Category Archives: Sci-Fi

Film Review No.386: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1-1

Would you look at that. I’m all up to date on them Hunger Games films what the teens like to watch and stuff. Maybe I’ll even go see part 2 in the cinema. It’s been a bit of a rocky ride. I really liked the first film, despite it’s lack of originality, but man I wasn’t keen on Catching Fire. The film… not the act of catching fire itself. I felt like the second film was entirely pointless as nothing really happens. It was essentially another Hunger games event with people saying Katniss has inspired rebellion without showing rebellion or even her developing to a point where she grows into her role as a figurehead for the movement. So, as I found the previous films to be diametrically opposed in quality, what did I think of the first half of Mockingjay? Click my link below to read my words about it.

Like, Mockingjays aren’t a real thing. This film’s title is nonsense.

Film Review No.384: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome 3

Well here we are. The last Mad Max film left for me to cover on Film Dump. Got them all done this year too. I guess that counts as a season, right? No? OK. I’m pretty glad that I did get around to covering these films. Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome I hadn’t seen for a long time. The original film is always a joy for me and God damn Fury Road was awesome. Thunderdome is the first Mad Max film I ever saw back in the 80s as a wee lad. Around then Mad Max was still a huge deal. Mel Gibson was a huge star beloved by all. One of those things can still be said today at least. So, how has Beyond Thunderdome aged? Lets find out shall we?

Two men enter, One man leaves… is probably the beginning of a joke or something.

Film Review No.382: Terminator 2 – Judgment Day


After watching the first Terminator film recently I developed a hankering to watch its sequel. For some reason I didn’t own a copy though. This was a troubling development as I was unsure how I could allow myself to reach the age of 33 without a copy of T2. Well, do not fret, for I have fixed this egregious error and have purchased for myself a blu-ray copy of the film, along with copies of Mad Maxes The Road Warrior and Beyond Thunderdome. So, without further ado… here’s my review of Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

Chill out, dickwad

Film Review No.380: Ex Machina


Oh it feels good to watch an actual real film for once. Not a superhero thing, or a superhero thing masquerading as an action flick. Just an actual film with people talking and themes being explored as opposed to just being lightly touched upon. Granted, I’ve watched a sci-fi film. Not exactly a million miles away from the relatively mindless genre wank I’ve been staring at recently. Ex Machina is also one of my favourite types of sci-fi. By which I mean the type that could have easily been an episode of The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone or, maybe, even The Scary Door. So, yeah… here’s my review of Alex Garland’s directorial debut, Ex Machina.

From the machine

Film Review No.379: Ant-Man


Ant-Man is the latest in a long line of Marvel Cinematic Universe films people decided would be rubbish before it was released only to be proven wrong. Have I spoiled that the film is actually really quite good with that first sentence? Yes. Yes I have. Please do read the rest of this review though, despite my conclusion being all up front and stuff. I just feel it’s worth pointing out early on that Ant-Man is good and you should probably see it. Now I’ll tell you why and stuff.

Honey I shrunk the theif

Film Review No.378: The Terminator


This review is a little bit delayed. Normally I review a film a day or so after watching it for review purposes. I watched the original Terminator film way over a week ago, literally right before seeing Terminator Genisys. So yeah, I took my time getting this done. I hadn’t seen the film for a couple of years. Terminator is one of those films I grew up with back in the days when parents gave zero shits what their kids watched. Oh the 80s was a grand time. So, how does James Cameron’s (second) first film hold up today? Really fucking well actually. Click below for wordstuffs.

My opinion on this can’t be reasoned with, it can’t be bargained with etc etc.

Film Review No.376: Terminator Genisys


The good thing about a franchise compromising of two universally praised films and two universally panned films is that a director, in this case Alan Taylor, only has to aim for mediocre in order to be regarded as the third best. Of course, it helps if the film is more on the side of good though. In that regard Alan Taylor has pretty much managed to hit a home run. In as much as Terminator Genisys is pretty decent and enough above mediocre to be on the right side of enjoyable. But lets go into more detail shall we? A semi spoilery review coming up. Although none more spoilery than the trailers have been really.

Genisys is the name of an operating system in the film, which is probably quite realistic.


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