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Adaptations & Remakes: Ender’s Game [Obsessive Friends: Mike]

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Source Material: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

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Set in Earth’s future, young Ender Wiggin is trained and groomed to become the leader of Earth’s military attack against the alien “Buggers.” Ender is put through a series of tests that include several intense battles in zero gravity rooms. Ender’s final test is to display his tactical genius in a simulation against the Buggers, but is it really just a game? Writer’s note: Ender’s Game has been published in several different editions with more covers than I can count. The picture above is the version of the cover of the Ender’s Game book that I read. Continue reading

4 Days of Blood: Part II – The Horrors of Space

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Space is an endless landscape for humanity to explore. The idea of colonizing the vast unknown and taking humanity to the stars has been a dream of humanity for centuries. This dream has led to a vast array of fictional voyages into space.

Still, there’s something inherently terrifying about the idea of space travel and the isolation that goes with it. The same unknown that inspires humanity also has the power to ignite our morbid sides. Take a group of humans, put them in a confined space millions of miles from other humans, and horrific monsters won’t be far behind. Continue reading

The James Cameron Reassessment Part I: 1981-1989

UPDATE: Click here for Part II

So far this year, on a whim, I’ve chosen a specific director’s filmography to go through each month. Pre-blog January was my Quentin Tarantino month. February was my Kevin Smith Retrospective. Going into March, however, I decided to go with someone whose work I’ve never really liked. James Cameron.

That’s right, I’ve never been a big James Cameron fan. A part of me is put off by the fan boys. Here are a couple examples of James Cameron fan boys at work.

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Being a master of visual effects and huge action set pieces does not make you a cinematic god. It makes you Michael Bay with a plot. What kills me is the post on the left poses a ridiculous question and then goes on to completely negate the position they’re taking. It’s this kind of fan boy hero worshipping that makes me go into every James Cameron movie with a much more critical eye than with any other filmmaker.

I’ve always thought Cameron was the most overrated filmmaker working today. So March was all about reassessing his career. Did my opinion change? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Building Better Blu-Rays (The Alien Anthology Review)

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Until early last year, I had never seen an Alien movie. Disgraceful, I know. In preparation for the release of Prometheus and Ridley Scott‘s return to sci-fi and the world that terrorized the genre, I watched Alien and Aliens for the first time. Eventually, when the New Year arrived, I bought the Alien Anthology Blu-Ray Collection.

Now that I’ve finally cracked open the 6-disc set, I can say with absolute confidence that this is the finest blu-ray set I’ve ever seen. The movies look and sound incredible and the amount of supplemental material is so staggering it’s to the point of being overwhelming.

So enjoy my review. A set this magnificent definitely deserves a thorough review. Continue reading