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December 14, 2008 at 5:26 am

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Random Linkfest

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Random linkfest.

* Coup in Canada! Somehow the Liberals and New Democrats finally managed to pull their heads out of their asses and kick Harper out.

* You had me at Planet of the Apes. Just don’t screw it up this time. More at CHUD.

* Matt Yglesias: If you’re not following Shaq’s Twitter feed you’re not really living in the contemporary world. He’s moved us all the way to Web 4.0.

* Flight of the Conchords Season 2 is coming.

* Jon Stewart speaks truth to power MSNBC.

* Life with perfect memory.

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December 2, 2008 at 5:42 pm

2000th Post

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This is the 2000th post since I switched over from the Backwards City blog in May 2007, which makes it something like the 7500th post overall.

The 1000th post was only back in February, the one about the original script for Groundhog Day…

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August 24, 2008 at 4:10 am

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You know what these are. They’re links.

* Pirates: the key to understanding the world.

* Inside Joss Whedon’s next project. No, not Dollhouse: Dr. Horrible Singalong Blog, a Web musical starring Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day, and Nathan Fillion.

* We’ve reached the end of the remake express: they’re remaking Highlander. Not only are there no more ideas in Hollywood, there aren’t even any more movies to be remade.

* Film School Rejects has the Top Ten Indiana Jones moments. This is actually a pretty terrible list, as the Grail challenges from Last Crusade are foolishly clumped together—”The penitent man shall kneel before God” and “You have chosen… wisely” both easily make the cut—as is one of the best lines from the whole series, “We named the dog ‘Indiana,'” which along with four horses in the desert for two decades served as the capstone for the trilogy. But you know a list like this doesn’t know what it’s talking about when it excludes the single best shot of either Lucas’s or Spielberg’s career:

Via Cyn-C.

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May 21, 2008 at 4:33 pm

The Bronze Age

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A quick comparison: In 1982, the year’s major sci-fi releases included Blade Runner, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Thing and Tron. In 2007, we saw Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, 28 Weeks Later, I Am Legend, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Invasion, Resident Evil: Extinction, Spider-Man 3 and Transformers.

Popular Mechanics takes on the Bronze Age of sci-fi cinema.

As movie studios sift through their own intellectual-property junkyards, no one seems to be making—or funding—the next Blade Runner or Alien. The path of least resistance is the remake, the sequel or the comic-book movie, with its lack of scientific background, its inherent implausibility and its weird cocktail of adolescent nostalgia.

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April 22, 2008 at 1:47 pm

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Monday Night Catchup

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Links from the weekend I’m only now having the chance to blog:

* It’s finally come to this: they’re remaking Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Via SF Signal, which has the only response one can have: Why?

* Stop the Planet of the Apes: Charlton Heston has gotten off.

* The Office’s John Krasinki has spent the last five years trying to make a movie out of DFW’s Brief Interviews with Hideous Men. Now he’s gone and done it. Here’s an interview.

* Seven superheroes who will never get their own movie (but should). The moral of this story is that the Legion of Superheroes has had a large number of silly superpowers in its pages.

* McSweeney’s hunts the most dangerous game, while Sisyphus enters analysis.

* The best UFO pictures of 2007.

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April 7, 2008 at 11:31 pm

1000th Post! Groundhog Day

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What better topic for the thousandth post on this blog (and nearly 7000th post overall) than jwz’s in-depth discussion of the number of times Bill Murray has to repeat the same day over and over again during the early-’90s cinematic classic Groundhog Day? The answer surprised me—like many people who haven’t given that movie with the careful, dedicated study it deserves, I figured the cycle lasted for a few months at most. jwz’s estimate is four years, and in an update to the post she cites director Harold Ramis’s claim that the loop lasted ten years. And most interesting of all:

… though the original script had February 2 repeating for ten thousand years.”

In this case I’ll suspend my usual revulsion for remakes: I’d really like to see that version. I think it would be fascinating.

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February 4, 2008 at 12:59 pm

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