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Traitor of Mars

Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars

Some old friends are back in this animated, kick-ass film about legendary Space Marines, err I mean the Mobile Infantry (MI). If you aren’t familiar with the characters, they are loosely based on the classic bildungsroman about a group of high school kids thrust into a war for survival of their species. An invading swarm of giant, spider-like bugs mercilessly slaughters anything in their path. Traitor of Mars is the latest film to feature many of the original characters from the 1997 film Starship Troopers, also written by Edward Neumeier. Because Traitor of Mars is an animated film, there is no limit to the amount of effects. And we finally get to see the power suits that Heinlein introduced to our world back in 1959, which arguably launched the mecha armor craze that is still strong today.

Overall it was just a fun film that I will definitely be adding to my Blu-ray collection. The addition of the much missed power suits alone makes it a must watch for fans of Heinlein’s work. And I had to scour the NET to find the old Microprose PC game from 2000 that I used to play that I swear heavily influenced certain elements of the film. Many times while watching the movie, I kept having flashbacks of playing it and wondering how long the Lost Patrol would last under my command. [Incidentally, there was a 2005 Starship Troopers PC game that apparently stunk.] 

If you are a fan of Neumeier’s other writing, I think this one holds up to his style, and I really loved the end credits metal adaption of Basil Poledouris’ original score from 1997. It made me want to suit up and jump – because, after all nobody lives forever!

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Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

“Why aren’t you laughing?” Joker Directed by: Sam Liu Written by: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Alan Moore Cast: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong, Maury Sterling Swift shot: I heard about this graphic novel a few years ago, and it is considered one of the must read stories for Joker freaks. Basically, to be considered […]

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The Secret Life Of Pets

The Secret Life of Pets

Full of amusing characters, a fresh script, and imagination! Directed by: Yarrow Cheney, Chris Renaud Written by: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio, Brian Lynch Cast: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate Swift shot: If you are a pet owner, you know how much fun it is wondering what you are coming home to each night. For […]

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Finding Dory

Finding Dory

Unforgettable Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane Written by: Andrew Stanton, Victoria Strouse, Bob Peterson Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neill, Hayden Rolence Swift shot: Back in 2003 Pixar introduced us to an overprotective clown fish who lost his son and traveled far across the ocean along with the help of a forgetful blue tang […]

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