Monthly Archives: October 2007

New New Superman is a Brit?

Announced today is that Rupert Evans, whom you may remember as the nerdy guy from Hellboy, is the next Superman. He will be joining a slew of other superheroes in upcoming Justice League of America movie. What I can’t figure out is whether this film is going to be animated, or live action? Now who is going to be playing Aquaman, Flash, Wonder Woman…?

Porn Freedom

The judgment has been handed, striking down US Code 18,2257. Previously introduced to curb child pornography, the code required that anyone producing “pornographic” content must keep meticulous documentation of its participants. In other words, even if you yourself make a little home movie with some extra “action sequences,” you have to have all this extra paperwork done, and kept as records for five years, for officials to examine at any time. And that seems a little much for such an unimaginative filmmaking.

This means that pornography sites, amongst them the newly minted, will have free reign to accept all those videos that you’ve shot with your girlfriends, and that you will be able to submit them for public viewing. Of course, the sites themselves require participants to be consenting to making these videos, and they regulations of participants being 18 and above.

Another interesting tid-bit that arose with the floodgate of pedophilia stories of the last few weeks was that with increase of availability and consumption of pornography, the sexual crime rates have actually decreased. All in all, great news for pornography everywhere.

Review: Control

by Irma Arkus

I know that we exclusively focus on all things sci-fi, but I’ve been having an internal debate about this for days, and finally decided to jot down a review of Corbijn’s new film, Control, and my excuse is that a) our listeners are intelligent enough to like more than a single genre of film and b) we do play great music, and many of you even bother asking what was featured on the show. So here we go:

Ratings: 5 buddha, 3 monkeys

Control has thus far been venerated by critics, and I must join their choir. Directed by Anton Corbijn, and based on sorrowful suicide of Ian Curtis, lead singer of Joy Division, Control is shot entirely in black and white, and contains some of the most beautiful and meticulously thought out photography ever created for a feature film.

Love of subject spurs Corbijn to create something visually and emotionally authentic, as he successfully approaches the dystopic nature of Ian Curtis’ surroundings and the nihilistic nature of his art. To that added is the fascination with physical presence of Sam Riley as Ian Curtis, whose features are a cross between Wilhelm van Gloeden’s and Egon Schiele’s subjects of obsession, making Control verge on artistic homoerotica.

And that is perhaps what separates Corbijn from the rest of filmmakers. He not only adores his subject matter to a point of painful obsession, but he manages to seduce his audience to fall in love with it too. All of it: the music, the characters, the setting, and that captivating demise of the hero.

This is a rare and precious film. One that you, and everyone you know should see.

My Little Pony meets He-Man

The Hour on CBC has quickly become one of my favorite news entertainment shows – it’s like “watching” Boing Boing. Every once in a while, there is something too weird, and that would be the video of the Pony lady who dresses up as He-Man. Joel Silver, eat your heart out.

See video HERE.

Hey everyone, could we pitch this as a show?

Star Trek Update

The franchise that was king, and then suddenly went under. Star Trek, the sci-fi king of television had to confront serious competition over the last few years, and it started losing ground both on TV and in cinema. Last Trek film, Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), featuring Patrick Stewart, was going head to head with long awaited releases of LOTR and Harry Potter, choosing what could quite possibly be the worst date for a cinematic release. On top of which, Voyager’s failure to entice audiences, and then subsequently, Enterprise’s failure to re-invent the franchise, made fans disenchanted, and moreover, disenfranchised from their familiar turf, ultimately resulting in a demise of a show that continuously ran for over 30 years. Star Trek was eaten by Stargate.

Now, J.J. Abrams is hailed as the saviour of the Trek. His directorial career swerved from one big hit to another, starting with Felicity, then onto Alias, and finally, Lost. In the world of film, his directorial debut was Mission Impossible III. J.J. Abrams was defined as saviour of television in general, which is why he received the task of reviving the carcass of the now defunct Star Trek franchise.

From the beginning there was debate: to reinvent the show a la DS9, and head in an entirely different direction, or to go back to the source, and reinvent the show using its defining elements, its most popular original features. The executives chose the latter.

