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PostArctica: The Accidental Sea

Interesting film on California’s abandoned Salton Sea.

 

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Dr. Strangelove Was More Of a Documentary Than We Thought

This is a little bit terrifying, in the context of world destruction. Dr. Strangelove was a great movie in the 60s about a military base commander going crazy and ordering a nuclear strike on Russia without Presidential authorization. It should be remade today with another great comedic actor like Steve Carell.

It turns out, MAD was real, and the Russians didn’t tell anyone about it making it pointless. Way to go, crazy Russians.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Earthsuck

“Earthstorm” [3/10] is barely a 3. Humour value at least. My girlfriend guessed the ending. It was Armageddon meets Harlequin. #Bmovie

Solve problems by blowing up the Moon, with nukes.

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Wild Women of Wongo

Who can resist a film with a title like that? Or Zontar, the Thing From Venus? Robot Monster? Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet? The Atomic Brain? Clearly, I can’t. I love this stuff. B-films, especially scifi B-films. But I am a tad disappointed with this Mill Creek package.* I recently received the set of SciFi […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Debt

Watched most of “The Debt” [8/10] and would watch the rest later if it was convenient to do so. It’s about spies in East Germany attempting to kidnap a Nazi. The plan goes wrong.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Pacific Rim

I watched “Pacific Rim” [7/10] after “Super 8″ [7/10] and was not as impressed by either as I’d hoped to be. First, I can’t hear Pacific Rim any more without thinking Job after, thanks to the team named that at Owl Pub Trivia I go to frequently. Second, the movie is the same script as Indpendence Day, so that was sort of sad. The whole part of flying out of the atmosphere, using wing flapping, was a little unbelievable too. A lot, I mean. Super 8 was more believable, for another alien flick.

PostArctica: Urban Explorers: Into The Darkness (full length movie)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bus-Taker’s Guide To The Galaxy

I helped invent and host a city bus tour to a movie theatre from the Riddell Centre on Tuesday evening. It went very well, even though our bus was 20 minutes late when first leaving. The weather was astoundingly perfect, and the ten people who went all seemed to enjoy the evening very much. I think UR Sustainability Club will organize another tour like this one, later this semester.

Half of the group saw “Elysium” [7/10] a futuristic movie about a man dying to get to a satellite habitat where magical medical technology can heal nearly anything. The other went (Read more…)

PostArctica: Adrift

I have yet to see anything that so sublimely and elegantly shows how mankind and nature can cohabit this planet, yet we continue to lay a massive pounding on the earth, oblivious to the wreckage, as we struggle blindly through the fog of our own heads and hearts.

ADRIFT

It has been almost 3 years since I released “The Unseen Sea” and I’m excited and proud to share with you my latest project “Adrift”.

“Adrift” is a love letter to the fog of the San Francisco Bay Area. I chased it for over two years to capture the magical interaction (Read more…)

Terahertz: Man of Steel Review–at BCHA Blog

Just a quick note that I posted a review of Man of Steel on the BC Humanist Association blog. Make sure to follow that blog for the occasional update.

Tl;dr Knowing it was Christian propaganda, I should have taken a pass.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Eleven Foot Eight – Truck Crashes for Chuckles

I think this is an opportunity for a film person on the Winnipeg St. overpass in Regina.

11foot8 is a website that highlights ridiculous crash videos at a notorious, low, train bridge.

Nice stacks:

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Cycling In Regina Isn’t Always Easy

What’s it like for a Regina cyclist to go see a movie?

Besides homicidal/comical drivers (from Alberta),

there are flooded Multi Use Pathways,

and underpasses that are creeks.

Persist past those hazards, and there are gravelly “Shared” bike lanes with parked cars ready to give you the “door-prize”.

Can you see drivers being as patient and persistent as Regina’s cyclists? Despite the flooded dead-ends without detour signs, I made the 11km bike ride from the south west, to the north east in under an hour, so I could catch the latest “Star Trek Into Darkness” [10/10]. I’d highly recommend trying (Read more…)

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Chadwick's Blog & Commentary: The Pulp Renaissance

In the late 1950s, I came across a copy (1912; an original edition, I believe) of Edgar Rice Burrough’s first published novel, Tarzan, The Ape Man, on my parent’s bookshelf in the basement. A forgotten book, one my father had … Continue reading →

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: A Few Movies

Taking some time on the weekend to waste a little time, I caught up on some movies. “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” [6/10] was extremely uncomfortable at times, and oh so predictable, but still enjoyable enough to get a passing mark. The Spock on TV joke during the movie helped me figure out the voice of Sentinal Prime, who I recognized eventually as Leonard Nimoy’s, but couldn’t name at first. They later had him make another Star Trek joke, claiming “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few”. On Friday I’d watched the end of “Star Trek (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Django; The ‘D’eath Is Not Silent

Watched “Django Unchained” [7/10], and realized that bodies were exploding because it was a Tarantino movie. It went about as expected. Some parts should not be watched, or it will cause trauma; Like the dogs ripping someone apart. However, I was pleasantly surprised to hear this Jim Croce song.

