Donald Trump: Ally Of Zelda!?

If you have ever seen Gerry Anderson’s Terrahawks you’re familiar with Zelda of Gak, an android who’s numerous attempts to invade Earth were thwarted by Dr. Tiger Ninestein and his team, known as the Terrahawks.

Speaking of Zelda, she recently released a video from her base on Mars denying any involvement with or connection to the Trump campaign.  And while such meddling in human affairs isn’t beyond her, she also tends to be be pretty open about her attempts to undermine humanity, so I’m guessing that she might me innocent (this time).

Besides, while Zelda may hate humanity with every fibre of her being, she’s never been known for her racism, lying on the verge of being a pathological condition, or overall smarminess.

 

The Illogic of Spoiler Culture

I can’t wait to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, partially because Tom Holland gave a winning, enthusiastic performance in Captain America: Civil War, but also because the movie is being produced by Marvel Studios along with Sony Pictures, which at least holds out the hope that he will be treated more faithfully than has recently been in more recent iterations. 

That being said, as a reader of various websites dedicated to superhero films I have started to pay closer attention to what I think is quite a disturbing trend–which isn’t by any restricted to superhero-orientated sites; those are just the ones I frequent on a consistent basis–which is the revealing of plot points that may at first relatively minor, yet cumulatively can end up being spoilers.

Feo instande, this is a story running on Superherohype:  SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Clip Description Confirms Major Costume Change And Spoils Happy Hogan’s Cameo

I read the article, though soon noticed a curious feeling not unlike regret.  

It was less a case that the particular thing revealed being by any means earth-shattering–truth be told, it was hardly what I’d call a spoiler–though what it and reveals like it have the potential of doing is not only robbing the movie of what could have been a very memorable moment.

Though there’s the risk that, over time–as other equally small moments are revealed–of potentially adding up to one massive spoiler, as these sort of reveals can have a cumulative effect.

Making a movie, overall, significantly less enjoyable.

Which is oddly ironic because relatively few, if any, fan sites actively seek to diminish anyone’s joy, but due to their zeal to dig up as much information about an upcoming project as they possibly can can end up doing just that. 

Netflix Downloads Bring More Questions Than Answers

With Netlix enabling subscribers the ability to download content it brings to mind more questions than answers. 

For instance, I assume downloaded content must ‘expire’ after a certain period of time. 

Using iTunes as an example, if I were to download a movie I would only have two or three days to watch it if I had started playing it.  Otherwise I might keep it for months, despite that being an exercise in silliness (never mind a waste of valuable hard drive real estate). 

Then there are the rights issues that accompany everything that appears on the streaming service.  To get the aforementioned rights to television shows or movies Nextlix makes deals with content creators for millions of dollars, so does the ability to download their content cost Netflix more than they are currently paying (and this question is crucial, because if it does the likelihood is high that those costs would be passed down to consumers in the form of higher membership fees). 

And while there has been no mention of any such increases–especially since the last time there was talk of a price increase it literally cost them millions of subscribers–nevermind the dubious ‘Quickster’ episode–we won’t know till we know. 

The Future Is Fantastic! – Modular Eagle Project, Part 2 

Since joining Lego Ideas five years ago, the user known as King_Arthur has created other projects, but none has attracted as much attention as his most recent, which is a Lego-ized version of the Eagle Transporter from Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999

Here is his version below, and I think you’ll agree it’s a pretty faithful reproduction. 

I have written this project the past, and I am glad to note that it has reached the 1000 follower benchmark–currently sitting at a very apt 1998- and has earned another 6 months  (or 182 days) to reach the next milestone, which is 5000 followers. 

Of that 182 days 135 remain, so if you were considering showing your support for this awesome project this is the perfect time to do so.  


When it reaches 5000 supporters Lego will produce a kit based on King_Arthur’s design, which will be available in stores. 

And in case–for some strange reason–you’re still on the fence, check out his Flickr page for even more pictures of his fantastic Modular Eagle project.

Silence – Official Trailer 1

Silence, the latest movie from Martin Scorsese, looks absolutely gorgeous, as the two images I have included from the trailer will attest to. 


My problem with the movie–sight unseen–are less with the auteur behind the camera than the subject matter, which revolves around two Catholiic missionaries, played by Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield, who head to Japan in search of one of their number who apparently vanished. 

Being Catholic missionaries, there is literally no way that they aren’t going to try to impose their beliefs on people that aren’t, shall we say, terribly receptive to them (at least initially). 

It’s likely where the central conflict of the movie stems, but the notion of having one’s beliefs forced upon others has always been a very touchy issue for me. 

Another sticking point is Adam Driver, who if he were anymore wooden, you could replace with Keanu Reeves and barely notice the difference 

Thankskilling – Trailer

Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, but what holiday can’t be made better with just a touch of mayhem to help hold down the virtually indigestible turkey that in a few hours is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re passing a catcher’s mitt. 

Enter Thankskilling, a holiday-themed horror movie that shows that sometimes it’s definitely better to give than receive; which is particularly relevant when you’re dealing with a demonic, talking gobbler who’s determined to make you the entrée!

Upholding The Covenant

Today 20th Century Fox released a teaser poster for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant and the xenomorph is (apparently) once again the star of the show. 

Which is very odd because Scott originally wanted nothing more to do with the Alien universe, which at least partially explains why Damon Lindelhof’s rewrite of Joh Spaiths’ original screenplay exorcised virtually all hints of them from Prometheus

And yet it doesn’t because for someone not interested in dealing with Aliens, he certainly included a lot of the elements of their mythology, such as Weyland-Yutani, a variation of the Facehugger and what can only be called a proto-Alien. 

Weird choices, though maybe they’re an indication that Scott took less of an issue with the universe of Alien than the Alien itself. 

Which isn’t what I’d call a good sign, especially since he’s apparently leading with them.  

Collateral Beauty – Trailer 2

Having just seen the trailer for Collateral Beauty, initially the first thing that came to mind was Meet Joe Black, where Brad Pitt was the personification of Death (though this time the honor goes to Helen Mirren). 

That is, till I noticed that Will Smith seems to be playing some sort of savant (revealed in the meticulous patience required to set up all those dominoes, which I assume he did), that was probably brought on by some sort of trauma, such as the death of his wife and daughter..

So, essentially he’s trying to heal himself, though to do so he has to go back to the place of the original trauma, but his mind is torn, which is why he’s apparently seeing ghosts (they represent his mind warring with itself, in an effort to heal). 

So now it’s more like Identity (I guess), minus the gnarly murders.