After watching James Cameron’s movie, “Avatar”, the question which I immediately began debating, relating specifically to human nature, is, “What is identity?”. Centered on the story of paraplegic ex-marine Jake Sully, brought in place of...
Star Wars has been around since 1977, dazzling one and all and gathering a huge fanbase in the process. Some are great, some not so great. So which one's the best? Which is the worst?
It's the return of the B-movie monster, except the rubber costume has been replaced by a frequently nude actress with one hell of a libido. No wonder Benjamin Cox is interested!
It's another one of those Worst Film Ever candidates but Benjamin Cox lucked out and caught the 2004 special edition. Is it as bad as people claim or has something worth salvaging been discovered?
With the franchise somehow coming back from extinction, Benjamin Cox takes a fond look back at the film that started it all and still wishes he had the book.
Long before the TV series began pulling in viewers, Michael Crichton's tale of a theme park out of control proved a huge success. Benjamin Cox can't find a dinosaur anywhere!
The first stand-alone film in the saga revives the original trilogy with cutting-edge effects and a fresh directorial style. Benjamin Cox thinks the Force is strong with this one.
He has been a pop culture icon for over 40 years, but now the star of Darth Vader rises again with the release of Rogue One as the proper villain he always was meant to be. So why do we like him?
Coming off of a $2 billion dollar box office blockbuster in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi hit theaters last year hoping to keep the momentum rolling. Instead, it seemed to have divided the Star Wars fan base like no other film.
A modest science fiction film looking at some of the same concepts as I Robot. A mostly overlooked movie for AI and robotics enthousiasts.
Valid memories of the end of the millennium. Strange Days is a science fiction movie with various faults, but I do really enjoy its cyberpunk vibe and low life ideas.
Neil Marshall's sci-fi extravaganza clutters itself by feeling like three different films in one. Maybe it's because it basically rips off Mad Max or that Marshall brings the horror vibe from his previous films directly into this misshapen world, but Doomsday is silly and amusing for what it is.
Fritz Lang's Metropolis has been regarded as a classic of the sci-fi genre and the silent film era. In this review, I take a look at it for myself.
Are you an Ewok hater? Is Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi the worst entry in the original trilogy? This article discusses the significance of the Ewoks and that film.
This classic German science fiction film illustrates a highly futuristic and grave future where there is a distinct separation between the beautiful utopian city above ground and the mistreatment as well as enslavement of mass workers underground. Thus, underpinning the need of change in society.
'Star Wars' is concluding the latest trilogy in 'Rise of Skywalker'. Does it wrap everything up in a tight little bow? Why don't we have a chat about that!
Become one with the Force because Seth Tomko examines how using the Dark Side doesn’t lead to the ends with which it tempts.
Countdown the eight most powerful and influential wielders of the dark side of the Force (Legends Timeline)!
Mark ("Iron Chef America") Dacascos stars in "I Am Omega," a low-budget knockoff of Will Smith's "I Am Legend" from those jokers at The Asylum studios.
Another 90s science fiction movie that shouldn't be taken to seriously, but is actually good enough fun for a lazy Friday or Saturday evening. The cast is filled with then young, now famous movie stars.
Some people love to go on and on about how much they hate the Star Wars prequel trilogy. And while these movies are highly flawed, I want to give them credit for what they do well too.
If you are looking for something to stream online and think that sci-fi and horror/thriller go hand in hand like wine and cheese then look no further. These 10 films show you where you can watch them.
Godzilla returns to the big screen to battle monsters and take his place as king! With a 41% from critics, but an 83% from audience on Rotten Tomatoes, the reviews are mixed. So, is this movie worth you time?
Few things date as badly as poor sci-fi. And for Benjamin Cox, few poor sci-fi films date as badly as this cyberpunk nonsense with Hollywood's least charismatic leading actor. Brace yourselves...
Pulpy cinema that still creates that nostalgia for entertaining eighties action movies. Testosterone-filled alien contact jungle warfare.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a passive-aggressive conclusion by J.J. Abrams. Frantic and light on coherent storytelling. It did close the trilogy and tied up loose ends.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker" starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and more!
