The Cloverfield Paradox is a paradox unto itself. scifi netflix movie

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is an extremely well done scifi adventure movie, with amazing VFX / CGI and special FX. BUT the plot and the story could have been so SO much better; it just felt like they added unnecessary scenes to cover up the gaps in the story and major plot holes. The worst part of this movie was the plot trying to connect the previous films in this series, ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane.’

Cloverfield-ParadoxSPOILERS below:

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ movie, surprised us all by dropping it on Netflix, immediately available after the Super Bowl, on the online streaming platform, skipping theatrical release. In ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ the time frame is set in the future to our present 2018 (mentioning this just in case someone from the future is reading this and archiving it to unravel the on-going Cloverfield Mystery). With only 5 years remaining of Earth’s oil reserve supply, a last minute, last ditch effort to save modern civilization, a particle accelerator on a massive space station is created, with the name ‘Cloverfield.’ If it really was humanity’s last chance, why did the ship have to be so big? It literally would have taken decades to build, which would present so many technological problems, including the original parts and design would have to be replaced after 10 years. The particle accelerator itself was not that big, which would be the only reason to have such a massive ship, as current particle accelerators are miles in length, (and circular). The ship design looked amazing, but the rotating elements were off-axis, which would not create the intended artificial gravity; also not necessary and adding to the size of the ship.


Perhaps “The Cloverfield Paradox” is that the use of alternative fuels would have negated the need for fossil fuels and deescalated any future “Oil Wars,” thus negating the need for this entire movie. Today, the military has prototype biofuel fighter jets that perform equally to fossil fuel jets. A biofuel commercial airline jet made its first transatlantic flight several years ago. Solar City solar panels, using Tesla batteries, powered an entire hospital last fall, as independent aid to Puerto Rico. Solar power plants already exist in the Nevada and Arizona deserts, not to mention countless wind farms around the world. I find it hard to believe, “humanity’s last hope” lies in an untested technological form of space particle accelerator energy generator, that feeds energy to the entire planet. And what was the plan to get the energy down to Earth? Beam it down like a satellite mobile phone signal? If so, would you have to wait for it to pass overhead to get power for your house or city? So many questions..



Back to the story.. and this is the worst part of this film, Donal Logue, an author, via tv broadcast, to the Cloverfield space ship bridge command center, explains the tie-ins to all the Cloverfield movies: “the particle accelerator could open a door to another dimension and bring demons or monsters to Earth.” WHAT?! Why would you take ALL the anticipation and suspense away from the entire film? Also, why were you watching television 30 seconds before testing the device, with only fuel for three more test attempts), THE most important thing in human history? Was it for your Instagram Story?


Well, now you know what’s going to happen and what will happen on Earth right after the accelerator fires up. Now it’s just wait and see as story unfolds, but wait, we’ll mislead you with scenes that distract from the main story like the arm scene didn’t need to be there. Unless Hamilton was going to use the arm to kill Mena at the climax of their fight scene; they even showed a close-up of the arm, eluding to it being used later in the fight scene, but it never was. Or, unless they were trying to say that that area in the ship was where the dimensions overlapped, but if so, there should have been more anomalies in that same area, like every anomaly, including the unexplained lake of water that appeared out of no where. If they were trying to say that “condensation” created the lake, then the weight of the mystery water would have thrown the station off balance long before the explosion of the magnetic/oxygen related  incident at the rotating gravity balancer. This magnetic anomaly would have made perfect sense if it was in the same location. The purpose of the oxygen scene was to get more energy to launch the particle accelerator, and was going to give them “just enough” energy to do that, but instead it just dropped the periscope thingy with blue lights, that, for some reason, needed to drop down to start the particle accelerator, instead of just being down all the time, it’s not like they needed the space, again, the ship was huge. And also somehow, the ship had tons of energy for the rest of the movie. They could have just had “weird stuff happens on the ship” and still have had it been cohesive in some way.


People freaked out on Twitter over the ending, but you knew there were going to be giant creatures beginning with Donal Logue’s tv broadcast scene. Also, when husband looks out the window and sees explosions and hears fighter jets flying to the scene (yes, this could be the start of the “Oil Wars” mentioned previously, but not after Donal Logue). And again, when you see the shadow of the monster in the smoke over the debris. And again Again, in the bomb shelter (where was this? who built it? and how did a random doctor know its location? Was it on Yelp? Hey Siri, is there an abandoned bomb shelter and or bunker near me left unlocked with plenty of supplies that also has great cell reception?), when you heard giant foot steps above; what else could have made those exact sounds? And finally, when husband actually says, “You’re having her come back here [to Earth] to these THINGS,” right before you see the giant creature at the end.



Through the use of the Sheppard Gyro Compass device, The Cloverfield space station, intending on creating unlimited energy, accidentally sends the crew to an alternate dimension. The scifi aspects hold up, sort of, when weird things happen and continue to happen without explanation, in a similar vein to ‘Event Horizon.’ I believe ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ was trying to say that when the original Cloverfield ship of original Earth jumped to a new dimension, the universe was trying to correct itself, with anomalies, because the ship did not belong to this new dimension. This wasn’t explained very well, in fact nothing was explained very well. So much so, that instead of establishing rules for the Cloverfield Universe, that were desperately needed (& were promised in promotional marketing), this movie basically says, “we did some stuff and now we can do whatever we want for future films, because none of it matters.” If you want people to become fans, set up rules so we have something to grasp to. As far as I can tell, the particle accelerator opened a dimensional gateway and let out giant monsters in every dimension, at different times. I can only assume that now, ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ took place in alternate dimensions and all future movies will have no tie-ins to previous films, and if they do, and a future sequel is not popular, they can simply hit command Z and undo the previous plot, citing that happened in another dimension, and has no relevance on a continuous plot line. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ was originally called, ‘God Particle,’ after the Higgs-Boson particle discovered at the Cern particle accelerator. Scientists have claimed the Higgs-Boson can explain the universe. Maybe they, Paramount with JJ Abrams, originally named it “God Particle,” so they could play God with the plot and never be accountable for anything that doesn’t work.

Speaking of giant monsters.. In the original ‘Cloverfiled,’ many of the monsters were just larger than human size, 8-10 feet tall(?) With the giant, “end boss” monster, half the size of New York buildings, that somehow Michael Jordon-jumped up and knocked off the head of the Statue of Liberty. Why? Because it made a great movie poster. The monsters, at the end of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ were similar to the ones in ‘Cloverfield,’ but more like aliens, with chemical weapons and the technology to build a mothership capable of invading other planets. OR, maybe the aliens driving the mother ship were creatures we haven’t seen yet, who traveled through the dimensional gateway and unleashed the creatures on Earth in every timeline (I’ll take a story credit for the next Cloverfield movie Paramount). When you finally see the giant Cloverfield monster, at the end of ‘Cloverfield Paradox,’ it is so huge, it’s head is above the cloud layer. That is way bigger than Godzilla, in fact, according to science, the cloud layer, as depicted in that scene, ranges anywhere from 6000 to 20,000 feet, and the clouds depicted in that scene, cirrus above cumulus, form at a minimum of 20,000 feet and usually much higher. The weight of such a creature would have easily crushed the underground bunker from the previous scene.


And in that same scene, did the giant Cloverfield monster eat the escape capsule, from Cloverfield space station, thus negating the entire struggle of every character, of the entire plot, of the entire movie? Maybe not, it was hard to tell, and maybe the creature missed the capsule and it was the same capsule that landed in that unexplained scene from the original ‘Cloverfield’ film, or maybe these two events happened in two different dimensions, and these scenes were just edited together, like Westworld timelines (which is another JJ Abrams project)? If the intention of this Paradox, a convoluted and unsupported plot line which was created merely to rub people the wrong way and get them to complain about this film online, generating enormous social media buzz, then, success.

