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Alien: Covenant, Getting Deep

“The path to paradise begins in hell.”

Having been born in the late 80’s to a nerdy, sci-fi-loving father, I grew up idolizing the likes of strong-ass bad bitches like Princess Leia, Sarah Connor, and of course Ellen Ripley. From the first Alien movie in 1979, this franchise is almost 40 years in the making. The original trilogy (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3) saw a sequel (Alien: Resurrection) in 1997 and then the addition of two spin-offs (AVP: Alien Vs. Predator, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem) in 2004 and 2007, as well as a prequel (Prometheus) in 2012, and now a sequel to the prequel, Alien: Covenant.  Man was that hard to keep straight, which is an indicator of how difficult to follow the Alien story is getting.


The most recent instalments to the Alien movies are taking the story back in time, to explain the origins of the mysterious xenomorphe “perfect being” aliens. Prometheus centers around a group of scientists following a map, left by several ancient civilizations, to a distant planet they believe to be home to the “Engineers” of the human race. They do indeed find their “Engineers” who, as it turns out, have also created the perasitic, acid-blooded aliens we all know and love, to destroy Earth.

Covenant picks up 6 years after Prometheus, and about 20 years before Alien. It follows the all-couple crew of the spaceship Covenant, the first ever, large-scale, off-Earth colonization mission, carrying 2,000 colonists and 1,000 embryos to a far-off, habitable planet. As if in testiment to the times we’re living in, there is one briefly-shown same-sex couple on the crew, which is otherwise made of up heterosexual couples. Yay progressiveness!

The crew awakes from stasis when a sudden neutrino blast damages the ship, killing the Captain (a James Franco cameo) in a freak stasis-pod accident. While doing repairs the ship receives a distress call from a nearby planet and although the deceased Captain’s wife, Daniels, played by Katherine Waterson, strongly disagrees, a team is sent down to the planet to investigate. Low and behold the usual carnage ensues as several crew members are infected in ways not yet seen, and killed as aliens either burst from their bodies or mutilate them.

In one very memorable and even slightly funny scene, a crew member wanders into a cave with an alien egg, as it opens he is told to “go ahead, take a look.” This is a scene where everyone knows what’s coming and I wanted so badly to scream “Don’t do it!”, yet when it happened I still jumped. Nearly 40 years after the first alien jumped out of the egg and attached to someone’s face and I’m still jumping when it happens, that tells me the franchise is not losing any steam.

However, there is much more going on underneath the surface of this plot. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the movie was the secondary plot about the androids’ relationships to humans and their ability to create and destroy. I won’t go into it too much so as not to give away any spoilers, but the film features two identical androids. David, the original android from Prometheus, who we saw escaping on a ship with sole-survivor Elizabeth Shaw, at the end of Prometheus, and Walter, an updated version of the android serving on the crew of the Covenant, both of whom are played by the magnificent Michael Fassbender.

The crew is briefly rescued from an alien attack by David, who has been on the planet for quite some time it seems. Through an interaction between Walter and David we soon discover that the most significant difference between the two androids is that Walter was updated to specifically not have the ability to create nor destroy anything. Using music composition as a metaphor David tells Walter of the joys both creation and destruction can offer, exclaiming that Walter has symphonies in him.

While the older Alien movies featured their trademark jump-factor scares and gore-based plot components, with a backdrop of mystery behind the aliens and why exactly the Weyland Corporation wants them, the newest movies have a much more philosophical and cerebral backdrop. They still contain the usual components but also interweave a narrative on the origins of humanity, meeting our “Engineers,” and going where no man has gone before. In addition, we start to see a paralleling between the relationship the “Engineers” have with the aliens and the relationship humans have with the androids. It gets deeeeep!

Now if you’re heading into this movie hoping for the highly-entertaining, yelp-inducing, female-dominated sci-fi-horror-esq plot that is the signature of Alien movies, you won’t be disappointed either! Covenant is the first of three that will take the overarching story from that of Elizabeth Shaw in Prometheus, to the beginning of Ellen Ripley’s story in Alien. An ambitious goal that hopefully will not see it’s audience lose interest in the meantime. For all the complicated plotlines I’d say it is worth it to keep with it!

 

Rating: 4 Alien Thumbs Up out of 5

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Another Awesome Mixtape!

“It’s stylish, inventive and don’t worry, there are tons of easter eggs.”

