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The Adventures of Tintin

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We finally got around to watching this film today.


The plot is that young ace reporter Tintin buys an old ship model, in which is concealed one of three scrolls which give the coordinates to a treasure hidden by an old sea captain. A bad guy is trying to get his hands on all three scrolls, and has Tintin kidnapped, believing he has the scroll on him, but he does not--it had earlier been lifted by a pickpocket, who turns out to be a compulsive wallet-stealer. The wallet is later returned to Tintin by a pair of identical, inept police detectives.


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MOVIE REVIEW: "Interstellar" [With mild spoilers]

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Interstellar has the makings of a good film, some serious issues that, if you are a geek are thrown into sharp relief if you know some basic physics.

Even my liberal arts kind if "physics knowledge".

My wife nearly jumped out of her seat while shouting "that's absurd" but she was downed out by the ear pounding score.

And she wasn't upset about a physics problem either but by the scene where there is, basically, a fist fight in spacesuits, on a solid "cloud", that floats, apparently.  

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Movie Review--Guardians of the Galaxy: I was Wr-Wr-Wr-Wrong

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Well, after much goading and assertions that "the trailers don't do it justice, go see this film, you'll love it," and after several false starts due to car trouble and sceduling conflicts, The Husband and I finally got to go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" at a matinee showing in a nearly deserted ampitheatre-style cinema here in San Antonio.  In other words, we had the place to ourselves, so we felt kinda priviledged.

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Spoilers: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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The Husband called me from work and asked if I'd like to go see "Guardians of the Galaxy" tonight.  Honestly, I have to say--no.  I looked up the trailers on YouTube, and if the trailer is supposed to make you want to see a movie, then these two failed spectacularly--at least in my case.


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MOVIE REVIEW: “Aeon Flux” (2005)

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“Aeon Flux” was a highly stylized, somewhat fetishistic, slightly sick cartoon from the early ‘90s that involved a badass heroine (Ms. Flux) who dies in every episode, often at the hands of her boyfriend/nemesis, Trevor Goodchilde. A miniseries of shorts on “Liquid Television” gave way to an actual series of 30 minute episodes, which gave way to ennui, which gave way to pop cultural obscurity, which gave way to this curiously ill-timed film, which gave way to the death of the property.

 

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Time Travel Story Time: The Time Travelers

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This 1964 film from Ib Melchoir barely rises to B-movie status.  While the premise is similar to "Beyond The Time Barrier," the acting is stiff, the effects are cheap, and the story gets tiresome long before the film is over.  It's astonishing to note that this was remade twice, as "Journey to the Center of Time" and as the TV series "The Time Tunnel."


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Time Story Story Time: Beyond The Time Barrier

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A lot of "hard" science fiction stories take an emerging technology, and try to imagine how it could possibly go catastrophically wrong.  When "Beyond The Time Barrier" came out in 1960, the Cold War was in full swing, and so was nuclear testing.  People expected to be annihilated by atomic bombs at any moment.  However, this film depicts a futuristic world that doesn't go out with a bang, but with a whimper.


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