Via Bruce Sterling
Via Bruce Sterling
A market trader called – appropriately – Wayne Bellows has been ordered by his local council to turn down the noise because it is causing a nuisance.
It is not provable whether earlier intervention would have altered the course of Syria’s tragic history. Non-interventionists said then, as they say now, that anything that the west does only makes things worse. That we can’t prove either. What we can see is how bad things have become and it is hard to conceive how exactly it could be worse. After seven years of failing to act in Syria, we can audit where a non-interventionist policy has got us. It has been an utter disaster in every respect.
I’m surprised I haven’t mentioned The Meg on this blog before now. A film in which Jason Statham faces a Megalodon is right up my street. And now there’s a trailer.
City On Fire has a Synopsis:
In the film, a deep-sea submersible — part of an international undersea observation program — has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific… with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below… bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
One of the (many) films that we are looking forward to this year is Rampage in which Dwayne Johnson stars alongside a giant gorilla that goes on a Rampage.
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
The title, “Rampage” has been used before in a series of films made by German director, Uwe Boll, who had this to say:
It also confuses the audience! I want that Warners change the title, especially because the new movie has nothing to do with a Rampage and looks more like Jumanji 2 and is one of those typical feelgood, popcorn bullshit movies that the studios use to brainwash America even more! All these kind of movies including Transformers, Avengers are helping the military industrial complex in America to win and have retards like Trump be American President who would say that the earth is flat as soon they think they can benefit from this!
You have to hand it to Boll. He may be a terrible filmmaker but his talent for self-promotion knows no bounds.
And here’s Dwayne Johnson introducing the final trailer for the new Rampage:
Via Flickering Myth
But moderation is not just a dilution of someone else’s ideal. It is the discipline that tests the merits of one idea against a sincere evaluation of its opposite. And the centre is not just a mid-point on the spectrum from left to right, liberal to conservative. These days it is better understood as a culture and a habit of mind. It is the place where holders of divergent opinions can meet without becoming implacable enemies.
So here’s a premise and a half:
Stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, an infected father desperately seeks a new home for his infant child, and a means to protect her from his own changing nature.
Cargo, according to Flickering Myth, is based on a 2013 short of the same name and stars the ever-reliable Martin Freeman as a father with only 48 hours to find somewhere safe for his baby daughter before the zombie virus he’s contracted starts to take effect.
There is something about this that really appeals to me and, from the trailer, it looks superb.
Via Thoughts of Crys