Plug in the walkman people, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is here and it’s a sugary rush with another fantastic mixtape! Once again in high style, James Gunn, the director and writer of the first Guardians of the Galaxy, brings this second installment to life with a lot of familiar faces and a few newbies coming along for the ride. The first Guardians of the Galaxy brought together the original lovable misfit crew, but this time they are actually working together and on the same side for once. They also have a tiny, baby Groot instead. Groot sacrificed himself to save the Guardians at the end of the first movie, when he was regular sized, and now has regenerated into a cute, adorable and slightly more confused version of himself.

Often times sequels can unfortunately come off as a poorly made attempt at bridging the gap between the first and second movies. This is usually done with little to no plot development, or too much plot development and with a huge cliff-hanger ending, thus insuring the audience is still on board to the sequel’s final installment, cough, cough, the recent “Hobbit” trilogy. But this is not the case with Guardians Vol. 2, which has an awesome new soundtrack to take out for a spin and wow it’s audience. Gunn, instead of going off in many different directions, tries to keep to one story and this adventure only, with the main goal being to find out, dun-dun-dun, who Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord’s father is.

The now newly formed Guardians of the Galaxy, are hired out by anyone that needs help or saving and they are shaping up to have a great team dynamic, all working together, on the same page, until Rocket (played by Bradley Cooper) steals some very important batteries from one of their clients, oops. This is the first taste we get of Rocket’s character developing into the self-sabotaging type. From then on, all bets are off and they start to wonder if they really should be staying together as the Guardians they are supposed to be. The second movie takes place only a few months after the first, so Rocket didn’t waste anytime trying to stir up the pot and potentially break up the budding family dynamic.

Even when they are fighting amongst each other, or in the movie’s culminating, epic battle, each image is skillfully crafted with dazzling visuals to impress and light up the screen. There is one particular scene on a dying planet where Gamora is in a desert cave silhouetted with sand and wind wisping through; she is in danger, but the shot is just gorgeous. Gunn is able to create beauty in destruction. It was somewhat reminiscent of Charlize Theron as Furiosa in a scene from Mad Max Fury Road where she screams out while kneeling in the whirling sand; both scenes are powerful and stunning. (I thought the opening sequence/fight against the time-traveling octopus thing was a great example of this too!)

Another particularly well thought-out scene comes when Rocket and Yondu (played by the marvelous Michael Rooker), are trying to meet up with the rest of the Guardians. Yes, Yondu’s the one with the blue skin and crazy red mohawk-like thing on his head. Rocket and Yondu are traveling to several different planets through “jump points,” of which it is only safe to go through 75 at one time, but they decide to go through 300! They are going so fast that their bodies go haywire and crazy things start to happen. Their eyes and noses and hands bulge and shrink at a rapid rate, in an almost cartoonish effect. It is kind of a neat trick, reminiscent of 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit or even better, an actual comic, and shows how much attention to detail Gunn has.

There is plenty of humor and slapstick peppered throughout, similar to the first movie, but this time around they turn it up a notch, with countless 80’s pop culture references. Peter Quill, blatantly yells out random “Cheers” references and a famous man who used to wear red swim trunks, he shows up too!

Volume 2 is maybe not better than the first one, but it comes pretty darn close. It’s stylish, inventive and don’t worry, there are tons of easter eggs. Hint, they really are gearing up for Thor Ragnarok. So if you are having a rough day and want to go snort with laughter uncomfortably like Drax, or need a good movie for your own crew’s night out; Volume 2 does not disappoint.

Rating 4 Alien Thumbs Up out of 5

 

Festival Films

The 42nd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is proud to have these terrific films as part of this year’s Festival. This is in alphabetical order, and where we can, we have linked to its trailer. Actual showtimes can be found on our Festival Schedule page. These are not the films in the 24-hour SciFi Marathon. This page will be updated with new information as the Festival approaches, so please visit often.


