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Engineering Life

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(via Disney)   SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS... not many. I don't talk much about the twists and turns, but... be warned. . . .   Two years between anthology films is a brutal wait period. It builds up anticipation beyond all measure. With it, a thin crystal sheet of expectation. For me, the sheet was strained under the film’s weight, but it never cracked. It’s the pinnacle science fiction film series, worth a watch. But, I needed some montages…   Visuals a ...
Valerian's poster. Looks like tons of fun to me... (via EuropaCorp)     If you liked The Fifth Element you’ll love Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, right?   Well, hold on a minute. Not everybody agrees. The Fifth Element was profoundly influenced by the Valerian graphic novel. Director/Writer of The Fifth Element even invited the Valerian comic artist, Jean-Claude Mézières, to work on this film.   Now here we are 20 years later with a full ...
Two movie posters. I love the drawn one most. (via Marvel Entertainment)   Spoilers ahead!   The Peter Parker of this film is a nerd… but he’s OK with the label. I love this.   No longer is he a sad sack or tortured soul superhero. It’s implied the strife in Peter Parker’s life still happened, but they’re skipping over it. It’s refreshing too fast forward past all that and gets to what make’s Spider-man so appealing… He’s ...
(Images via and TM of Twentieth Century Fox)     It’s hard not to feel letdown by sci-fi these days.   Ghost in the Shell, Life, Passengers, Transformers The Last Knight, all glorious looking wastes of time. To add to that, these films are some of the longest in the genres history. This list alone is almost 10 hours of life down the drain.   (What else could I have done with that time. How about building some science fact? A project or two.)   My dismay aside, ...
(Spoilers ahead)     It’s nonstop angry people in this film.   The Autobots are angry. The military is angry. Science people are angry. Every main human character is angry. The Decepticons are, of course, angry. Even a new polite-butler robot character has a split personality – the other half is angry. It’s like being around a perpetually angry person, it’ll put you in a sour mood.   I am a huge Transformers fan. I’m not a purist either, I lik ...
  Life, the movie, is a let down. Been done, cliché, a non-science science fiction monster movie. Predictable to the end. One thing I learned from watching… “life” is precious, don’t waste it watching Life (2017).   That said, allow me to explain with a bunch of spoilers. Be warned.   Aboard the International Space Station (ISS) in the not too distant future, a team of astronauts and science fellows intercept a capsule with a sample of life from ...
  It’s another science-hero movie, and it’s a good one.   Spoilers, be warned....   Geologist Kristian Eikjord is about to leave picturesque Geirangerfjorden for the much flatter Stavanger… but on last days of anything, does that day ever go as planned? He still goes into work for a little farewell party but leaves a bit saddened with an inkling in the back of the mind. That inkling becomes a full-on realization of an impending disaster.   I think we& ...
Deepwater Horizon: Why Corporate Greed, Ineptitude and Shortcuts are Hazardous to Your Health. Shoddy cement job, failed equipment and erupting methane gas, what could go wrong? (Image credit Summit Entertainment)   Deepwater Horizon is about as accurate a film as you can get when it’s based on real-life events, certainly so when the impact of those events are still being felt today. Obviously, there are spoilers ahead, but unless you were asleep in 2010, then you know how the film p ...
Maybe the One Movie Where a Live Action Adaptation isn’t Horrible. This image of a robotic Geisha is one of the incredible props designed by the Weta Workshop that is featured in the Ghost in the Shell. (Image credit DreamWorks)   Why does it seem like most all of the live action remakes of great anime or video games are always abysmal? Seriously, Doom, a great game but bad movie; Attack on Titan- great anime series, comedic dirge of a film. Don’t even get me started on the Tra ...
I avoided Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence) for looking silly. But a bored, trapped audience will watch anything. I had no choice. Either this or stare at a wall. I’ve watched the wall too much, so…   I’m glad I did watch this Godzilla movie. I was transported to my childhood almost immediately. The lighting and filming style was kept in line with past Japan-based Godzilla movies. Everything within, though, was very modern.   Big-time spoilers ahead!   ...
Logan: Why Kids and Telepaths are Nothing but Problems. Image credit 20TH Century Fox.   Yes, I am a fan of Marvel comics and have an extensive collection of X-Men and Wolverine issues dating back to the mid 80’s and some going back a decade earlier, so I was somewhat elated to see the supposed last Wolverine movie Hugh Jackman is starring in. As always, there will be spoilers ahead- . . .   Logan takes place a few years into the future in 2029, and things don’t look too g ...
Image credit Lionsgate.   Spoilers Ahead ─   At the beginning of time the clock struck one- Then dropped the dew and the clock struck two- From the dew grew a tree and the clock struck three- The tree made a door and the clock struck four- Man came alive and the clock struck five- Count not, waste not the years on the clock- Behold I stand at the door and knock.   The above poem is how The Railway Man began and was thought up by the real Eric Lomax as a way to focus his ...
LEFT - Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden from Snowden (2016)  RIGHT - The real Edward Snowden from Citizenfour (2014)   In my opinion, Snowden is a dramatized prequel/sequel to Citizenfour (2014), the real life documentary of Edward Snowden’s life-defining event – revealing the extents of the Global surveillance disclosures.   After watching either, or both, you’ll notice sticky notes over your phone cameras, webcams, tape over microphones. Yes, you’ ...
All image courtesy of Paramount Pictures.   A misunderstanding is how it begins, revenge is what’s sought, and the adventure continues- that’s Star Trek Beyond in a nutshell. Obviously, there will be some Spoilers ahead, so stop now if you haven’t yet seen the latest entry of the Star Trek ensemble.   “Beyond, directed by Justin Lin, brings the crew together once more to thwart a terrorist bent on killing millions of Federation citizens for revenge….from ...
  Kids have it easy today. Their phones could compute the orbital trajectories John Glenn took in 1962. I think there is even a browser-based calculator too. Human beings were “the computers” back when Hidden Figures takes place (1950s to 1960s). In fact, that was their job title…computers!   Kids also have it a bit better than us today. We weren’t taught about this film’s main characters and their contributions in school. NASA admits that their story ...