Friday, January 31, 2020

Nightflyers 2018 vs Another Life 2019

The two sci-fi TV Series share a surprising number of elements. Nightflyers aired on Syfy channel in 2018 and Another Life on Netflix in 2019.  Both shows have these things in common.

1. A mission to meet an alien race that is baffling scientists
2. A holographic character played by a black actor.  (That is a strange coincidence)
3. A computer intelligence that may be causing issues with the mission
4.  A character that has to face dangerous radiation to complete a task.   

Not knowing the back story of the series productions -- I would guess that Another Life is the one ripping off Nightflyers, since it pretty much ripped off every sci-fi story I've ever seen in its first season.  Below are some brief thoughts about both series.

Nightflyers 2018

Nightflyers originally aired on the Syfy Channel.  It was based on a George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) novella.   Unfortunately, it was canceled after a short 10 episode run.   It was basically a sci-fi horror series.   It felt at times like American Horror Story in space.
The spacecraft the Nightflyer is on a mission to track down a mysterious alien craft.  The 10 episode run features a mysterious presence on the ship that is sabotaging the mission.  A person with super psychic powers and the mystery of the alien craft itself.  It explores some interesting horror in space tropes --but in some interesting ways that keep it fresh enough to be interesting. 

The only problem with the show for me is that the premature ending since it didn't get a second season leaves too many interesting questions unanswered. The ending feels abrupt as a result.   Also, there was a weird storyline where one of the main characters basically goes insane and because they need him for something in the next episode it is almost treated as if he didn't do those things (which wasn't believable). 


Another Life 2019
Here are the comments about this series that I posted on Facebook while watching it.  If it wasn't binge-able I wouldn't have finished the season.

Another Life 2019. A rip off of every sci-fi movie ever —- just less interesting. This show would have been canceled so quickly on network tv Warning SPOILERS in the comment section.       4 Episodes in. If this show was longer than 10 episodes and available to binge I would probably stop watching. I’ll give it about 2 more episodes.
6 episodes in this show officially sucks. It seems like the story on Earth which is a rip off of Arrival has been all but forgotten. The ship bound story has absolutely nothing new to offer and we are supposed to believe that one of the main crew was actually a kidnapper at one point that had kidnapped Starbuck’s character. Give me a break. This show has zero credibility with this random sidetrack storyline.     It doesn’t get any better. In fact, it only gets worse. What a pointless pile of crap.  I just saw that this crap show was renewed for a second season. No thanks

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


This time on the pod, we talk about A Christmas Story and it’s follow up Ollie Hopnoodle’s Haven of Bliss as well as Christmas Vacation and the controversial Christmas movie, Die Hard.    Things take an unexpected dark turn while discussing A Christmas Story that you will have to listen to in order to find out.

Friday, December 6, 2019

2:22 2017 8 out of 10

2:22  2017  8 out of 10

In 2:22 an air traffic controller has a strange occurrence on the job that leads to a couple of planes crashing.  His quick actions help to avoid the accident, but he is put on leave while the incident is investigated.  His friend gives him tickets to an interesting acrobatic play where he meets and hits it off with a beautiful woman.  They find out that both of them share the exact same birthday. 

He starts to notice some strange patterns that seem to keep repeating over and over again every single day at the same time.  He investigates these weird occurrences trying to explain it and discovers that he is destined to replay the deadly events of a murder that happened 30 years ago on the day he was born.  It was a clever and interesting film.  I have seen TV episodes that play with this theme before, so it isn’t a completely new concept –but I really enjoyed how this version of that theme was told.  The noticing of the daily patterns was interesting and could have gone in many different directions which was interesting. 

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Time Freak 2018 7 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 15)

Time Freak  2018   7 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 15) 

Time Freak was a fun Time Travel comedy/drama about a physics student who is dumped by his girlfriend.  He is devastated by the breakup and channels his frustration into building a time machine. He and his stoner best friend travel back to key points in his relationship trying to fix the things that went wrong. This time travel machine basically works as a phone app where they jump into their bodies in those moments in the past.  He can basically rewind moments and try them over again.  This app leads to some good comic moments for example as he keeps reliving a really good moment his friend is stuck in an elevator and going insane. He is finally able to successfully fix things to where they don’t break up, but he becomes obsessed with using the machine to basically fix even the slightest of things to create the perfect life, which ironically is too perfect and flawed by its lack of conflict.  He finds out his friend has been secretly using the machine as well to fix his life.  We fast forward two years and now he is married and we see a dinner party where she burns the meal.  He uses the time machine to set a timer so it doesn't burn.  He finally comes to the realization that he is basically playing god and has basically been unfairly manipulating his wife into a what amounts to a prison of a relationship he has created.  His use of the time machine is basically equivalent to a drug addiction. 

 Despite being a comedy – when you really think about what he is doing it is really a dark film, which is why for me it should have ended differently.  The film should have ended differently.  If it had ended the way it should of it probably would have been an 8 out of 10 instead of a 7 out of 10.  Who wouldn’t want the chance to fix things in their life that have gone wrong?  To correct bad decisions or moments and avoid pain.  I really like how this movie made me think about things.  That is probably one of the reasons Time Travel films interest me so much.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Curvature 2017 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 16)

Curvature  2017 5 out of 10 (Time Travel Movie # 16)

As Time Travel movies go Curvature is a very average film with nothing really new or super interesting to add to the genre.  The film centers on Helen whose husband as recently died from "suicide".   Still grieving she returns to work only to blackout for several days awaking at home where she receives a phone call from herself warning her the someone is coming to kill her.  From here the movie turns into a cat and mouse chase film as she tries to figure things out with the help of a friend.   She unravels the mystery which involves her husband's work on a time machine in which somehow she has sent herself back to keep herself from killing the person that actually murdered her husband.   

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Annihilation 2018 2 out of 10 (Really quick thoughts)

Other than revisiting Veronica Mars this was one of the first things that caught my eye to watch on Hulu.  I like Natalie Portman.  I like Sci-fi movies and it was directed by the director that did Ex-Machina.   I even thought the concept of the movie seemed interesting, so I was hoping that I was in for a good sci-fi film.   Unfortunately, I found the film dull and boring and lost interest in the story and the characters about halfway through the movie.   Being a completist I reluctantly stuck it out to the end.

It was like watching grass grow.  Sure, the grass was some mutant multi-colored fungus grass that formed in the shape of people –but it was still grass.  It felt like watching characters sleepwalk through a boring dream that has no purpose.  The ending although visually interesting was predictable.  Needless to say, this film was a real disappoint.

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Friday, November 1, 2019


Three years in the making, we finally review the “cult classic” Bloodsucking Freaks.  The film was originally called “Sardu: Master of the Screaming Virgins”.  Later on it was renamed as “The Incredible Torture Show” and then finally as it’s final title, Bloodsucking Freaks. This strange film was earned cult status among our group of friends because of the characters Ralphus and memorable lines that were often misquoted and remembered differently.  The film was never as good or funny as we remembered, but the stuck in our heads.  After name dropping it since the start of the podcast we finally felt brave enough to discuss it.

WARNING this episode is not for the faint of heart or easily offended.  I can't even include the trailer on this one.
 Enjoy as we discuss Blood Sucking Freaks.