Still from Earth vs. Flying Saucers

Still from <i>Earth vs. Flying Saucers</i>
Still from Earth vs. Flying Saucers
Showing posts with label Time travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Time travel. Show all posts

Saturday, October 26, 2013

26 October 2013

Seth MacFarlane b. 1973 (Ted, Fututrama, Star Trek:Enterprise)
Rupert Wyatt b. 1973 (director, Rise of the Planet of the Apes)
David Eick b. 1968 (producer, Battlestar Galactica, The Bionic Woman, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
Cary Elwes b. 1962 (The X Files, From the Earth to the Moon, Ella Enchanted, Dracula [1992])
Patrick Breen b. 1960 (Galaxy Quest, Men in Black, Angel)
Julie Dawn Cole b. 1957 (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)
Roger Allan b. 1953 (V for Vendetta, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones)
Bob Hoskins b. 1942 (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Brazil)
Kenneth Johnson b. 1942 (writer, V, Alien Nation, The Incredible Hulk, The Bionic Woman, The Six Million Dollar Man)
Jackie Coogan b. 1914 died 1 March 1984 (The Addams Family)
Fred Graham b. 1908 died 10 October 1979 (The Giant Gila Monster)

Long list of birthdays today, folks on both sides of the camera. Though there are better known names, my feeling was that for genre work, it was either Uncle Fester or Veruca Salt. I flipped a coin.

I'd also like to give a shout out to Kenneth Johnson. If filmed sci-fi was just going to be space stories, it would eventually start feeling "all the same". He had big success with The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman, and in terms of influence on today's entertainment industry, The Incredible Hulk was the first successful transfer of a Marvel Comics character to the screen. These days, Marvel dominates DC, but back in the 1970s, Marvel had nothing that could compare to the successes of Batman or Wonder Woman on TV or the big screen success of Superman that would come out a year after The Incredible Hulk.

Many happy returns to the living on this list. 

Movies released
Cloud Atlas, released 2012

People mock M. Night Shyamalan for the big drop-off in quality and fan interest in his movies since The Sixth Sense and Signs, and rightly so. But when it comes to putting butts in seats, the Wachowskis post-Matrix career is actually worse.

Just sayin'.
Prediction: On 26 October 1985, Dr. Emmet Smith is attacked by terrorist and Marty McFly escapes by taking the time traveling DeLorean back to Nov. 5, 1955.

Predictor: Back to the Future, released 3 July 1985

Reality: This movie was technically predicting the future, but only three months ahead. As you probably know, mankind has not ironed out all the bugs in the flux capacitor. And regardless of the era, a DeLorean is going to stand out like a sore thumb.

Looking on day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

One last prediction from Back to the Future, Part II, then we return to our regular weekly schedule.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

3 September 2013

Garrett Hedlund b. 1984 (Tron, Eragon)
Clare Kramer b. 1974 (Buffy)
Merritt Butrick b. 1959 (Star Trek II and III, Star Trek: The Next Generation) died 3/17/1989
Valerie Perrine b. 1942 (Superman I and II, Slaughterhouse Five)

Today the Picture Slot goes to Clare Kramer playong Glory, the Big Bad on Season 5 of Buffy. I might switch it up next year to Valerie Perrine or even Merritt Butrick, who went to school in Marin County with my younger sisters.

Many happy returns to the living on the list.

Prediction: In 1999, Dr. Samuel Beckett finds a way to travel in time, inhabiting the bodies of others in the past.

Predictor: The TV show Quantum Leap, first airing in March 1989

Reality: Of course, we can't time travel yet, and certainly not like it was done on this show. We also haven't perfected hologram technology, a favorite gimmick in sci-fi TV and films from The Next Generation on. It should also be noted that the show is generally a nostalgia trip for baby boomers, as almost all the jumps are between the end of World War II to the end of the 1980s, never leaping into the future, not even into the 1990s beyond the air date of the show.

