Top ten Sci-fi movies

Since no one has ever asked me, here are my top ten Sci-Fi movies with reasons. If you don’t agree, you have two choices. Come up with your own list or leave. ūüėČ

  1. The Day the Earth Stood Still

I have watched this move a bazillion times and each time cements it as my best ever. How the “Alien” mingles among us to really understand us is perfect. ¬†How human behavior works to hold us back. How the children will be our saviors since they ask the right questions works perfectly. But most of all, earth isn’t all that important when it comes to the galaxy. BTW, if you even suggest the remake should even be discussed I will send killer carrier pigeons to hunt you down. With lasers no less.

2. Matrix

A movie which finally broke the mold for what sci-fi was. Before that, alot of copying and pasting by the movie industry. Yes, parts 2 and 3 fell way short of the first, I still remember being blown away at the idea of humans being nothing more then batteries.

3. Blade Runner

To start, this is not the made for dummies version of this movie. The one without the audio overdubs is my choice. This movie tried to show just how bad things could get not matter how good the technology got. What is life, should AI have the same respect as “real” people and alot more things that really got people thinking.

4. The Empire Strikes Back

Yes,yes, yes, yes I should have the first movie listed but I don’t. Remember, my list. Everyone knows how good this part was. How it became part of an entire generation, how people waited in line for everyone movie since then, etc, etc. True classic.

5. Space Odyssey 2001

We all know the background on this one. We all know how HAL was used, not told, reacted and how this movie really is the only “Real” sci-fi since it has no explosions since there is no air in space to carry sound waves. Not to mention the mind-blowing ending.

6. 12 Monkeys

I remember being told by a number of people how dumb this movie was. Thankfully I didn’t listen and was met with a really cool time travelling movie that actually tries to keep it’s time lines in order; so to speak. When I learned it was directed by the only American person from Monty Python, made it only better.

7. Planet of the Apes

What starts off as a space movie turns rather “primitive”. ¬†If you watch this movie and only see the primates, you missed the whole point. So many ethical questions are raised by this movie it’s not funny. That it’s packaged in a supposed future where humans are no longer the top of the food chain makes it only better.

8. War of the Worlds

To be clear, I refer to the original one where people pray, are seen in churches, etc, etc and not that sad excuse of a remake. I remember reading the book and then hearing about the radio caper this story caused and knowing I wanted to see the movie. Not to mention I loved how God’s placement of bacteria which does nothing to us was the one thing the aliens could not handle. Brilliant.

9. Gattaca

This movie covers so many topics it’s crazy. Genetic manipulation, messing with the reproductive process, class systems, breaking boundaries, and striving to overcome societies restrictions. Why this movie didn’t do well initially is beyond me.

10. StarGate

Between my 9 and 10 choice I’m guessing there are plenty of groans of disapproval out in the interwebs. This may not be considered classic to some but I love the idea of aliens creating / using man’s obsession with gods to rule them. Not to mention I thought the tv series was also one of the best sci-fi on the small screen.

Honorable mentions

Fifth Element, Dark City, Terminator 1, Alien, Metropolis
Contact,¬†Forbidden Planet,¬†Primer,¬†Inception and Endor’s Game.

Firth Element was cool but there were a few characters I couldn’t get around. Dark City was very good just not good enough for top 10. Terminator and Alien were great alien movies while Endor’s game gets more of a mention because the movie will hopefully interest you enough to read the book which was way better. Metropolis and Forbidden Planet were ground breaking in there time while Inception became an instant classic. That Leaves Contact and Primer. Contact was more about the politics and dragged a bit in places while Primer gets by you until you start to go back and try to figure it out. Far to many people told me they just gave up because they were so confused.

 

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Vote for me, don’t vote for them

When I started writing this entry we had three people with true voter potential to be our next president. I find them all unacceptable. Let’s go with the traditional ladies first method. In my opinion Ms. Clinton is a fraud of epic proportions. Accepting monies from Monsanto and the like, the whole email/ server thing, her views on abortion and the like, and her rather socialist point of view, “It takes a village”, eliminates her from even being considered. Sticking with the Dems, that brings us to Mr. Sanders. To begin I believe he is the only candidate who strongly opposes GMO’s and all of Monsanto’s creations, he appears to be a huge supporter of workers and unions and health care for all. But just like Ms. Clinton his views on abortion are not something I share. Making his stance on this subject even stranger is how his website says he wishes to “protect the most vulnerable American’s” but I guess that doesn’t include those still in the womb. Another red flag for me is all the programs and projects he wants implemented with no real explanation of who or how are we going to pay for them. ¬†To start I don’t believe any president has been allowed to make that many sweeping changes given all the partisan infighting. Most presidents get to change 2-3 things at best. I just don’t see how 12 are ever going to happen. Especially those which will fundamentally change our entire tax structure and how the money will be used. To end, Mr. Sanders is very much a socialist and wants to provide alot of services but I just don’t see how he is going to pay for them. Until I get more details he is an unrealistic candidate.

