The Importance of Fictional Space Travel

SpaceTravelposter
June 18, 2012

Just a few days before science fiction pioneer Ray Bradbury passed away, I found a quote – the epigraph to The Martian Chronicles – that fit perfectly into a graphic design I’d been tinkering with for weeks, a design that incorporated spaceships from scifi film and television around the words ‘space travel.’ When I found the quote, it seemed like kismet.

“Space travel has again made children of us all.”

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That Ol’ Potter Magic

potterwatch
July 14, 2011

Tonight, after I get off work, I’ll be driving down to Irvine to wait in line for a midnight showing of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. There was a time when I didn’t think Hollywood would make all seven books into films, certainly not with the same set of actors. Looking at the pictures of the main characters then and now has been a bit of a shock – I feel old. Which is what happens when you start young. I began reading the books in 1999, but it was really two years after that that Harry Potter changed my life. How many people can say that about Twilight with a straight face?

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Is the World Ready for Ms. Marple: Super Spy 3D?

Miss_Marple_First_Image
March 29, 2011

News broke this morning that Disney is planning a reboot of the Miss Marple franchise – starring Alias’s Jennifer Garner as the titular sleuth. There’s one major problem with this: Miss Marple is an elderly spinster. To the shock and horror of many Agatha Christie fans, Disney plans to age Marple down to her 30s or 40s for this new movie, which begs all sorts of questions, the primary one being, ‘Why?’

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A Total Drag

towongfoo
March 1, 2011

Sunday, instead of watching the Oscars, I went to a friend’s house and watched To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar followed by Kinky Boots. Then I learned the most basic dance steps to Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” on the XBox Kinect, and went out for Thai food at 9 o’clock at night. From the sound of the tweets on my feed, I had a much better night than James Franco. (Though, coincidentally, I understand his evening also included drag.)

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Definition of Insanity

I’ve been remiss with this blog (and have been waiting a week to use the word ‘remiss.’) I can’t even entirely blame my thesis. The last couple of weeks have been occupied with Top Secret Work of a Holiday Nature and Top Secret Work of a Nostalgic Nature, neither of which can be discussed on a public forum. Yet. (There are spies everywhere.) Also, the acquisition of Angry Birds for…

December 15, 2010
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My Two Knuts

An Open Letter to Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times in Response to “Steve Kloves Speaks”: I’m not the most unbiased of Harry Potter fans; I don’t pretend to be. The Harry Potter series was a mainstay of my life for seven years, and continues to ripple through it even after the final book was published. I was a part of the online community that Steve Kloves fears so…

November 14, 2010
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And Now For Something Completely Familiar…

A couple of weeks ago, my mother and I went to see Prince of Persia. (Stop judging me, I thought it would be funny – which it was, just not on purpose.) The worst part wasn’t even the terrible script, the egregious miscasting, or inexplicable dullness of the “action scenes.” (Why was so much of that movie in slow motion?) It was the previews. As trailers go, they were pretty standard….

June 30, 2010
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Nora Ephron May Be My Julia Child

Every time I sit down to blog, I’m reminded of a quote from You’ve Got Mail, as said by Meg Ryan. Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life. Well, not small, but valuable. And sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven’t been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I read in a book,…

August 8, 2009
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Why Modern Vampires Figuratively Suck

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June 30, 2009

I blame Anne Rice.  Never mind that I’ve never read any of her books, and my knowledge of her basically stops after, “wrote about vampires, found religion, wrote about Jesus.” She started it, this whole vampire craze. I used to be a fan, but enough is enough. Sure, vampires have been popular fodder for ages, but once you slap a pair of fangs on Brad Pitt, you can kiss the…

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