The paralyzing fear of the unknown. A suspenseful drama with an excellent Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman. The second film in the Cloverfield universe.
Ad Astra at first glance can seem like more of the same in terms of previous space exploration films, but its approach is completely different. It focuses solely on the main character and is a harrowing and intimate story about the relationship between father and son.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens” starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, and more!
Sounds weird? It's actually kind of cool ! Let's take a look back at one of the best (in my mind) Mars-related films out there; Red Planet, starring Val Kilmer!
An unreal and memorable time capsule. This cyberpunk influenced piece starring a young Angelina Jolie is best not watched for realistic representation of hacking or current IT issues, but it is pure nostalgia for me.
The one downside is that Godzilla somehow got stuck with googly eyes, which is a humorous choice but entertaining nevertheless.
In space, nobody can hear you scream... or engage in spooky goings-on at the edge of the solar system. Benjamin Cox suits up and jets off to possibly the biggest missed opportunity of the Nineties.
Let's travel back in time to 1995 and discover one of the most underrated films of all-time, the sci-fi masterpiece known as Strange Days!
Couldn't get enough of sci-fi films? Then these movies like I Am Number Four should keep you glued to your seats!
A hollow love letter to B movies. What is not to love? There are college youths, extraterrestrial experiments, and slugs that invade human hosts to create zombie-like creatures. Is it so bad that it's good?
Braving the murky waters of someone's bath, Benjamin Cox battles fake-looking mines and definitely not-giant squid to bring a review of this fondly remembered sci-fi disaster flick.
Terry Gilliam is one of my favorite surreal visual artists. Although The Zero Theorem is far from his best, it's worth checking out if you enjoy his style, but the philosophy is less satisfying here.
A heated Alien hunting ground. Voodoo, drug cartels, flaying humans, and more in an attempt to recreate the interesting mix of the first installment.
Stefan, a young game programmer takes on the task of adapting an interactive fantasy novel into a video game. From there, things seem a bit off in his life as he feels he has lost control of his own actions while someone else is pulling the strings; resulting in him slowly slipping into madness.
Discover ten fascinating facts about the galaxy's most ruthless Sith: Darth Sidious aka Emperor Palpatine!
Italian schlock kingpin Bruno Mattei's "Shocking Dark," aka "Terminator 2" (yes, really) is an awesomely awful spaghetti remix of two of James Cameron's greatest works.
A watered down Second Variety. I love Philip K Dick's twisted sci-fi mind and the source material for this movie was short, but excellent. I still feel a certain nostalgia for Screamers, too bad it didn't deliver all that was possible.
With a literal universe of characters to choose from, it's not easy picking the coolest. Benjamin Cox looks at his top 20 - is your favourite among them?
A spoiler-free review of the 8th movie in the Skywalker saga of Star Wars, directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac....
The greatest silent film of all time teaches us about gender, the proletariat, and existential crises over machines.
Rian Johnson arrives with what is the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back and what is quite possibly the best Star Wars film to date.
"Terror can fill any space", said the posters for this underwater sci-fi adventure. Sadly, it didn't fill theaters and Sphere flopped at the box-office in 1998. Did it deserve its sad fate?
I really loved the original Blade Runner movie when I watched it 20 or so years ago. The sequel doesn't prove to be the perfect continuation of the story, but makes up for it in overall cinematography and dystopian setting.
Philip K. Dick is in my top 3 of favorite science fiction authors. He inspired a lot of excellent filmmaking, so here is a ranking of the best Philip K. Dick movies.
Short films are on trend. What if I told you that a director and a software company joined forces to show you how far animation has come and that it looks real?
As the world awaits the latest entry into the popular dinosaur franchise, Benjamin Cox looks back at the original's first sequel and wonder why the series, like its dinosaur stars, continues to survive.
