Category «MOVIES»

Don’t Look Up

[A review of writer/director Adam McKay’s new sci-fi farce, now streaming on Netflix.] We may very well be in the last days of the American Republic. America has been dysfunctional and divided before (see: the Civil War; the Civil Rights Movement), but our current era of partisan rancor seems unprecedented. The internet promised to bring …

Interview: Tom McCarthy and Haaz Sleiman (The Visitor)

Here’s an unusual double interview I was lucky to do for the May 2008 issue of print mag INsite: Atlanta’s Entertainment Monthly. Tom McCarthy went on to direct Academy Award-winning films like the animated Up (Best Original Screenplay) and Spotlight (also Best Original Screenplay), as well as the recent Matt Damon vehicle Stillwater. Haaz Sleiman …

Hero with a Thousand Faces

An Interview with actor Doug Jones (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Fantastic Four 2) [This interview originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in February 2007.] You might not know his face, but if you’re a fanboy or fangirl, chances are you know Doug Jones. For nearly two decades Jones has flown under the media radar, parleying his physical abilities (he has …

The Matrix Revolutions

[This review originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in November 2003.] Everything that has a beginning has an end. Sort of. When Larry and Andy Wachowski introduced audiences to The Matrix back in 1999, it was the beginning not only of one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time, it was also the beginning of a fresh …

The Matrix Reloaded

[This review originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in May 2003.] Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The Matrix is a vast computer simulation feeding the minds of humanity, whose bodies (housed in row upon row of nutrient-filled cocoons) provide energy for the Machines who have conquered their creators. As far as everyone “trapped” in …

The Matrix Unloaded

The Dilemma of Shutting Down the Matrix [This essay originally appeared in SciFiDimensions.com in May 2003, just before the first sequel to The Matrix—The Matrix Reloaded—was released. Obviously, the franchise went in directions that completely negate my speculations, but I think they’re interesting enough to warrant revisiting. –JCS 12/27/2021] Millions of science fiction fans have May …