Category Movie Review

Steampunk adventure for the whole boring family

The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a 2014 British fantasy adventure film starring Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, Lena Headey, Ioan Gruffudd, Keeley Hawes, and Aneurin Barnard in the title role.  * * * The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box is a Victorian steampunk movie for the entire family… assuming the entire family enjoys watching […]

Decoding THE IMITATION GAME: Fact and Fiction in the Film and Alan Turing’s Place in the SF Genre

Decoding THE IMITATION GAME: Fact and Fiction in the Film and Alan Turing’s Place in the SF Genre  by  Timothy S. Johnston   — “Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.”   The above phrase is spoken no less than three times in […]

Writer Timothy S. Johnston Reviews LIVE DIE REPEAT: EDGE OF TOMORROW

Writer Timothy S. Johnston takes a trip back in time to review EDGE OF TOMORROW, on Video and Digital UltraViolet this week Title:    LIVE DIE REPEAT:   EDGE OF TOMORROW Runtime:    113 min Theatrical Release:   6 June 2014 Domestic Gross:  $100 million International Gross:  $264 million DVD/BLU/Digital Release: 7 October 2014 MPAA:   PG-13 Aspect Ratio:   1.77:1 Cast:    Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton […]

2013 Science Fiction Movie Roundup: What Rocked and What Sucked!

Do you know what awesome sci-fi movie (and accompanying TV series DVDs) resides on the International Space Station? Serenity! I love Joss Whedon’s Firefly and I think it’s pretty cool to imagine real-life astronauts kicking back watching Captain Mal and his gang on their adventures. I enjoyed Dianne’s post on SF in 2014. There are […]

The World’s End

So much to love about this movie! I adored it! First of all, there are no surprises, not really. After all, they show us in the trailer that the group of guys ends up fighting robots in their small hometown. And yet, that really should be a surprise. Funny thing – as writers, we’re always […]

Pacific Rim Review

Go Voltron! Er… I mean… Go Gipsy Danger! Basically, the movie was way better than I expected, although I seriously did keep wanting to cheer for Voltron. I realize I’m dating myself, but hey, not much I can do about that! Before I went to see the movie, I was concerned about the plot point […]

Legendary & Sharknado

I was at the Romance Writers of America national conference last week, which was fun and both a great learning experience and networking experience. I’ve been to a number of writing conferences and it’s always a pleasure to be able connect with friends. It was especially nice since a number of friends from my writing […]

The Purge

The Purge takes place in the near future where the government allows 12 hours of any kind of criminal activity with no repercussions. During the movie, we follow Purge night of the wealthy Sandin family, who normally waits out the Purge in their fortified, locked down, enormous home. I emphasize enormous because the number of […]


After finally being able to breathe (somewhat), we went to see Oblivion.  I shall try not to give away any spoilers. It was rather decent (and miles better than Prometheus, so that’s something). The beginning moved rather slowly and felt like a big, long ponderous prologue, but the odd pacing was balanced by some vistas […]

Cloud Atlas

To be fair, I had very little idea what it was about when my husband said he wanted to see it.  He described it as actors playing different parts in different times, including future times, and the vignettes were related by a particular piece of music.  Okay, well, I thought it sounded at least enough […]