“Mad Max on Ice” ~ Slash Film

2307: WINTER’S DREAM
(US, 2017) NE Premiere. Multi Film Fest winner! In 2307, Hell has finally frozen over . The nuclear winter endures. A genetically enhanced soldier is ordered to destroy the a humanoid rebellion. Stars Paul Sidhu, Branden Coles, Arielle Holmes (Am Honey) 103m. d: Joey Curtis
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“Cerebral and at times truly chilling…highly recommended.” ~ Den of Geek

ANTI-MATTER
(UK, 2016) US Premiere. A noirish intelligent thriller. A woman’s memories are compromised when she accidentally travels through, and then back, an artificial worm hole. 105m. d: Keir Burrows
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“A delightfully deranged steampunk adventure.” ~ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“A thrilling tale that respects the intelligence of its audience.” ~ Variety

APRIL & THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD
(France, 2016) #SciFiKids. It’s 1941, France, it is an alternate reality which is governed by Napolean V, and where steam power rules. Avril (Marion Cotillard) goes in search of her missing scientist parents who suddenly vanished. Award winning animation. 105m. d: Christian Desmares, Franck Ekinci
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“Broken will in fact break you.” ~ Bloody Disgusting
“Has a surprising sense of style and a sure hand” – Dread Central

BROKEN
(UK, 2016) #SciFrightFriday. NE Premiere A crippled, depraved rock star is taken care of by a young woman with a past. Not your typical horror film. 98m.  d: Shaun Robert Smith
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DEAD SUNRISE
(Australia, 2016) #SciFrightFriday. US Premiere. Friends find a reclusive lab and unwittingly unleash flesh eating children onto the world. Oops. 83m. d: Michal Imielski
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DIVERGE
(US, 2016) Winner, Best Film, Lund Film Fest. The survivor of a deadly virus is given the chance to reclaim his lost life by stopping the man responsible for the disease. 85m. d: James Morrison


“Social media meets the apocalypse” ~ Austin Chronicle
“‘End of the world’ thriller that is top notch from beginning to end.” ~ ain’t it cool news

DOMAIN
(US, 2016) NE Premiere. Audience Award Other Worlds Fest, Austin TX. A deadly virus wipes out most of humanity, survivors are forced to wait alone in self-sustaining bunkers while the viral threat runs its course. 97m.  d: Nathaniel Atcheson
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“Tension and technological horror collide.” ~ Wicked Horror

ELECTRIC NOSTALGIA
(US, 2016) A woman awakes to find out she was dead. She’s not even in her old body, and then there are the nightmares. Black & white. 91m. d: Jacob Leighton Burns
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ENERGY!!! THE MOVIE
(Italy, 1993) Discovery! US Premiere.  An energy scientist is holed up in a hotel challenged by elites, and a scheming mistress. Never shown in the US, the film stars acid-guru Timothy Leary in one of his last performances. d: Andrea Marfori (Evil Clutch)


FANTASTIC PLANET
(France, 1973) #SciFiKids. Cannes-awarded 1973 counterculture classic is a perennially compelling statement against conformity and violence. With its eerie, coolly surreal cutout animation by Roland Topor; brilliant psychedelic jazz score by Alain Goraguer; and wondrous creatures and landscapes, FP was, and still is, a classic. d: Rene Laloux
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IMMIGRATION GAME
(Germany, 2016) World Premiere. Germany has solved the unwanted guest problem. “Refugees” are left outside the city. If they make downtown, they’re in. Except, ‘citizens’ can hunt them, to the death. 96m. d: Krystof Zlatnik
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“Unexpectedly thrilling adventure from Hayao Miyazaki” ~ Reel Film
“Picture Terry Gilliam doing an animated Star Wars by way of Jules Verne.” ~ Deseret News

LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY
(Japan, 1983) #SciFiKids. Saving a girl’s life sets a lad soaring into adventure with all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta’s past in abandoned castle on a floating castle. 125m. d: Hayao Miyazaki
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LAST BROKEN DARKNESS
(S. Africa, 2017) World Premiere. Eight years after the world ends, humanity has sought refuge under ground. One man, with nothing left to lose, finds there is more to himself when he and a young girl are left alone to survive and find their way home after their team is killed off by mysterious creatures. 127m. d: Christopher-Lee Santos
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“A hallucinatory, panic-inflected descent” ~ Sight & Sound
“Highly original premise and turns it into a pedal-to-the-metal thriller.” ~ The Movie

LOST SOLACE
(US, 2016) NE Premiere. A psychopath has a fateful encounter with a new drug. What follows is a mind-bending trip down the psychedelic highway of consciousness coming face to face with his own morality and his own twisted soul. 106m. d: Chris Scheuerman
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MAGELLAN
(US, 2017) World Premiere. NASA picks up mysterious signals from within our own solar system. A multi-year mission is planned with Astronaut Roger Nelson aboard The Magellan is launched. What lies ahead & what is left behind is the challenge. 100m. d: Rob York
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“This is vital and exciting beautiful stuff.  Love it.” ~ AICN, Harry Knowles

