Wednesday, July 3, 2013
3 July 2013
Patrick Wilson b. 1973 (Watchmen, Prometheus)
Tom Cruise b. 1962
A good sign of how important genre movies have become is to look at Tom Cruise's career. He's always trying to make hits, though not always succeeding. That used to mean comedies and dramas. Now it's sci-fi.
Many happy returns to both gentlemen.
The Amazing Spider-Man released, 2012
Transformers released, 2007
Men In Black released, 2002
Terminator 2 released, 1991
Back to the Future released, 1985
In the Year 2000!
Prediction: Oranges will grow in Philadelphia. Fast-flying refrigerators on land and sea will bring delicious fruits from the tropics and southern temperate zone within a few days. The farmers of South America, South Africa, Australia and the South Sea Islands, whose seasons are directly opposite to ours, will thus supply us in winter with fresh summer foods, which cannot be grown here. Scientists will have discovered how to raise here many fruits now confined to much hotter or colder climates. Delicious oranges will be grown in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Cantaloupes and other summer fruits will be of such a hardy nature that they can be stored through the winter as potatoes are now.
Predictor: John Elfreth Watkins in the 1900 edition of The Ladies' Home Journal
Reality: Again, Watkins overshoots on the agriculture advances. Tropical fruits are much easier to grow in the tropics and while refrigeration and some methods of keeping fruit fresh have improved, the summer months are still the time to have the tasty melons.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We interrupt our regularly scheduled weekday line-up for a prediction about July 4, 2008 from a movie some people consider the worst cinematic dreck of the 21st Century.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!