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  With the pandemic sweeping the globe, most non-essential workers are self-isolating, which includes us, engineers. Although free time allows us to catch up on some unfinished projects, it also allows us to binge-watch our favorite shows and movies. It’s also great to know there are movies and T.V. shows catered to engineers or have engineering aspects to them, which is more prevalent than you might think. It also begs the question of how many people became engineers by watching some ...
(Image credit: Jeremy Corbell via Vimeo)   Forewarning, there are spoilers ahead. Here it is, the biggest spoiler: If you plan to watch the documentary, you won’t get that hour and a half back, or your money either.   Granted, I’m dubious when it comes to unsubstantiated claims about anything- whether it’s someone proclaiming “it’s really great pizza, you’ll love pineapple,” “I’ve only had four drinks in the last hour, I’m g ...
Click on the pic to make it bigger! Click on the pic to make it bigger!     Thank you all for a great year! Maybe by next year I'll make this tree canon a reality.   Cabe http://twitter.com/Cabe_Atwell ...
(Image credit: Alan Light via Wikipedia)   “I am the least scientific person you’ll ever know,” is a Stan Lee quote he gave during a PBS interview back in 2013 about the ‘Science of Comic Books’ that struck me as funny. Not ha-ha funny, but amusing as he created superheroes and had to describe how they got their powers, whether they were bestowed upon them through magical means, born with them, or through technological advancements. In essence, he used his ima ...
  If you grew up in the 1960’s, 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s you already know Fred Rogers. You spent a lot of time in “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.” I did for sure, it was my favorite kid’s show. When Fred Rogers passed away in 2003, I was sad. I bought his book “The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember” (Oct 08, 2003), and realized Fred Rogers was more than a television neighbor or the puppeteer of “the Lan ...
(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!   ...

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