I'm a fan of a lot of cyberpunk movies and books. Johnny Mnemonic tries to have a lot of the ingredients, but fails epically in execution. It misses style and substance.
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...
Countdown six stunning similarities from the middle films of the first two trilogies: Attack of the Clones and The Empire Strikes Back!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boasting a concept ripe with potential and a compelling performance by Peter Dinklage, Rememory fails to provoke thought, and will leave viewers wanting to erase all memory of this sci-fi thriller.
The Men AND Women in Black are back at it again in this ALL NEW, TOTALLY ORIGINAL summer blockbuster extravaganza! I'm lying, this is garbage. There's nothing new or original to this, it is a modern summer movie to pay no mind to and pass the time until something better pops on.
The Martian gets the crucial science correct, while enhancing the story by fictionalizing all of the science that remained.
Ghost In The Shell (2017) keeps the spirit and fundamental elements of the original animated film that so many live-action adaptations lose during the process.
Decades before the events of the previous Transformers films, BumbleBee crash lands on planet Earth to find refuge for his fellow Autobots. After going into hiding, he is discovered by an 18-year-old girl named Charlie, and they form a close bond while dangers start lurking among her world.
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.
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.
Memory implants and identity. A poppy trip through some philosophical ideas with the terminator as your guide. A nice freakshow indeed.
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.
Countdown five superior aspects of the Expanded Universe and Legends Timeline when compared to Episode 7!
Rupert Sanders reimagines Masamune Shirow's "Ghost in the Show" as a live action film starring a very American yet somehow still Japanese Scarlett Johansson.
Given the mixed reactions to the first two prequels, it's understandable approaching this third and final prequel with trepidation. Fear not, says Benjamin Cox - the Force is strong with this one.
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.
The Divergent series started with a great movie. The sequel, Insurgent failed to deliver a thrill. I read the final book - Allegiant, and did not like it. Could the film be better than the book?
In 1977, George Lucas changed the face of the film industry and there would be no going back. Benjamin Cox re-examines the film that would change the industry forever - the original blockbuster...
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.
The one downside is that Godzilla somehow got stuck with googly eyes, which is a humorous choice but entertaining nevertheless.
Judge Dredd, a comic book movie before people understood how to adapt them for the big screen with an actor who intervened too much in the creative direction.
From why Katniss hung Seneca Crane to the burning of the wedding dress, this hub gives you a fuller understanding of what happened in Catching Fire (the movie) and why.
I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan. If anything I’m more of a casual viewer, one who simply enjoys the films without delving too deep into the lore and world of Star Wars (I can assure you that the irony of me writing this is not lost on me).
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 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.
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.
An analysis of Rogue One's approach to story-telling and how it reflects the expectations of modern audiences.
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.
If anyone thinks that Vin Diesel is a poor actor, maybe they should check out this early effort in his career as he plays one of modern cinema's most bad-ass characters. Benjamin Cox attempts to shine a light.
Fans of Marvel comics can expect several new movies based on their favorite heroes every year. Now that everything Marvel is touching turns into gold, what have they got on their slate?
This article briefly goes over the original concept of the monster Godzilla; the serious 1954 classic and the legacy of 30 films which have followed.
As the world recovers from the fact that monsters exist, they face a new threat in the return of the Titans. Monarch's got one chance to stop them, let Godzilla fight it out as the world watches Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, and Godzilla fight for the title King of the Monsters
Artificial Intelligence is a popular topic in tech these days. People believe we are getting closer to strong A.I. Here we look at some of the best artificial intelligence movies ever made.
Set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after an occupation by an extra-terrestrial force, Captive State explores the lives on both sides of the conflict—the collaborators and dissidents.
Countdown the eight most powerful and influential wielders of the dark side of the Force (Legends Timeline)!
*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...
'Men in Black: International' has all the quirky aliens, chemistry, and action to make a 'Men in Black' movie. But is it worth your time?
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.
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.
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...
"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?
Learn ten despicable facts about junk-shop owner Watto from Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace!
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 !
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.
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.
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.
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?
Building human identity, brick by brick. If you like weird, pale, bald men dressed in black, you should watch this movie. It's actually an excellent philosophical movie with a unique visual style.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Men in Black: International” starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Kumail Nanjiani, and more!
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?
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?
In film, Philip K. Dick is a name that carries a lot of credence. So what is his name doing attached to a Schwarzenegger sci-fi shooter? Benjamin Cox gets his ass to Mars to find out.
A science fiction look at the emergence of our technologically connected world. A rather weird interpretation of VR or simulated reality that has trouble to stand the test of time, but it's a fun watch.
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.
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.
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.
JJ Abrams returns with another yet another Trek movie, the twelfth in all. But has this recently rebooted franchise ran out of original stories already? Benjamin Cox fears the worst.
While being visually impeccable, it's Andy Serkis' brilliant motion capture and Matt Reeves' direction that make War for the Planet of the Apes a rare, successful third film in the modern apes trilogy
Neill Blomkamp's first full length movie was a science fiction hit. It hits the sweet spot between social commentary, satire and great sci-fi action on a moderate budget.
Become one with the Force because Seth Tomko examines how using the Dark Side doesn’t lead to the ends with which it tempts.
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.
Humanity is nearly wiped out and apes have spread and started their own settlements. What will be the next step? War or peace?
Saddle up for the final, rip-roaring adventure with cinema's greatest time-travelling heroes. Benjamin Cox bids a fond farewell to DeLoreans, 88 miles per hour and great Scots.
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.
A review of the fifth film in the classic sci-fi saga, along with some retrospective on the series in general. No major spoilers.
