Monthly Archives: November 2011

Top 5 Sci-Fi Movies of my lifetime

Another top 5 list…… all of which you should go and watch.

What will be my number 1?

5. Matrix

You know it did get a little strange after the first film, but that first film blew people away when it first came out. A story about the world which is not the world…. sure it did not make 100% of sense, humans being used as batterers and some such stuff. A film that has more leather than a S&M orgy, is always going to be a strange. In my list because: the action, gunfights, martial arts and  it is just cool :8 is something that means it is in top 5 Sci-fi  films from my lifetime.

4. Stargate

Probably surprisingly high up in my list given my love for the stargate franchise. The film that inspired the long running TV franchise, that alone gives it a lot credit in my book. It a good action movie, and does something which most is quite hard in the genre, mixes History and Science in a non cheesy, time travel way. In my list because: it is stargate.

3. Moon

A smart film like the two that will be below it, from what I understand it had relatively small budget.. it manages to create suspense, confusion and even anger from the audience (well me). It could be hard watching a film which has only one actor in it through the whole thing, lucky the acting is good, and the film has clever ways of having creating different characters, using the same actor, and a robot. In my list because: It is smart, funny and has atmospheric music.

2. Donnie Darko

A odd little film, that has gotten lots of praise. Whether the film is a Sci-fi or not is a massive problem when the film is as good as this, it never says if says if there is time travel is real, or just the delusion of a crazy person…. I suspect it was supposed to have happened. In my list because: It is crazy, odd, great use of music, and makes you want to be a crazy person.

1. The Truman show

The number one in my list, you could argue that it is not a Sci-Fi film, but a film which question society, looks at something that could happen and in my book that gives all the hallmarks of a great Sci-Fi. Big brother on a large scale, it is endearing, quirky, very sad, funny because of Jim Carrey and clever because of the story. All these reason make it number one on my list.

 

You might notice that all 5 of these film, were originals, not remakes, not squeals, some my have spawned squeals but these were the first films. There should be more original Sci-Fi films out there, most end up being quite good.

 

 

Mice or toadstools or buttercups – The crazy world of internet fandom

Internet fandom is an odd place, if you are looking in to it as a outsider, you will see strange, obsessive, geeky,  some pasty white and possibly unhealthy people talking about some crazy shit, that you probably won’t or don’t want to understand. I was thrown in to this geeky world at the age 14 (A young 14 too) , spending much of my school evenings and weekends on the Stargate forum – Gateworld, at that age I can admit I probably did spend too much time talking on there, I got obsessed with the place. Getting over excited at having like minded people to talk to about my favourite franchise, was the reason for my obsessive behaviour (which I tend to do a lot). After two years I got bored, real life overtook my need to go on there so I left, though not completely. I’d like to go on back on for the odd couple of weeks show my face, and speak to few people I had made friends with while I was there in my obsessive period. Then a few months ago I got a bit more free time and started  going back on Gateworld, for what looked like another 2 week stint on the site. So far it has lasted two month probably my longest duration back since that obsessive phase of mine. Not all my time has been spent back at gateworld, thanks to a tip off, I found another smaller forum, made up of lots of Gateworlders ex and current. http://orionspace.info or the onion as it called a lot. It is a more friendly place, and it is lots easier to chat off the sci-fi topic without a lot of the religious nonsense which get thrown around a lot in my old forum. The mods are nice too *shifty eyes*.

These conversation look strange from the outside, but are perfectly normal from within

As a outsider you’d see that, then probably think what strange and odd people (one of whom is me), but if you look at the conversation you notice it is the same as the strange conversation (well I seem to have) that you would have with your real life friends. That not to say it’s completely normal on there, I’ve caught myself saying some very odd things that i’d never say to someone who I have only know for a month and half, and only their online persona at that. Being behind a computer is the reason for that, it  is easy to get carried away, which is why sometimes I have seen people go overboard and  might have gone there myself sometimes, and that is why it is a crazy place to be. But it is nice to back in that online fandom, it is a pretty good way to spend your time when you are bored, it is a great way to get to know people from across the globe, that you would not normally talk to and everyone wants to be a little bit crazy now and then.

A few days in Skyrim

In my first few days playing the new Elder Scroll game skyrim, now lets just ignoring the fact it sound like sky has a new gay porn channel, I have seen and done many things in the my time. I have killed 3 dragons, shouted at a small child, stopped a bully, seen a mammoth riding another mammoth (a game bug), attacked a tree, been flung a 100 meters in the air by a giant (bug), found a butterfly in a jar, had two of my horses die and then eaten their meat, and fought a dragon that has not fully loaded so was half invisible (bug).

It is easy to get sucked in to the Tolkienesk world, far too easy. The world is huge, and more importantly detailed you can’t walk 2 minuets in any direction without finding something of interest. To date I have played the game for over 15 hours and still only visited two of the 5 major city’s (one only briefly when getting arrested for using a shouting at a guard) this is testament to the scale of the map. I am not new to the Elder Scroll series, my first entry into the series was with the last game oblivion, since the basics of the game, is for the most part the same it meant I could jump straight in without too much complications. The major changes from the last game other than obviously graphical improvements, is the simplicity of the menus. If you mainly play FPS type games, it will still take you a while to get to grips with the inventory, favourite and the levelling up system, but it is much simpler and easier to use for ventren RPG(ers) yet it still has the depth you want from a RPG.

The key word in RPG’s should be choices or at a good illusion of choice, skyrim has plenty. I have been playing uncharted 3 for the last few weeks and while a great game you are stuck following the same path throughout the whole 10 hour story. In skyrim I spent 20 mins just choosing what race I was going to be, which is down from the 40 mins I spent in Oblivion. You can play the game in complete freedom (in game terms), you can complete the main story first, play that last or in between the hundreds of side quest, or you could explore the vast planes of Skyrim missing the story out completely, or just become a murder who loots city’s and towns. I find the best experience is doing a bit of everything though.

The game is far from perfect, there is a certain charm in some of the bugs and glitches in skyrim, seeing a huge mammoth atop of another mammoth literately made me laugh out loud, I was annoyed that I did not film it. Lucky that some else caught it though.
However sometimes the bugs are not funny and they make the game unplayable, two times someone has disappeared into a wall making it impossible for me to talk to them, once a key item has failed to appeared, so far reloading a previous save (I save a lot learning my lesson in from the previous game) seems to solve the problem in all these cases.

Skyrim is a great game, huge and probably the best value for money game out there. It is of course not without it’s problems, I think given current technology it is probably impossible to make a game as big as this and for it to be perfect.
This is not a review of skyrim, I think I need many more hours before I can make a proper judgement.

Song of the month – November

So it is the time of the month where I spend a bit too much time on youtube trying to find a song, for the sake of the blog. The music in my life has taken a backward step last month, I have not to listen to much in the way of new music and no old song have captured me, so I struggled in coming up with a song choice.
However given that I have been in a very reminiscing mood, I thought back to the music on another Disney ride (see my first song of the month http://wp.me/psL0a-5T). This music on this ride was done by the Red Hot Chilly Peppers, the ride is California screamin, enjoy! The vidio of the music comes with a POV from the ride made by the coaster views (thanks!).