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Posted on Jan 31, 2012 1:01:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 1:12:59 PM PST
http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.com/2012/01/area-51-movie-work-in-progress-plus.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

More upcoming Sci Fi movies, including a strange sub-genre of "found footage". And "Area 51" is still dragging along, with rumors of a lot of reshoots.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 11:08:11 AM PST
http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-john-carter-concept-art.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

COOL CONCEPT ART FROM "JOHN CARTER"

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 12:09:32 PM PST
Some of that looks pretty cool. A couple of things are actually very good.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 12:24:25 PM PST
Thanks for the link, Marilyn.

On there, it also had a nice link about Hollywood and Mars movies->
http://silverscreensaucers.blogspot.com/2011/11/hollywood-and-curse-of-mars.html

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 1:25:41 PM PST
Trim Tram says:
CivWar64:

1) No, it is not just his art. It was a collaborative effort and he only directed the first of the original trilogy. In fact, he's argued that the tinkering with classic movies that are part of cultural heritage is barbaric. Apparently, it doesn't apply to him: http://www.flixist.com/george-lucas-is-a-barbarian-says-george-lucas-201235.phtml

2) It doesn't matter if Jar Jar was created to appeal to small children - he's still an awful character. Both R2D2 and C3PO were also created to appeal to children, yet not everyone tries to forget they ever existed.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 1:28:53 PM PST
I was surprised that there is a "Mars Curse" for Hollywood movies. I remember the pair of serious Mars movies that came out about the same time, "Red Planet" and "Mission To Mars". My only thought then was, a trip to Mars can NOT be that boring!

Maybe "John Carter" can break the curse ...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2012 1:41:00 PM PST
eltodesukane says:
Star Wars is old stuff. Who cares about that anymore.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 10:31:25 AM PST
I do.

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 5:42:47 PM PST
Old "Enough" Rocker ,

LOL!

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 1:30:15 PM PST
The Force will be with you, Rocker. Always.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 3:02:29 PM PST
"Battleship" Lame or not?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 3:38:39 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Pure eye candy. Leave your brain in the lobby.

Peter Berg passed on the Dune remake and agreed to make this game-to-flick floater (as in, fatty turd) on the condition they let him make a movie he really wants to make afterwards.

Transformers on the Beach. I might go see it if I'm bored. Otherwise, Netflixing it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 6, 2012 11:33:33 PM PST
EdM says:
Only SOME people think there is a Mars curse. The two movies that came out at about the same time were a serious screw-up, and some of these Mars movies are just poorly written.

IF you look at "Total Recall" with Arny, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100802/

This was pretty well done IMO. Per IMDB, its budget was ~ $50M, but it grossed over $250M worldwide, and has sold fairly well on DVD and BD.

OTOH, we'll see about the remake for later this year ... with Colin Farrel, Kate Beckinsale and more. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386703/

In any event, I'd say that the "Curse" is not on Mars, but on poor screenwriting and poor movie-making. In the Philip Dick story on which "Blade Runner" [perhaps the best Sci-fi movie ever] is based, the replicants who came to earth escaped from a slave colony on Mars.

I for one, am disappointed that they killed the "of Mars" from the upcoming "John Carter" movie. I long ago read many of those E.R. Burroughs Mars books, and am not a little put off by the name change.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 3:30:01 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
But of those two flicks, Red Planet was far more interesting both science- and story-wise than Mission to Mars.

From its inclusion of the Cydonia Face as an alien artifact to the ridiculous DNA nonsense and Earth-seeding/evolution hologram & Gary Sneeze blasting off to meet our makers at the end, Mission to Mars was pure shlock.

Red Planet had its silly moments, too, of course, but of the two, I would watch it again. (If there were nothing else better & new on, that is.)

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 6:49:38 AM PST
I agree with you guys. I really liked Total Recall. I even had an old Nintendo game of it...how geeky was that?! Well, not as geeky as a guy who did a video walkthru of it on Youtube! -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Db9zgHWOkPk

And Red Planet wasn't too bad.

