A new trailer for “The Martian”

Friday, 28 August, 2015

The latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi adventure feature, The Martian, that is due for release in Australia at the end of September. I have to say, this looks promising.

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Alderaan shot first, and other changes to the “Star Wars” films

Thursday, 6 August, 2015

Much has been said about the changes George Lucas has made to the original trilogy “Star Wars” films since they were first released, and here Marcelo Zuniga presents scenes from these films, and compares them with those that were altered later on. While one or two of the changes are for the better, I think many are unnecessary.

Changes to what is now “A New Hope” can be seen here, and here, while the alterations to “Return of the Jedi” are here.

At least I know now why Han Solo refers to Jubba the Hutt as a wonderful human being, rather than a wonderful Hutt…

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“Back to the Future”, the comic book anthology series

Thursday, 16 July, 2015

While there are unlikely to be any further installments to the Back to the Future films, and, thankfully, no remakes for the time being either, a comic series however, based on the iconic time travel trilogy, is in the pipe line.

To be co-written by Bob Gale, producer and screenwriter of the three films, the comic stories will explore aspects of the film series that weren’t covered on screen, such as how Marty and Doc Brown became friends.

The comic won’t try to directly follow up the movie trilogy, but instead embed itself into the ongoing events of the films, filling in gaps from the different time periods Doc and Marty visit and offering explanations for some of the movies’ different elements.

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Han Solo’s written a lot of special screenplays about himself

Wednesday, 15 July, 2015

Clearly there’s going to be far more than just three “Star Wars” sequel films, the first of which, Episode VII – The Force Awakens, is released on 18 December.

We already know that a stand alone film, Rogue One, that tells the story of the rebel group that went about stealing the plans to the Death Star, that the Empire’s agents were desperately trying to recover in A New Hope, is in the works, and that Darth Vader is said to be making an appearance.

Then last week it was announced that Han Solo will be the subject of another stand alone, or anthology series film, that is due for release in May 2018. I could easily see a number of features about Solo though, he’d be someone with a few stories to tell after all.

Chewbacca, Solo’s companion, is also worthy of a film or two if you ask me, especially if there’s any substance to this theory.

On the topic of “The Force Awakens” though, does anyone happen to know how minutes there are between now and 18 December?

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“The Force Awakens”, to be the third highest grossing film of all time?

Monday, 6 July, 2015

We’re still the best part of six months ahead of the – highly anticipated – release of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, and already it is being estimated its take at the box office will see the title become the third highest grossing film of all time, behind Avatar, and Titanic.

The new report, from Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne and released to industry website Deadline, suggests that the new Star Wars movie will take in $US1.95 billion ($2.52 billion) worldwide. That total, which is based on expectations of higher international box office returns than for the previous three Star Wars films, would make The Force Awakens the third highest-grossing film of all time.

I hope it lives up to the hype. I hope it lives up to the hype. I hope it lives up to the hype.

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A set, not CGI, the five dimensional library from “Interstellar”

Monday, 29 June, 2015

Remember the library scene from Christopher Nolan’s 2014 film Interstellar?

The library, or, more to the point tesseract, that existed in a mind boggling five dimensions that is, meaning the astronaut Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), could view every past moment that had played out in the room, from a single, if sprawling space, and also use gravity to tap out messages to his daughter, Murphy.

The film nerd in me was thinking that the scene must have been shot in a green-screen room, probably the size of an average garden shed, but much to my surprise, it was an actual set. How mind boggling is that?

The idea of the tesseract scene alone was so daunting to the filmmakers, Nolan and his special effects team procrastinated for months before trying to tackle how it might work. After months of concepting and model building the team opted for the unusual approach of using minimal digital effects in favor of fabricating a massive set which the actors could physically manipulate. A remarkable feat considering not only the complexity of the concepts depicted, but the cost and labor of building something so large.

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Here are a few photos we took while holidaying on Mars

Monday, 8 June, 2015

Is this photo collection, by Paris based photographer Julien Mauve, indicative of the sort of snaps we ourselves may take, if Mars ever becomes a – and so much for one way trips there – tourist destination?

Be sure to check out some of Mauve’s other work as well, such as Hopeless Romantic, and also After Lights Out, that I linked to last year.

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So, which is better, Star Trek, or Star Wars?

Wednesday, 20 May, 2015

The truth is they’re both pretty lousy, but together they’re better than all the others… with apologies to Keith Richards. Presenting The Carbonite Maneuver, a fan made trailer that blends elements of both realms. Non-canonical, obviously.

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The destruction of a LEGO model of a Star Wars command ship

Friday, 15 May, 2015

The battle scenes from The Return of the Jedi, both on the forest moon of Endor, and in the space overhead, were a tad over the top in my opinion, even for a science fiction story.

A legion of trained, and heavily armed, Stormtroopers brought down by… teddy bear like creatures? The Imperial fleet put to the sword by a rag tag collection of rebel ships? Still it was good to see the good guys prevail, even if they weren’t really all that well organised.

The scene where Darth Vader’s super massive command ship was (somehow) taken out, is one of more memorable for me, surely it alone would have destroyed the Death Star as it sliced through it, but never mind.

Here though is the command ship, built with many, many, LEGO bricks, meeting its demise in slow motion… try telling me a blow like that would have been water off a duck’s back, as it were, for the Death Star…

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Don’t wait to buy new Star Wars BB-8 action figure, make one now

Tuesday, 28 April, 2015

The world’s favourite droid, R2D2, of “Star Wars” fame, may find himself competing for the attention of film-goers, with the arrival of BB-8, a roller ball droid, who makes an entrance to the sci-fi saga in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this December.

I get the feeling BB-8 is going to prove quite popular, so fans will be happy to know they could build their own version of the droid with a Sphero and some magnets, as Christian Poulsen has.

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