What it ultimately comes down to is “youthification” of old. Recycling nostalgia in newer, plumper bodies. Trying to build an audience by inviting back the old fans, and at the same time enticing the new fans who would swerve from habitually watching sexy young studs of Smallville, to newer, collagen-filled lips of teen Trek beauties and moon princesses.

Life is tough. For J.J. Abrams. Because inviting old fans is not as easy as it might sound. Because the fans of the old come with strings attached. And because Kirk is William Shatner, William Shatner is Kirk, and Spock is Leonard Nimoy, and Leonard Nimoy is Spock, and that’s just the way it was and will be.

But now, there are new kids in town. Rumoured to be the new Kirk is
Chris Pine, a 20+ nubile boy, whose major breakthrough role was in Blind Dating (2006) (huh?). He is to be joining an impressive cast, consisting thus far of Zachary Quinto, Anton Yelchin, and Eric Bana (Bana being the “impressive” part of the cast, of course.)

For the most part, they truly are new “kids” in town. And no, I am not being bity because I am getting older, but because I too am a fan of the show, and like many other fans, do not trust the sheen of the new, no matter what kind of packaging it comes in. J.J. Abrams may have saved the television, but only time will tell if he is the one to redeem the sins of Star Trek. That, and we’ll always have Shatner.

Sep-21-07 – Hi-Sci-Fi

Sep 21st show – you know we haven’t posted it, so here it is!!!

For your ears only.
Sep-21-07 – Hi-Sci-Fi

Oct-12-07: Hi-Sci-Fi

You know you want it!!! Best of V-Con’s upcoming 32nd conference and Prof. S. Ogden who teaches Graphic Novel Lit. at Simon Fraser University in BC.

Next week we are broadcasting for 2 hours live from V-Con and we will have so many great guests – why? Because this year’s V-Con is twice as lively as last year’s – Canvention is held at Vancouver as well, which means that Prix Aurora Awards nominees and winners will be rubbing shoulders with the fans!

Feel free to join in on the debate 🙂
Oct-12-07: Hi-Sci-Fi

He-Man The Movie

Yup. Here it is, our fearful predictions are coming true. Now that Transformers have gotten their second polish via Bay / Spielberg unholy alliance, Joel Silver has started his work on “Masters of the Universe.” Slated to be released in 2009, this will be the He-Man movie of…2009. Why is this being made? Is Dolph Lundgren going to have a cameo? And most importantly, who is going to be She-ra?

“Blade Runner: The Final Cut” Released

The most surprising news of the weekend is the release of “Blade Runner: The Final Cut” as Ridley Scott yet again decided to give the film a work-over. Yes, there is now, one more version of the film. What is the surprise? The fact that it made far more money in its select theatre release than expected. The other surprise? That Blade Runner has withstood the test of time. The first cuts of films resembled a crude detective story, but the subsequent editing resulted in what we now consider a film that has transcended time. The curious thing about Blade Runner is that it is the zeitgeist film. The more time passes, the more it hits on current themes we grapple with: genetic engineering, the overwhelming power of industrialist privateers who clone disposable humans, the issues surrounding value of human life and human experience, and many others…and now, it seems to be more relevant than ever. Which is, as I always say, what good science fiction does best.


by Irma Arkus

What used to be taboo is no longer so? Highly debatable, but when it comes to sex, it seems that the new generation has grown up. Few blame the Internets, and the series of tubes that bring us truckloads of pr0n. I, on the other hand, would like to think of us as exposed to such variety and intricacy of human relations, desires and preferences, that we are OK being ourselves, and we are fine with others being themselves too… You know, maybe Iranians don’t have homosexuals, but if they did (*insert sarcasm here), they would probably realize that there isn’t much to feel odd about. Nothing dangerous, strange or devious about having two guys or girls being a couple. Certainly, no more strange than coupling a guy and a woman in a body-bag.

But the ideas of sexuality are intriguing, curious and time consuming (just think how much time you spend thinking about it. there, point made.) Thus we bring you two events that should tickle your mind, and possibly give you inspiration to write many MA papers.

The first is Arse Electronica conference on pr0n – see HERE.

And then there is the magic of Wired, with their coverage of first Adult Show in Japan.