Movie & TV Reviews

Movie Review: Assimilate (2019)

Assimilate isn’t the cheap and nauseating found-footage film the trailer led me to believe it would be, but instead an effective low-budget thriller that relies too much on jump scares but tempers these with earned emotions and suspense.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

13 January 2019🎥 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a fantastic movie! I love the energy, art style(s), story, and characters. If this is the future of the Spider-Verse (and Venom 2 turns out to be a major improvement on the first one), then I’m eager for the franchise to expand.

Screen Shot Everything is Free

Movie Review: Everything is Free

Screen Shot Everything is Free

When I say that Brian Jordan Alvarez’s queer film Everything is Free is not afraid of penises, I mean that as high praise … and this is your opportunity to bail out of this review if this isn’t subject matter you’re comfortable with.

Beyond the Gates movie poster

Movie Review: Beyond the Gates (2016)

Beyond the Gates movie poster

Beyond the Gates is one of those slow-burn horror films that may bore some viewers but the nostalgia and character building are going to make fans of the rest.

Olivia De Havilland at 100

Fantastic list from the Nitrate Diva and now I want nothing more than to dive into these movies.

The amazing Tobey Maguire in IFC's glorious The Spoils of Babylon, you haters.

The Men You Don’t Like

The amazing Tobey Maguire in IFC's glorious The Spoils of Babylon, you haters.

All those bad behavior rumors aside…

Okay, enough is enough. Another soon-to-be-disowned family-or-friend told me today they don’t like Tobey Maguire.

Movie still from Her with Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) leaning against window during commute with advance ear pods in

Film Review: Her

Movie still from Her with Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) leaning against window during commute with advance ear pods in

The thrill of Her is that in addition to all the ways we can relate to the characters, there is something alien and uncanny about the proceedings that tickles the imagination.

Geography Club movie actors

Book-Making and Other Analog Treasures

Geography Club movie actors

This is the time to enjoy the way things used to be or are currently, before everything changes due to technology. A day of physical book making followed by watching VOD.

Bridegroom documentary movie poster with Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone with rainbow stripes

It Hurts

Bridegroom documentary movie poster with Tom Bridegroom and Shane Bitney Crone with rainbow stripes

A long time ago when I lived in Rochester, New York, I stupidly wrote a letter to a coworker and mailed it to his home. It was not really a love letter, but it might as well have been.

Husbands web series with favorable quotes

Husbands

Husbands web series with favorable quotes

My second most favorite web series of the year: season 2 of Husbands. After a successful Kickstarter, the second season had higher production values and many special guest stars.

YouTube image of Neil's Puppet Dreams with Neil Patrick Harris alarmed between puppets

Neil’s Puppet Dreams

YouTube image of Neil's Puppet Dreams with Neil Patrick Harris alarmed between puppets

Neil Patrick Harris dreams THE LULLABYE—Neil’s Puppet Dreams— first episode of a very risque new series on the Nerdist YouTube channel.

The Outs

The Outs is by far my favorite web series this year. The first episode “State of the Union” introduces the perfect mix of humor and angst that proves online video reaches the quality of award-winning cinema.

YouTube - Where the Bears Are still with two men in bed

Where the Bears Are

YouTube - Where the Bears Are still with two men in bed

Another funny web series about bear culture shenanigans and murder (!) that manages to be pretty risque even for YouTube.

Gay’s Anatomy

Gay’s Anatomy is Grey’s Anatomy meets The Office by way of Queer as Folk. This hysterical web series began its second season in 2012 after a long delay.

Eastsiders

The first episode of a new gay-themed web series called Eastsiders, starring Van Hansis and Kit Williamson. This is the latest great web series in a year packed full of them.

Everything Episode 1 YouTube still with illustrated stuffed rabbit

Everything

Everything Episode 1 YouTube still with illustrated stuffed rabbit

Creativity is Everything.

The River Why promotional still

The River Why

The River Why movie poster 2011 with characters kissing over image of same characters fishing

A movie I’m looking forward to, based on a book I enjoyed that a friend recommended to me a few years ago.

Avatar promotional wallpaper with floating islands

Avatar’s Accomplishments

Avatar promotional wallpaper with floating islands

Avatar has accomplished more than most movies in recent memory, including the introduction of ideas long popular with transhumanists to a more mainstream audience. Is it also helping to lead to more public acceptance of transhumanism and emerging technologies?

