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The Wolfman

Posted: December 11, 2009 in General
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Hollywood always seems to be doing remakes – sometimes they work, other times they don’t.

There is one coming out that I am looking forward to – the remake of the classic 1941 werewolf movie, The Wolfman. Werewolves rate up there amongst my favourite mythical monsters – far above vampires, or at least their modern incarnations. Hopefully the movie turns out well.

The trailer for the new Clash of the Titans movie has just come out, and at first viewing it looks like a bit of fun, sort of reminiscent of 300 in parts. What is more it has Sam Worthington as the hero Perseus, Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades.

Upon reading the synopsis I became a little worried. Okay a lot worried.

Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus is helpless to save his family from Hades, vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus and unleash hell on Earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

Whoever is responsible for this has no clue as to Greek mythology at all. Hades was not evil – in fact he was a darn sight less vengeful than most of the Greek gods who were prone to smite mortals for the slightest transgression. Hades seems of late to have suffered character derailment – along with Anubis – simple for the fact he was the God of Death and the Underworld. Hades was in fact the elder brother of Zeus (along with Poseidon) and together they defeated the Titans.

Hollywood at times has a lot to answer for, regularly rewriting history and myths like this. There really needs to be an inquiry into it – and fines. Big fines.

I’ve seen the new Star Trek movie and thought I’d give a brief review. Firstly I’ll say I’m not a Trekkie. I’ve seen the odd episode and movie, but never really got into it nor followed it. I did have a flatmate once who was a Trekkie, and I learnt most of what I know through him.

Babylon 5 was the first SF show I really followed – only missed one episode in the five years it was on. Since then Firefly and Doctor Who have also been SF shows I’ve really enjoyed.

But back to the movie. Warning, there will be spoilers.

The movie has been called a reboot of the Star Trek universe. And that it is. Time travel is involved which totally rewrites Star Trek history. That is if you consider it canon, which some Trekkies aren’t.

The movie starts with the Federation Starship Kelvin investigating an anomaly in space, from which emerges a vast spaceship of unknown origin. Following the death of the captain, the first officer orders the evacuation of the crew, including his wife who is in labour. He stays behind to cover the evacuation, but before he dies, his wife gives birth to a son whom they name James Tiberius Kirk.

Hang on, Kirk’s father doesn’t die in canon say the Trekkies.

Ah, but this is the reboot Star Trek universe. Without going into too many details and spoilers, an event in the far future causes an event in the past that rewrites history. Yes, we are talking time travel here. Not exactly a surprise in the Star Trek universe.

This time it is a little different. At the end of the movie this alternate reality hasn’t been reset and history continues down the other trouser leg of time. It is a neat trick that allows them to, in the future, write further movies that, while set in the Star Trek universe, aren’t beholden to the old canon.

The movie itself is a lot of fun and has a number of call outs to the past; the obligatory red shirt, the green alien chick for young Kirk and familiar lines.

It is also an accessible movie for those who haven’t seen Star Trek before, and not just for the Trekkies, which The Onion had a go at in the following clip.

That Quote

Posted: December 5, 2008 in General
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Some of you may have noticed that in part one of Cara’s Choice there is a certain movie quote. The more cultured amongst you may know it. For the rest of you, consider yourself the sufferers of misfortune.

The quote comes from the greatest Sci Fi movie ever made, and one of the greatest movies in general. Ever. That movie is Blade Runner. It comes from the most memorable scene from the movie, right near the end.

And so, I present it here, for the fans and those who will undoubtedly be fans upon viewing it.