September 28th, 2012

Movies

In Theaters: Dredd

Caught the non-3D showing of Dredd this past Wednesday evening with a couple friends. The movie is, in fact, better than I expected, a great violent action flick. The scifi elements are there, but kept mostly to the background, and stick to the canon quite elegantly. Rather than explore the (extensive) mythology of the world, they kept the action confined to a small scale with few characters and very little exposition. Everyone does a great job with their characters, the action keeps moving right through it. And let me also mention, if they don't start selling those jackets and boots from the movie, they are missing out. Catch it on the big screen.

Trailers tomorrow, because there was a whole bunch.

News

Big Brother, Netanyahu, and anime-influence

FRIDAY NEWS:
* A gallery of modern slavery around the world.
* Oh hey. ACLU pushes government to release details on surveillance state.
* Good read: on American Jews, Israel, and political interest.
* "I'm sure the fractured media environment is partly to blame for the increased partisan fervor. But that's not all."
* Whoah. Hot off Apple's missteps, Google unveils 'underwater street view.'
* "An ancient Buddhist statue that was recovered by a Nazi expedition in the 1930s was originally carved from a highly valuable meteorite."
* Ten visual motifs from modern American scifi that came from anime.
* Talking with Randall Munroe, the man behind xkcd.