Prometheus

Meh. A trillion dollar science expedition headed up by a bunch of gung ho reckless buffoons? I think not. This film is filled with implausible situations that have you thinking, “you have got to be freaking kidding me!” and unexplained occurrences that never get tied together in the end. Special effects can’t cover up bad story writing.

Thus far there have only been two truly great aliens films, Alien and Aliens. Every film in the series after those totally sucked. Unfortunately Prometheus continues this trend.

X-Files Sequel

Yeah! It’s finally going into production!

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Fans of “The X-Files” no longer have to rely on Internet rumors to seek the truth about a sequel to the 1998 movie based on the popular TV series

On Wednesday, Fox announced production will start December 10 on the sequel, which reunites the show’s stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The studio also picked July 25 as the U.S. release date.

Series creator Chris Carter will direct the still-untitled film. Carter also co-wrote the screenplay with “X-Files” veteran Frank Spotnitz. The duo also are producing. Shooting will take place in Vancouver.

The studio is staying little about the film’s story line. All that is being revealed is that it is a “supernatural thriller” and that the movie will take the complicated relationship between FBI agents Fox Mulder (Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Anderson) in unexpected directions as Mulder continues on his quest for the truth and Scully remains inextricably tied to her partner’s pursuits.

The July 25 release date would put “X-Files” up against “Step Brothers,” a comedy starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, and an untitled comedy starring Ice Cube.

Fox’s “X-Files” ran for nine seasons, ending in 2002. The first feature film, produced by Carter and co-written with Spotnitz, grossed $187 million worldwide.

The War So Far

So far I’m enjoying it. A lot of wartime footage I doubt any of us have seen much of, and great detail on the various operations and general march of the war, combined with the excellent back home story. I do have one criticism though, while there’s a lot of detail which I appreciate, I would have liked to hear more about the Axis side, their strategy, and their reactions to what we were doing, winning or losing. Other than that it’s been great.

Other misc. observations – I had no idea the Japanese were so cruel to our POW’s. I had seen at least one PBS special on some of the things that went on in the pacific, but after this I’m amazed at the level of cruelty they displayed overall. On the American internment camps, I had known about that for some time. My father told me about it when I was a kid when I asked him about an old scientific slide rule he kept (which currently sits in front of me on my desk). The story goes a Japanese American chemist my father worked with was being shipped off, and he gave the rule to my father to hold onto until they “met again” in the future. That never happened, so now it sits here in front of me as a small reminder of how far we’ve come technologically. For those curious it was made by “Keuffel and Esser Co. N.Y.” and is quite nice, and still works – it’s made of a waxed cherry wood, with a shiny off white lacquer finish where the numbers are printed. On the side it states the company had a “patent pending” on the design, which was ultimately issued to Keuffel on July 06, 1937. That makes it about 75 years old, obviously my dad kept good care of it.

Maybe someday one of the decedents of my father’s friend will read my post, get in touch, and I’ll be able to fulfill my dad’s promise of returning it to its rightful owner.