TV Review: Babylon 5 (1994-1998)

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Babylon 5 is a complex space opera that centers around the space station known as Babylon 5 and it’s mission to create piece between humans and aliens in the year 2258. Unlike most science fiction TV at the time this series was created, Babylon 5 is set in a “five season video novel format” which entails that the many plot lines of the series last multiple seasons and aren’t wrapped up in 40 minutes. You may dislike or even hate the pilot episode but if you stick with it you will be rewarded with great character development and a startlingly realistic tense political drama, in space. My only large complaint about Babylon 5 is that season five feels very tacked on, this is because during production of season four it was looking like the series was going to be canceled, so nearly all main plot lines were wrapped up before the final season even started. Overall I think Babylon 5 succeeded at its goal of creating a long novel-esque political space opera with very good characters, so if you can find it I recommend giving it a try, and remember it gets a lot better than the pilot.

All of the content in Babylon 5 is likely suitable for kids 10 and up, however they may not enjoy it until around 13.

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Book Review: Bone 1-9 (1991-2004)

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Bone is a tremendous Tolkien-esque high fantasy/comedy about three cousins who are run out of their hometown, Boneville, and upon stumbling into an ancient valley are caught up in a vast adventure spanning 9 graphic novels. The series has a lot of mythology and lore comparable to fantasy epics the likes of Lord of the Rings and it can pass from dark fantasy adventure to light-hearted humor in one panel. If you enjoy high fantasy, top-notch comics, or both then go out and buy all 9 full-color books of Bone, it’s more than worth owning!

At first glance, Bone may appear to be a series of children’s books, but while it can be read by kids it really is an awesome story for anyone. Think of it like Avatar: The Last Airbender.

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Se7en (1995)

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In Se7en, a rookie and a veteran detective hunt a serial killer who is basing his killings off the seven deadly sins. It has a good story and great actors, the dreary tone of the film is very well established as well. If you enjoy movies such as Silence of the Lambs than I suggest you watch Se7en. I wouldn’t recommend this movie to kids under 13 or 14 because it is very gruesome.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

 

Fight Club (1999)

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Fight Club is a great movie about an insomniac office worker who meets a rebellious soap maker and creates an underground Fight Club. It is probably even better the second time you watch it and the plot feels more like that of an independent film rather than the Hollywood blockbusters of today. I highly recommend watching Fight Club if you want something a little different or just enjoy well written movies. Anyone younger than 14 or 15 really shouldn’t watch this film.

Available on iTunes and Amazon.

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

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The Secret of Roan Inish is about a young girl who moves out to the rural Irish coastline to live with her grandparents and soon learns the family legends of Selkies, creatures that are part man, part seal. It is a great family movie with a pleasant soundtrack and pretty good acting, especially considering a few of the actors are child actors. This film also shows the coastal life of Ireland and Scotland (the book this is based on takes place in Scotland). I recommend you try The Secret of Roan Inish if you need a family friendly fantasy movie!

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

Back to the Future Part III (1990)

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After Doc Brown finds himself stuck in 1885, Marty finds his gravestone in 1955 and must go back to stop the Doc from being shot by Biff’s ancestor! I really like how this trilogy managed to use the same group of actors no matter what time they go to. Back to the Future 3 has even more clever references to the past 2 films and although it’s not quite as good as the first 2 it’s still pretty good!

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The Wedding Singer (1998)

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The Wedding Singer is a romcom set in the 80s about a wedding singer and a waitress, it’s a lot better than most of Adam Sandlers recent performances and has a few really great lines. I would say anyone 11 and up will probably enjoy The Wedding Singer!

Available on iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.