That brings us to the Republicans and you know who, Mr. Trump. Now to be fair and clear the air, I enjoy watching Trump in the debates because he doesn’t act like a politician. He is disruptive and brash and it’s fun viewing. But do I want him as our next president? Hell no. To start, has the guy actually given a straight answer to any of the questions posed to him? Is he for or against Planned Parenthood? Does he have ideas on Foreign Policy because I haven’t heard any real ones yet. Yes, yes, he will build a wall running the length of Mexico but that won’t stop all the people who use those mile long tunnels to smuggle stuff across the boarder. Also do you really think he is going to clean up the tax structure knowing it might affect his own business interests? That would be a huge No Way. Plus I find his “lets make America strong again” about as empty a slogan as our current president used, “Time for Change” or “Let’s make a change” or was it a deal?

So yeah, I’m not happy about who’s running this time which leaves me only one real¬†choice:¬†Cthulhu for President

Or you can vote for me as a write in. Here are the 3 things I plan to change.

  1. Chaos to a Flat Tax. Everyone pays the same rate. Donations receive credit based upon PCT% of income. If you make 30K and donate 5K and Big Large Corp #234 also donates 5K, you will receive a much higher tax credit because it’s a pct not the $$ value.
  2. Tax penalties for companies that layoff workers only to move those jobs overseas.
  3. No more subsidizing large mega-farms. We tried it their way and look where it got us. Instead that money will be used for micro loans to support small family farms. By not having a few mega-farms controlling everything the market will reach a point of what real food costs. With small farms producing much of what we need we won’t need planes, trains and trucks carting food all over the country. Oh and before someone writes in and makes statements about how only large industrialized farms can produce the volume we need to support our population just keep in mind, we throw away around 40% of our food. So I think over time we can do two things, get the family farms supply chains going and having Americans waste less.

I understand there are some huge issues that I should have mentioned but I don’t think any single person is going to break the stalemate. Abortion, Legal/Illegal Immigrants, the entire health care system and getting rid of lobbying. But like I said, if you and a bunch of your friends vote for me and I somehow get elected, I’ll try for one of the above 3 each year with my last year dedicated to getting re-elected.

 

 

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This is not the movie I was waiting for….move along

Star Wars Force Awakens Spoilers Coming

Part of being a parent requires you to do things that you may not want to do. For instance, I had no need nor desire to see the newest Star Wars movie right away for multiple reasons.¬†Seeing movies in the theater is such a bad experience. You are pretty much getting ripped off given what they are now charging. Sitting through all the trash they have before the movie actually starts is just a waste of time. My couch is so much more comfortable. I can move around as much as I want. I can have any food I want without getting robbed. I can stop the video for any needed reason. I can snuggle up with family. I can sit directly in front of the screen no matter when I want to see the movie. I could go on and on but you obviously get the point. So when both of my boys said, “Dad can we see the new Star Wars movie during Xmas break?” ¬†and I found out AAA had discounted tickets, I begrudgingly said ok. Actually I think it was more like, ” (sigh) Well… I guess…if… prices….yeah whatever.”

Star Wars Force Awakens Spoilers Coming

So after many times changes and such, we saw it today. The following is my brain dump, laughs, comments, critique and downright insults for this movie.

 

 

 

 

 

Star Wars Force Awakens Spoilers Coming

 

 

 

 

If you haven’t figured it out yet,

 

 

Star Wars Force Awakens Spoilers starting NOW!!!!

 

 

 

Old School Scrolling intro and Star Destroyer coming into view to cover planet – Nice homage

Funny how the movie goes out of its way to clarify the whole force thing again. If you recall in the originals, “it was all around us, it binds us…..” then the prequels ruined it by insinuated that not everyone has it because we can test for it to see how much you have. Guessing backlash on that made this a priority.

Interesting to see how they once again placed the “secret plans” into a droid. Kinda nice homage.

Visually stunning fight scene where the Millennium Falcon flies around a Star Destroyer (ok this one is beached) while the people flying the Falcon shoot down … Tie Fighters. I feel like I’ve se…nah..must be me.

In order to shut down the new Death Star Weapon you must shut down the force fie…now wait just a minute. Not only have I seen this once before I’ve seen it twice.

Oh and once again, once you destroy a certain part of the weapon it is now capable of exploding the entire thing. The engineers for the Dark Side have to be the dumbest people I know. Stop building stuff that enables cascading failures.

Did JJ just take the plot from the first/third movie and add a few new characters?

So a storm trooper taken from it’s family; Stop! So they are not clones any more?

