Category Archive: Media

Jul 23 2015

Review: Mr. Holmes

I’ve often said I would go to see Sir Ian McKellen read his shopping list. I’m also a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. Put those two together and Mr. Holmes looked like the perfect movie for me. Sure, I heard it was a bit slow paced. No action at all. Just a drama about an aging …

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Jun 16 2009

Vanishing Point

The more things change, the more we want them to be like they used to be. (Except for when we don’t.) Back in the 1970s I spent a lot of summer nights in local drive-in theaters south of Seattle. Victims of changing demographics, the video tape player, and rising land prices of the 1980s, drive-in …

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May 12 2009

OMG! William Bell is Spock!

I knew it would pay off if I kept watching Fringe! I knew it! OMG!

May 05 2009

Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

Say it isn’t so! Oh well, I’m still going to see it Thursday night, May 7th, at 10:00 PM. Even if it is cool and exciting. BTW: There was a cancelation, so I have a ticket available for anyone that wants to join our group! Trekkies Bash New Star Trek Film As ‘Fun, Watchable’

Apr 30 2009

World Builder

This short video is pretty much sheer genius. The filmmaker really gets VR; as well as the extra dimensions which VR can add to human angles. World Builder from Bruce Branit on Vimeo.

Feb 10 2009

One way to deal with those dumb Coraline reviews

Although, actually, I’ve met Neil Gaimen and he is a sweet guy. I can’t believe he would ever do this to a stupid reviewer. Besides, they deserve to suffer more…

Jan 28 2009

Crooked Timber on Charlie Stross and a bonus book review

Over at Crooked Timber they’re having an online seminar on Charlie Stross and his work. Lots of interesting reading for the politically aware SF fan! In the post about ‘Halting State’ I was moved to comment about the literary value of the novel, resulting in the following (slightly edited here) extemporaneous review of the book: …

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Dec 28 2008

And now for the other winter solstice holiday…

Tonight I was invited to scarlettina‘s house to celebrate the last day of Chanukah. Much of the celebration was, I am sure, quite traditional. There was the lighting of the menorah. The singing of the blessings. The dramatic reading with audience participation. (Although it was The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming, so maybe it wasn’t …

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Jul 27 2008

Summer movie overdose

Last night I was left to my own devices as my grandson and daughter went to the Seattle Torchlight Parade. I had been invited to a friend’s house for food and talk in the afternoon, but unfortunately wasn’t freed up until too late to go. So what to do? Well, there were some summer blockbuster …

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Jul 06 2008

Big Buck Bunny

In an attempt to show how capable the open source Blender 3D animation application is, the Blender community has created a short subject and distributed it with a Creative Commons license. Complete video here. I’d say this is pretty convincing proof that Blender is up to the task of creating animations as good as any …

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