The only thing close to real in show is Al's hand held computer. The state of the art cellphones now are getting pretty darned good, but of course a 1999 cell phone was nothing like this.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another prediction from our new Wednesday regular T. Baron Russell, looking into the century ahead from his vantage point in Edwardian London.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

29 June 2013

Ray Harryhausen b. 1920 died 5/5/2013

Regular readers will know I wrote an appreciation of Harryhausen  when he died, but besides his work with stop-motion animation, he did a lot to improve the state of the art with moving mattes, which he used to have giants and little people interact. In Jason and the Argonauts, the most action packed scene of this kind is when Poseidon protects the Argo from being destroyed by crashing rocks, the ship sailing under the giant god's outstretched arm. For me, the most memorable scene is Jason visiting the gods on Mount Olympus, and the conversation between tiny Jason and the awe-inspiring goddess Hera, Honor Blackman filling out a titanic toga like nobody's business.

IBIMB, as the young people say.

Movies released
Ted released, 2012
Transformers: Dark of the Moon released, 2011
War of the Worlds released 2005

It could be argued that Ted is just a comedy, but I consider the fantasy element strong enough to place it in the genre category.

Prediction:1978: Traveling to the future, the time travelers endanger a mission to Mars.

Predictor: The Time Tunnel, aired in 1966

Reality: The show is part of the era when optimism for space travel was at its peak. NASA was sending people into space preparing for the moon landing. It was hard to foresee that the moon missions after Neil Armstrong's first step would feel like weaker and weaker sequels diluting the franchise.

Not unlike Shrek.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

A prediction from James Blish about the future of religion.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

2 June 2013

Jewel Staite b. 1982
Morena Baccarin b. 1979
Dominic Cooper b. 1978
Zachary Quinto b. 1977
Danny Strong b. 1974
Anthony Montgomery b. 1971

Lots of birthdays today, all but one on the low side of 40. There's a Whedonverse triple (Staite and Baccarin from Firefly/Serenity, Strong from Buffy), a pair from Star Trek (Quinto as the new Spock, Montgomery was Ensign Mayweather on Enterprise) and Cooper played Tony Stark's dad Howard in the Captain America movie.

All the actresses on Firefly were/are pretty, but they glammed up Morena Baccarin like crazy. It definitely worked, at least for me. I was always looking at her when she was on screen.

Cos she's purdy!

Prediction: In 1968, a secret government operation creates a time travel portal.

Predictor: The Time Tunnel, premiering in 1966

Reality: It's an Irwin Allen show. Reality ain't in it, mate. (Forgive me. I'm in the middle of re-reading Patrick O'Brian.)

As you might remember if you saw it, Robert Colbert and James Darren were thrown around in time and space and there was a control room in charge of finding them. Like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, the cast was still very Caucasian, but at least there was one female regular, Lee Meriwether. It would be two more years before an Irwin Allen show had an integrated cast. (To be fair, Lost in Space had both males and females, but it was supposed to be a family unit more than a work situation.)

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Another prediction from the pages of Popular Mechanics, not always accurate but often with terrific illustrations.

Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

5 January 2013

January Jones b. 1978
Clancy Brown b. 1959 

There will be a lot of birthdays of artists with a connection to fantasy and sci-fi celebrated here on the blog and actors are going to outnumber writers and directors because movies and TV shows hire more actors than directors or writers. As much as I love Clancy Brown's work, when it came to a picture of him or a picture of January Jones from X-Men: First Class, I did not have a tough time choosing.

Being a heterosexual male did have some bearing on my decision.

The date is 5 January, 1900.

H.G. Wells, known to his friends as George, makes his first trip INTO THE FUTURE in his time machine.

from The Time Machine, released 17 August 1960

I love predictions that give exact dates. This isn't exactly a prediction, since the movie is released in 1960 and the first scenes take place in 1900, but in any time travel movie, we are allowed the Dr. Who Rule, better known as:

Timey wimey wibbly wobbly.

Accuracy: Sorry, we didn't actually invent time travel in the Victorian era.

This movie will get another exact date prediction later in the year, on its release date of the 17th of August, to be exact. It really does look INTO THE FUTURE, at least from the vantage point of 1960, and it's a doozy of an apocalypse.

Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!

Man travels the depths of interstellar space... in 1997? Well, perhaps only in The Twilight Zone.

Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!