For those of you that didn't see the Disney movie John Carter earlier this year now is the time!! It is available on dvd or digital download and I highly recommend it!! This movie is based on the series of books written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He was the gifted American writer that also gave us Tarzan of the Apes and The Land That Time Forgot. I had not heard of the John Carter novels until the creation of the Disney movie unfortunately. They were written a little before my time. The first novel in the series entitled A Princess of Mars was originally published in 1917.
Astronomers didn't know in the early twentieth century what they know now about the red planet. Today we know that the planet Mars has a violent and inhospitable atmosphere. Back then however many people theorized that Mars was quite similar to Earth and would therefore develop similar life forms. This sparked the imaginations of many people including Mr. Burroughs.
The movie had an excellent cast staring Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins who both appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. As well as Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and Thomas Haden Church in supporting roles. If you haven't seen this movie go out and get it ASAP!! It is a movie that every science fiction fan should have in their collection. I can't recommend this movie enough!! I LOVED IT!!
Monday, July 9, 2012
Consider this: The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation of a distant memory, as if we were falling from a great height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I just recently went back and began to watch the first season of Falling Skies. The science fiction / alien invasion television show created and produced by Steven Spielberg. The show is in its second season and running on the TNT network. It stars Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood as well as many other actors you might recognize. I am not a big TV viewer so it takes a while for me to hear about new shows that may be of interest to me. I must say however that I am enjoying this show very much. It is well written and has very interesting characters. Basically the plot is as follows: Aliens invade the Earth and immediately wipe out all governments and military forces. The survivors of the initial attack form pockets of resistance and struggle to survive the alien occupation. I would recommend this show to anyone that is interested in this subject matter. I don't think you'll be disappointed. The first season is available on DVD or can be downloaded at amazon.com. Check it out!!