This movie had a lot of potential. I love the actors, the acting, the incredible sets, the amazing cinematography, the flawless FX, but the story just had so many issues. I would have loved to have seen events in the future create events in the past, or something similar; just better scifi than the muddled story we were given.


Would I recommend ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ and should you watch it? It’s better than many other movies currently on Netflix, and is even better than many films released in the theaters, despite everything I’ve just mentioned. Also, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is better than anything currently on network television, so yes, I would recommend it, and yes, you should watch it (if you love scifi and don’t mind many, many unanswered questions, and major plot holes).


Must-See Sci-Fi Movies for 2014

Here is a list of the Best Movies of 2014 or Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2014 I should say:

Instead if reflecting on the past, on what happened in 2013, let’s take a look forward into the future, into the sci-fi future of 2014. more specifically, a look into what the future holds for us in theatrical amazement in 2014.


Jupiter Ascending

the Wachowski brothers.



Edge of Tomorrow

Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt & time travel. set in the future, during an epic battle with an alien race, Tom Cruise experiences a time glitch and repeats the day of the battle. can he find clues on that single day to change the course of history, where aliens defeat the human race? and there’s also cool action sequences.


Xmen : Days of Future Past

Do I really need to convince anyone to go see this in the theatre?  The biggest dilemma is midnight show or opening night.  Bryan Singer (‘Xmen’ (2000), ‘X2’ (2003)) returns with the original cast, including Halle Barry and combines with the cast from ‘Xmen : First Class,’ Jennifer Lawrence & James McAvoy, to create a stellar cast, including, of course, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen & Hugh Jackamn. An amazing superhero director, an amazing cast & a great script. See it, or I’ll use Cerebro to find you.


Guardians of the Galaxy


I  am so looking forward to this! I have been excited ever since Marvel first announced it. check out my Pinterest page for cool photos.  Chris Pratt plays StarLord / Peter Quill, Vin Diesel plays the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper, the voice of Rocket Racoon, Zoe Saldana plays Gamora, Dave Batista plays Drax the Destroyer, Glen Close & Karen Gillian also star. also star. did you see the very end of Thor2? if you did, then you know that Benevio Del Toro plays ‘the Collector.’ the collector of what? well, everything worth collecting, but important to this story is the ‘infinity stones.’ and if you’ve been paying attention to the Marvel cinematic universe you would know, that from that epic moment in the ‘Avengers,’ where you see Thanos’ Infinty Gauntlet. If you missed it, go watch it again. I’m sure they will explain Soul Gems, the Cosmic Cube, the Infinity Stones and Thanos in greater detail in the movie. This will be an epic event, I may live cast the midnight showing. Who wants to go in cosplay?


Captain America : The Winter Soldier

Yes, Bucky returns and “Cap,” kicks butt. Did I just spoil it for you? Go see it, you’ll enjoy it, and don’t forget to watch it all the way through to the very, very for glimpses of what is to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.



Christopher Nolan. do I really need to say anything else here?



Rebecca Hall, Johnny Depp & AI. Can an ai become human when merged with an actual human consciousness? Or will the ai take over & seize control of the nefarious, secret government agenda?

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The Hobbit, part 3 :There & Back Again

There’s only an epic battle left in the original story, about 1/2hour, so that’s 2 1/2 hours of newly created material to connect the dots & set the stage for the Lord of the Rings. I enjoyed part 2 & was very happy there was more dragon than in the book. It’s interesting to see the rise of Sauron; I would like to see more of that in part 3. Yes, the movies are plagued with orc / goblin ambiguity and cross-overs from the book, but there’s wizards and dragons and second breakfasts.



Kind of like the ever familiar theme (‘Terminator,’ ‘iRobot,’ etc) of humans creating robots to make their lives easier, then an AI begins to think for oneself & eventually robots try to take over the world and/or exterminate all human life. This is sort of a similar theme of upcoming Marvel movies :  Xmen : Days of Future Past, with Sentinel  or Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, (doesn’t Ultron kill everyone & only time travel can save them, kind of like ‘Xmen: Days of Future Past’ plot; oops, spoiler alert.  Also like ‘Transformers4: Age of Extinction’ apparently.

