Mother’s Day links

None of which have much to do with Mother’s Day at all.

H1N1 may be nasty, but parasites are still a global problem. They can be hugely problematic for humans — and a complete nightmare for the rest of the animal kingdom (warning: do not read while trying to eat).

Is that whiskey really as old as the seller claims? One way to find out is to check for nuclear fall out. If you find it in a whiskey which was supposed to have been bottled in 1850, the seller is lying.

The new Trek movie briefly touches on torture, but the torture is Hollywood-style and the movie doesn’t have much to say about it. TNG’s take on torture, on the other hand, was far more nuanced (not to mention prescient).

Oprah tells her audience about a coupon for free KFC chicken and causes a lot of headaches for libraries. How does that work?

Glad I’m not the only one confused by Cars

Even though I’ve now seen the movie 1,080,699,324 times, I find the world of Cars completely confusing. There are obvious questions – are Cars born or manufactured, why are some human-like while others are cows and bugs, and what was this world like in, say 1875? As I watch, I keep coming up with more and more questions. Do Cars get to determine their own lives, or are they predestined by their make and model? Why have gas nozzles if they can drink from their mouths? Does it hurt them to lose tires? How does Radiator Springs support itself? Why would Cars need military aircraft? What kind of government do they have? Did they kill off all of the humans?

Others have had the same questions, it seems. Will the sequel answer them?

Who’s watching the Watchmen?

Roger Ebert, apparently. He’s given the movie 4 stars. Then he watched it again in IMAX and wrote an essay. Meanwhile, PZ Myers (agreeing with an unlikely ally) is a bit distressed at one major change from the original. Bonus: Saturday Morning Wachmen!

Links from: Web Godess, Borgknight


In high school, Ann and I compiled a bunch of phrases and acronyms for describing terrible Sci-Fi plots. Looks like we weren’t the only ones with a list: Jabootuish Jargon has all kinds of great terms for handling bad movies:

Misdirected Answering (n): The habit of Bad Movie to spend time answering little questions you’ve probably not even thought of while ignoring truly gigantic plot holes. EXAMPLE: In Irwin Allen’s The Swarm, a film with as many gaping plot flaws as there are stars in the sky, a hunk of dialog is used to explain why Michael Caine’s scientist character sports a British accent.

Via Ann (what a coincidence!)

The Last One?

Coming this summer (to Japan, at least): Gake no ue no Ponyo. The last Miyazaki? Looks like. Anyone know when we’ll get to see it in the US (legally)?

An action movie to end all action movies

XKCD proposes an action movie for those of you who think Die Hard is too talky. I’d totally watch it.

Who do you trust?

Finally, someone has developed a tool we all need, one to tell us Which Movie Reviews Should I Believe? Match your tastes with the perfect reviewer. Kind of. Mine turned out to be Roger Ebert, and I’m not too sure about that one.

Via Presurfer

Stars Wars: Where Are They Now?

Just in case you were wondering. Or hadn’t watched any movies since Return of the Jedi.

Use the Force! (to blow out the candles)

In honor of Star Wars turning 30, BBC NEWS presents 30 pieces of trivia about Star Wars:

Director George Lucas originally had a contract with Fox for $150,000 (£75,941) for writing and directing Star Wars. But he cannily insisted on total control and 40% of merchandising.

Now that’s savvy.

Lucas once said that the shape of the Millennium Falcon was based on a hamburger.

I’m not sure what to make of that. Now I want Jedi Fries.

On the first day of filming in the deserts of Tunisia, the country experienced its first major rainstorm in 50 years and a rest day had to be called.

Murphy was fired from the set shortly after.

George Lucas wanted his sets to look worn and scuffed but the studio cleaning service continually cleaned and tidied up after a day’s filming – much to the director’s dismay.

And then he cleaned everything up on the digital editions, anyway.

Meanwhile, if you’re going to a party to celebrate, don’t put on your costume or take out your props until you get there, or you might be arrested. Better yet, just watch the DVDs at home. (via Borgknight, of course.)

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Who better to explain copyright and fair use than a bunch of Disney characters straight from their original movies?