Before arriving at the Golden Mile theatre, there was a white husky dog with a green (shock?, tracking?) box collar on, and a Regina tag, but I couldn’t get the number on it to call the City because the dog would nip when I held his collar. It ran

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: WikiLeaks: Hollywood Hatchet, Swedish Swindle

The problem with how Sweden, the UK, and the United States have been treating Julian Assange of Wikileaks, has dragged on for years. It’s left the foremost journalist in the world stuck in a London apartment building that houses the Ecuadorian Embassy where Assange is trapped as a political prisoner. He sought asylum from the Swedish extradition order, and Ecuador granted him that request. Assange’s home country of Australia has sided with the United States in wanting him imprisoned and taken offline, because they’ve failed to negotiate his safe return to Australia or Ecuador where he could be free.

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Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar

How ironically fitting that Michelle Obama announced the Oscar for the winning picture. Argo is a putative “true” story from the not too distant U.S. past – a past to which American viewers can easily relate – a feel good story of American perseverance, ingenuity, courage, an inspiring version of U. S. exceptionalism resulting in a bloodless American victory with only, according to the script but not Ken Taylor, a smidgen of help from Canadians. Such an uplifting image was far more appealing to mean-age 63 Academy voters.   Does Argo deserve the Oscar? Depends on what “deserves” means.  For (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics and Entertainment: Why a completely unremarkable film called Argo won the Oscar

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Killer Robots From Earth

I grew up thinking that Killer Robots From Venus was a pretty amusing song. Now that we’re living in 2013, the ‘future’, we have to seriously contemplate the implications of building robots that can kill as their intended purpose. Our next-future expectations depend upon what we choose now. I’m not okay with building Terminators, just because have have the technical capability. We should be seriously concerned, even if we don’t think a Skynet scenario will play out as it did in the movies. The consequences are dire and deadly even if the machines don’t ‘decide’ to turn against their human

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Politics and Entertainment: Zero Dark Thirty Leaves Plenty of Space for Viewer’s Moral Judgment

Spoiler alert: The U.S. Navy SEALS murder Osama Bin Laden and several others in his Pakistani compound without mercy and with vengeful malice. Most of the controversy swirling round the film revolves around whether the filmmaker, Kathryn Bigelow – positioned as auteur by most commentators –  endorses torture or  whether the film’s narrative raises the moral issue of torture for contemplation. There is, in my reading,  no overt moral position offered by the film on torture or even the morality of CIA procedures in general.  Many commentators have unwittingly bemoaned this absence or taken it as a tacit moral endorsement of torture (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: CBS bans breasts, buttocks, genitals, this Pink stuff at Grammy Awards

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 9, 2013: Nearly ten years after Janet Jackson’s famous wardrobe malfunction, the CBS is on high alert concerning nudity. A “Wardrobe Advisory” email the network’s Standards & Practices department sent out to representatives of stars scheduled to perform at Sunday’s 55th Annual Grammy Awards is warning performers to adequately cover their breasts, READ MORE

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Flight

I’d suggest people watch “Flight” [9/10] if you like deep movies about alcoholism. You might end up cheering for the drunk and feeling bad for doing so.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Looper Movie

I rode the bus, ended up at another mall, decided on a movie, found out it was Tuesday and only $2. Win! “Looper” [8/10] bent my brain a little, but wasn’t a time travelling classic I fear. It was trying to be complex, and although I didn’t predict the ending, I probably could have. It still had enough surprises to be worth watching though. If you don’t mind a gory action pic with time travel, check out Looper.

After the movie the next bus home was going to take about 20 minutes to leave the mall. I walked, and think

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Movies

I caught some movies lately, including “Lincoln” [9/10], and “Perfect Pitch” [6/10]. “Life of Pi” [9/10] was much better than both of them, however. “Lincoln” was an interesting history lesson, it just didn’t feel like it was more than a mini-series condensed.

UPDATE Dec. 14 – Watched “Lord of the Rings – Return of the King” [9/10] extended cut. It was over 4 hours long, yeesh! I thought it was very good, and I didn’t even fall asleep during it. All three movies in the span of two weeks was almost too much though.

The Equivocator: Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Uranowski’s First Law of Involuntary Suspension of Disbelief

Even if you didn’t know that the 1999 masterpiece “Deep Blue Sea” was about super-intelligent sharks before hand, Saffron Burrows’s character (Dr. Susan McCallister) interacts with a 3D computer model 14 minutes into the movie showing us all that the sharks mentioned in the previous expository scene have gigantic brains.

The plot of the film involves a scientific testing facility located on a re-purposed oil derrick where a pharmaceutical company is expanding the size of shark’s brains in hope of developing a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. The main crew of the facility is (Read more…)

The Equivocator: Giving the Devil the benefit of the law

A Man for All Seasons (1960) —————————————————————————————————- Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law! More: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? Roper: I’d cut down every law in England … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: Giving the Devil the benefit of the law