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About Robert Vaux

A native Californian, Robert Vaux has spent over 20 years as a professional film and television critic: fueling a lifelong passion for movies, comics, and and pop culture in general. His favorite film is Raiders of the Lost Ark, his favorite superhero is Nightcrawler, and his lucky numbers are 4, 9, 14, 16, 36, and 40.

Author Details

Robert Vaux grew up in the Los Angeles area before attending school in Minnestoa and Syracuse, NY. He spent 15 years in the tabletop RPG industry before moving to film and TV criticism, working for such outlets as Collider, Mania.com and The Sci-Fi Movie Page.

Industry Focus

Rob is a devoted movie lover, with an emphasis on science fiction and horror, as well as the history of the medium. Television, streaming, and comic books are a focus as well, particularly Star Trek, Star Wars, the original Twilight Zone, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's still recovering from that time he got to interview Neil Gaiman in 2009.

Favorite Media

Rob's favorite filmmakers include Steven Spielberg, Alfred Hitchcock, Guillermo del Toro, and John Carpenter. He grew up on Marvel Comics in the 1980s, notably Chris Claremont's famous run on The Uncanny X-Men, and loves superhero adaptations of all kinds. More recent TV favorites include The Sandman, Loki, and all things Star Trek.

Latest Articles

The cast of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds in a Season 2 promotional image 1
Is Star Trek: Strange New Worlds a Prequel to TOS?

Strange New Worlds occupies a carefully chosen place in the Star Trek timeline. Though set before The Original Series, there are some deviations.

Pan's Labyrinth, Nightmare Alley, and Mimic 1
Every Guillermo del Toro Horror Movie, Ranked

Guillermo del Toro has elevated the horror genre while expanding it in new ways. From Crimson Peak to Blade II, here are del Toro's best horror films.

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How The Bad Batch Used Nostalgia to Deliver a Devastating Betrayal

Star Wars: The Bad Batch has twisted the feelings of nostalgia fans have for the Clone Army's heroism to reveal their service to the Empire.

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The Top 30 Best Sci-Fi Movies of All Time

From galaxies far, far away to dark (and darker) futures on Earth, here are the 20 greatest sci-fi films ever made.

Anakin Skywalker had a better apprentice than Ahsoka in Mill Alibeth 1
Star Wars: Anakin Skywalker Had a Better Apprentice Before Ahsoka Tano

Mike Chen's Star Wars: Brotherhood novel confirmed that Anakin Skywalker had another Jedi apprentice before Ahsoka Tano came into his life.

Khan Noonien Singh from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Legate Damar, a Cardassian of Star Trek: Next Generation 1
15 Greatest Star Trek Villains Of All Time, Ranked

Just because Star Trek takes place in a mostly idyllic future doesn't mean that its protagonists haven't had to face some menacing foes.

Kevin Conroy, Robert Pattinson's Batman and Michael Keaton's Batman in front of other DC heroes. 1
Every Actor Who Played Batman & For How Long

Batman has been one of DC's leading superheroes for decades, and talented actors like Kevin Conroy have portrayed the Dark Knight in their own way.

True Detective, Brooklyn 99, and the wire 1
15 Best Police Shows, Ranked By IMDb

Police shows like Law & Order and Blue Bloods have been on television for decades, but IMDb only ranks a few as the best.

Disney's John Carter 1
This Forgotten Sci-Fi Classic Needs a Better Adaptation

2012's John Carter was a good movie destroyed by bad marketing. A decade later, the pop culture landscape is ripe for a new take on the classic tale.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny in a promo shot from The X-Files Season 4 1
Why David Duchovny Left The X-Files

The X-Files' initial run lasted nine seasons, but aliens beamed up David Duchovny's Mulder to accommodate the actor leaving in Season 7.

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Why No Elven Children Appear in The Lord of the Rings

Elves and Elf kingdoms are seen all throughout The Lord of the Rings. Where are all the Elven children, though? Tolkien had an answer.

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One Classic '80s Superhero TV Show Is Ripe for a Reboot

The Greatest American Hero became a cult classic in another era when superheroes were at a low point. A reboot could be just what the genre needs.

Caesar Flickerman smiling while sitting on a chair in The Hunger Games. 1
Caesar Flickerman's Fate After The Hunger Games May Surprise You

The fate of The Capitol's sinister propagandist is left open in The Hunger Games, though rumors suggest something more interesting than execution.

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Why Was The Owl House Canceled by Disney?

The Owl House was praised for its innovation and unique storytelling, but it was apparently a little too unique for some Disney executives.

Peeta Mellark standing against a cloudy sky in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 1
What Happens to Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games - And Why It's Important

With the exception of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta may be the most important character in The Hunger Games. His fate, and hers, are key to the story.

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Avengers: Endgame Cut an Entire Battle - Here's What It Looked Like

Director James Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn, revealed an entire battle sequence that was filmed but never made it into Avengers: Endgame's final cut.

Darth Vader greets Emperor Palpatine aboard the Death Star II in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi 1
How the Vietnam War Inspired George Lucas' Star Wars Vision

Star Wars' original trilogy took concepts from classic movies and placed them in space, but one of its largest inspirations was the Vietnam War.

Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair and Alexander Ludwig as Cato in The Hunger Games 1
Finnick Odair's Final Moments Mirror a Surprising Hunger Games Death

Finnick's end late in The Hunger Games saga parallels a much earlier death. Both have a huge impact on Katniss and her fight against the Capitol.

The Hunger Games victors reunited for the 75th Games in front of a Mockingjay 1
Who Is Annie Cresta - And How Did She Win The Hunger Games?

The Hunger Games' Annie Cresta suffered more than most. She's a potent symbol of the story's message of strength and survival.

Top Gun: Maverick's Penny Benjamin in front of a split image of Maverick with his love interests 1
Who Is Top Gun: Maverick’s Penny and Is She in the First Film?

Since Kelly McGillis did not return for the Top Gun sequel, producers turned to an "old flame" for Maverick's love interest, Penny Benjamin.

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