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Atheists enjoy speculative stories as they *should* be enjoyed: for entertainment purposes only, not to be confused with reality. Members here can have fun discussiung the literature, movies, TV, etc.

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As a science fiction/fantasy writer myself, I enjoy taking voyages into the unknown. Looking at the universe as it isn't often helps us put the real world into perspective. It's also fun to take an occasional vacation from the often-harsh reality around us. Unlike the theists, the religionists, the god-groupies who feel compelled to live in fantasy realms, we visit them and then come back home--and then go voyaging again.

I hope you'll all feel free to congregate here and compare your experiences in other worlds and times.

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Comment by Jo Jerome on December 31, 2009 at 1:14pm
Yeah, in talking with friends I've learned I'm by far not the only one who, at some point in the film, swatted at what I thought was a bug or dust bunny in my face only to realize it's an insect from the film.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 30, 2009 at 3:43pm
The best part of it was the little things--ashes, sparks, and those wonderful white floating parachute things.
Comment by Jo Jerome on December 30, 2009 at 1:32pm
Thanks Stephen. Fairly warned.

Meanwhile ... AVATAR 3D!!!

OMFG!!!

NERD-GASM!!! NERD-GASM!!!

Actually, I give the film itself about a 7 out of 10. But the 3D tech and effects were truly spectacular. And I love that there weren't any gratuitous 3D shots. Usually in 3D movies there are those shots of someone reaching or throwing something or something that looks really contrived and was obviously just there for the 3D effect. While Avatar had it's fair share of reaching and shooting and grabbing and throwing, it looked natural, like it belonged and wasn't just there to say "Hey, look at our cool 3D!"

Seeing it again tonight along with "Sherlock Holmes."
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 28, 2009 at 11:15pm
Yeah, the first 2 seasons of BSG were fantastic. I loved them, too, and invested in them. Then the producer realized he didn't have a cohesive ending and wandered all over the place. The whole thing lost focus and fell apart into goo-goo mysticism. Mary/Jo, don't say you weren't warned.
Comment by Jo Jerome on December 28, 2009 at 8:44pm
Uh-oh, and I'm about 2 seasons into BSG. I'll watch it all now that I'm invested though.

On AVATAR, I'm sold. Will be headed to the big city lights soon to see it in 3D. The planet has a consciousness? Awesome. That's the kind of 'religion' that I don't mind. It's why I identify as Pagan-Atheist. I don't feel too silly paying a bit of homage to solstices and full moons and respecting the land as if it's alive because these things are science, they are reality based.

And finally, to the Far Right pooh-poohing yet another slam against the Military Industrial Complex and yet another cheerleader for the environment ... you guys are more than welcome to make your own unlimited-budget, so-high-tech-we're-pretty-sure-they-time-traveled-to-the-future-to-film-it, insane/ridiculous/indescribable-amounts-of-blockbuster-appeal movie.

Go ahead. No one's stopping you.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 28, 2009 at 11:08am
I thought the disgustingly sappy and chaotic ending of BSG was so horrible that I won't be watching Caprica. Producer Moore has shown me he has no concept of what he's doing...which is a shame, because the redone BSG started off so well the first 2 seasons.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 28, 2009 at 10:21am
I remember a review someone once gave of a very bad sf book: "Disbelief is meant to be suspended, not hung by the neck until dead." That's where the mainstream religions fall flat.
Comment by Jim DePaulo on December 28, 2009 at 8:57am
Stephen,
There is actually 3 versions, Regular (no 3D), regular 3D and IMAX 3D.
It does play the MIC to be the extreme heavies - Might and money. Any negative portrayal of that clutch of assassins is great with me. Just substitute in Hallibuton, KBR, Blackwater (Xe) and the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and we have today's news.
I particularly like the physical connectivity of all the life on the planet and the religion based on that phenomenon - or would it be a religion if it's reality based. The "deity" they named and invoked was actually the planet consciousness.
Comment by Stephen Goldin on December 27, 2009 at 1:13pm
The 3D version I saw was also IMAX. I don't know if they have a regular-theater 3D version as well. But the 3D process was spectacular.

And yes, the military-industrial complex does come off as something less than sympathetic.
Comment by Jo Jerome on December 27, 2009 at 12:31pm
DYING to see Avatar. I'm told it's coming to my small town, one-screen theatre in a couple of weeks, but if it's not going to be in 3D I might have to endure the expense of a trip to the big city.

But if I'm seeing the promos correctly, it's not like an IMAX/special theatre 3D thing, it's 3D in regular theatres, right?

Also, wonderful little piece on it by Kent Jones on The Rachel Maddow Show; mostly about how the far Right is slamming it for being all indigenous-people-environment friendly.

"Who will stand up for strip mining in art?!?" -Rachel Maddow, with a wee bit of tongue in cheek. ;-)
 

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