Space Raiders (1983) Review

The foremost example of movie adaptations of corn-based snack foods, “Space Raiders” the movie actually bears little resemblance to its crispy namesakes (probably because it predates them by about four years). It does, however, have a similar nutritional content given its primarily a concoction of reused and repurposed VFX shots and musical cues from James…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E10) Et in Arcadia Ego Part 2 Review

*SPOILERS* “Star Trek” is fond of borrowing from Shakespeare and “Star Trek” starring Patrick Stewart doubly so, so I wish I could say that nothing in “Star Trek: Picard” became it like the leaving of it but I can’t. What I can say is that “Et in Arcadia Ego Part 2” was “Star Trek: Picard”…

Craggus Comfort Movies: Battle Beyond The Stars (1980) Review

There’s something so intoxicatingly comforting about Roger Corman’s sci-fi reimagining of “The Magnificent Seven”, itself a remake of “Seven Samurai” that I’m surprised it’s not regulated by the government. It’s appeal probably lies in its perfect placement at the start of the home video boom in the early eighties when it was available to rent…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E09) Et in Arcadia Ego Part 1 Review

*SPOILER* Like “Star Trek: Voyager” and Marvel’s Avengers before it, “Star Trek Picard” has reached its endgame. In now-typical fashion, it’s a confusing and frenetic opening to the two-part “Et in Arcadia Ego”, one that makes you feel like you may have missed a scene or two at the end of the last episode. You’ll…

There’s no puzzle to what gives Labyrinth (1986) its magic.

Published as part of Realweegiemidget’s Pop Stars Moonlighting Blogathon 2020. There’s an immutability to the best of Jim Henson’s work and it’s that sense of timelessness that marks “Labyrinth” out as one of the finest classics of his astonishingly rich legacy. While many of Henson’s frequent collaborators – George Lucas, Frank Oz – were involved…

Star Trek: Picard (S1E08) Broken Pieces Review

*SPOILERS* A great many things become clear as “Star Trek: Picard” manoeuvres its characters and pieces for its first season endgame. Ironically, the episode called “Broken Pieces” is the one which starts to show how everything fits together. But first, in depressingly customary form, we begin with another flashback – to fourteen years ago again…