Remember when special effects were hard? Douglas Trumbull certainly does. Douglas designed many of the miniature sets for Blade Runner and his descriptions of how he built one of the most amazing sci-fi scenes ever → Read More
Contrition is a wonderful thing. Now, I’m not the biggest sci-fi guy here, but even I know that Battlefield: Earth ranks among the worst films ever created—some would even say that it is the single worst movie in the history of cinema. That may well be, but the gentleman who penned the original script has now, on the record, officially apologized to mankind for helping to create the movie. → Read More
It’s the end of the year. There’s pretty much zero tech news to discuss (CES is right around the corner, so companies are holding out), and all we want to do is play in the snow. So let’s mix it up, list style! Over the next few days we’ll be doing a few “best of the decade” lists primarily for our own entertainment. You’re encouraged to call us know-nothing fools. The first list is “Top 10… → Read More
Did you hear the news? An asteroid passed within 8,700 miles of the planet on Friday. The craziest thing is that scientists only knew about it 15 hours before it flew by. So if you have any confidence that this planet is safe from giant space objects smashing into the surface, possibly destroying all life in the process, well, think again. → Read More
To paraphrase the great Joe Rogan, from last Saturday’s UFC 104, I don’t watch much TV, maybe the Discovery Channel here and there to see a documentary or two. I bring this up because I’ve been told to write about some TV show called “V,” and the beauty is that I have no idea what it’s about! My first thought was, “V For Vendetta? Oh, no? Oh, well, then yeah, not a clue.” Apparently it’s a… → Read More
Pardon my French, but this is the biggest hunk of shit I have ever seen in my life. It’s a short clip from the upcoming movie 2012, which stars John Cusack (as if I know who that is!). Here’s why I hate it with every fiber of my being.
1. The contrived husband-wife relationship. “Oh honey, you’re just being silly.” The wife instantly dismisses Cusack without listening to a word he has to say. → Read More
Not too long ago, we gave our thoughts on the movie District 9. We did so because it was a big sci-fi movie, and that’s just close enough to the tech-science nexus on which we operate that it justified a quick post. Seeing as though it’s the weekend, and you really all ought to be watching La Liga or playing 360/PS3, we’ll just take two minutes to highlight this interview with the movie’s… → Read More
Oh man, Dave Howe should be tarred and feathered today at Sci-Fi’s presentation to advertisers today in NYC.
“What we love about this is we hopefully get the best of both worlds,” Mr. Howe said. “We’ll get the heritage and the track record of success, and we’ll build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.” → Read More
We posit that a confluence of fantasy universes will create a singularity so dense with cultural meaning and freighted with masturbatory value that it would cause the average sci-fi fan to release his (always his) bowels in a rush of hot shame. Discuss. → Read More
Anyone see The Office last night? I laughed out loud at the Battlestar Galactica bit. You? Here it is again for your viewing pleasure. For those of you who missed it, here’s the premise: Dwight claims that he never wastes the company’s time on personal activities, so Jim takes to using a stop watch to document every single second that Dwight is off task. In order to get him all riled up, Jim… → Read More
Anybody sittin’ on their edge of their seats for the very-recently confirmed Battlestar Galactica prequel just had a few more weeks tacked on to their wait. During the NVISION08 Conference keynote here in San Jose, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang welcomed ol’ Number Six (Tricia Helfer) on stage, and she let slip a bit of bad news. After showing off various visual trickery used in the series… → Read More