NOVA SEED
(Can., 2016) #SciFiKids. NE Premiere. Beneath a dying world, the Mindskull weaponizes the planet’s power for the ultimate destroyer. Can mankind find a way to stop this Evil before time runs out? The only answer lies within the Nova Seed. 64 m. For children 10+.  d: Nick DiLiberto
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OCCUPANTS
(US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner! A documentarian named Annie ropes her husband into a project that involves setting up cameras throughout their house. Complications arise when the cameras start showing that same couple in an alternate, dark universe. with Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Picardo. d: Russell Emmanuel
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OMG I’M A ROBOT
(Israel, 2015) East Coast Premiere. A loser nebbish discovers his true nature with romantic & comic results. In Hebrew with subtitles. 90m. d: Tal Goldberg, Gal Zelezniak
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PROJECT EDEN, VOL. 1
(New Zealand/US, 2017) World Premiere. Aided by an ex-military officer, a young woman becomes an unwitting fugitive after discovering that her son’s catatonic state may be at the heart of a global conspiracy. With Erick Avari (The Mummy), Mike Dopud (The Strain, Continuum) 95m.  d: Ashlee Jensen, Terrance Young
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TELEIOS
(UK, 2016) Fantastic Planet, Fantasmagorical Film Fest winner! A rescue crew is sent to recover a deep space mining vessel. There is also the question of why there are no survivors . With Sunny Mabrey & Michael Nouri: d. Ian Truitner
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THE KAOS BRIEF
(US, 2017) World Premiere. KAOS, a hacktivist group, reveals top secret information found in the Edward Snowden files. It is footage filmed by four high school seniors. The video reveals a terrifying ordeal, from markings on their bodies, lost time, and mysterious visitations, their world has become dangerous. Social media exposes it all. 80m. d: JP Mandarino
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“Original … thought provoking, intelligently written.” ~ Slamdance

THE ASCENDANTS ANTHOLOGY
(US, 2017) World Premiere. In the near future, proof of the afterlife creates a corrupt dystopia. A socio-theologic scifi thriller where the afterlife has been confirmed and monitored by science, and that may not be such a good thing. Now salvation and damnation rest in exclusively mortal hands. 60m. d. Don Schechter
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THE LANDING
(US, 2017) World Premiere. The 1973 controversial Apollo mission is explored with no stone left unturned. In interviews conducted on the 25th anniversary of the incident, witnesses and participants reveal layers of mystery surrounding these little-known events, which few realize, it almost destroyed NASA. 83m. d. Mark Dodson, David Dodson
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“Surreal, and ultimately very moving.” ~ ScreenAnarchy

THE OPEN
(France, 2015) MultiFest Winner. War is global. Yet Stéphanie & André are preparing to play tennis… without any balls. They believe in it. So much that they could even convince Ralph, a guerilla from the plain, to lay down his gun… and take up his racket. Probing & smart. 103m. d: Marc Lahore
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THE TOMORROW PARADOX
(US, 2016) An insomniac’s black-market sleep aid sends his mind time-travelling. Is he a suspect in a woman’s disappearance or is it the drug? Lots of Boston connections. 98 m. d: Bruce Wemple
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THE WORLDS OF PHILIP K DICK
Presented in association with BOSKONE
(France, 2015) NE Premiere. Blade Runner. Minority Report. Total Recall. Paycheck,. And more. Cinema has been drawn to Philip K. Dick’s work. Themes of memory, loss of self, controlled societies all echo in the 21st century. This documentary explore the man, his writings and his films. 52 m. d: Yann Couquart
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VIRTUAL REVOLUTION
(France/US, 2016) Multi Film Fest winner. East Coast Premiere
Paris 2047. Everybody seems to be spending all their time connected to virtual worlds, and with reality taking a back seat, no one seems to care when restive naturalists start disappearing. Noirish. 93m. d. Guy-Roger Duvert
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“Combines solid entertainment, chilling topicality, and superbly intelligent serio-comic story values.” ~ Variety

WESTWORLD
Presented by Boston Public Radio’s Jim Braude & Margery Eagan
(US, 1973) “Have we got a vacation for you!” Join BPR’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan — along with critic Garen Daly — for a far out WGBH Cinema Classic Challenge! In an amusement park for the rich, vacationers live fantasies through elaborate animatronic sets. Things go deadly wrong when a robot gunslinger stalks the clientele.  88m. d. Michael Crighton
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“An atmospheric dose of sylvan shivers” ~ Hollywood Reporter

WITHOUT NAME
(Ireland, 2017) An ancient forest gets restive when a land surveyor is assigned to measure it for development. Brooding, eerie, and Celtic. 93m. d: Lorcan Finnegan
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Garen & Nat’s 17 Predictions for ’17

2017-prediction-gfxWith the deeply disturbing 2016 coming to a welcome close, what will 2017 bring? Here are Nat Segaloff and Garen Daly’s not-so-well considered thoughts.

