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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 11:27:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 8, 2012 11:28:39 AM PST
M. Helsdon says:
"As far as movies, "Avatar" couldn't have been such a mega-hit if women weren't also paying repeatedly to see it."

Except that Avatar is relatively unusual, in that the writers and designers at least attempted to have a hard science basis for some facets of the movie, ranging from the design of the starship through to the composition of the atmosphere of Pandora. Though they did bug out on the Na'vi, making them bipeds when all the other lifeforms were hexapods, and of course they catered to the 'guns and explosions' audience with lots of guns and explosions.

The Na'vi were one of the main things that made it soft instead of hard sf, by pandering to an audience that probably wouldn't easily identify with non-humanoid aliens.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2012 1:22:04 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
"As far as movies, 'Avatar' couldn't have been such a mega-hit if women weren't also paying repeatedly to see it."

Just your speculation until you cite some actual data.

In other words, you got nuttin.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 4:33:22 PM PST
Whatever. *I* didn't say that women won't go see a movie with "Mars" in the title, Disney did.

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 1:36:23 PM PST
Sailor - No harm done!

Called a "dark science fiction comedy" involving the Moon and Nazis. I watched the trailer and wasn't impressed ...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 9, 2012 4:28:27 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
Yeah, it's supposed to be subtle...

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 9:37:23 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
Iron Sky looks like a limited release or direct to video.

Posted on Feb 10, 2012 7:50:26 AM PST
Old "Upvote Genie" Rocker -

That's what I thought. Humorous SF movies are far and few between. And I haven't seen anything that can top "Galaxy Quest".

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 6:08:44 AM PST

Ridley Scott will direct the new movie, which is still in the planning (not yet writing) stage. It will be "in the same universe as the original Blade Runner". Much as the upcoming "Prometheus" is neither a prequel nor sequel to "Alien", but exists in the same universe.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 21, 2012 12:20:52 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
Sweet, but Sir Ridley is getting up there in years, hope he has the energy to pull off both of these projects.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 11:01:37 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
(Old news.)

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 8:01:17 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 22, 2012 8:02:23 AM PST
Old Rocker -

Some of these projects only got the green-light after Scott agreed to direct. He's one of The Grand Old Men of Sci Fi movies.

Besides Michael Bay, Spielberg, Lucas and Cameron, I can't think of any really good Sci Fi directors, especially young ones who are up-and-coming. These were the Sci Fi Masters who learned their craft on genuine Sci Fi - before comic book superheros and CGI. (If someone knows of any good up-and-coming Sci Fi directors, please post.)

Posted on Feb 23, 2012 2:37:55 PM PST

It opens nationally in early March. Their final trailer is terrific!

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 12:16:14 PM PST

Very dark and intense! Opens June 8, 2012.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 2:00:37 PM PST
Thank you, Marilyn.
FYI - it is very very small at that link on my browser, so it is easier to watch the trailer here->

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 7:47:34 AM PST
Bob -

You are welcome. And thanks for the tip to see the full-screen trailer on You Tube.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 11:20:51 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 28, 2012 11:22:13 AM PST

The next Riddick movie is scheduled for release in 2013. I absolutely cannot wait for this sequel!

(I first posted the wrong URL. Sorry. Too excited to see Vin Diesel in another Riddick!)

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 3:08:15 PM PST

I really liked "Pitch Black" but found the second movie a bit silly, so I'm holding off on any opinions so far, but thanks for the update.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 8:33:26 AM PST

Interesting way to get some buzz going, featuring a video of a speech by "slightly crazed entrepreneur" Peter Weyland in 2023. The character's "official bio" in text is also included.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 1:10:54 PM PST
Maybe Disney should have stopped with "John Carter". Their upcoming "alien abduction comedy" sounds a little icky.

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 6:05:05 PM PST
Hancock 2
Mad Max 4

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 1:47:45 AM PST
Ronald Craig says:
"Variety describes [the movie] as a 'long-gestating sci-fi family comedy' called The Pet, about 'a man who's abducted by aliens, taken to their planet and turned into a family pet.'"

Pray tell, what's a "little icky" about that? The fact that the abduction silliness is treated as... the silliness it is?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 6:57:28 AM PST
I could swear that I've seen that plot somewhere before.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 8:22:41 AM PST
D. Pettiner says:
You have seen the pet plot if you've read any older SF (memory says the 1960's). I sold the book L O O O N G ago and don't remember the author. Hopefully appropriate credits will be given at the end of the show.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 11:23:26 AM PST
Similar to the family pet idea (Twilight Zone 1964 episode->

... is the zoo idea, as in the 1960 Twilight Episode with Roddy McDowell called "People are alike all over"->

Obviously this is posted by an old baby boomer who watched way too much TV as a kid ;-)

Posted on Mar 9, 2012 8:15:29 AM PST


It opens today, March 9th.
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