Mar 2012 11

I hated this the first time I watched it, I wanted more guns more aliens and all out war.  So when David Fincher delivered no guns only a couple of aliens and a very confined environment I was upset.  I remember reading Empire and hearing that the production was in trouble and that some young music video director had been given the helm, also rumours that Sigourney Weaver had used her star power and insisted on no guns.  No guns was she mad?

My opinion changed after I left the film alone for a year or so and gave it a second chance.  On second viewing the I began to appreciate that this film is closer to the original Alien in that there are no guns and it is in a confined space and you don’t know who to trust.  Fincher introduced some nice set pieces and his POV work with the Aliens in the tunnels was great.  He has said since that is was a nightmare project and that what you see on screen is not his vision, but I don’t think he has anything to be ashamed about.  I think we have something to be ashamed about though as we all slammed the film not because it was bad but that it was not the film we were all hoping for.   Give it another go and judge it on its own merits.

Mar 2012 11

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Do you see that picture above? You’ll only get that caption if you like Sci-Fi. For some reason, there is a really quite substantial group of people who claim they don’t like it. I don’t want to alarm you, don’t make any sudden movements, but these people are everywhere. Perhaps your partner is one? Your friend? Or maybe a treasured family member? We’ve all been in the situation of wanting to watch a preferred film or TV show that just happens to be Sci-Fi, and the other person will block it. The (by now) familiar refrain of “I don’t like Sci-Fi” will pass their lips, and that’s that. End of discussion.

… Except it isn’t, is it? Since when has genre been the sole indicator of quality? If a story is strong, has interesting characters and is well made, does it matter if it’s set on Alderaan or Earth? Upon the DVD release of JJ Abram’s Star Trek a few years ago, I really wanted my girlfriend to watch it with me. This is a film that in sensibility and execution is as mainstream as they come, by a director who knows how to please a crowd. But because it is labelled Sci-Fi, it was an epic battle to get her to watch it, on par with any galactic conflict dreamt up by George Lucas. Once I got her to watch it, guess what? She loved it, even going so far as wanting to watch it all again immediately afterwards. “Aha!” I thought, “perhaps next time it won’t be so difficult!”.

How wrong I was.

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Mar 2012 13

Am I the only one that is sick and tired of peoples variations on the Keep Calm posters?  Will this ever die?  At first I liked the typography and simplicity of the original piece but who out there is demanding these massively not clever or funny variations on a theme.  Maybe because it is so simple that it has widened the barrier to entry and allowed any idiot with computer to create their own hilarious version.  If you were thinking of doing your own version please don’t.

Mar 2012 13

This guy… This guy Jason Yang is a talented violinist. He’s been featured on Glee, his Youtube views number in the millions, and his multi-tracked version of this theme is really melodic and faithful to the original:

… And in keeping with the theme of fantasy violin covers, here is his version of a suite from Skyrim:

For some reason, hearing both these pieces out of their usual context like this reminds me just how good they are.

TA

Mar 2012 14

A really geeky but interesting insight into how much detail Google go into when looking at way to improve your search experience.

Something refreshing before you take on the Deathstar?
Mar 2012 15

Gizmodo run a Gif of the day, and todays being Star Wars themed and this site clearly having massive Star Wars love I thought this would be a great little link for people to look upon!

http://gizmodo.com/5893344/gif-of-the-day-princess-leia-hands-luke-skywalker-a-cold-beer

 

Enjoy,
Ben

Mar 2012 15

So the Computer Graphics Group of Berlin have developed a throwable Panoramic Ball Camera, which also happens to be the name of the camera in question:

I’m sure it’s not the catchiest product name that you’ve ever heard, and I’m also sure that they’ll work on that. But it is definitely a great concept and very cleverly engineered. I have to confess that I can’t ever imagine using it more than once or twice if I ever got one though, so I am unsure of its long-term success. The company’s website is here, and they’re still trying to get things off the ground, so why not check it out and boost their numbers?

TA

Mar 2012 16

Great talk on creativity and the way modern society looks after its creative people.

Misogyny in Bladerunner?
Mar 2012 17

Bladerunner is my favourite film. By a mile.

But there is something that I’ve always found a little disturbing, and that’s its portrayal of women and their deaths.

The two female replicants, one a ‘pleasure model’, the other an erotic snake dancer, are hunted by Deckard throughout the film, as are their male counterparts Roy Batty and Leon Kowalski. However, where Leon’s death is quick and simple, and Roy’s is a glorious and dignified ‘fade out’, Zhora and Pris are both seen as excuses for a highly elaborate slowmo, ‘romantic’ death, lingered over, with neither wearing much in the way of clothing.

Undeniably, Zhora’s desperate lunge through plate glass shop window displays, surrounded by primary colour neon and fake snow is a beautifully constructed (and re-constructed for the Final Cut version) and shot scene. But is the bikini clad slow mo necessary? What does it add?

Zhora’s Death Scene

When Deckard tracks down Pris in the ruined building in which she’s been hiding out, there is a brief physical tussle before again, Deckard dispatches her with a couple of shots from his gun. Her thrashing and screaming is ended only by the second gunshot, which sends her body flying into the air, again in slowmo:

Pris’ Death Scene

I would change nothing about Bladerunner. But I do wonder on its comment about the worth of women, or the perception of them in the future. Heck, even the ‘love scene’ between Deckard and Rachel is a male-dominant scene in which Rachel ‘obeys’ Deckard’s commands to adore him.

Perhaps it’s got something to do with the era in which the film was made, a sign of the 80s more than anything else. But then Ridley has never chosen to change the elaborate images of his female replicants demises in the numerous updates of the movie.

Just saying, that’s all.

NP

Great Star Wars Art
Mar 2012 18

 

Okay so we like a poster on this site and these Olly Moss designed Star Wars trilogy images are three of the best I’ve seen (the Empire one being my favourite).

 

NP

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