Category Archives: Film

Some Comments on the 2018 Nebula Award Winners (and a bit about the Eurovision Song Contest)

So the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards were announced yesterday and the finale of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest took place as well. And lest they be forgotten, the winners of the 2018 AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Martin Böttcher

German film composer Martin Böttcher (1927 – 2019) died April 19th aged 91. Once again, there is no English language obituary, but here are some German ones from Tagesschau, RP Online and Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Deutschlandfunk Kultur also has a nice … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Hugo Award Finalists, Part II: The 2019 Hugo Awards

And here is part II of my overview of the 2019 Hugo Award and 1944 Retro Hugo Award finalists, this time with the 2019 Hugo Award finalists. Part I with my take on the 1944 Retro Hugo finalists is here. … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Hugo Award Finalists, Part I: The 1944 Retro Hugo Awards

So the finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards and the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards were announced today. This time, the announcement manages not to coincide with any major holidays of any world religion, though personally I really prefer it, when … Continue reading

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Some Comments on the 2019 Academy Award Winners

So the winners of the 2019 Academy Awards were announced last night with the usual pomp and circumstance and gorgeous gowns, but without the usual host, since the guy they picked disqualified himself due to homophobic remarks and bad behaviour. … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the 2018 Nebula Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 Nebula Awards have been announced today, as have the finalists for the 2018 Aurealis Award and the finalists for the 2018 BSFA Awards were announced a few days ago. If you want to read the … Continue reading

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In Memoriam Václav Vorlíček

Czech film director Václav Vorlíček died today aged 88. You may never have heard Václav Vorlíček’s name until today, but if you were a kid in Eastern and/or Western Europe in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, you have almost certainly … Continue reading

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A Few Words on Some Very Lacklustre Academy Award Nominees

So the nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards have been announced today and it’s a very lacklustre selection. The SFF world is rejoicing that Black Panther got a Best Picture nod, the first ever superhero film to do so, which … Continue reading

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And the 2018 Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents goes to…

I actually meant to do this yesterday, but New Year’s Eve was kind of busy, so I will announced the 2018 winner of the coveted (not) Darth Vader Parenthood Award for Outstandingly Horrible Fictional Parents on the first (well, second, … Continue reading

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Chuck Wendig, James Gunn, Chelsea Cain and the Silencing of Creatives

The following excursion into the past is going to be long, but bear with me, because there is a valid connection to what is happening today. Send to Kindle

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