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In 1945 the Nazis fled to the moon. In 2018 they are coming back.

Nazis in outer space. What more can I say?

Or, as the film’s description says:

“Iron Sky is a film about conformity: those who want to conform, those who want to make others conform, and those who refuse. A girl rebels against the foundations of her fathers, learning what freedom and equality mean to her, and that the world of today has lost sight of their true meaning.”

Not sure what to expect – they don’t have a release date or anything like that, but I must admit I’m interested. I have a feeling it’ll look cool, have a great sci-fi/history/fantasy concept and then employ less then stellar acting.

Hop around the website for a blog, pictures, and plot fragments.

PS – I’m out of school! That’s right, it means I have time to write again. Wahoo! Next post might be about my new phone. PDA’s – laptops of the future? Certainly not that iPhone crap…

Green film studio in Toronto

The movie industry is inherently wasteful. Their job is to recreate something in every small detail, shoot it, and then throw it away. High production value depends on props being new, recreations being authentic, and materials being cheap–but not cheap looking. From the disposable food containers used on set to the costumes on the actors’ backs, film is simply wasteful. That’s why I got really excited when I heard about “Filmport”:http://www.filmport.ca/, a new ecologically-sound megastudio under construction in Toronto.

http://www.thestar.com/article/287989") Of course, big ideas are never without critics and Filmport studio complex is no exception. The "main complaints":http://www.readingt.readingcities.com/index.php/toronto/comments/12115/ seem to be about the nature of the architecture and the financial feasibility of the project as a whole. As far as the economics are concerned I couldn't say, but the main building itself... Well, see for yourself: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/12/new_film_studio.php" for the catch.

Dinosaurs & Guns: JP4

After all this searching, it turns out there is a God. I just found out today that there’ll be a “Jurassic Park IV”:http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/news/9638, only in this JP the dinosaurs will be outfitted with guns! I couldn’t even make that up. The basic plot is that the US government has trained these cold-blooded killers to carry artillery. Who thought the “writer’s strike”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Writers_Guild_of_America_strike would have any immediate consequences?

Wookieepedia: the Star Wars wiki

Not since I first read “Shadows of the Empire”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Shadows_of_the_Empire have I been this excited. Like most Star Wars nerds who discover the “expanded universe”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Expanded_Universe, I jumped at all the extra plot anywhere I could find it. Whether it was the “many novels”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Books, the “video games”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Computer_and_video_games, or the “Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/The_New_Essential_Guide_to_Vehicles_and_Vessels, I had everything.

In fact, I was looking for a specific piece of information today (the planetary location of Incom Corporation, makers of the X-Wing, if you must know) and stumbled upon “Wookiepedia”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page. This Star Wars wiki has absolutely everything. I’m not exaggerating, it really has everything, from “The First Battle of Kashyk”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/First_Battle_of_Kashyyyk_%28Galactic_Civil_War%29 to all the fighters in the “TIE series”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TIE_series, Wookieepedia is your go-to guide to everything touched by the Force.

Looking for a place to get started? Read about the founding of the “Alliance to Restore the Republic”:http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Alliance_to_Restore_the_Republic (aka the Rebel Alliance). It’ll drop you right into the original trilogy and carry you through to all of the greatest parts of the expanded universe of Star Wars.

"Video Vets" complete

I posted a few weeks ago about the “Video Vets commercial”:http://duenos.net/article/184/ being made by “MoveOn.org”:http://moveon.org and director “Oliver Stone”:http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000231/ and wanted to update you on that project. The commercial has been finished and is embedded below, although you can also “find it here”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvJ9Ys7rhrA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmoveon%2Eorg%2F. More than the ad, I found “the interview”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv2tAaTNNX0&mode=related&search= with Oliver Stone to be very interesting, although not surprisingly on the wordy side.

Life from the deep

This short French documentary on life in the abyss of deep ocean waters starts by saying “these are not aliens.” The disclaimer is a helpful one as you go on to watch translucent squid, writhing luminescent worms, and a a flan-like creature the narrators call a dumbo octopus. The animals shown in this video are no less than incredible, and it’s amazing that they live on the same planet that we do.

I found this video through one of my favorite blogs, “collision detection”:http://www.collisiondetection.net/ by Clive Thompson. His stories and writing style are wonderful, and I recommend reading in full his “introduction”:http://www.collisiondetection.net/mt/archives/2007/05/is_this_sea_cre.html to this video and adding it to your daily read.

House M.D. – Medical Reviews

I recently became completely hooked on the show “House”, which in my mind is extremely fascinating for the medical puzzles that drive the plot (and come on, the personality of Dr. House is awesome). The blog “Polite Dissent”:http://www.politedissent.com/ chronicles the veracity of medical elements in popular media, including television and comics.

In particular, the blog features some excellent “reviews”:http://www.politedissent.com/house_pd.html of the medicine practiced by the misanthropic Dr. House and his overly attractive group of doctors. Given the reviews it seems that, in general, the show does a reasonable job of featuring accurate medicine (though it most certainly remains a work of fiction).

Time Out Film Guide

Time Out magazine started in 1968 as a simple fold out poster for all the entertainment listings in London. Now they publish three weekly periodicals (London, Chicago, and New York) dozens of city guides, and an annual compendium of every single film review ever written by Time Out reviewers. That’s over 17,000 films reviewed. Starting this year, that entire database of film reviews is available online for free at “timeout.com/film.”:http://www.timeout.com/film/ Reviews from Time Out tend to be witty, shrewd and very sarcastic. In a word, British.

Style aside, the online film guide acts much the same as “IMDB”:http://imdb.com/ (allowing cross searching actors, directors, genres) but all with a sleek, professional sheen to it. Also if you like the review, you can buy or rent the DVDs right on the screen.

http://elliott-herder.com/plugins/ you can just go to the search engine selector in the top-right, go to the bottom and select "add Time Out Film." Happy searching.

Last Harry Potter book jacket unveiled

Muggles rejoice! The richest person in the UK is that much closer to becoming even richer. In addition to having the “least navigable web-page in history”:http://www.jkrowling.com/accessible/en/ JK Rowling has finished the _Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows_ and with it the whole Harry Potter series. Here are the British book jackets, no word yet on the American ones.

Oh how much has changed since the first book came out in 1997. Words like quidditch and muggles weren’t parts of the vernacular, Alan Rickman wasn’t creepy (ok, maybe that was already true) and Daniel Radcliffe was yet to be chosen to play the boy wizard on screen and subsequently fear typecasting so much as to cause him to play naked “Equus”:http://www.playbill.com/images/photos/equuspre5.jpg on Broadway.

Newton Aduaka takes home the Golden Stallion of Yennega

I know you were sitting on the edge of your seats waiting to hear who had won the grand prize at FESPACO, the biennial African film festival. The winner was Nigerian film Ezra by director Newton Aduaka. The film’s plot focuses on the plight of a child soldier in Cote d’Ivoire and won for its artistic direction and relevant subject matter. Here is a picture of the winning director with his award, the Golden Stallion of Yennega.

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