1. AMC theatres will open a new megaplex in Quincy MA replete with all the bells & whistles except one: humans. Yep they finally did it. They built a movie theatre that isn’t populated by any of those pesky, demanding staff.  ATMs will sell tickets, a concession conveyor belt will dispense artery hardening food, scanning centers will allow people into designated theatres (RFID chips embedded in the tickets will ensure that nobody switches auditoriums), and iRobot Roombas will clean the places. Self-absorbed Millennials won’t notice any of this because they will continue texting to no one in particular and taking pictures of their popcorn. Hipsters will notice but will decide that movies aren’t cool enough, at least not until they become more retro. 

2. On a whim, the beloved Brattle Theatre plays the lottery and wins – big. They buy the old Harvard Sq Theatre building, turning it into a beautiful, comfortable, stylish 12 screen complex. One screen will be devoted to old 8mm home movies (you can send yours now) but, more importantly, the overrated Kendall Sq Cinema will suffer by comparison.

3. Suffering, Landmark’s Kendall Sq’s owners give in and actually improve their facility by putting in comfortable seats and having audio that actually sounds acoustically correct. The staff will also lose their “too cool for school” attitude.

3a. It is later reported that the Kendall Sq Cinema’s “too cool for school” attitude has been seen lurking near the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

4. The number of film festivals in Boston will exceed 99 when the Boston International Exotic Fruit Film Festival begins. It specializes in films where characters have lengthy scenes with fleshy seed bearers from another country. 

4a. Nationally, a number of Film Festival Director’s souls go missing. This will not be noticed until Eugene Jarecki makes a documentary about it. No reason is apparent until several indie pictures about Faust begin winning awards.

5. Plagued by plunging ratings for Trump TV, President Trump, aka Donny Very Small Hands, fires the American People. He blames them for destroying the greatness of the America that he loves. You know, the one where everything is in gold and his privilege exceeds all others.

5a. In response, those Americans whose brains haven’t atrophied boycott all Trump businesses.

5b. In response, Trump ratchets it up in a series of tweets. He blames the National Enquirer for spreading unfounded rumors as if they were facts. He is particularly aggrieved by their editors. He demands they take off their aluminum foil hats and go back to their own planet before he builds a wall around the Earth (Of course, he will make them pay for it.)

6. Feeling the love for Boston, Trump appoints car magnate Ernie Boch Jr ambassador to Russia. This becomes known as “Come On Down Diplomacy.” Vladimir Putin gets a new Subaru as part of the deal, but he already knew that. Hacking is such sweet sorrow. 

7. A server at Durgin-Park Restaurant will sue the owners after she is fired for being polite. Accused of subordination (rather than insubordination), Maura Walsh (not her real name) will tearfully explain, “I got fed up with flinging finnan haddie and Indian pudding at total strangers with a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude.” She will lose when the owners argue (and argue and argue) that brusqueness is a trade secret.

8. Apple goes back to basics and makes a product that is easy and simple to use. Hipsters find it so cool that they ignore it. Stock plunges.

9. Facebook will announce that they’ve been hacked by members of the Dark Net. But not to worry because embedded in all those cute cat pictures are Trojan Horses that turn the hackers’ computers will turn into repositories of big eyed kittens and disgustingly cute songs. They’ll be trapped in a maddening world of cloy. Incidents of hackers’ depression explode. At least that’s what their mothers report after hearing noises in their basements.

10. All the film distributors (Paramount, Fox, Columbia, etc.) will merge their sales and operations into one company called Aggregate Acceptance Corp. This does not include The Weinstein Company, which says it will join but then changes their mind, demanding separate Oscar consideration.

11. In an effort to get better T service, Brighton changes its name to “Not In Service” because that’s where most of the Green Line trolleys always seem to be headed.

12. Boston Celtic GM Danny Ainge gets a guest shot on American Hoarders who reveal his basement is loaded with stacks of unused draft picks.

