Tripping Through Gateways


While there had been a two season TV series in the late 90’s, the Seven Samurai inspired franchise had remained quiet. Certainly, plenty of films have used the “group of gunslingers or outlaws step up to help people in need.  It is one of the most popular western motifs.  But it took until 2016 for it to come back to life. Set in 1879, Tycoon Bartholomew Bogue has overtaken the town of… Read More

Director of the Fifth Element, Luc Besson, returns to Science Fiction with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.  Based on the french comics Valerian and Laureline, this is a visual science fiction feast.  An early sequence indulges in a beautiful ocean planet that seems to be just ocean and beaches.  The alien species are tall slender humanoids of grace and beauty. But it is disrupted by falling ships, which incinerate… Read More

Last year, a movie called Insidious was released.  Director Scott Derrickson saw that and set about discussing ideas with the guys who produced Insidious.  What Derrickson and his team have produced is Sinister.  What exactly is it? Ethan Hawke is Ellison, a real crime writer who  hit it big with his first novel (partially because it helped expose shoddy police work and free an innocent man) but has seen decline in the… Read More

I happened to see the Golden Globes Best Picture Drama winner Boyhood this weekend.  While it was a nominee of course. The film has a neat gimmick, it was filmed across a twelve year span.  The young boy at the film’s start is the same college age actor we see at the end.  The same goes for his sister and friends.  So, as the characters age, they are not suddenly a new actor… Read More

A couple things. Firstly, I really liked Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill’s 2012 Sinister.  It was eerie and ended strongly (with real tragedy).  It was a challenge to the pursuit of selfish glory and especially at the expense of the needs of your loved ones. Secondly, I have been spelling Bughuul wrong for the past three years.  I am so embarrassed. Sinister 2 appears to pick up a couple years after… Read More