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Star Wars Poetry

So many people criticize both the Star Wars prequels and “The Force Awakens” for being clones of the original series. But what is often forgotten is that Star Wars is the very embodiment of the Hero’s Journey, and its themes and archetypes live on from generation to generation. Although this video was made before “The Force Awakens” (which has gotten the most heat for copying “A New Hope”) it drives home the poetic synchronicity that is found within the Star Wars saga: the originals, the prequels, and the new (and although “The Force Awakens” is not featured here, you can use your imagination to fill it in).

Watch, and see the poetry of Star Wars and the Hero’s Journey.

Ghost in the Shell Trailer

So, the official first trailer for the new live-action Ghost in the Shell movie recently came out, and I have to say, it does look pretty good. Apart from the “whitewashing” controversy, which is no small matter, the trailer itself does show a film that seems to stay true to the source material. That’s a good thing! I’m still peeved that they chose Scarlett Johansson to play the Major, but I’ll reserve my final judgement until I see it in the theater. You can also check out a great analysis of the trailer over on ScreenRant.com.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

The first trailer for Luc Besson’s new film, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, has just come out, and it looks pretty awesome. He’s best know for the hit sci-fi movie The Fifth Element, and Valerian seems to have a similar vibe. You can read a bit more about it on Gizmodo’s Io9 article.

Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer

The second full trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One is out, and it’s packed with some spectacular scenes! We also get see Darth Vader, though I’m pretty sure he won’t have too much screen time as he’s not the focus of the film or even the villain (the villain is Imperial Director Krennic). There is also a pretty good trailer breakdown on Gizmodo.

SpaceX Plans to Colonize Mars

Tony Stark Elon Musk has announced SpaceX’s big plans for getting a human colony set up on Mars, perhaps sometime mid-century or so if everything pans out. That’s some pretty big ambitions, and it’s risky too, but ambition and risk are two things humanity must have in abundance if we are ever going to get the Mars (well, that and gobs of money). You can read more about it on Phil Plait’s blog, or just check out the videos below.

The first video here is SpaceX’s promo video, which is heavy on the CGI and low on the specifics, but still very cool.

And this is the 1.5 hour presentation that Elon Musk gave. Start at the 22 minute mark if the video doesn’t start there automatically.

DragonCon 2016

Another year at DragonCon has come and gone! We had a great time as usual, and it was good to meet up with old friends and make new ones. I tried not to spend as much time as I did last year in the Space and Science tracks, but I probably still spent way too much time in those rooms… The Fantasy Literature and Science Fiction Literature panels I went to we very good as usual, as were the Writers tracks. And as always, I took a ton of pictures (well, not literally a ton, but a few hundred to be sure). Click here to see some of this year’s highlights!

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Rogue One: The Official Trailer

The full two minute trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One has been unveiled! I don’t even know what the say right now! I’m utterly speechless! I keep using exclamation marks even though I know better! So stop reading these random ramblings and just watch the trailer! Do it now!

Blade Runner Noir Trailer

“Blade Runner” is a sci-fi cyberpunk classic, and it already has quite the film noir feel. But what if I told you someone has actually create a remixed trailer for “Blade Runner” in the classic film noir style? Well, someone named Chet Desmond has done just that, and the effect is absolutely gorgeous!

Comic-Con Trailer Bonanza!

Although I didn’t go to San Diago Comic-Con (DragonCon is more my thing) I have certainly been enjoying the flood of trailers pouring out from the various studios. It’s impossible to say which of these movies I’m looking forward to more. I guess I’m looking forward to them all!

“Suicide Squad” is looking better than ever!

The official “Wonder Woman” trailer is here!

And if that wasn’t awesome enough, we also have a “Justice League” teaser trailer, and finally get to see Aquaman!

The Harry Potter franchise continues with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”:

On the Marvel side of things, we get a new “Doctor Strange” trailer:

And as far as Marvel TV series are concerned, here’s a look at all the Netflix/Marvel teaser trailers (helpfully combined), for Daredevil, The Defenders, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist.

There’s no such things as too much of a good thing, right?

The Old New World Animation Project

The “Old New World” photo-animation project, by Alexey Zakharov, takes the viewer back to the 1910s and 1920s in a steampunk time machine. Using old-time photographs, and set to a classic ragtime tune, Alexey Zakharov has brought new life to the old world in this computer animated short. You can see more about it here.