Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull released, 2008
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian released, 2009
Prediction: On May 22, 2009, a monster from outer space will attack New York, leaving much of Manhattan in ruins.
Predictor: Cloverfield, released 18 Jan. 2008
Reality: In many cases, predictions with dates from works of fiction are just plot devices. If a story says something is just around the corner, it adds an air of immediacy. More than that, in movies and films it can help hold down production costs, since there is no need to change fashions or design new cars, buildings or fancy gadgets.
And then there's this movie: I really hated this movie. I didn't go to see it in the theater, but I did rent it on DVD and wrote this Big Ugly Stick review with plenty of spoilers. I've seen way too many movies and TV shows where J.J. Abrams is involved that really did stink and I have very little hope that his work with the Star Wars or Star Trek franchises will be good.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
Tomorrow, it's another Arthur C. Clarke prediction. I'm just going out on a limb here, but I think it will probably be about space exploration and will be overly optimistic.
Just a guess.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!