This science fiction genre fails more than not when transferred to film. Many movies cover some aspects or have some cyberpunk influences, but not many of them nail it. Let's look at the best cyberpunk movies.
Desperately hoping to break the 'curse' of odd-numbered Star Trek movies, "Insurrection" works hard but ultimately fails. Benjamin Cox explains why.
The rebooted series of 'Star Trek' films have certainly upped the action but often neglected the more personal introspection of the classic TV show. Benjamin Cox thinks he can see a pattern here.
Gareth Edwards' take on a first-of its-kind Star Wars movie. Can Felicity Jones channel the Force into this standalone adventure? Or will this spin-off be reduced to stardust?
Life is a good sci-fi movie, especially if you like space horror movies like Alien. These kind of movies still remain quite unique if you want to see them with realistic visuals.
Robert Zemeckis' time-travelling adventure is a near-perfect blend of sci-fi, comedy, action and magic. Benjamin Cox travels back to 1985 to examine the first film in an iconic trilogy.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" starring Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, and more!
Despite the awesome trailer it's entirely possible that The Force Awakens may not be that good, but at least we'll know it'll be better than this!
In the film "Interstellar," love is the only thing that transcends space and time. Did humanistic progress save humanity, or did love? Can love and evolutionary, humanist nihilism co-exist?
Dropping on DVD and Blu-ray April 24, 2018, 7 Guardians of the Tomb is a bad movie that knows it's bad and it feels like it's kind of ashamed of it.
The 6th Day was released in 2000 and became a flop, barely recouping its budget and getting average reviews. Let's take a look back at a film that I consider to be one of Schwarzenegger's best !
We'll look into Solo, the not so successful box office Star Wars movie that has enough to love for Star Wars fans old and new.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi” starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more!
Star Wars has been a huge part of pop culture for the last forty years and now stands as one of the most controversial topics on the internet with opinions split right down the middle. Shall we discuss this? With a little help from lifelong Star Wars fan interviewees, let's talk about Star Wars!
The Denis Villeneuve directed sequel hits theaters October 6 with special screenings held the night before in some areas. Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford star.
With the release of this film, it became finally cool to be a geek. Benjamin Cox celebrates and wonders why more films don't take advantage of a relatively soft target.
Scary science fiction movies are always great to watch. They often combine our sense of awe and the uneasy feeling of the unknown with our worst nightmares. Let's look at the best sci-fi horror movies.
Scanners is one of Cronenberg's early films that is worth watching. Cronenberg's movies often have more gore or are more disturbing than the science fiction we see these days. Often uncomfortable sci-fi, but that's what I needed.
The third entry in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy (and possibly beyond) directed by Matt Reeves starring Andy Serkis and Woody Harrleson barrels into theaters July 14.
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Meg” starring Jason Statham, Bingbing Li, Rainn Wilson, and more!
Although the idea has already been raised in the old Expanded Universe, the recent Disney interpretations of the franchise have once again broached the question. So let's look at it for fun.
Christopher Nolan's stop-gap between Batman movies might have lacked the Dark Knight but it brought an amazing vision to audiences instead. Benjamin Cox can only dream of such feats.
With the newest entry to the X-Men franchise coming up, I take a moment to look at the ways in the past where the big bad has been defeated.
Examine Luke's numerous lightsaber battles to determine why he's one of the most underrated Jedi throughout Star Wars!
This is a non-spoiler review of "Blade Runner 2049" starring Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, and more!
Kirk's final mission with the original crew pushes the series in terms of story, effects, and performances. The result is probably the best Star Trek film so far. Benjamin Cox beams up for a look.
The new Star Wars movies have problems that have nothing to do with diversity or agendas. The problem is that fans can't express their feelings about these problems without getting lumped in with a bunch of racist and sexist assholes.
Memento is one of the best mindfuck movies I have ever watched. Being a big fan of Nolan's work, I have compiled a list of some movies like Memento that are similar in nature.
King of the Monsters wants to make the five-year wait worthwhile with three of Godzilla's biggest foes in one film. 17 total giant monsters exist on the planet. While Kong is referenced several times, he pales in comparison to how badass Ghidorah is.
*WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD* In the final scenes of The Force Awakens, we see Luke Skywalker for the first time. But did you spot the grave he's standing over? If not, read on...
"Starcrash" (1978) is a so-bad-it's-cool low budget "Star Wars" wanna-be from Italy, starring Caroline Munro as space-faring mega-babe Stella Star, who saves the universe from the evil Zarth Arn.
The original Star Wars trilogy had a magic that has not yet been captured again by either the prequels or this sequel. Aside from that problem, this movie is... decent.
If there's one thing you can never fault the Star Wars franchise for doing, it's under-populating its worlds. There are more Star Wars characters, major and otherwise, than many other science fiction stories have combined. Only other giants like...
With climate change ever present on the political agenda, what are the consequences for ignoring the warnings? Perhaps this film has the answer although Benjamin Cox suggests you might want to hold up before watching this.
"Jurassic Park III" is known as the black sheep of the series. Here is what went wrong and what should have been done to possibly make this film the best JP sequel.
Explore several reasons why Obi-Wan Kenobi is actually one of the strongest Jedi in Star Wars, rivaling the likes of Yoda and Mace Windu.
When the island's volcano begins roaring to life, Owen and Claire mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from extinction.
A review of the fifth film in the classic sci-fi saga, along with some retrospective on the series in general. No major spoilers.
Countdown six stunning similarities between the opening films of the first two trilogies: The Phantom Menace and A New Hope!
With the inevitable reboot comes the understandable cynicism. But does 'Star Trek' have what it takes to survive the wrath of modern audiences? Benjamin Cox beams back to report.
A film so divisive that even the director wants nothing to do with it, 'Alien 3' is nothing like as bad as it could have been. Benjamin Cox feels the time is right to defend a film unfairly maligned.
Moon is modest science fiction surprise. It has the 'what if' narrative and a twist that will make you question some sociological ideas and beliefs. Who are we and what is acceptable treatment of conscious beings?
I really liked Gravity, probably more than a lot of other reviewers. Why? Well, watching this in IMAX in the theatre is probably as close as I will ever get to space travel during my life.
While most sci-fi fans are familiar with the major American cyberpunk films, many foreign masterpieces are often overlooked. Here's a list of the top 5 foreign cyberpunk movies you ought to see.
It's been a while so perhaps it's time to delve once again into the Star Trek movies series and this first full mission for the Next Gen crew. Benjamin Cox beams up and prepares to stun.
Kirk finally hands the baton over to Picard as the two captains meet in a somewhat convoluted cinematic outing. Benjamin Cox beams over to investigate this historic changing of the guard.
The majority of individuals who have seen The Matrix movies come away, believing that Neo is "The One." However, some theorists have stated otherwise. Here is undeniable proof that Neo is, without a doubt, "The One."
Can Hollywood still produce an intelligent science fiction film instead of a typically witless "sci-fi" movie? Perhaps as this movie offers a bit more than meets the eye. Benjamin Cox explains.
It's big, it's loud, it's fun! It's Godzilla! Let's look back at the notorious first American attempt at adapting the classic Japanese monster tale!
Mini reviews of "Creature" and "Slipstream," two cheap sci-fi movies from a dollar store double feature DVD.
'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' is probably the most controversial outing in the 'Star Wars' saga. It was risky and some things really sparked some dislike in me, but I also appreciated seeing something a little different.
Many believe Luke and Leia's odd kiss in Episode 5 shows they weren't initially intended as brother and sister; find out exactly what George Lucas had in store for them!
As fans prepare for the impending sequel, Benjamin Cox looks back at the iconic original and worries whether any film can match its atmosphere, narrative and imagination...
Good time travel movies tend to be mind-bending. I love my mind being bent, so let's watch the best time travel movies ever made.
Kubrick's timeless masterpiece is still putting up a fight to be considered the greatest sci-fi film of all time. Benjamin Cox touches a black obelisk (well, his keyboard) to explain why...
