A few days ago, I was privileged to attend (and bring a couple of family members) a pre-screening of the film Predestination. It is a movie based upon a short story by science fiction writer Robert Heinlein, about whom I have written a great deal. I am a member of both the Heinlein Society and an Advocate for the Space Frontier Foundation, and actually got invitations both ways. The Landmark Theater in Los Angeles was a nice venue for this. […]
I am not a Pink Floyd fan per se, though I’m familiar with and have enjoyed some of their pieces. But this is a thing of beauty, in my opinion: Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18 as interpreted by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore. The video can be seen (and heard!) below, but the lyrics of the sonnet and some background are available at the link. You’re probably familiar with the words: Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate… […]
IN SPACE, no one can hear you’re green. It’s a pity. Caesar turned slowly, arms outstretched to catch the sun. In the middle distance, I could see Hamlet doing the same thing. A moment later, Fortinbras began to turn. Yes, they’re all named for dead people — they’re all shades. […]
My Lady and I enjoyed it. There was a certain discontinuity from the actors being different. Hank Reardon is very reminiscent of Ed Harris here, huskier of voice but in the range that Harris can do. Dagny’s pretty-boy brother is well-portrayed, as is Dagny herself. And I think this Francisco d’Anconia is a significant improvement […]
Or at least, the death of the music industry is fort0ld in this article. While the author perhaps overstates the case in some respects, the concerns certainly seem valid to me. And it doesn’t take the usual angle of “the kids’ music is terrible” — he comes at this from a different direction.
A good […]
The trailer for The Dark Knight Rises starts out with the US National Anthem, which gradually fades away to be replaced, ultimately, by the chant of the “occupy” people (amusingly, in the film they are the insane asylum inmates). I suspect that this “fading US” effect was quite intentional.
My Lady and I just got back from seeing John Carter. We thought it was very good indeed! The film was a study in contrasts — the melodic, almost romantic music in the middle of a major battle scene — and yet it made sense in the context presented. There was a hostage crisis in the film, and my Lady laughed aloud. We did not share at all Tars Tarkas’s comment: “Thank the gods that’s over with!” […]
I suspect that each of us has odd abilities, though for most of us don’t make extensive use of them. […]