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‘John Carter’ Leaving Netflix, Coming to Disney+

Credit: Pixabay For almost a year, Netflix has streamed Disney’s 2012 movie, ‘John Carter’. However, the movie, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “A Princess of Mars” of his Barsoom series of novels, will be leaving Netflix and moving to Disney+ on May 2. Because this is a Disney movie it should be expected that the Disney Company would want it on its new streaming television platform that went live in November of last year. After all, Disney’s been buying up so many un-Disney properties, so why would it leave one of its own movies behind? This regardless of “John Carter” being one of its biggest flops?  While the movie did poorly at the box office, it’s one of Disney’s most underrated films. It had a lot of good things that went into it such as its creature designs, cinematography and special effects. Eric Francisco says in his article at Inverse that “the movie is colorful in ways so few modern blockbusters are . . .” So if you’re like me, and have Netflix but not Disney+ i

Book-To-Movie: H.P. Lovecraft’s ‘The Colour Out of Space’

Credit: Pixabay Warning: This review may contain spoilers It’s the third weekend of the month and so it’s time for another Book-To-Movie ! In a Book-To-Movie, we review a work of prose fiction and its movie adaptation. Ever since 1979’s “Alien”, movie fans have been obsessed with body horror. Body horror and cosmic horror are two subgenres that are the hottest in horror trends right now. And Richard Stanley’s “Color Out of Space” , the 2019 movie adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story of only a slightly different name, “ The Colo u r Out of Space” (emphases mine), is one half cosmic horror and one half body horror. Body horror deals with radical, often torturous, body transformations or assault to one’s body by biological causes. Parasitic monsters busting out of their human hosts’ torsos like in the “Alien” films is body horror. The often slow, graphic metamorphosis of a man into a werewolf is body horror. It’s even been argued that Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is bod

9 Great Sci Fi Books To Read To Restore Hope

Credit: Pixabay Needless to say, the Covid-19 pandemic has made these past three months one of the scariest moments in history. It’s as if we are living in an apocalyptic sci fi, in some respects even a post-apocalyptic one! Even during this time of spring and new life the streets are dead. Things appear to be really down. So, now is a great time for us sci fi and fantasy fans to read some inspirational stories. The problem with much of today’s speculative fiction, however, is that most of it seems to be on the dark side of life. So as not to sound like a hypocrite, I’ll admit that I’m a writer of dark fiction myself. However, as a reader of science fiction and fantasy, I like to read a fair share of optimistic stories. Even when I write dark fiction I try to work some comic relief into it, something that I personally believe all fiction should have to some extent so as not to traumatise our reading experience. So, I’d like to complement, if you will, the list of post-apocalyp

IWSG Post for 1 April 2020

We are in a time of plague, but even so it’s not the end of the world. (At least not yet.) So as with every first Wednesday of the month (although here on the west coast it's already early Thursday, so my apologies for posting late) it is time for another Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) post! In an IWSG post, we writers bring our writing challenges and problems out into the open to share with each other and try to come up with solutions. The IWSG question for this month: The IWSG’s focus is on our writers. Each month, from all over the globe, we are a united group sharing our insecurities, our troubles, and our pain. So, in this time when our world is in crisis with the covid-19 pandemic, our optional question this month is: how are things in your world? In answer to this, other than an occasional (an average of once a week, maybe), quick trip in town for the absolute essentials (e.g. groceries) and a very short daily walk outside for fresh air, I have only left