Actor Mike Ashe from popular Channel 101 shows like Cautionary Tales of Swords

RIP Mike Ashe

Actor Mike Ashe from popular Channel 101 shows like Cautionary Tales of Swords

Michael Ashe from popular Channel 101 shows like “Cautionary Tales of Swords” had us laughing. Fans, friends, and colleagues are reflecting on his legacy after his recent passing.

Hidden Frontier Productions Star Trek Odyssey Season 1 Episode 1 promotional image, with Bobby Rice as Lt. Commander Ro Nevin and Michelle Laurent as Romulan Sub Commander T'Lorra.

Review: Star Trek: Odyssey – “Illiad”

Hidden Frontier Productions Star Trek Odyssey Season 1 Episode 1 promotional image, with Bobby Rice as Lt. Commander Ro Nevin and Michelle Laurent as Romulan Sub Commander T'Lorra.

Notable for its use of green-screen technology to place actors in interesting Star Trek settings, a diverse cast, and gay and lesbian subplots, Star Trek: Hidden Frontier was successful enough to warrant a spin-off: Star Trek: Odyssey.

Bionic Woman 2007 Review with Michelle Ryan from promotional material

Review: Bionic Woman

Bionic Woman 2007 Review with Michelle Ryan from promotional material

NBC’s Bionic Woman is both a disaster and an insult in a long history of anti-technology storytelling.

Promotional poster for Star Trek: New Voyages "World Enough and Time" episode with new actors playing classic crew with George Takei as Sulu

Review: Star Trek: New Voyages – “World Enough and Time”

Promotional poster for Star Trek: New Voyages "World Enough and Time" episode  with new actors playing classic crew with George Takei as Sulu

There is in fact not world enough or time for me to express just how much I love the latest episode of Star Trek: New Voyages, the continuing adventures of the classic USS Enterprise crew in a fan-tastic fourth season. “World Enough and Time” now stands proudly with the very best episodes of Star Trek.

Marion Ravenwood Returns

Long rumored but not confirmed until today: Karen Allen is reprising her role as Marion Ravenwood in the upcoming Indiana Jones sequel!

h+ Movie Review: Able Edwards

Able Edwards, the first movie shot completely against a green screen and released the same year as Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, has something to say. Or does it?

Doctor Who Trashes Transhumanism

“New Earth,” the first episode of the second series of the relaunched Doctor Who, was the last place I expected to see a rant against cloning, life extension, and transhumanism.

Rocketboom: Video Brilliance

Tivo and Bittorrent have allowed viewers to cull through the dreck of mainstream network television and the onslaught of nearly 18 minutes per hour of commercials to create an experience they will not give up easily. With vidcasting, viewing video entertainment has become an absolute joy again. Of special note is Rocketboom, hosted by the … Continue reading Rocketboom: Video Brilliance

Star Trek Ends with a Whimper

[Commentary] | [Spoilers] I have always been a fan of Star Trek. The first three series are wonderful. Then came Voyager. The series premiere was promising and then the series quickly tanked. I skipped most of it but decided to check out the finale. Horrible. Then there was Enterprise. Started out promising and then quickly … Continue reading Star Trek Ends with a Whimper

“The Scene”

One of the most innovative and suspenseful series currently running new episodes is not on network television or cable. Instead, “The Scene” is a series available for download over the Internet, and it is another great example of the independent passion at work. The series is innovative in its presentation. You are watching an active … Continue reading “The Scene”

“cl.one”

The new movie “cl.one” was filmed by an unknown twentysomething working out of his basement over a period of six years with a budget that came to about $25,000. That amount is just a drop in a bucket compared to the budget for even the most modest Hollywood movie. So you might expect little interest … Continue reading “cl.one”

“Still Life”

This year’s Cinequest San Jose Film Festival was held March 2 through 13, 2005 and included films offered on the Internet at the Cinequest Online Digital Theater. Using video-on-demand technology from Kontiki, many trailers, short films, and features can be downloaded to fans’ computers in exceptional quality through April 13, 2005. The availability of these … Continue reading “Still Life”