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  1. A place for movie and television show reviews, thoughts, and ruminations… [Posterity] The Expanse 1x04 was pretty good, if a little weak compared to the first three. I am liking them but must admit they don't seem to put the jumper cables to me quite like BSG managed to back in the day.
  2. Best Sci-fi movies so far- It's quite a list, and would make one hell of a movie night for a while at least- It’s impossible for us to choose a single favorite genre from the wealth that cinema offers. But if some sort of “Sophie’s Choice” situation were to occur, we probably would be able to point to one that occupies a more central place in our hearts: science fiction. The term encompasses multitudes: sci-fi runs the gamut from stark, philosophical inquiry to space western to brainless robot-go-bang-bang; it hybridizes beautifully with other genres like comedy, horror and romance and as such is maybe the most expansive and elastic genre of them all. This week, we’re using the opening of Justin Lin‘s stark philosophical inquiry “Star Trek Beyond” as an excuse to revisit our old list of 25 sci-fi favorites since 2000, and to expand it to a whopping 50. The ease with which we sailed to 50 titles and the number we still felt bad about excluding speaks volumes about the health of this thriving and somehow ever-more-necessary genre. We’re hardly the first to notice that recent world events feel distinctly dystopian, and seeing various scenarios play out as extended thought experiments is something that only this genre really affords us. Expanding the list was also interesting, insofar as noting how much or how little our feelings have changed over the past few years. Aside from including a few titles we’d excluded before for prosaic reasons, and a couple of new entries in the top half that are films released after the original list was drawn up, the passage of time has buffed some titles to a higher shine, while others have slightly lost their luster. But we haven’t undergone a 180 on any of our previous inclusions, though the luxury of a longer list has meant in many cases that we’ve taken a more critical view of their relative positions. Writer Edmund Crispin once said that “science fiction is the last refuge of the morality tale,” and perhaps, living in such challenging and morally murky times, that’s why we find ourselves so compelled by it. Or perhaps we just really dig lasers and neoprene outfits! Either way, here are the 50 films of this millennium that represent the absolute best that the king of genres, science fiction (shh! Don’t tell drama or westerns that we said that!), has to offer.
  3. So I have kind of mixed feelings. There were things I really liked (his use of music, his narration) and things that I thought were unnecessary (the lead-up to and manner of death of Bruce Dern's son). The way Minnie, Judy, et al. behaved when we saw them seemed incredibly false to me. And Minnie didn't seem to have anything against the Mexican. I understand it was to be a point in contrast with the other part of the movie, but it was janglingly, distractingly false. I thought the Channing Tatum ex machina bit was well done. I still wish we'd ha a better explanation of what Daisy Domingue (sp?) had done to earn that bounty.
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