers. A band of troopers have become stranded at an abandoned outpost after their operation goes pear-shaped. Inside they find Cap. Dax, who's been locked up and left behind after murdering his commanding officer. But soon the troopers have to rely on his help, as it turns out they have more than just the bugs outside the fence to worry about.

 


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THE LITTLE NORSE PRINCE (1968)

Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:38
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 The Buzz:

The first animated feature directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), with an animation crew including the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (pretty much every other anime film you’ve ever heard of), The Little Norse Prince is a magical adventure set in Iron Age Scandinavia, which includes many familiar fantasy tropes but tells a story all its own, realized in subdued but pleasant ‘60s animation. Though it’s less detailed, gritty, and intense than more recent Japanese animation, there’s still plenty of charm and artistry on display that make it worth checking out.


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TREMORS 4: THE LEGEND BEGINS (2004)

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 05:13
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The Buzz:

     This is the one that follows the one that should have ended the series, but goes back in time to try to save the franchise.  Our regular readers might remember that I wrote a marathon piece on these films a while back.  But I felt they deserved their own respective entries for the short attention span person inside us all.  This film goes back in time to the very first time the Graboids appeared in the town of Perfection, known as Rejection at that time.  The film follows Hiram Gummer (Michael Gross as his own ancestor) and the outbreak of Dust Dragons (Graboids) at his miner camp.  The film takes back most of the ill will left from part three and leaves you with a good taste for the series in the end.

 

 

 

 


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TREMORS 3: BACK TO PERFECTION (2001)

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 04:47
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     This is the movie that shoved a poison dagger into the heart of any goodwill the previous entries to the saga instilled in the viewer.  Our regular readers might remember that I wrote a marathon piece on these films a while back.  But I felt they deserved their own respective entries for the short attention span person inside us all.  This is thought of as the worst giant worm movie ever made by many film historians and for good reason.  In this film Michael Gross comes back to his hometown to find it transformed into a tourist trap for Graboid enthusiasts.  And it turns out that they have a third life cycle, they fly using lit farts and are called “Ass Blasters.” Yeah…..

 

 


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TREMORS 2: AFTERSHOCKS (1995)

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 04:33
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     This is the movie that followed the one that started it all!  Our regular readers might remember that I wrote a marathon piece on these films a while back.  But I felt they deserved their own respective entries for the short attention span person inside us all.  This time around the Graboids have moved to Mexico for a vacation, and decided to attack an oil refinery.  I guess there was nothing else that vibrated between the original town and freaking Mexico.  This film takes place five years in the future and only brings back Michael Gross and Fred Ward.  The film also introduces us to the evolved form, stage two if you will, of the Graboids which are called Screamers.  How is Fred Ward going to save some random Mexicans from the evil that is the Graboids?

 

 


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TREMORS (1990)

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 03:59
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The Buzz:

    It’s the film that started them all.  Our regular readers might remember that I wrote a marathon piece on these films a while back.  But I felt they deserved their own respective entries for the short attention span person inside us all.  This is thought of as the best giant worm movie ever made by many film historians, and has aged very well.  In the first installment we find very young Kevin Bacon and a not quite old yet version of Fred Ward getting their first glimpse of the monsters.  Being this is a film that was not supposed to set up any sequels, it is a well told story and has some great effects.  Overall this is a really fun film that can be appreciated without the other films, or much more with them.

 

 


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JURASSIC PARK (1993)

Thursday, 25 April 2013 04:20
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The Buzz:

     We all know the story of man playing God and then God saying, “Wait!  Fuck You!” and then everything goes straight to hell.  This is the general plot of Jurassic Park and I think it is one of the coolest science fiction films I have ever seen.  The basic premise is that mosquitos that lived in the Jurassic age got trapped in amber and had a precious blood cargo that we could use to make dinosaurs.  Of course when you have B.D. Wong making dinosaurs then something is bound to go horribly wrong, and it does.  With the recent 3D overhaul this film is definitely worth a re-visit as it has held up as one hell of a good time.

 

 

 


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THE THING (1982)

Monday, 15 April 2013 02:06
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     The cold makes for terrible pains in the joints and bad driving in the snow, but also it lends itself to amazing sci-fi/horror.  A small team of men in the artic are interrupted one day by a bunch of Norwegian men in a helicopter seemingly hunting a malamute.  The American camp takes in the dog and unwittingly lets something horrible into the rest of their short lives.  After the dog literally peels apart like a banana and assimilates other beings.  One by one the people at the camp become “things” and paranoia takes the place of good sense and one of the best horror films ever made ensues.

 

 

 

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