Archive for science fiction

i saw a tower, a man in black, and a gunslinger…

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on August 6, 2017 by phanteana

…and i will gladly see them all again. it was a long wait, but in the end it was worth it.


“you can’t stop what’s coming”

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on July 19, 2017 by phanteana

it’s mid-July, so that usually means heatwaves and San Diego Comic-Con (which doubles as both a life-changing experience and an escape from the heat, since SD doesn’t seem to suffer from an overabundance of humidity). this year, mid-July has another association with it: only a few more weeks until The Dark Tower is released! it took 35 years to translate onto celluloid, but it’s finally (almost) here!




since it’s taken roughly half of Stephen King’s lifetime to write the series and it’s always been viewed as the sole piece of his resume that was deemed implausible to film, it would seem logical to promote the long-awaited film adaptation as heavily as possible. but despite its status as a “summer blockbuster”, this Tower has largely kept its doors closed, and it’s likely due to maintaining the secrecy surrounding the project (it was in the dreaded Development Limbo for 10 years, after all). in addition, because its an epic story audiences expected a lengthy run time (you know…the kind where comfy clothes are required). but the British Board of Film Classification says a maiden voyage to Mid-World will take much less time than imagined. still, this is a place i’ve longed to visit for years and i’m excited that the opportunity has finally come.

techies on the big screen

Posted in Film, Popular Culture, Techie Stuff with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2017 by phanteana

first, there was the invention of the computer. then came movies about tech geeks. they’re not difficult to come by, and many of them have become instant classics containing memorable quotes (“88 miles per hour!”). it’s become a trend for second-run theaters, independent film houses, and museums to show some of these techie treats on occasion, and it’s a terrific feeling of nostalgia for those who remember seeing some of these movies when they were brand new but it also brings in new generations who might have discovered these gems through parents or older siblings. for those who are in the tech world (or are trying to break into it) inspiration can come from fictional characters as well as ones based on actual individuals. so if you need something to watch while you’re learning how to build a website, or if you just really love hearing Samuel L. Jackson say “hold onto your butts“, then take your pick from this list of movies for people who love tech.


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if this question is in regards to learning tech skills, then yes



hurts so good

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2017 by phanteana

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farewell, faithful Storyteller

a detour to the Dark Tower’s door

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2016 by phanteana

it seems Roland’s journey towards The Dark Tower has taken a bit of a detour. originally slated for release on February 17, 2017, the once-unfilmmable story is being shifted to a Summer 2017 opening, largely due to requiring extensions on special effects. a rough-cut trailer leaked last month, but Sony yanked it immediately before things got too out of hand on the Internet. even though i’ve waited waaaaaay too long for this movie to finally see the light of day, i actually feel it makes more sense to promote it as a summer blockbuster…because the majority of the US (save for those few states who are blessed with mild-to-non-existent winters) will unlikely be going out to the movies (or much of anywhere else, for that matter) in February.


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“it’s better to camp outside the theater in summer  anyway”


UPDATE: set for release on July 28, 2017!

ride ’em, cowboy

Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on July 23, 2016 by phanteana

summer is in full force, and the heat can be felt not only in the temperatures but also in the excitement surrounding the upcoming Dark Tower film. everyday, Roland’s epic quest becomes more and more realistic, and now even more so with a photographic first look(!!!!!) at scenes from the movie. we see Roland, but we also meet arch-nemesis The Man In Black (alright, alright, alright!) and young Jake Chambers, who guides our hero through the streets of New York  (because navigating the city bus system can be confusing to visitors, especially ones from other dimensions).


loving the alien

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on July 14, 2016 by phanteana

Sweden is known for many things: coffee, ABBA, fjords. but UFO’s aren’t commonly associated with this Scandinavian nation, unless you live in or visit the town of Norrköping (pop. 126,000), located less than 2 hours south of Stockholm. it is here that you’ll find The Archives For The Unexplained (aka the UFO Archives), which are housed in storage facilities located in the basements of apartment buildings, whose residents may or may not be aware of what’s underneath them. the library was founded in 1980 by Anders Liljegren and two of his friends when they were in their early 20’s. today, the archive holds about 20,000 items in its unique collection, and Liljegren is its administrative manager who also gives curious parties guided tours of the archive. as of a few years ago, the organization expanded its collection outside of the UFO scope and now accepts materials on topics ranging from the paranormal to unproven mysteries such as the Loch Ness Monster, giving this otherwise quiet city something to talk about. most people outside of Sweden probably aren’t aware of this archive’s existence but thanks to Internet research, hobbyists who are interested in science fiction can dig deeper into learning about this archive, even if they don’t get a chance to visit it in person.