There will be vigils tomorrow (Wednesday) across the country noting the 2000th American serviceperson killed in Iraq. These demonstrations have been organized by the American Friends Service Committee and Moveon.org.
Locally, there will be vigils at 5:30pm on Wolf Road and Central Ave. in Colonie, at 7pm in front of the Post Office in Saratoga Springs and other locations. At 3:30pm, there will be a demonstration in front of Congressman Sweeney’s Office in Clifton Park. For more local information, check here.
Tosy directed me to writer John Scalzi’s page. Scalzi has written The Rough Guide to Sci-Fi Movies, now officially available for purchase in the US. The book is arranged in several interesting-sounding chapters, including The Science: the science (or lack thereof) in science fiction films.
He predicts that “the part of the book that’s going to get most people’s attention — and raise hackles — is The Canon, which features the 50 science fiction films I have deemed to be the most significant in the history of film. Note that ‘most significant’ does not mean ‘best’ or ‘most popular’ or even ‘most influential.’ Some of the films may be all three of these, but not all of them are — indeed, some films in The Canon aren’t objectively very good, weren’t blockbusters and may not have influenced other filmmakers to any significant degree. Be that as it may, I think they matter — in one way or another, they are uniquely representative of some aspect of the science fiction film experience.”
So, what films are in The Canon? Here, in alphabetical order, are “the 50 science fiction films you have to see before you die”: (The ones I”ve seen are in italics:
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! Akira Alien Aliens Alphaville Back to the Future– in fact all three of them Blade Runner-is my omission a cardinal sin? (Cardinal Sin- didn’t he used to be the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines?) Brazil- had fully intended to one day, and it didn’t happen Bride of Frankenstein Brother From Another Planet– but I’ve seen a LOT of John Sayles movies A Clockwork Orange– but I don’t plan to watch it AGAIN Close Encounters of the Third Kind– I think I’ve seen both versions Contact The Damned Destination Moon The Day The Earth Stood Still Delicatessen Escape From New York ET: The Extraterrestrial Flash Gordon: Space Soldiers (serial) The Fly (1985 version) Forbidden Planet Ghost in the Shell Gojira/Godzilla The Incredibles– so there, Hemby! Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 version) – I saw the later version, too Jurassic Park Mad Max 2/The Road Warrior The Matrix Metropolis On the Beach Planet of the Apes (1968 version)– I saw all 5 Apes movies at a drive-in in one night! Brutal. Robocop Sleeper– but then, I saw all of the Woody Allen pictures of that era Solaris (1972 version) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan– saw the first five films, none since Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back – I also saw VI, and I The Stepford Wives– I HAVE to assume he means the original film, not the recent remake Superman Terminator 2: Judgement Day The Thing From Another World Things to Come Tron 12 Monkeys 28 Days Later 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 2001: A Space Odyssey La Voyage Dans la Lune War of the Worlds (1953 version)
Well, I’ve seen exactly half. So if I live to be 104, I’ll be sure to see the other 25.
Much of what I’ve heard about Rosa Parks’ courageous act was contradictory. Even when I heard it from Rosa Parks.
Rosa Parks sat down in the white section of that Montgomery bus because she was tired from working all day. The only thing Rosa Parks was tired of was sitting in the back of the bus.
Rosa Parks was a simple seamstress who didn’t know that she would be arrested. Rosa Parks was a secretary with the local NAACP and had a pretty good idea that she would be arrested.
Whatever the particulars, they do not alter the fact that Rosa Parks’ action, followed by the 13-month Montgomery bus boycott, altered the country for the better. When I heard Rosa Parks died, I pulled out my Neville Brothers’ album, Yellow Moon, and played the track “Sister Rosa”: