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Review: Apollo 18 Took Us To The Moon And Made Us Scared Of Rocks

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A movie like Apollo 18 coming out in this day and age has a huge hurdle to overcome before it even gets started–defeat the “it’s just another found footage horror movie” nay sayers and become its own unique film. Apollo 18 doesn’t exactly do that, but it does manage to get a few good scares out of the audience and send everyone home feeling like they should probably sleep with the lights on.

After the Apollo 17 mission, Apollos 18, 19, and 20 were cancelled due to budgetary concerns at NASA, or so the public was meant to think. Apollo 18 intimates that only 19 and 20 were shut down completely, and that 18 was carried out heavily classified by the Department of Defense. Three astronauts were sent into space to place equipment on the moon that would help the United States spy on the Soviet Union. At least, that’s what they thought. The DoD had other plans though as the crew unwittingly investigate an extra-terrestrial presence on the moon, that obviously starts stirring up some shit.

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Introduce Your Kids To Sci-Fi With These 15 Must See, Age-Appropriate Genre Movies

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Kids movies generally fall into only one of two categories: The kind you show them to keep them busy while you do something else, and the kind you share with them in the hopes that it’ll be something they remember and cherish for the rest of their lives. It’s that second kind of movie we’re talking about here, the movies you have shown or will show your sons and daughters to let them in on the things you care about. The movies you show them in the hopes that it’ll make them better people, or at least help fuel a lifelong obsession for things that are good.

I plan to spend a lot of time sharing that second kind of movie with my child, in particular I hope to pass along my love of science fiction. To do that, I’ll have to start early before their brains are stuffed full of that first kind of film, before they’ve been warped by watching The Smurfs or Beverly Hills Chihuaha. But how do you do that? I can’t wait to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan with my kid, but realize I’d probably better wait till the little bugger’s eight or even ten, unless I want Khan’s earwigs to turn her or him into a permanent bedwetter. Jurassic Park? Kids love dinosaurs but odds are mom will think severed arms should wait till their nine. I’ll have to ease them into it.

To get my kids interested in science fiction I can’t wait until they’re old enough, or settle for whatever’s playing on Cartoon Network. I hear Ben 10 is a lot of fun and Phineas and Ferb are often up to some pretty fantastical shenanigans, but when I want to start my kid on the road to sharing the wide open world of ideas that is sci-fi, this is what I’ll put in front of them.

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