11/25/13; 9:30pm CST - Galen
Anyone from my gereration knows exactly where they were when they heard the news. Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if JFK had not been assassinated? Well, so has Stephen King, along with the protagonist of his novel, 11/22/63.
11/25/13; 9:29pm CDT - Galen
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a better film than its predecessor, just not good enough to satisfy me.
Classic Doctor Who
11/23/13; 10:30pm CDT - Galen
It's been well over a year since I started watching Classic Doctor Who through Netflix and Amazon, and now on the 50th Anniversary of the show I've finally posted the beginning of my review.
Beware the Triffids!
11/10/13; 8:45pm CDT - Galen
Two new pages today, one on the novel The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, another on three different film versions of the story, the 1962 theatrical feature and two different BBC mini-series.
11/3/13; 5:15pm CDT - Galen
I've just uploaded reviews of both Orson Scott Card's novel from 1985, as well as the new movie in theaters now.
Gravity can get you down
10/6/13; 12:55pm CDT - Galen
There are both good things and bad about Gravity, and I try to explain both in my review. YMMV.
2013 Hugo Awards
9/2/13; 7:15pm CDT - Galen
I attended three of the five days of this year's Worldcon, LoneStarCon3 in San Antonio, which is just closing down about now. I did not stay for the Hugo ceremony though, but I have just updated the Awards page to reflect this year's winners.
Elysium (Or Neill Blomkamp Takes a Nose Dive)
8/18/13; 2:55pm CDT - Galen
It takes a pretty bad movie to be worse than Oblivion. Sad to say, Elysium is that movie.
7/14/13; 6:25pm CDT - Galen
Giant robots fighting giant monsters. What's not to like about Pacific Rim?
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
7/6/13; 2:45pm CDT - Galen
I thought The Chrysalids was a Wyndham book I hadn't read yet. I was wrong. Around forty years ago I encountered it under its American title, Re-Birth. It's still as good as I remember, maybe even better.
Man of Steel
6/16/13; 7:15pm CDT - Galen
In spite of a few negatives, Man of Steel is definitely the best Superman movie to date.
Star Trek Into Darkness
5/20/13; 5:45am CDT - Galen
Eliza DoLots gives us her take on J.J. Abrams' second foray in the Trek universe, Star Trek Into Darkness.
4/21/13; 6:15pm CDT - Galen
At long last, another review. I think Oblivion is the perfect title for this movie, since I now want to wipe all traces of it from my memory.
Midwich Cuckoos/Village of the Damned
2/24/13; 3:50pm CST - Galen
Two new pages today, one on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, the other on the three film versions of the story, two of which are titled Village of the Damned.
Phoenix Without Ashes
2/12/13; 4:30pm CST - Galen
Well, it took a lot longer getting around to this review than I had anticipated, but work has been full and I've also been a bit under the weather at times. Anyway, I've just uploaded a review that encompasses the novel Phoenix Without Ashes by Edward Bryant as well as the graphic novel of the same name by Harlan Ellison, both of which are based on Ellison's Writer's Guild Award winning pilot script for the ill-fated TV series The Starlost. There's a few other tidbits thrown in to round out the whole story.
1/1/13; 3:00pm CST - Galen
Well, those Mayans were dead wrong, and in spite of the fact there is a 13 in this year's date I have a suspicion it will be a very lucky year.
All of last year's updates have been archived, and are accessible through the link at the upper left of each page on the site. It was a pretty good year for the Gate, with reviews of sixteen movies and eleven books, probably the most active since the first couple of years. We are nearing a total of 300 pages, with 293 at last count. The first review of the year will be along in a few days, probably over the weekend. I have just a bit to read in a book that has a peripheral connection to the main one the review will be about.