Someone get a man in as there’s something wrong with time and space. Somehow this thing– this movie– came over from some awful bizarro world alternate universe where Gilbert Godfried is President and KFC sells Wolly Mammoth thigh. That can be the only logical explanation.
Not really, but close enough. It’s 7th grade meets The Dunwich Horror.
In 1977 the Anglica Network canceled a weekly science program utilitarianly called Science Report. The series presented topical science coverage in a familiar format to those who have seen educational programs of the 1970’s (or parody Look Around You). Knowing the last episode would debut April 1, the production crew went out with a bang rather than a whimper.
Using the same format and host, the program presented a fantastic tale of conspiracies, shadow governments, kidnapped scientists, secret space colonies, and eminent ecological apocalypse. If that sounds familiar, its because Roland Emmerich and others have ripped this off numerous times however Science Report does this masterfully. It even has a soundtrack by Brian Eno!
If you enjoyed this you may like Get Your Secret Space Colony Fix in SciFi Video Form.
Briliant short story by Andy Weir: “The Egg“. Highly worth checking out.
I’ve always been opposed to the Cartesian fueled afterlife that dominates Western society. The Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno once asked a peasant if he believed it was possible there is a God– but no afterlife. The peasant responded “Then wherefore God?” It’s comforting feeling I suppose that there is somewhere else to go when the engines power down, but a dangerous one. A comforting feeling that brings out the most vile aspects of humanity in fear, war, violence, and domination.
So when a story about the afterlife doesn’t leave a bitter taste in my mouth, it has to be good. I’m damn impressed.
Also worth noting is “The Martian” his ongoing saga of an astronaut stranded on Mars and (so far) cleverly survives.
With NASA’s budget constantly getting the axe wouldn’t it be fun if somone else had an established space colony? Well, what if they were Fascist or Communist? That’s the premise of this potential movie, this movie, and this potential series.
This movie Iron Sky in the works from the people behind Star Wreck is a fan funded effort to make a comedy– about Nazis on the moon. These people have experience making movies with fan contributions alone from their Star Wreck series, but this is fairly ambitious.
Iron Sky Trailer 1
Iron Sky Trailer 2
Also on the lighter side of Fascists-in-space comes this comedy from Italy based on a 2002 sketch comedy series. It’s about a band of Mussolini flavored Fascists roughing it on Mars with no food, no water, and no oxygen.
Fascisti Su Marte (Part 1, English Subtitles)
Most recently is the pilot episode for a series called Pioneer One that like Iron Sky is fan funded. The same people did The Lionshare which was intriguing conceptually but fell flat in terms of acting and writing. It did include shots of my former favorite bar around these parts of Brooklyn called Stain (RIP), which was fun. Pioneer One is ambitious but the witty banter, acting, and cinematography fall flat. That being said, I wanted to see episode 2 after I saw this. It’s a strong premise: a DHS team finds a downed Soviet spaceship carrying a weak, ill cosmonaut with a note claiming he’s from a Mars colony secretly established in 1985.
Note: you can download the torrent file free of charge at Pioneer One‘s website.
Tasers are consistently in the news as the power hungry bully asshole police officer‘s best friend. Just in the past couple days cops managed to taser a autistic boy and tase a child at a day care leading to the use of tasers being questioned all around.
Where did this word “taser” come from? It’s a homage to fictional character Tom Swift, an ambitious lad who goes on over 100 adventures in a series of books. One of the more famous works by “Victor Appleton” (actually a pseudonym for a collection of numerous authors) is Tom Swift and his Electric Rifle– Or TASER. The official acronym of the device patented as “Thomas A Swift’s Electric Rifle.” Thank you, Tom Swift. A generation of cops that are dicks thank you.
Ted the Caver. It’s the story of a caver who comes across something terrifying on an spelunking adventure. The story unfolds on a website done in the early 2000’s (its even on Angelfire!) almost like if the Blair Witch Project was a website and not a movie. Ending with a 404 error with a promise of more information is brilliant.
Turns out the story originally by Thomas Lera in 1987 (but is set in the early 2000’s) who pens horror and sci-fi stories on the the name “John Rowlands.” Lera is very interested in caves and speleophilately or the study of caves on stamps, covers, and cancelations. Yes, some people’s interests are more specific than yours.
I found the PDF of the original short story “The Fear of Darkness” on my computer and its a good read if you enjoy the Ted the Caver site. There’s something though about the interactivity of the site though and mysterious lack of conclusion.
Produced by Mississippi ETV in 1986, Tomes & Talisman presented library and research concepts with a scifi drama. Ms. Bookhart, a librarian from the world of 2123 compiles with her compatriots a library of all human knowledge– which incidentally is in book form and about the size of an average high school library.
Humans were forced off Earth by a race called “The Wipers” who have drunken frat boy at a Midwestern tailgating party level technology: as in yell and throw things. So naturally faced up against the hooligans humans have to evacuate. Bookhart’s library is missing one book, so she sets out in the bookmobile hours before the last evacuation to find it.
Bookhart then meets a deus ex machina generic cloaked spirt guy with magic powers who puts her to sleep for 100 years called “The Universal Being.” Oh, then there are these Nordic Anglo Saxon looking aliens who love jumpsuits and headbands called “The Users” whom she takes back to the library.
Confused? I sure as hell was when I saw this in the early 1990’s in elementary school. A sincere attempt at educational television, but it seemed both worthless and frightening.
Already card catalogs were gone replaced by terminals. I was also confused why the hell we were watching this low budget postapocalyptic bizarro fest paleofuture where teleportation, space travel, and microfilm are real but computers are not.
As PBS educational television icon Lavar Burton said “you don’t have to take my word for it.” Here’s part 1 of 13.
Movies about aliens are certainly not new, as well as the evil aliens invade Earth plot. The recent crop of alien movies such as Battle for Terra, Avatar, The Day Keanu the World Stood Still, and District 9 though feature a thinly veiled metaphor: humans are the bad guys and not the aliens. Instead of the usual aliens invade and must be stopped by Jeff Goldblum using his Powerbook.
All of these basically have the same storyline: humans meet some aliens, humans are mean to aliens, one human is nice to the aliens, and then they all get along and the bad humans go away.
I wonder what historical figure or incidents of late could have inspired that people in their arrogance and greed destroy the lives of others under the pretense of it being good…