Big game hunters eat your hearts out...
I could mount this Velociraptor head from Jurassic Park on my wall... imagine the conversation starter it would be.
"Oh! I see you noticed my catch while I was on safari. Just wait till you hear the story of how we spent 3 days in the jungle hunting each other until I got the upper hand." Yea I think it would go something like that. Of course in order to pull it off properly I would need to get a Predator head and an Aliens head to go next to them.
Exploring: Predators Trailer
The trailer gives the Predators movie a feel much more like the original Predator movie. I also like that they have the Predators collecting their prey for a big game hunt since the humans proved themselves formidable and it is a typical behavior for them to do so.
Both franchises had their first movie named in the singular and featured only one. Aliens went on to feature many Aliens in it's second movie and was thus named in the plural. Predators also will feature multiple of the hunter warriors and is named in the plural.
Predators' release date 7th July 2010
Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
How Do You Know If You Love SF
When asked "Do I love Speculative Fiction?" The answer is yes I know in my heart that I love Speculative Fiction and would consider myself a fan. If that question is followed up with "How do you know?" Then the answer is more difficult and involves a man in a batman suit playing guitar at a street light but more on that latter. One could just claim "I know because that is how I feel." It is my first answer to this question but people feel many different things throughout the day and even have feelings that contradict previous feelings or their own believed position. This does not belittle the gut check but it does reduce it's value to one method of discerning one which should be tempered with something else.
Actions speak louder than words. A phrase that has so much truth to it and is very applicable to this process of discovery. Our actions toward Speculative Fiction gives us evidence of our true feelings toward it. Take this real life experience as an example.
Friday, traveling in my car through town I noticed a man standing in the grass near a three way intersection. This was not ordinary man for he was wearing a Batman costume and jamming away on a guitar with a smile of joy on his face. I realized by my own thoughts that this is the moment of truth, what are your thoughts about this man?
My thoughts first went toward protection of Speculative Fiction by discerning if the man was doing this out of mockery. Satisfied that he was not, my mind turned toward fraternal thoughts. I celebrated in his expression, became excited, thought about which Batman suit he chose and found myself wishing he could have a catwoman singer and a robin playing drums. If your thoughts turned destructive, toward mocking this man tearing him down and robbing him of his joyous moment then your feelings are in question because your actions say your not a fan.
How Do You Know If You Love SF? You know that you love Speculative Fiction if you celebrate it, cherish it and express those feelings in fraternal /constructive actions. If your actions are hateful, mocking and destructive than you do not love SF. You are not a fan.
By the way his Batman costume was blue and grey 1960’s style Batman costume.
Jane Austen VS. Supernatural Monsters?
I am a Jane Austen fan. I've read everything she wrote and have read so many JA knock-offs, they fill several shelves in my library. I've seen every JA movie adaptation (even the bad modern ones), read JA blogs, and listen to the JA Podnovel Podcast regularly. A while ago, I read a mystery by a fabulous JA author named Carrie Bebris. Suspense and Sensibility or, First Impressions Revisited: A Mr. & Mrs. Darcy Mystery, is an entertaining tale about how Lizzy and Darcy attempt to help Kitty find a husband. The story revolves around a magic mirror that Mr. Darcy emphatically refuses to believe has supernatural powers. The reason I mention this book is because it is an excellent example of Jane Austen’s characters and the supernatural world working well together in a tale.
But now, there is a new book coming in May 2009, called Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem! By Seth Grahame-Smith. When I heard about this, I had to take a second look. The book cover shows potential and I am even a little excited to see if this guy can pull it off. Jane Austen seemed to be fascinated with gothic horror herself, which can be seen in her novel Northanger Abbey. I have high hopes that she would have enjoyed a good laugh about the book’s title and perhaps even applauded such an effort.
Unfortunately, the second piece of news buzzing around the net is that Elton John’s Rocket Pictures is making a movie they are affectionately calling "Pride and Predator". Whether this little film is connected with the new zombie book or if it is completely different is unknown. Some news sources are lumping them together as one entity, but from the description on Variety.com, this flick definitely sounds more alien than zombie related. Is it possible that non-SF news reporters don’t know the difference between aliens and zombies? Perhaps this is the reason for the generalization.
Whatever the case, these new JA spin-offs are strange to say the least. What I want to know is...Can they pull this off or are these going to be put down as what never to do to a classic? I guess we'll have to wait and see. If this film or book does well, I can predict what we can expect down the road, but really, “Frankenstein and Juliet” or “Oliver Twisted”, don’t seem to have the same appeal.
If you are a JA fan, or just want to find out what all the buzz is about, visit these links: Carrie Bebris, JA mystery author http://www.carriebebris.com/ Pre-Order Pride and Prejudice and Zombies On Amazon Listen to JApodnovel for JA readings and news: http://japodnovel.mevio.com/
Lightsabers Are A Real Weapon?
I love that Star Wars is so popular that when I use the word lightsaber in public people know what I'm talking about. What I want to know is when did lightsabers become a real weapon. It does sting a little to have one's knuckles rapped during a mock duel but I never thought of it to be a real weapon. So does Woolworths know something about our military technology that the general public doesn't?
supermarket chain Woolworths has restricted the sale of toy lightsabers to people over the age of 18, concerned that the toys could be mistaken for real weapons.
Last I checked lightsaber technology doesn't really exist. The general public presumption is that it does not exist and there are not weapon shops across the country selling lightsabers to the general public. If there are please tell me where I will sell my car to get one! So Why would Woolworths think that the toy based on a space opera could be mistaken for a real weapon?
We the public do have some common sense!
via (Beam Me Up)
Buffy, Once More With Big Screen
Conversations stirred up and talk about doing another Buffy The Vampire Slayer movie broke out at L.A.'s PlayFest last Thursday. For the first time in four years all of the original cast and creators gathered for a reunion. As much as we all would love to see more Buffy beyond the comic series a movie would be a difficult project at best. Gellar pointed out:
"We have two strikes against us," she told MTV News. "Because we already were a movie that wasn't successful, I think it makes it that much tougher for us to go out there. One of the reasons that the show succeeded [where the original movie did not] was that it wasn't a two-hour story, but a story you have to develop over time."
Though I would dispute her second claim that a two-hour story would not be enough time to develop characters and setting since there is a series, comic and established fan community out there. She didn't mention whether she has had a change in heart and would be willing to considering returning to do a Buffy movie since in the past she said she wouldn't.
The other cast members were excited about the idea and each had contributions on what they would like to see in the next movie most involved a return from the dead in one fashion or another. If Joss were to do a movie I would hope that he would move on. As much as I loved the Tara Willow story line and enjoyed watching Anya's development a rehash or revisit would not interest me.
Time will tell if there is a Buffy movie but I won't hold my breath for that one.