Obviously, your mileage may vary as to what you consider cerebral, but some sci-fi movies try to be a cut above the usual vehicle for special effects and action. It is these movies that we will be celebrating today in the latest of my series of top tens. 10: Strange Days Strange Days, written by James Cameron and directed by Kathryn Bigelow, stars Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, and Juliette Lewis.
Because the Black Panther movie is coming out very soon and because this is a sci-fi blog, I’m writing today about Afrofuturism. One big caveat I feel compelled to mention before writing another word on this subject is that I am a white male. I consider myself woke, but I would never claim to be any kind of expert on a subject like this. I’m not saying a white dude can’t, theoretically, become expert in this field, I’m just saying that I am most definitely not that guy.
As a kid, I used to read a comic book called 2000 AD, and I’m revisiting them now. I no longer have any back issues, but I found some scans of 2000 AD to download, so let’s look at issue 92. On the cover of this one is a rubber-faced green alien with his hands outspread in welcome. It isn’t exactly an action-packed cover, and it isn’t even extremely well drawn.
Anyone who has read any of the posts on this blog will know that I am a huge fan of Star Wars, all of the Star Wars movies, except the prequels. So this is a great time to be alive for me, with Star Wars films now on a release schedule that almost makes them like the kind of movie serial that George Lucas was inspired by when he created the franchise.
As a kid, I used to read a comic book called 2000 AD, and now I’m reading it all over again. I no longer have my own back issues, but I found some scans to download, so let’s open the next cbr file of 2000 AD. The issue we are looking at for this blog post is Prog 91, which was published way, way back in November 1978. The cover of this issue was drawn by Dave Gibbons, and it is a very good image of a war robot in a firefight, promising the prospective reader that action is to be found within the covers.
Altered Carbon and The Punisher are both shows that have recently premiered on Netflix. I have watched all of The Punisher, but only the first three episodes of Altered Carbon, and I’m writing this post because I noticed a few similarities between the two shows. On the surface, they are quite different. Altered Carbon is a cyberpunk series based on the 2002 novel of the same name by English author Richard K.
Shintoists believe that everything, even the universe itself, has a soul or spirit. A modern expression of this belief is the way every Japanese company and institution creates a cute mascot for themselves. The mascot of Sato Pharmaceutical, for example, is an elephant to symbolize a long life. According to Nippaku, an interesting element of this animism is that it is not just animals and elements that have a soul, artificial objects can obtain a soul, too.