The sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens and the low-budget British film Attack the Block both open this weekend. Critic David Edelstein says both movies bring people together from different walks of life â but only one is really worth seeing.
What do you think about the possibility of extra- terrestrial life? Are we alone in the universe? And what do aliens reveal about us? Bridget Kendall asks ecologist Chris Thomas, science fiction writer Nnedi Okorafor, and psychologist Richard McNally to pool thoughts about what aliens mean to us.
Episode #102 – Cowboys & AliensHey, you got your cowboys in my aliens! No, you got your aliens in my cowboys! Meanwhile, Dan continues his trend of not being able to speak, Stuart starts (continues?) a feud with Mr. Al Madrigal, and Elliott embarks on an exciting new career in the world of retail.
0:00 – 0:31- Introduction and theme.
0:32 – 2:15 – Stu talks Puerto Rico and celebrity beefs
2:16 – 36:29 – ‘Allo ‘allo, it’s me, Danyul Craig, wot’s all these Cowboys & Aliens, then?
36:30 – 37:50 – Final judgements
37:51 – 53:00 – Flop House Movie Mailbag
53:01 – 59:21 – The sad bastards recommend.
59:22 – 1:00:30 – Goodbyes, theme, and outtakes.
AUDIO NOTE: For some reason there’s a bunch of noise of microphones being bumped in this episode. It’s quiet, but noticeable. And just when Dan finally learned how to equalize the volume of the hosts properly (one audio step forward, two steps back). He just ordered some new shock mounts for the mics, so we hope this is a one-time problem. Apologies.
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Wikipedia synopsis of Cowboys & Aliens
Flop House Plugs Corner
Come to the next Flop House live event! (produced and co-hosted by the good folks at I Love Bad Movies). This will probably quite literally be your only chance to see the 1986 James Remar non-hit QUIET COOL on the big screen!
At 92Y Tribeca on Friday, June 8 at 8 pm, on the great island of Manhattan. Tix $12. More info and online ticketing can be found HERE.
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May 19th, 2012
Finding the right balance of science and fiction is one of the biggest challenges to making interesting science-fiction: you want the science to be real enough, but it shouldn’t drag down the story in an overzealous attempt at authenticity. That being said, whenever a big sci-fi flick is released, there are people chomping at the bit to pick apart the movie’s scientific inaccuracies.
So when it was revealed that Christopher Nolan would be directing "Interstellar" with the help of one of the world’s leading experts on astrophysics and general relativity, it brought a new level of excitement to the project.
Kip Thorne is an Einstein Medal-winning theoretical physicist and the Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics Emeritus at CalTech. "Interstellar" is his first foray into movie-making and it’s based heavily on his research involving wormholes, time travel and black holes.
Science Goes to Hollywood: Science Fact V Science Fiction
Brian Cox and Robin Ince continue their tour of the USA, as they take to the stage in LA. They are joined by cosmologist and science advisor on movies such as Thor and Tron Legacy, Sean Carroll, comedian Joe Rogan, The Simpsons’ writer and Executive Producer of Futurama, David X Cohen, and Eric Idle. They ask why so many movies now seem to employ a science advisor, whether scientific accuracy is really important when you are watching a film about a mythical norse god and whether science fact can actually be far more interesting than science fiction.
Don’t believe everything you see on TV or the movies. Science fiction is just a guide to how our future might unfold. It can be misleading, as anyone who yearns for a flying car can tell you. And yet, sometimes fantasy becomes fact. Think of the prototype cellphones in Star Trek.
We take a look at science that seems inspired by filmic sci-fi, for example scientists manipulating memory as in Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And despite his famous film meltdown, Charleton Heston hasn’t stopped the Soylent company from producing what it calls the food of the future.
Plus, why eco-disaster films have the science wrong, but not in the way you might think. And, what if our brains are simply wired to accept film as fact?
Listen to individual segments here: Part 1: Steve Ramirez / Implanting Memories Part 2: Rob Rhinehart / Soylent Part 3: Jason Mark / Movie Doom Part 3: Jeffrey Zacks / Movie Minds
"Inception" has put sci-fi back in the movies, with mixed reviews. We look at the best science fiction films of all time. With guests A.O. Scott, chief film critic for the New York Times, and Annalee Newitz, critif for io9.com.
David Padron is a cinematics producer, I am a writer/designer, both of us in video games. We talk a lot about movies and culture and games before jumping into a game of League of Legends or Starcraft 2 or Diablo 3 or whatever.
This week, we talk a lot about Ridley Scott’s most science-fictional movie, Prometheus.