So a storm trooper taken from it’s family, trained to be a sanitation trooper… Stop Again! What is the Dark Side doing sending this guy to attack a planet and fight? Shouldn’t he be somewhere cleaning up a mess of some sort?

So a storm trooper taken from it’s family, trained to be a sanitation trooper who can fight, gets cold feet on a mission. Nope, not going to buy it after watching many Clone Wars seasons. If nothing else, the original Stormtroopers I.E. the clones were Bad Arse fighters.

Why does Kylo-Ren even wear a helmet? No seriously, Vader wore one because if he didn’t he’d die. So why does Klo wear one? Also and probably more important, how the hell did Kylo get Vader’s helmet? Not to mention, shouldn’t Kylo know his idol is someone who left the Dark Side and is now a Jedi “Ghost” along with Obi Wan and Yoda? Seriously, he’s had plenty of time to talk with Han, Leia, and Luke to know the entire story.

So we have the New Republic, the First Order, the resistance, and the new / old rebellion?If this one fails will it be called the Second Order? Sorry having a little fun.

The Skywalkers, good or bad, are a family you just want to avoid.

So Rey, who just learned about the force and has only started to take it seriously, is already more powerful then one of the main Dark Side villains with absolutely no training? Really?

So lets review….

You meet Lost sole on dessert planet who gets/finds droid with secret plans. Fights, struggles, etc against Dark Side to get said plans back to Good Side. Lost sole joins Good Side only to find out a generator has to be shut down in order for the Rebels, er um Republic..not right,…… the resistance to blow up the Death Star… I mean the Death Planet.¬†Hey look there is even a big light sabre battle towards the end of the movie. Yup, this movie is nearly identical in every way to the original.

I’m sorry if this sounded a bit negative but I’m still bitter about the prequels. After 30 yrs I wanted a whole new start, new ideas, new ships, etc, etc. and all I got was this.¬†Will I watch any more as they come out. Yes, but not until Netflix sends them.

 

 

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Time to give thanks and pray

When I said I wasn’t going to let my last rant be my last post of the year I wasn’t kidding. So here we are again but this time I want to start with a family memory.

The longest running has to be¬†my love of the LaSalette shrine lights.¬†Each year, no matter what the temperature my family would bundle up and make the drive. Our goal each year was to be there about 1/2hr before the lights came on. Once the lights illuminated, we would walk through all the ¬†Advent / Christmas themed displays. Time would slow down and it was a nice thing to look forward too. I’ll admit the crowds have swelled and instead of a quieter solemn feeling things have changed. Getting there is even more difficult due to traffic, some of the light shows are more gee-wizzy to capture the more casual visitor’s attention and there are alot more vendors outside. Sadly, money is tight and from what I have learned, making ends meet is getting harder each year. I pray my grandchildren will someday experience the lights and leave with that wonderful smile I remember getting.

With so much going wrong on in the world I find myself being very happy with all the things I have. Two healthy children, an ever stronger marriage, employment and continued health for all. I pray for the many who do not share my list and hope someday they will.

To end, may God bless your family, may you have peace on earth and may your time with family be some of the best you’ve had.

Merry Christmas

 

 

 

 

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Sick, sick, sick

Without giving the internet my entire story, I spent some time in the hospital. Needless to say I was not happy about the need but with God’s grace I am on the mend. As I sat there board to tears, it struck me as funny, how sick my room made me feel. The bed was too short, the sheets were rough as hell, the food was practically inedible and the noise and light made it nearly impossible to actually rest and recover. It wasn’t until I left the hospital that I actually started to feel better in a more complete way; mentally, physically, emotionally, etc.

It should make every single person in the US absolutely sick to their collective stomachs when Monsanto et’ al tell us they cannot, or should I say, they would rather not label their GMO crap. When a certain fruit company releases a new product people line up to get it. If you GMO stuff is just that good, people will line up to get it and you will be rich beyond your wildest dreams. But the way you are acting leads me to believe IF you did properly label when GMO’s are involved, people wouldn’t buy it. So instead you are going heavy on the lobbying, (to rest of us, bribing) in an effort to force the US people to buy your crap without knowing. What utter crap and all under the watchful eye of a President who’s wife has an organic garden at the white house. Makes me sick just thinking of it.

To put this one bluntly, I am sick of being treated like every other person in my group whether I deserve it or not. I’m sick of being a male in the tech sector who is constantly questioned whether I do enough to encourage females into the industry. ¬†Then I reply with, my wife has a masters in CS. Boy does the room go dead quiet after that. Frauds. I’m sick of being labeled a hating Christian until they find out my friends are Methodist, Agnostic, etc, etc and then once again the room gets so quiet you could hear a pin drop. There are other examples but I think you get the message.

This was a negative sort of rant so I will be sure to post another entry soon because we must be beyond positive about the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Oh wait, some of you might be hating me for saying that. Ha, see what I did there……..? ūüėČ

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