Twenty years ago tonight, id Software uploaded Doom
to an FTP server at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completely changed the video gaming industry. [more inside]
posted by Pope Guilty
on Dec 9, 2013 -
The Trouble with "Carrie": Strong Female Characters and Onscreen Violence.
Whether she's volunteering to take her sister's place in the arena or grooming her son to lead the resistance; gunning down the gangsters who sell drugs to the kids in her neighborhood or swinging swords to avenge her daughter, the "strong female character" is often stirred by a maternal concern, a quintessential desire to preserve her community, to protect the weak and vulnerable. Her bad-assery must be in the service of a greater good. Even when she's more ethically complex (like the Bride, who begrudgingly admits that all the people she killed to get to her daughter, "felt good"), she never takes a place at the table of Walter White's grand epiphany: "I did it for me."
posted by Lexica
on Oct 30, 2013 -
Carrie does what Beatrix Kiddo and Ellen Ripley and Katniss Everdeen don't: She does it for herself. Her vengeance, her violence, is in service to no one, no noble good. She doesn't kill because her family and friends have been threatened. There are no friends, no fellow outcasts, to protect from the bullies. No little sister to shield from Mama's wrath. Only her. And she is enough. Carrie kills because she was wronged.
Hey Metafilter, you like John Carpenter's The Thing
? Now, see the toys
from the merchandising tie-in! (SLYT, NSFW, possible spoilers)
posted by zippy
on Sep 29, 2012 -
In 2005, the Discovery Channel aired Alien Worlds
, a fictional documentary based on Wayne Douglas Barlowe's graphic novel, Expedition: Being an Account in Words and Artwork of the 2358 A.D. Voyage to Darwin IV
." Depicting mankind's first robotic mission to an extrasolar planet that could support life, the show drew from NASA's Origins Program
, the NASA/JPL PlanetQuest Mission
, and ESA's Darwin Project
. It was primarily presented through CGI, but included interviews from a variety of NASA scientists and other experts, including Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, John Craig Venter and Jack Horner. Oh, and George Lucas, too. Official site
. Previously on MeFi. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Sep 21, 2012 -
“When Jim first came to me with this idea of putting two guys inside a giant alien queen suit,” Winston admitted, “I thought, ‘This man is out of his mind.’ Nothing like that had been done before. But in the next moment, I realized that if he had imagined it, we could probably do it.”
- How Stan Winston and Jim Cameron built the Alien Queen
. Original creature creature H.R. Giger was disapointed not to be involved, leading to this letter
posted by Artw
on Aug 19, 2012 -
Classic movies in miniature style. It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to "Ottoman Star Wars", I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique.
posted by shakespeherian
on Jul 11, 2012 -
In the wee morning hours of September 20th, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill drove down New Hampshire's Route 3, through the Franconia Notch, and into the UFO history books
. Five years later, John G. Fuller's account of their story, The Interrupted Journey
, became the most well known alien abduction case of all time. Fuller's book was adapted into a made-for-TV movie
The book and movie brought the "Greys"
into the public consciousness as the quintessential UFO occupants, although it has been alleged
by skeptics that the Greys themselves were inspired by an episode of the TV show The Outer Limits
Last year, the state of New Hampshire erected a historical marker
at the site of the alleged abduction.
and believers have been debating the case for decades now. Interestingly, a UFO enthusiast named John Oswald published an account
in 1980 that claimed "Mrs. Hill was unable to 'distinguish between a landed UFO and a streetlight'", which even included a photo of said streetlight. It was not until 2007 that a science fiction writer who lives in the area where the "abduction" took place published an article which reveals the real "UFO"
and puts forward a plausible explanation
. [more inside]
posted by smoothvirus
on May 3, 2012 -
ALIEN age 11
- an adaptation created by an underage artist based on the Alan Dean Foster novelization and a few stills, without having seen the actual film.
posted by Artw
on Jan 30, 2012 -
Cats On Film brings us My Day, By Jonesy
. What's a cat to do when all the can-openers seem to have their attention focussed on the giant hairless kitten which just burst out of one of their chests?
posted by hippybear
on Jan 27, 2012 -
If you don't mind installing Steam
and are running a version of Windows, you can download and play Alien Swarm
for free. It's a top-down shooter with four-player co-op of you and your friends against the aliens.
posted by demiurge
on Jul 19, 2010 -