Monday, February 16, 2009

What About The Metric System?

February 17, 2009 was supposed to be the date that
digital television transmissions officially took
over for analog broadcasts. For some reason
the event has been pushed into June. It didn't
seem like a big deal to me.

Some possible events that WOULD be life-altering:

*Switching to the metric system--according to
Wikipedia, the United States, Liberia and
Myanmar are the only countries not using
The International System Of Units. Maybe
we'll adopt a love of soccer someday too.

*3-D TV broadcasts--would this future format
send countless MORE actors and actresses to
plastic surgeons?

*Real estate development in the Pacific Trash
Vortex--tons of plastic is trapped in a
swirling mass in the Pacific Ocean. A prime
suburban area for future generations?

*The first humans on Mars.

*The discovery of anti-gravity/hyperdrive/
time travel/teleportation technologies.

In the meantime I'll watch my black and white
TV for a few months longer.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Excavating The Eighties/Running On Fumes

Looking over this summer's crop of movie titles,
it seems like filmmakers are still relying on
fossil franchises to fuel their flicks.
As with the actual 1980s, I will probably
have mixed feelings towards them.

Here are a few examples I've heard about:

Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li--
February 27, 2009
Director: Andrzej Barkowiak
Is a "Tekken" or "Soul Calibur" movie
too hard to ask for? Virtua Fighter,
Killer Instinct, Primal Rage, Streets
Of Rage or even Final Fight?

Watchmen--March 6, 2009
Director: Zack Snyder
The classic '80s graphic novel is brought to
life at last. Didn't take this long
for "30 Days Of Night," "Wanted" or "300".

Race to Witch Mountain--March 13, 2009
Director: Andy Fickman
Alien kids with strange powers?
Sounds like a 25+ year old concept.
At least they can digitally erase the
strings holding up the camper this time.

Star Trek--May 8, 2009
Director: J.J. Abrams
There was the original series,
an animated series, a Captain Kirk set
of films and sequels, a Captain Picard set
of sequels, four spin-off TV shows, an
excellent parody-homage film, and
yet the trailer portrays a cool world
to boldly go to. Curious.

Terminator: Salvation--May 22, 2009
Director: McG
According to the news an evil version
of Christian Bale arrived from the future
and made trouble on set, perhaps sent by
a future audience who saw the film?

Land Of The Lost--June 5, 2009
Director: Brad Silberling
The original show aired in 1974.
Perhaps the title fits the year
2009 better.

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen--
June 26, 2009
Director: Michael Bay
My first impressions of the
first movie transformed upon
seeing the finished product.
Then "WALL*E" became my
favorite robot-based film.
There is supposed to be a
director's cut of "Metropolis"
arriving someday. Until then,
this could be the film to beat.

G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra--
August 7, 2009
Director: Stephen Sommers
I think a "Micronauts" movie
would have been a better choice.
What about "Shogun Warriors"?

It will be interesting to see
the remakes of "The Love Guru",
"Meet Dave" and "Starship Troopers"
in 20 years.