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Everything posted by rjbartrop

  1. Oh, you're absolutely right. The colonial experience in general has been a rich source of material for science fiction in both its written and cinematic forms. The term "space opera" is derived from "horse opera", and the original alien invasion story, "War of the Worlds" was H. G. Wells' comment on British imperialism. Of course, you have sci fi films and TV series that are directly influenced by Westerns. The most blatant example is probably Serenity, but you also have Outland's remake of High Noon, and Battle Beyond the Stars redoing The Magnificent Seven. You even had Rober
  2. Animated sci fi? Let's see: I second the recommendation of "Wings of Honneamise". The Macross movie was also pretty good. Heck, you could probably do a whole list just on Japanese animated sci fi. Rock and Rule. Canadian cult classic with a soundtrack featuring some of the best musicians of the '80s Fantastic Planet. A french-Czech production that periodically shows up on TCM. Titan A.E. The film that killed Don Bluth's career, and the Fox animation studio. Treasure Planet. Pinocchio in Outer Space. April and the Extraordinary World. French film in and
  3. Surely I'm not the only one getting flashbacks to this. I always thought it would take a lot longer.
  4. I've seen the terms used interchangeably, so it's all good And I so want to book a room here: Whatever it lacks in accommodations, the view will more than make up for it.
  5. I'm a big fan of neo-brutalism, and '60s modernism in general, so almost any of the Bond villain lairs would do it for me.
  6. The issue isn't that scientists think there's nothing there, but that there is no way to get any information out of a black hole, there's no meaningful way to test any theories about what's in there. You're back to arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
  7. It was a sub-orbital hop, so he was there and back in ten minutes. Still, that was considered good enough for Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom. And yes, given the opportunity, I'd be there in a hearbeat.
  8. They're called the Djinn chair, and it looks like you can still buy them. Maybe something to think about for the TCM store. You can only drink so much wine.
  9. Me, my mind is going to a 21st century remake of Flying Down to Rio. "Gee, how are we going to promote our new space tourism business?" "I've got an idea! Let put on a show!"
  10. This right here. How many of the people who made Shatner's ride possible started out watching him play spaceman all those years ago, and deciding that they wanted to make that happen? It's a testament to the power of mythmaking and storytelling, and the reason why science fiction fans like me sometimes get a little, um, passionate about the subject.
  11. And the O.J trail as supposed to be the trial of the century too. "The _________ of the Century" is a game they've been playing for a long time. We've already had fully immersive and interactive entertainment for a while, in the form of games. In terms of budgets and revenue they already rival the film industry. Are they art? That's a good question. I don't think it was until after World War 2 that people were finally prepared to accept that movies could be serious art, so I guess time will tell. In the meantime, some of the greatest films and filmmakers may not yet exist, a
  12. My understanding is that both Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic are trying to make this into a regular commercial service. Sure, it's not a weekend at the Space Station 5 Hilton, but it's a start.
  13. Yes, let's see how the remaining 79 years play out, but I enjoyed Arrival, and on BR 2049, I thought he made a worthy sequel to the original, which I thought couldn't be done. I haven't seen Dune yet, but I definitely plan to.
  14. I would say you're on shaky ground by insisting it has to be about purely Western themes, because historical fiction of any sort has been used repeatedly to deal with contemporary issues. High Noon was supposed to be a comment on McCarthyism. so by that definition, is it really a western? Ironically, sci fi Westerns like The Wild Wild West would then count as pure westerns, because stories about fantastic inventions in a western setting were around even in the days of the Old West. See the Frank Reade stories I mentioned in another thread, and Edward Ellis's 1868 dime novel The Steam
  15. True, though what you see in something like The Wild, Wild West probably owes more to the fiction of the time. Jules Verne's stories of inventors with a bone to pick with society are the most famous examples today, but in the United States, you had the Frank Reade stories published in magazines and dime novels.
  16. The very first steam wagon as built in 1769 in France, though it was not a very good one. The first American steam wagon was built in 1805 by Oliver Evans. Richard Dudgeons 1866 steam wagon sits inthe Smithsonian, and Sylvester Roper was building steam cars, and even steam motorcycles in the 1860s. Charles Duryea built the first American gasoline powered car in the US in 1893, though they had already been around in Europe for a while.
  17. I think Western comedies like Paleface should count, simply because all the elements are there, but there's just a difference emphasis in how the story is told. As for being exclusively about the American frontier, you already have Canadian Pacific and Saskatewan on the list, so even you think they're not just about the United States of America. If we're including the Canadian frontier, then films like North West Mounted Police should probably count, since the whole reason the Mounties were formed was to establish order and sovreignty over the Canadian prairies.
  18. I like the idea of a Director SOTM, and while Kubrick would be great, the works of George Pal could also be entertaining. If we're going to got to non actor SOTMs, an off the wall suggestion would be Saul Bass. He only directed one movie and a handful of shorts, but his title graphics have been used on so many classic films, you'd have no trouble putting together a great lineup.
  19. One of Christopher Plummer's later forays into Canadian (with a little help from France) TV
  20. And a Happy Metric Turkey Day to you too! Also, thank you so much for tracking down an episode of Space Command. I've been trying to find it on Youtube with no luck. Murdoch Mysteries is a regular part of my Monday night ritual, along with Frankie Drake.
  21. The Battle of Britain (1969) First off, it's one of the great military stories of all time. It's the Battle of Thermopylae, but with a happy ending. Also, so much great aerial photography. Henry V (1989) Kenneth Branaugh makes Shakespeare exciting. Dive Bomber (1941) Porn for vintage warbird nuts.
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