Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Foundation Movie

I've said before "They have a Foundation movie already, except they added magic; it's called Star Wars." Matt Yglesias thinks it'll suck because of the director. Frankly I have a hard time imagining how it could be good, just because some books should remain books. As Asimov himself said, decades after he wrote the series he picked up Foundation, starting reading, and waited...for...something...to...happen. And it didn't. Better in print than film. Besides, it's still in development hell - let's see if it beats Atlas Shrugged to the big screen.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Battlefield Earth Is A Fun Movie

Battlefield Earth is "widely considered" to be one of the worst movies of all time, but I don't share that assessment. Alien clam gods aside, I just watched it and actually found it to be an entertaining science-adventure yarn, very much in the spirit of the Golden Age of science fiction as Hubbard intended it. Yes, I know that radiation can't set a planet's atmosphere on fire. And guess what? Aliens with copper-based blood wouldn't just happen to evolve to look just like humans and be able to mate productively with them. As entertainment, recommended.