13. NE Patriot coach Bill Belichek will trade owner Robert Kraft to the Cleveland Browns for two #1 picks and a conditional #4. “It’s what’s best for the team”, he drones.

13a.Tom Brady is discovered in the locker room sucking the air out of a football and explains that it looked sick and he was only giving it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

14. The Red Sox will sell the PawSox to a Chinese manufacturing group who misunderstood the concept of farm teams and thinks they are an agricultural endeavor rather than a breeding ground for trading overpaid (and possibly over the hill) baseball players.

14a. Then the Red Sox will use their new-found windfall to purchase Curt Schilling. They will lock him up, thus ending his embarrassing post baseball career and preserving the memory of his legendary pitching prowess.

15. Hazy Auguries
a. Hillary Clinton is astonished when all of her top secret e-mails are returned in a single batch by MAILER-DAEMON as having been undeliverable.
b. “Cheers” on Beacon Hill (formerly the Bull & Finch Pub), finally realizing that the TV show is longer being shown, changes its name to the “Game of Thrones Tavern” and becomes an R rated cosplay hotspot.
c. A digital screening of “Groundhog Day” at this year’s 42nd annual Boston Science Fiction Film Festival gets stuck repeating the same chapter for two hours before anybody notices.
d. Starbucks buys Dunkin’ Donuts and surprises everyone by finally serving coffee that tastes like coffee and isn’t just an excuse to drink cream and sugar.

16. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, Steven Spielberg will once again make a film that Americans want to see.

17. Garen & Nat will snap out of their self-induced reverie and accept the reality that none of their predictions for 2017 will come true.

Garen Daly is the founder of the Boston Science Fiction Film Festival, Feb 10-20 2017, Somerville Theatre. He is an alleged media personality, film analyst/commentator and sometime director of the Orson Welles Complex, a documentary. on Boston’s most famous movie theatre.

Nat Segaloff is an author, screenplay writer and erstwhile Boston Herald journalist. He has written books on William Friedkin, Arthur Penn and more. His next book, coming out this spring on NESFA press, will be on legendary writer Harlan Ellison. He has produced TV shows, plays and dabbled in just about every media form there is. He currently lives in LA, where he really tries to return phone calls.

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Submit Your Film

Darth SubmitThe 42nd Boston Science Fiction Film Festival is now accepting submissions for this year’s fest.

Categories include feature film, short film, web series, music videos, documentary and whatever the judges deem appropriate. Barring the ill-conceived, and reprehensible, all visual forms of science fiction, science fiction and plain ol’ weird will be considered.

Winners in the major categories will get more than the normal swag and accolade, but also an iRobot Roomba. We’ll have more details on this as we get closer and sponsors come on board.

To submit your film please use either FilmFreeway or WithoutaBox.

In addition to submitting your film, we hope you’ll come and visit. We have deals with hotels, we’ll be having events, parties and workshops for filmmakers. Heck, if you have a special talent and want to host a workshop, please let us know. Email us at info (at) BostonSciFi.com. Put “Workshop Idea” in the subject line.

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Tickets on Sale!

Phoenix Ticket v1Early bird tickets go on sale August 1, 2015 for the 41st Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon. They can be purchased via the web site through Paypal or by snail mail. For snail mail, please make checks out to Zeotrope Media 106 Jeremy Hill Rd Pelham NH 03076.

As always the ticket prices will slowly be increasing as we near the event.

The Boston Science Fiction Film Festival and Marathon will be held February 5 – 15 2016 at the Somerville Theatre 55 Davis Square in Somerville MA.

Redeeming Thon Tickets

20150215_105522 copyHad a Ticket, but missed the ‘Thon due to the Weather?

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Oh No, A Rescheduling!

the-shining-snowThe snow is forcing us to make some adjustments to our schedule for today, Feb 9, 2015.

The 7:30 pm show of Temporal Globes will be moved to Sunday 2/15 at 1:00 pm in the Micro-Cinema. Previously purchased tickets will be honored.

The 9:00 pm show of Chrysalis will be rescheduled to 3:00 pm on Sunday 2/15 in the Micro-Cinema. Previously purchased tickets will be honored.

The 7:00 show of Boy 7 will screen as originally published, with the possibility of an additional screening over this upcoming weekend.

Our apologies for any inconvenience, but the safety of our staff does take precedence.

Thank you for your understanding.