This is a Steven Spielberg movie, which, under normal circumstances would be a good thing, but in recent history, Spielberg hasn’t been successful in the sci-fi genre. Not including ‘Super 8’ or ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ as he only produced, or ‘produced’ maybe I should say–stay at home while others do the work. Do you remember ‘A.I. : Artificial Intelligence?’ (they had to spell it out so stupid people would know what A.I. was). That movie was so boring, AND it was 3 hours long @#$%! If you haven’t seen it, stop watching at minute 3:17 (guessing at time) but after she says “conundrum,” then skip to the final scene; you’ll get what it was about and see the twist. now i can rant all day, every day about ‘War of the Worlds,’ and maybe I will, but not here. Attention Steven Spielberg: “You can’t have an epic sci-fi film if the aliens are the dumbest ever depicted in any sci-fi movie ever seen or any book ever written. So to conclude, we have an over-used theme & a film maker who has lost his touch with sci-fi; what’s the catch phrase for this post? that’s right, “don’t make it suck.”


Last Days on Mars

I’m guessing its like ‘The Thing,’ but on mars.


Mocking Jay, part 1

Yep, the third in the ‘Hunger Games’ series will be in 2 parts.  More Jennifer Lawrence & the crazy costumes of Stanley Tucci. Sad there wonit be any more from fashion designer Lenny Kravitz. May the reviews be ever in your favor.


Mad Max : Fury Road

I loved Mel Gibson when he was Mad Max, the pre-crazy years. Everyone loves a post-apocalyptic world with deadly boomerangs and bad-ass cars. Yes, I am referring to the Australian 1972 Ford Falcon from the original Mad Max film. I got to see a fan’s restored version of the original at Comic Con this year.



Will you see this in the theatre? You have 20 seconds to comply. Can they they make this cool, and not ’80’s cheeseball with Ford Taurus police cruisers? The original threequels made Robocop to be almost like Ironman, yes, he flew in Robocop 3. There wasn’t a whole lot of depth in the series, and they just masked the poor plot with grotesque violence. I wonder if Peter Weller, now Syracuse University professor of history, will make a cameo? I want to see an intelligent plot for Detroit’s robotic finest. Make it cool, and you’ll have a rekindled cult classic.


Seventh Son

Based on the novel, ‘The Spook’s Apprentice.’ Lots of fantasy action and crazy visual effects, so much so that it will be released in IMAX.



I know what your thinking, it’s Godzilla & you just gotta watch it. Maybe King Idra or Mothra will be in it instead of just another reboot. I also think it’s too soon to have a giant creature, Kanji, in the pacific after this year’s release of ‘Pacific Rim. ‘


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There’s a lot of people excited about the release of this film. I spoke with some of the creators earlier this year and it sounds really cool; not campy at all like the previous films; hopefully that’s not just hype. And yes I know the owner of the Cowabunga Van.


Dracula Untold

The origin story of Vlad the Impaler (Vlad Tepes, Prince of Wallachia) becoming Dracula, set in the 1400’s. More along the lines of ‘Bram Stoker’s Dracula’ (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992) and not at all like ‘Twilight.’ I’m curious if the film ‘Byzantium’ inspired this vampire movie. Many people don’t know the real origin story of Dracula, the one that when Bram Stoker came across it, in 1890, & combined with other folk tales, created earth’s first vampire. epic.