Don't forget Robinson Crusoe on Mars. I thought that was really well done in spite of not great special effects.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 7:17:32 AM PST
Oh, and while we're on the 'Mars Curse' bit, this just in. So much for speculators who think Grunt's malfunction was caused by USA radar in Alaska [we all know who I'm talking about].

http://news.discovery.com/space/programming-error-doomed-mars-probe.html

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 12:35:55 PM PST
They took 'Mars' out of the title cause some genius at Disney thought the Public would confuse it with their Bomb "Mars Needs Moms".

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 4:25:23 PM PST
Actually, the reason seems to be "women won't watch a movie with 'Mars' in the title" mixed with "a lot of people don't like science fiction."

Because, you know, if you leave "of Mars" out of the title of a movie with flying battleships and eight-legged riding beasts, nobody will ever figure out that it's science fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 7:07:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2012 7:09:31 PM PST
(I already said that) ;)

But seriously, though, on the Superbowl trailer Dejah Thoris (who looks mighty hot, dare I say) says "John Carter of Earth." The "John Carter of Mars" stories are from a magazine serial published nearly 30 years after the first book, "A Princess of Mars", the basis of the movie, and not were published in book form for nearly 20 more years in 1964.

One could argue that changing the title to simply "John Carter" is truer to the original Barsoom books. And yes, "Princess of Mars" would sound horribly close to "Mars needs Moms".

(edit)

The early Barsoom books are all public domain and free if you are interested in downloading and reading them. There are also 0.99 versions, but the free copies are just fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 10:24:41 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
And it's not like no one is going to go, "John Carter... isn't that the guy in Terminator?"

Nah... no science fiction resonance at all. LOL

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 8:12:19 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 8:15:58 AM PST
Sailor -

"Actually, the reason seems to be that women won't watch a movie with 'Mars' in the title, mixed with a lot of people (who) don't like science fiction."

Actually, the following research seems to prove the opposite:

http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind02/c7/c7s5.pdf
NO GENDER GAP AMONG SCI FI READERS
Also, Science Fiction may be an important factor in leading young people to be interested in science as a career. Plus the odd fact that there is no relationship between levels of education and watching 'Star Trek'.

http://www.nea.gov/research/readingonrise.pdf
READING IS ON THE RISE
pG. 9 - #7 - 30% of readers prefer Science Fiction

http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/young-SF.htm
Great Site for teachers and parents wanting to introduce kids to Science Fiction.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 9:51:54 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 9:55:38 AM PST
M. Helsdon says:
"Actually, the following research seems to prove the opposite:"

Save that you are citing reading, not watching movies.

Written sf is often creative and intelligent, wheras sci fi movies mostly feature unrealistic aliens, cliched characters, clunky spaceships, fighting and big explosions. Star Trek tends to suffer a little less from this, but it tends to use sf concepts as a vehicle for drama with a weighty addition of technobabble.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 10:57:49 AM PST
MH,

"Save that you are citing reading, not watching movies."

I was about to write the same thing. In fact, in looking at the article, it states that THERE IS a difference bwtn. men and women when it comes to viewing sci-fi TV programs.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 11:15:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 11:15:45 AM PST
Yes, there is a difference between men and women in TV viewing, or that more men watch SyFy. But a lot of SyFy's programming is more horror and monsters anymore, than actual Science Fiction.

As far as movies, "Avatar" couldn't have been such a mega-hit if women weren't also paying repeatedly to see it.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 11:22:59 AM PST
M. Helsdon says:
Bob,

"I was about to write the same thing. In fact, in looking at the article, it states that THERE IS a difference bwtn. men and women when it comes to viewing sci-fi TV programs."

Yes. It clearly states 'However, a difference does exist with respect to watching science fiction television programs. For example, the Sci Fi channel is watched by more men (55 percent) than women (45 percent) (Brown 2000). In contrast, women make up the majority of the viewing audience of almost every other television network except the sports networks.'

Interesting article, with a clear message about pseudoscience, such as astrology, psychics and flying saucers... 'Belief in pseudoscience may indicate a lack of critical thinking skills'. 'Belief in pseudoscience is relatively widespread and growing. In addition, the media have come under criticism, especially by scientists, for sometimes providing a distorted view of science and the scientific process and thus contributing to scientific illiteracy.'

Ouch.

Science fiction is much more than giant spaceships, space fighters, robots and humanoid aliens, but movie sci fi is often little else, and certainly misses out on the science component which is a major aspect of (even 'soft') genuine science fiction.
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