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NASA - Titan Descent Data Movie with Bells and Whistles - Movie Okay, this is by far the best movie I've seen of a probe landing. Really puts the events inHuygens probe lands on Titan - movies

33 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names - Words - Book of Lists - Canongate Home This is a pretty cool little list. Nice to pull out some ofWhat is that called?

Hmm.... how do I do this without giving away spoilers? This was simultaneously the coolest and weakest of the three X-men movies. It earns coolest because it had some excellent battleReview: X-Men 3: The Last Stand

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » Latest Doctor Who Rumor - It’s All Good! Rumor has it that the second season of DoctorDoctor Who Season 2 on Sci-Fi

My second guest shot on the Midnight Movie Club was posted this week, reviewing the film "Return To Me" (with a stellar cast led by David Duchovny and Minnie DriverReturn to MidMo and other short subjects

Generally speaking, women are nuts for Valentines Day. Generally speaking, men don't get it. We participate, frequently against our will, but we don't really get it. Why is there a specificValentines Day!

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » Paraglider Sucked Into Killer Storm Wow. This definitely qualifies as the craziest story I've heard about paraglidingFlying woman freezes, falls, and survives

JMSNews J. Michael Straczynski, the creator/writer/producer of Babylon 5 and Crusade, has been writing for television for twenty years. He's been pretty successful at it, too. He doesn't just write forJMS deluged with attention

I got up this morning and read an email that referred to a comment made on Twitter... that's a Tweet, for those who've been under a technological rock for theTweet

Somewhere around 35 years ago, I caught my first episode of Doctor Who. I watched a man with a very long scarf run around offering people jelly babies in prettyThe Doctor Is In

I'm winning! That's the excitement of Andy's commentluv contest. Every comment on every participating blog is an entry. I've lucked into winning twice now. The first win was, ironically enough, onI won again!

Lee has his weekly Top 5 list up over at Quit Your Day Job. This time it's the "Five songs that have left their footprint in my life." That's aFive songs that altered my perceptions

Apple - Trailers - The Dark Knight I can't believe no one told me this trailer was out. Okay, visually it's an extremely boring trailer. Pretty much, it's the bat-symbol with aTrailer: The Dark Knight

I knew that I knew it from somewhere. It sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it. Now I know. The Olympics stole their theme song from the opening credits ofWhat do Bruce Campbell and the Olympics have in common? - Tuesday TubeWatch

(This will be a short one, but only because I'm tired. No reflection on the movie.) The Upside of Anger is about a woman full of anger and the effect sheReview: The Upside of Anger

Revisitation and new worlds

I’m going to revisit a couple of topics discussed here recently and then we’ll hit some new topics.

Well, after my last post I finished watching The Event. I stick with what I said about it, except for this: they did finally manage to make the title relevant, and they alluded to more about the “protectors” that showed they really did have some kind of plan. I like that they had been here before (guess that makes them “revisitors”) and that they left because of some fears about the “event” – I think that would have been really interesting to explore more, and if they’d pulled that thread in earlier it might have helped the show. Bringing that whole planet through? Very cool looking effect, but… no. It would rip both planets apart. The reveal about the First Lady? Not so much of a reveal. More like a “thanks for admitting it.” Though as my wife pointed out, it does reveal some of the silliness of the writing. Certainly she’d have been much more effective than all this rigmarole with Jarvis if the goal was to get Elias out of the way.

In the end, I do think it would be interesting to see where they would take it, but again, not too upset it’s cancelled.

Now, to revisit Green Lantern. Yes, again. They’ve released a new trailer:

I think this is the best trailer they’ve put out. It focuses less on the humor and more on the plot, with an important addition of setting context in explaining the universe. One of the complaints about the movie I’ve heard is that non-geeks won’t get it. Part of that, I think, is that they don’t understand the setting. There’s a lot of history to the Green Lantern universe that’s kind of important to understand for this film, apparently, and I think the voice-over here helps. It may be that it took too long for this context setting trailer to appear and it won’t make a big difference because people may have already checked out of this film, but I think they’re heading in the right direction with this trailer. Hopefully it piques some more interest in a few of you.

On to new worlds…. or more precisely, new trailers.

Torchwood: Miracle Day finally has a proper trailer.

I’m a little torn, honestly. I don’t know if it’s the settings or the large influx of American accents – or maybe the people at Starz got a little too involved – but it doesn’t feel as British as it should. That said, I think the plot looks intriguing and I love Gwen’s stinger at the end of the trailer.  Plus it looks like they’ve upped the effects budget, which is nice. And if I remember correctly, I didn’t really like the trailer for the last Torchwood mini-series but the show blew me away. If I can figure out how to watch this (given I don’t have Starz) I will.

I’m in the opposite position for the next trailer… I like the trailer but I’m wary about the film.

This looks from the trailer like it could turn out to be a really good Muppets movie. Very self-aware and self-referential, funny, and energetic. But there’s also something about the doe-eyed acting that’s worrisome. For some reason I’m getting flashes of the Rocky and Bullwinkle movie, and that’s not a great thing. But then there’s also the fact that the plot revolves around saving the Muppets Theater (though that’s not at all obvious in the trailer) which I think is a great idea. I’m looking forward to more on this one.

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