I went to see the new HP movie today, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HPOTP)
On July 20, 1969, Men from the Planet Earth first set foot on the Moon.
Happy Armstrong Day!
John, at SFSignal poses a deceptively simple question:
“Why do people read science fiction? For that matter, why do people watch sci-fi film and TV?” and then after answering it for himself, turns it on the reader.
I can answer it in one word.
Gary Westerfahl, on the Locus website, has an interesting essay on the Twilight Zone and its longevity, 40 years later. (Consider, the Sci Fi Channel has a marathon every July 4th of Twilight Zone episodes, and stations in NY once did the same thing over New Year’s Day, too).
I think his thesis has merit–the fact that episodes show tragedy in a way that is often not seen in modern media gives them a resonance and speaking to a universal truth in a way that makes them timeless, even given the black and white medium and sometimes silly looking sets.
The Blog Slacktivist has a good entry, with lots of comments, about “alternate” endings, twist endings, and endings in general in movies. The discussion ranges from the twists in Shyamalan’s movies to many other films.
A lot of the comments and the entry itself contain spoilers up the wazoo, though, so be warned beforehand. My own comment about the movie A.I. tried to be relatively spoiler free.
As many of you know, I ran a SOTC-Amber cross at the Black Road this year. Spurred on by requests to do so, I decided to report on the results of my experiment.
(The website for the game is at http://www.all-roads-lead.net/jvstin/tcoa/)
A film by Darren Aronofsky and starring Rachel Weisz and Hugh Jackman
Another movie I saw in theaters, early this year, starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, amongst many others.
This is the new version of Casino Royale, a reboot of the franchise starring Daniel Craig as 007.
Plagued and saddled with a drug-addled owner the past few years, Shinders has shut down all of their stores after a nine decade run in the Minneapolis area.
I liked to think of Shinders as the Twin Cities equivalent of “Hudson News” back in New York, with a wide variety of magazines and other products. Heck, after a lot of trying, I managed to find a used copy of GURPS Voodoo in a Shinders in Coon Rapids one day.
Shinders, founded by five brothers in 1916 shortly after they immigrated from Russia, opened its first location at the corner of S. 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue and adopted the jingle “Rain, sun, snow or sleet, there’s always a Shinder on the street.”