Monday, September 5, 2011

News from the Fish Bowl

Hi, it's Lucky! I've been stretching my fins all day in preparation to give you the news!

Um, It's Still September

Why do holiday decorations show up earlier every year? The Muncie Free Press from Muncie, Indiana, is discussing the top halloween costumes for 2011.

How do they even know yet what the top costumes are in 2011? Maybe they just don't have anything better to do in Muncie.

Cool Dinosaur Fights

Terra Nova, another TV series adapting the basic idea of Lost World, is set to premier on Fox on September 26, so io9 takes a look at cool dinosaur fights illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat. They're okay, I guess, but I think I've seen cooler dinosaur fights. Like this:

Still the coolest dinosaur fight ever.

Are Space Elevators Disrespected?

I thought they were all the rage, but according to John DeNardo at the Kirkus Reviews, the space elevator is an under-appreciated mode of skiffy space travel. He explains the basic physics and lists some novels featuring space elevators.

Slow Sci-Fi News Day?

Yeah, it is a slow sci-fi news day.

NASA Hatin' on 'Apollo 18'

According to the International Business Times:

NASA isn't the biggest fan of the movie. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, NASA's liaison for multimedia, film and television collaborations Bert Ulrich downplayed the film.

"'Apollo 18' is not a documentary. The film is a work of fiction, and we always knew that. We were minimally involved with this picture. We never even saw a rough cut. The idea of portraying the Apollo 18 mission as authentic is simply a marketing ploy," said Ulrich. [more. . .]

Well, no duh.

Close Encounters of the Post-Modern Kind

Lastly, Jonathan Jones suggests that Close Encounters of the Third Kind was the first Post-Modern film. I'm not sure what he means.

What makes me call this film "postmodernist"? Partly it is the homely suburban world where Spielberg sets his story. American films have a long heritage of adventure. Big films before this tended to be set in big places with big characters – but Richard Dreyfuss plays a nobody who lives in nowhereseville to whom something weird happens. [more . . .]

Right. Movies before this had never been set in small towns or suburbs. Got it.
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