Category: Reviews

  • THE HOBBIT Review — SA104

    THE HOBBIT Review — SA104

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSIn this episode, Ben, Dr. Jayce, and Steve review The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug! And there are some strong feelings about this one . . . Next episode: Christmas movies!

  • RIDDICK (Summer Movie Series) — Episode 85

    RIDDICK (Summer Movie Series) — Episode 85

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSBen reviews Riddick. Alone.

  • Ep. 77 — THE LONE RANGER (Summer Movie Series)

    Ep. 77 — THE LONE RANGER (Summer Movie Series)

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSIt’s the Strangers and Aliens review of The Lone Ranger! Unfortunately, of the three hosts, Ben seems to be the lone VIEWER of the movie. Fortunately, Ben remembered that one of our listeners, Hank Harwell, is a fan of westerns. And he remembered that Hank was a blogger…

  • UPSIDE DOWN (movie review)

    UPSIDE DOWN (movie review)

    A while ago, I saw the trailer for an interesting looking science fiction movie called UPSIDE DOWN. It looked like it would be a visually quirky movie, if a bit ridiculous in concept. I promptly forgot all about it, until I saw it in one of my local Redboxes. I rented it, not sure what…

  • Ep. 72: AFTER EARTH (Summer Movie Series)

    Ep. 72: AFTER EARTH (Summer Movie Series)

    Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSSAfter Earth, directed by N. Night Shyamalan and starring Jaden and Will Smith, did not do well this weekend. But is it worth seeing? in the first (and spoiler free) half of this review episode, Ben and Dr. Jayce talk about what works and what doesn’t. The second…

  • REVIEW: Superman and the Mole Men (live tweet transcript) (BONUS: The Adventures of Superpup)

    REVIEW: Superman and the Mole Men (live tweet transcript) (BONUS: The Adventures of Superpup)

    Earlier, I live tweeted about Superman: the Movie. Rewatching that movie led to two things: first, it gave us an episode topic for the podcast, “The Test of Time”; second, it made me decide to live tweet while watching the other Superman movies! Instead of jumping into Superman II, though, I went back in time…

  • REVIEW: Superman the Movie (live tweet transcript)

    REVIEW: Superman the Movie (live tweet transcript)

    Today is Superman’s 75 birthday, if Facebook, Twitter, and news feeds are to be believed! We needed to do something to commemorate that here at Strangers and Aliens. So, while we will talk about it tonight when we record (tangentially), here’s something a little more immediate. Last night, I watched Superman the Movie. It’s been…

  • WHO REVIEW: Cold War

    WHO REVIEW: Cold War

    Spoilers ahead! Heavily! And not labelled! Initial Thoughts: I liked this episode. I did. I need to say this because everything else I say after this will probably make it seem like I did not. But I did. That said, this season is on a downward spiral. After another episode or two continuing on this…

  • WHO REVIEW: The Rings of Akhaten

    WHO REVIEW: The Rings of Akhaten

    Spoilers ahead! They are labelled, but they are not hidden! Initial Thoughts: I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how they didn’t really like last week’s episode. I really enjoyed it. I’ve seen a lot of people talk about how they loved this week’s episode. I liked it, most of it, anyway. But where many…

  • WHO REVIEW: The Bells of Saint John

    WHO REVIEW: The Bells of Saint John

    Spoilers ahead, they are labelled but they are not hidden . . . Initial Thoughts: An exciting and fun midseason opener. Worth the price of admission. Everything I’ve come to like about Matt Smith and Stephen Moffatt. Amused Thoughts: The motorcycle steals the show. Every scene it is used in is perfect Matt Smith Doctor…

  • REVIEW: Safety Not Guaranteed

    REVIEW: Safety Not Guaranteed

    I want to spoil this movie so much. Not out of spite, out of love. For this movie. I want to talk about this line or that line, which could mean this or could mean that. I want to talk about how this character changed, that character didn’t, and that character surprised me. Maybe I…

  • THOUGHT CLOUDS: Star Wars #2 (Dark Horse, 2013)

    THOUGHT CLOUDS: Star Wars #2 (Dark Horse, 2013)

    Star Wars #2 Brain Wood, writer. Carlos D’Anda, artist. A follow up to my review of the first issue of this series . . .   Let me get this out of the way first, before I get into a rant that may make it seem like I’m not enjoying this comic book: I like…

  • REVIEW: Robot and Frank

    REVIEW: Robot and Frank

    I first saw a trailer for this movie last summer but, honestly, I knew I’d want to see it before I even saw the trailer. The title and the poster image did it for me. This looked like a movie I’d want to see. The trailer just sealed the deal. When it came to theaters,…

  • THOUGHT CLOUDS: Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse, 2013)

    THOUGHT CLOUDS: Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse, 2013)

    Star Wars #1 Brain Wood, writer. Carlos D’Anda, artist. So there is a new Star Wars comic. A Star Wars comic that tells the story of the characters from MY Star Wars. A Star Wars comic featuring a cover by Alex Ross. A Star Wars comic that, if you read it, all you need to…

  • JABBERWOCKY (“Winter Terry Gilliam Film Fest” Part 1)

    JABBERWOCKY (“Winter Terry Gilliam Film Fest” Part 1)

    Terry Gilliam is my favorite film director. So this winter, I’ve decided to watch his movies, in order, from Jabberwocky to The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. (And, when The Zero Theorem comes out, I’ll add that one in, too.) For this series, I will be rating each movie on a scale of 1 to 12…

  • Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (series review)

    Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome (series review)

    (This is part of a series of reviews of online sci-fi and fantasy.) BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD AND CHROME So, the Battlestar Galactica prequel movie, Blood and Chrome, is finally here. But, interestingly, it’s not being seen on SyFy. It’s not being released on DVD or Blu. Not yet, anyway. No, it’s being released in segments…

  • THOUGHT CLOUDS: Marvel Season 1 (comic review)

    THOUGHT CLOUDS: Marvel Season 1 (comic review)

    (This review originally appeared on the Spirit Blade Underground Podcast.) This post, I’m not reviewing one book — I‘m reviewing a series of books. A series of graphic novels, actually. Marvel’s Season One. Some background — in my first Thought Clouds review, I reviewed Batman Earth One, part of a series of DC Comics graphic…

  • THOUGHT CLOUDS: Silver Surfer – Parable

    THOUGHT CLOUDS: Silver Surfer – Parable

    (This review originally appeared on The Spirit Blade Underground Podcast.) SILVER SURFER PARABLE Stan Lee, writer; Moebius & Keith Pollard I wanted to follow up my last review for Spirit Blade with a review that was a bit more . . . positive. I thought about reviewing something by Geoff Johns that  actually liked, like the New…

  • WHO: Season 7 Off to a Running Start!

    WHO: Season 7 Off to a Running Start!

    As of this writing, the first two episodes of Doctor Who’s seventh season have aired. Or, as in my case, downloaded. (Legally. I promise. I used iTunes to buy the season.) So, how has it been? In a word, fantastic. Both episodes require almost no previous knowledge of the show, but both are deeply satisfying…

  • THOUGHT CLOUDS: Justice League #12 (the kissing issue) (Comic Review)

    THOUGHT CLOUDS: Justice League #12 (the kissing issue) (Comic Review)

    JUSTICE LEAGUE #12 Geoff Johns, writer; Jim Lee, artist I know, I know. Superman belongs with Lois Lane. Wonder Woman belongs with Steve Trevor. And the world is up in arms because Superman and Wonder Woman were caught kissing. And HOW I know it is that the Internet told me. What the Internet DIDN’T tell…