Here we are, Botophiles! The first big science fiction movie of the summer, and it's shaping up in just the opening weekend to possibly be the highest grossing film of the year (though with Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel both still on deck, you really can't say that with any sort of certainty yet). Iron Man 3 brings back principal actors Robert Downey, jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Don Cheadle as USAF LTC James Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Patriot, Gwenyth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan (though Favreau only acts in this movie as he has passed on directorial duties to Shane Black), as well as introducing newcomers to the franchise Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian (creator of Extremis) and Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin (sort of).
In casting about for some interesting, non-cringe-inducing fan films, I stumbled across this light-hearted little clip of the Top Ten planets in science fiction. Those of you who are new to the genre may enjoy this little virtual tour of the SF universe--and don't worry if you forgot your towels.
“In Japan, there is a class of children who are, well, special. They’re better than the average citizen. They dwell in a world of wealth, privilege, and influence few adults ever dream of attaining. These are the monster children. The merest, most remote chance encounter with a monster sweeps the child into the inner circle of Japanese military and government security and strategic planning. The child in this movie, kenny, is immediately listened to and his advice is heeded, his orders carried out to the letter.
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