Transformers 4 : Age of Extinction

Is that extinction of Decepticons,  humanity? Michael Bay? or the movie series? Or maybe the Decepticons are just teaming up with the Jurassic Park peeps for Dino-Robot Global Domination. If giant robots can’t take over the earth the 3 movies, better implore the help of dinosaurs, right? Oh rootin’-tootin’, Jurassic World’ (Jurassic Park4) comes out in 2015- $&@?!, that was such a great rant-I’m leaving it anyway, but it won’t make sense now. Ok Michael Bay, do your action thing & no plots that make no sense, like Transformers 2 & leave the kiddy stuff out it, like giant robots stepping on mom’s flower garden, in Trans1. Oh yes, a request from a fan– yes, I have fans, ok, just one, and she wants more girl robots. I guess there was one in Trans2, (she turned into 3 motorcycles, does that mean she was 3 Gobots, I mean, Autobots? or just one?) but was killed in her second action sequence. The third film in the series was the best so far, in my opinion. Trans4 will have epic action, even beyond what we have seen before & claims to be the best yet in the series; we shall see. I keep expecting my car to transform into a robot, but Autobots just don’t come in Kia. If there was a Prius Transformer, would they need less energon to survive? Be green giant robots, be green.

for possible consideration:


Legend of Hercules

(no Kevin Sorbo, a plus, but the plot has little to do with history or the Greek myth, a big MINUS. Hopefully it wont be horrible like ‘The Immortals.’ Just make it better than “Clash of the Titans,’ and it’ll be cool. By the way guys, a good date movie is totally buff guys with no shirts (unless it’s Matthew McConaughey of course).



Pretty sure the volcano kills a bunch of rich people at the end.

Jon Snow stars in a movie! “Winter is coming,” or ash and pyroplastic flow (hot mud entombing your body for generations to come. (Things NOT to do when impending volcanic doom is upon you: be on the toilet).


300: Rise of an Empire

(‘300: 2’  or  maybe just  ‘301’)

Pretty sure they all died at the end of the first one. oh ya, you’re right, Faramir left early to sing a ballad about it. Yes, ‘300’ was based on a novel that changed the most heroic battle in ancient history, the Battle of Thermypolae, into something more fanciful. The true history of that battle, when Leonidas and the rest of the 300 Spartans and 1000 Thebans, used and broke all of their weapons in the fiercest fighting that region had ever seen, they fought armed soldiers with rocks. When they ran out of rocks, they fought spears and swords with fists. Leonidas’ last stand slowed the invading Persians enough for the Athenians & other Greek city states to gather their armies and triremes (ancient rowing ships with battering rams, like the ancient version of a torpedo) and decimate the Persian navy, thwarting their invasion. Such courage and defiance was lost a little on me in the movie ‘300.’ I expect the same style from the first film, action and yelling, with over-saturated coloring, and buff guys with no shirts. If guys can go see the expendables for pure testosterone action, why not let the girls see  this one?


Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Yep, another planet of the apes movie

Are they changing the origin story yet again?

You can’t reboot the series with every movie. no, no, no.

Gary Oldman will be in it, so by default, it wont be horrible.  The script is supposed to be really good, so maybe put it on the cool list. I’m hesitant to go ape sh*t on this one, but could be interesting.


Resident Evil 6

You only need to know 3 things:

1. the T-Virus turns every living creature into crazed mutated killer zombies.

2. the Umbrella Corporation is awesome.


3. Milla Jovovich will always be hot.

oh, and yes, see it.

you don’t have to have seen the previous 5 movies to understand that the T-Virus turns you into zombies, the Umbrella Corp is cool & Milla Jovovich is hot.  do I need to go over the 3 steps again?


I, Frankenstein

I suppose I have to at least mention this one. this falls into the ‘odd twist’ category, for me, including movies ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ and ‘Nazi’s on the Moon,’ ridiculous, but lots of action to makes it watchable. Do we really need a Frankenstein with the powers of Wolverine? Sorry Aaron Ekhart, I’m Netflixing this one. Unless there’s nothing to do on the Jan 24th release date, then I’m there. We should all go & cosplay as Herman Munster.