Another cult offering from Disney's live-action studios, 'Tron' has become a fascinating time capsule into the early days of computing. Benjamin Cox dusts off his light-cycle one more time.
SPOILERS review of the new monster flick directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, John C, Reilly and many more...
Ed Wood's legendary turkey remains a questionable classic but is it an essential watch? Benjamin Cox ponders this and tries to make sense of it all.
Disney's run with the Star Wars franchise has seen many debates, but chief among them is using the Force. Some fans have called Rey a Mary Sue for being able to use the Force so quickly, while others supported it. But do you really need it?
Dredd is an action-packed close combat science fiction dystopia. Some weird mixture between The Raid and Training Day in a gloomy future Earth mega-city.
Many viewers will be surprised to know that Peter Jackman and Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi hit District 9 is actually based on real events. The movie is a mock documentary following the relocation process of a group of aliens, or prawns, who have been stranded in Johannasburg, South Africa, and are living in a refugee camp.
My spoiler review of the new entry in the Alien franchise, directed by Ridley Scott, starring Michael Fassbender, Katherine Watson, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and more.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Ready Player One” starring Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, and more!
Reading MockingJay made me feel positive about the Hunger Games and long for the final two-part movie. However, reading Alliegiant had the opposite effect on my perception of the Divergent series.
This is a non-spoiler review of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and more!
It’s the stuff of dreams. A geek’s ultimate heaven manifested in digital flesh. But is the Oasis of Ready Player One fame possible in our world?
For once, Benjamin Cox watches a film that has been recommended to him. Possibly because he's a sucker for in-film references and nerd culture. Question is, were they right to do so?
Now that we are eight episodes in (with one Rogue One), I think it's important to view Star Wars as a whole saga rather than one or two movies. With that, let's re-examine the prequels.
From why Katniss hung Seneca Crane to the burning of the wedding dress, this article gives you a fuller understanding of what happened in Catching Fire (the movie) and why.
Countdown five superior aspects of the Expanded Universe and Legends Timeline when compared to Episode 7!
Alien contact movies come in a lot of different genres. We've seen action, comedy, drama, horror and pure science fiction heartfelt magic like Spielberg's movies. Have a look at my list with some of the greatest first contact movies.
Learn ten despicable facts about junk-shop owner Watto from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace!
A.I. Artificial Intelligence is more of an emotional film than hardcore science fiction. This is why it succeeds on some levels, but fails to deliver the A.I. movie we were looking for. Ex Machina does it better.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi” starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, and more!
How to open up to life through the power of language and letting go. "Arrival" is a science fiction movie about taking the journey of life and accepting it completely. Wake up and cut through your fears.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall, and more!
The film that spawned an entire franchise, Paul Verhoeven's cyberpunk classic has more brains to it than you might suppose. Benjamin Cox re-examines where it all began and wonders why the sequels pale in comparison.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Men in Black: International” starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, and more!
Countdown six stunning similarities from the middle films of the first two trilogies: Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back!
This is a non-spoiler review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and more!
Neill Blomkamp's bleek future where the rich live in an enclave in space and the poor are suffering on Earth. Mix this socio-political situation with exoskeletons, robots and angry corporate mercs.
Rebooted and restarted, Disney's TRON now looks better than ever. But are the changes merely cosmetic? Benjamin Cox enters the game for a closer look.
Before Kathryn Bigelow became the biggest female director in Hollywood, she was already showing us what she was capable of with this superb techno-thriller. Benjamin Cox is jacked up for this one.
Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror may have jumped on the bandwagon at the time but proved to be one of the best sci-fi films of its era. Benjamin Cox forgets that nobody can hear him scream.
The silent classic may be nearing its centenary but it is no less astonishing for it. In fact, Benjamin Cox reckons it might actually be more so.
Nerds rejoice as Star Wars returns for its eighth episode! But is it starting to get a bit long in the tooth or is the Force still strong? Benjamin 'Kenobi' Cox pulls down his hood and investigates.