The Thinking Man's Idiot

The unruly brain and bad habits of a writer, artist, and grilled cheese sandwich-enthusiast.

Tag Archives: sci-fi science fiction

One Wacky ‘War’: ‘Shakespeare or Space Wars’ by Peripatetic Players

The Bard bumps up against blast doors in this hilarious new comedy from the Peripatetic Players.

Thursday, 27 July, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ever So ‘Sleight’-ly Better

Though it has its flaws, a great deal of imagination makes this the best “real” superhero film since M. Night Shyamalan’s UNBREAKABLE.

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 · 1 Comment

Tall Tale: ‘Spell Eternity’ at Quantum Dragon Theatre

My first-ever Quantum Dragon show is hindered by – of all things – TOO MUCH world-building.

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 · 1 Comment

Animéniac Double-Feature: ‘Your Name’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (Live Action)

One is an animated masterpiece, the other an American bastardization.

Guess which one is which?

Friday, 14 April, 2017 · 2 Comments

Sweet ‘Life’

A grindhouse premise gets the big-budget treatment in this terrifying sci-fi film.

Thursday, 23 March, 2017 · 1 Comment

Late on ‘Arrival’

This overrated sci-fi hit is an exercise in lazy screenwriting and Deus ex machina cop-outs.

Sunday, 15 January, 2017 · 2 Comments

‘Bellus’ magazine Film Reviews

My published reviews for the eclectic San Francisco art magazine.

Monday, 25 April, 2016 · 3 Comments

Crab Barrel: The Pitfalls of Critiquing work by ‘Your own people’

You know that line between “providing creative criticism” and “being a self-hating sell-out”? It’s not as thin as you think.

Tuesday, 18 March, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sucking out all the Fun

The popular YA is dead-on-arrival in this horrible adaptation from the creators of HEATHERS and MEAN GIRLS.

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014 · Leave a comment

(Not fully) Satisfying the ‘Hunger’

The adaptation of Collins’ second YA novel is too knowingly episodic to truly stand on its own.

Thursday, 26 December, 2013 · Leave a comment