And no, I’m not including the Bible movies in this list. The Charleston Heston era films are shinning examples of classic Hollywood. I just don’t see how CGI can compare. I could be wrong, but ‘Exodus,’ and ‘Noah’ are on the maybe list, not the must-see list for 2014.

for teens:



Looking forward to this. I know what you’re thinking; don’t worry, it wont be another Twilight. It has greater depth and more character development, with a far more interesting plot. Assuming they treat it well on the silver screen — uh hum, Mortal Instruments.


Welcome to Yesterday

Teens build a time machine. Wouldn’t you just love to go back in time to ace that chem exam or say the right thing to get the girl? Well, yes, but I’d rather use time travel for more important matters, like to save the human race ( Edge of Tomorrow) or save my entire home world from annihilation (Gallifrey, Dr Who).


Amazing Spider-Man 2

This one better be amazing, as the title says; The first ‘Amazing Spider-Man,’ not so much.

It was just too soon for a reboot & the plot got twisted because Sony Pictures demanded it be a certain way, so much so, that they fired director Sam Raimi, dropped the part where Peter Parker’s father experimented on him, thus making it possible and more plausible, that Parker could shoot webs out of his wrists, not ever needing web cartridges, & then they pieced the script together & were forced to reboot the project. Attention superhero companies, I’m talking to you DC ( uh-hum — Superman) and now Marvel (I know I’ll have to repeat myself for the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot – grrr) & everybody else, wait 10 years at least to reboot. The ’90’s ‘the Phantom,’ with Billy Zane, for example could use a reboot & retelling of the story, although that is one of my favorite superhero movies; there were no sequels because, plot-wise, everything was in the first movie. The cheesy,  ‘free running / parkour’ version of ‘the Phantom’ tv mini series does not count.

so back to Spider-Man. .

Did they use up all the cool villains? Or maybe not since they rebooted the series. We will see ‘Carnage’ in the 3rd Amazing Spider-Man, so ‘Venom,’ the coolest of the Spider-man villains, lives, in a way. In AmazaSpidey2, we will see Electro (Jamie Fox) & Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone, not Bryce Dallas Howard, as in the Tobey MaGuire’s Spider-man 3); and no MJ. Gwen Stacey dies in the comic series. Spidey tries to save her as she falls from a building, but he jerks his webs back too fast, with a jerk and she breaks her neck because of it. He then learns  how momentum works (√=m•v); he’s always studying physics and engineering, you’d think  he’d know about it ahead of time. Anyway, the first Amazo-Spider-Man was more for teens than adults (with a shallow & uncomplicated plot) & definitely didn’t warrant seeing it in the theatre, even with cool action director, Vic Armstrong. Hoping they have a better developed, better written script this time. I love Spidey, & I’ll see it of course, but make me WANT to see it Sony Pictures.


Vampire Academy

A fun boarding school vampire movie.

family movies:


Earth to Echo

I believe they are trying for part ‘E.T.,’ part ‘WALL-E’ with this one. It could be interesting, just not on the epic list for 2014.



It is Disney, & I’m really hoping they don’t cram it full of ‘family programming’ like ‘Once upon a time’ (or ‘Once I used to like Fairy Tales,’ as I have come to call it.) or ‘Oz, the Great & Powerful,’ ( how can you possibly screw up Wizard of Oz? This movie. There is so much more to the story that L. Frank Baum created in 1900, what about the Mole King? the SyFy channel’s ‘Tin Man,’ with Zooey Deschanel was so much better). So, back to ‘Maleficent,’ the story behind the evil queen from “Sleeping Beauty.’ it has potential to be cool like ‘Red Riding Hood’ & ‘Snow White & the Huntsman.’ Just go back to the origins of ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ incorporate elements from the tales the Brothers Grimm wrote down in 1812; they are quite dark & gruesome, but intriguing. Don’t make it suck Disney.

This is just a list of movies I’m excited about for the coming year & I apologize if I missed one (if I did, mention it in the comments). I haven’t seen any of them, so I can’t say, with absolute certainty, that they are all indeed awesome, but these are the films that are on my radar, the ones that I will see. I hope they are all awesome and can quell our insatiable sci-fi hunger for another year.