Ever wonder who are the strongest Jedi of all time? Here is a list of the 10 most powerful, including Jedi who never appeared in the films.
If it’s been too long since you’ve had an uncontrollable urge to chuck Raisinettes at a movie screen while your ears bleed and your eyes bug out, congratulations—Godzilla: King of the Monsters is here for your cinematic enjoyment. Solidly in the camp of bigger-is-better and more-is-never-less...
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.
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.
The Men in Black have always protected the Earth from the scum of the universe. In this new adventure, they tackle their biggest threat to date. A mole in the Men in Black organization.
A young teenager named Max McGrath and his alien friend, Steel, must combine their powers to form into the turbo charged superhero, Max Steel, in order to save the world.
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.
This is a non-spoiler review of “The Predator” starring Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michae Key, Olivia Munn, and more!
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?
OtherLife is on the Netflix line up. I watched this sci-fi thriller on Netlfix and gave it 3.5 stars. An Australian must-see for lovers of films like The Matrix and Ready Player One.
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.
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.
A look at five great science fiction short films, each of which is freely available to watch online.
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!
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.
Despite Blade Runner 2049's slow pace, Denis Villeneuve's strong direction and Roger Deakins' camerawork yield a visual masterpiece that builds strongly upon the original.
"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.
Gareth Edwards has delivered the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back. This is everything The Force Awakens should have been.
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!
Countdown six stunning similarities between the opening films of the first two trilogies: The Phantom Menace and A New Hope!
Jake Pentecost, son of Stacker Pentecost, reunites with Mako Mori to lead a new generation of Jaeger pilots, including rival Lambert and 15-year-old hacker Amara, against a new Kaiju threat.
After years of talks, rumours and Internet speculation, fans can finally see what all the fuss is about. Can it possibly live up to rabid expectations? Benjamin Cox hits hyperspace to find out.
The inevitable ballad of the three Hectors. An excellent low-budget time travel movie. If you believe these kinds of movies have nothing to offer anymore, you should try it.
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.
In Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Steven Spielberg captivates moviegoers' curiosity by masterfully balancing the seen and unseen.
Star Trek has been taking its audiences on fantastic journeys since 1966. The films, however, didn't start until 1979 and are still going strong today.
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?
This live-action adaptation of the classic anime might just be what I've never seen before: an excellent live-action adaptation of an anime I love.
Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are rudely awakened in this sci-fi romance. Can they trust each other to face an impending danger? Or will these passengers be thwarted by the airbag?
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.
One of the most influential and important science fiction films in history, does Forbidden Planet hold any appeal to today's more savvy audience? Benjamin Cox blasts off to have a closer look.
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.
1993's "Cyborg 2" (aka "Cyborg 2: Glass Shadow") is a direct to video sequel that probably would've been long forgotten by now if not for its star: a young, then-unknown Angelina Jolie
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!
Now playing in 3D, RealD, IMAX 3D, and conventional movie theaters across the country. Steven Spielberg introduces the world to a future overflowing with a gut punch directly to everything you loved as a child.
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.
"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.
One of the few sci-fi movies I have come back to multiple times in the past 2 decades. The right balance between ideas, action and atmosphere. Now The Matrix has you.
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?
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.
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.
A ranking of Transformers films. The ranking will not include the 1986 film or the new Bumblebee film, instead, it will include the 5 Michael Bay films (Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen, Dark of the Moon, Age of Extinction, and The Last Knight). *Spoilers Ahead*
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.
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.
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.
My thoughts on Denis Villeneuve's 2016 sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker and many more.
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.
Understanding this long Die Antwoord's music video. AI interests me a lot and I normally love Blomkamps style, but I did have problems getting through some parts of this.
Is George Lucas's epic return to his Star Wars universe unfairly maligned or rightly despised? Benjamin Cox uses the Force to find out.
The follow-up to Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic brought an entirely new style and genre into the mix. Would it work? Benjamin Cox takes a look at a rare sequel that is both superb and a little different.
This is a non-spoiler review of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” starring Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, and more!
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?
The horror film Morgan, which is the directorial debut of Ridley Scott's son Luke Scott, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Kate Mara is now playing in theaters.
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!
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.
Couldn't get enough of sci-fi films? Then these movies like I Am Number Four should keep you glued to your seats!
When animalism replaced racism. A reboot of a cult piece of cinema that actually does a decent job and delivers something new and interesting.
A girl is recruited by the rebellion, when word leaks that her father may have built the deadliest weapon in the universe. With little time left, they must find a way to stop it before it's too late.
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.
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...
This is a non-spoiler review of “Pacific Rim: Uprising” starring John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, and more!
Examine Luke's numerous lightsaber battles to determine why he's one of the most underrated Jedi throughout Star Wars!
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?
Load up on your painkillers and your sugar. The Dark Tower is sloppy sci-fi action mixed with disjointed storytelling, but is somehow accidentally entertaining.
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.
Of all the animals found on Dr Moreau's island, Benjamin Cox couldn't help but notice that a turkey wasn't one of them. Time to look back at one of the most troubled productions in the history of Hollywood.
I discuss the film The Last Jedi, what it adds to the series, my thoughts on portrayal, and so forth.
The greatest silent film of all time teaches us about gender, the proletariat, and existential crises over machines.
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.
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.
Benjamin Cox finds himself thrust back into the world's most famous DeLorean for more time-travelling adventures. But for where we're going, we don't need roads...
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.
Steven Spielbergs excellent execution of Philip K. Dicks dystopian determinism. What is the state of our free will in this crime prevention future?
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.
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?