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Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Go and see Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. Now. If I were a whippersnapper in the '30s, I would have described it as a "whiz-banger". There isn't much of a plot, and there is no subtlety in the acting, but those things are secondary. This movie is strictly pulp. And it gets every single note right. The design is flawless. The characters are stock. The special effects are fantastic. It's clear that this movie was a labor of love.

When it comes to sci-fi cinema, I am a sucker for scorched earth (like the Mad Max series), and retro-future. I am convinced that we are not yet living in the 21st Century, because we don't have the flying cars and jet packs that were predicted by Popular Science (or Nerdular Nerdance) magazines in the 1950s. We don't have a round space station, like the one that was promised in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Pan-Am Airlines is defunct. The future, someone once said, ain't what it used to be. But Sky Captain brings the future back to what it was. Read Ebert's review of it. He says what I want to, but with more memories than I can bring to the table.

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Also, if you want to do anything productive with your life, do NOT buy Sims 2.






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