I have a theory

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  (Planet of the) Apes travel back in time from the far, far, faaaaar future to conquer pre-Apocalypse earth with their giant lizard cyaborg. We are saved by the real giant lizard and — ironically — Caesar, from whom the Ape founder took his name. Also explains the Apes’ desire to get control of the… Read more »

Dave Arneson, GOAT

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  I just watched Secrets of Blackmoor: It’s really good. Those guys remind me of when I first joined Trumpeter as a kid all those decades ago. This doc makes a nice complement to Rob Kuntz’s book Dave Arneson’s True Genius. I hope they do make Part 2.

Again With The ’80s

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  Feast on this triptych! What a setting! Twilight: 2000, Cyberpunk and High Colonies were among my favourite games of the ’80s and early ’90s. I never got around to layering them together in any formal way. But I sometimes — even now — fever dream about what could have been. Then I watch Outland.

A Dim View of ’19

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  That’s what the ’80s had. It was dystopias as far as the eye could see: Blade Runner (’82), The Running Man (’87) and Akira (’88) are all set in 2019. It seems the stress of the Cold War-ending Reagan era was a sweet-spot match with the (more or less) single generation distance of that… Read more »

Buffy Ho-Tep

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CRACKIN’ WISE. [p 111] THE YOUNG and THE OLD. YOU are WELCOME.  

Zulu Hack, Back-to-Back!

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In case you’ve never done it, you owe it to yourself to watch Zulu Dawn and Zulu back-to-back. Double-feature length: 115 mins for Zulu Dawn + 139 mins for Zulu = 254 mins That’s four and a quarter hours of “Stand-to!” “Usuthu!”

Godzilla Commander

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Two of my favourite movie lead title sequences are the openings of Godzilla and Wing Commander. So, naturally … Godzilla is longer, but there is some fun synergy between them. Like this: Yep, that happened simultaneously. But my favourite coincidence between the two films is: They both have non-French-born (Morocco and Turkey, respectively) French actors… Read more »

On the Origin of Niches

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That’s William Gibson in the film “No Maps for These Territories” discussing the nation-killing nature of the interweb. Speaking of “the people who ordered those mainframes connected,” I recommend the book “Where Wizards Stay Up Late.” It’s a good intro history of how the magnificent bastard did come into existence. Oh and speaking of the… Read more »

Viet Kong!

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Two great tastes that taste great together! And walking into the theatre I noticed this poster: Perfect. Do yourself a favour, go see it in IMAX. Soon, … soon, this guy’ll be striding the ruins of Seattle: He’s not Victor Kilo, but he is pretty cool. He’s a Heroclix colossal fig. See here (search for… Read more »