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I just saw an ad on American Movie Classics for the sci-fi movie Enemy Mine, in which the voiceover apologizes, “This just happens to be science fiction!” This is precisely the problem with most science fiction: one SF story is just like a Western, one’s just like a pioneer adventure, another’s just like a hardboiled film noir, and so on until nobody cares…

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it’s movies week at spaceship no future. we saw crouching tiger, hidden dragon and oh brother, where art thou?. both movies were amazing, funny, and had cracking soundtracks. next up is antitrust which is going to be laughably bad. speaking of laughter, it seems many american viewers of crouching tiger, hidden dragon are having trouble swallowing the idea that wudan fighters, some of whom are principal characters in CTHD, can run up the sides of buildings and fly through the air. even my dad snickered a little. movie geek…

we saw the D&D movie. so… yeah.

we read the reviews. so we knew. i do not post this to repeat what you can easily read elsewhere. but when we can’t live in chom, we live in hope. because if we can’t live in hope, we have to live in… texas. so we had to go, no matter what anybody said. for spaceship no future it was a moral imperative. regardless, apologies to tamara, who just suffered for no reason….

Foil The Man by ripping DVDs

Remember when the DeCSS scandal first erupted, and everyone’s favorite argument was that DVD piracy was impractical due to the huge size of DVD movies and the outrageous cost of writable DVD media? Currently, that argument still holds insofar that: The MPEG-2 compression format used in DVDs, though high-quality, yields rather large files—about 4GB for a couple hours of video. Current writable DVD media averages about $40 a pop—more expensive than most retail DVD movies. However: The MPEG-4 compression format, though visually inferior to MPEG-2, compresses at a far…

that’s! not! a! knife!

daily radar has a piece on the new crocodile dundee movie that’s quite good. they ask the all important questionThe scene today where you tell time by the sun, is that this film’s equivalent of the “That’s not a knife” scene?and it also notes, interestingly enough, that the cause for the 12-year gap between parts two and three were paul hogan refusing to do another one unless it had a good story. way to go, paul. the question is, will it be like the kate bush album from the 90’s…

frank dux in the walled city

so i just watched bloodsport on TV, the movie about the secret contest where the world’s greatest warriors fight in a battle to the death. now i must find a suitable punishment for myself. i remember watching this movie when i was little. when ogre got punched by chong li, making yet another dark stain on the pristine white gym mats, my friend quietly murmured “black blood is brain blood… that’s serious” and from that point on, i vowed to never, ever get interested in martial arts. the only black…

MPAA, DeCSS, CMU Dr., &!, &!, &!… U R SOL

salon has a lovely interview with david touretzky about judge kaplan’s ruling in the MPAA vs. 2600 case. david touretzky has a gallery of CSS descramblers which aims to illustrate the absurdity of not affording source code first amendment protections. he gave a deposition in the case to that effect. the interview is short, illustrates the main problems with the judge’s ruling, and is a good jumping-off point for people who haven’t been the following the case. most americans won’t blink an eye when you tell them their rights…

MPAA begins bold new prior restraint initiative against sites linking to DeCSS

recently the MPAA got a ruling against 2600 magazine preventing them not only from providing DeCSS for download, but also preventing them from even *linking* to sites that have it available. this is akin to not only making it illegal to use drugs, but also making it illegal to even talk about drugs. an apt analogy, considering drugs shouldn’t even be illegal. DeCSS is no different- a legitimately reverse engineered utility that allows you to watch DVDs on linux systems (there is no commercially available DVD player for the Linux…

that’s not a knife!

yes, crocodile dundee, part three. it’s in production for an april 2001 release. years since crocodile dundee part two: twelve. now, understand. crocodile dundee part two was *necessary*. after movies like “less than zero” and “bright lights big city” cocaine use was just too glamorous in the eyes of 80’s america’s, um, electric youth, and we needed a simple morality play about evil drug dealing south americans to counteract it. and at the time, nobody was more ethical to an american teenager than some australian who killed a crocodile….