Science Fiction Movie Flow Charts (May Contain Spoilers)

Simulated Reality in Movies

I love seeing random* information displayed in new ways, which is why I love these two graphs by Mr. Dalliard on Simulated Realities and Time Travel in movies. Although I think the simulated realities one suffers from him trying to cram in too much information. The idea of placing the movies on a scatter chart with escape from reality Vs. escape from illusion and how old the films are as the axis is in it’s self interesting, but it makes the links in the chart really hard to follow.

The time travel one below doesn’t suffer from this as it’s just thematic yes no questions which is coloured by the type of time travel.

Time Travel in Movies

Via Laughing Squid

* Please excuse my deviation from the dictionary definition of random to one that has passed into common parlance. I’m am aware that randomness in a data set implies the lack of information.

School of Thrones

School of Thrones

School of Thrones is a new web series by Zach Grafton and Matthew Mercer which sets the cast of The Song of Ice and Fire series as a teen high school comedy.

It sets the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons, Greyjoys and Daenerys Targaryen as various cliques around the school. While it’s mildly amusing, having watched the first episode I’m not sure it shows that much promise. It’s not really witty so much as a jack ass parody, something can only be so tongue in cheek before the tongue bursts through ones cheek and things start to get messy.

School of Thrones

Short film: Malaria

Malaria from Edson Oda on Vimeo.

Edson Oda has created this quite clever short about a bounty hunter paid to kill death. I love the animation, the art style, the music, pretty much everything about this.

Via GeekNative
This isn’t Edson’s first animation of this type his VImeo page also has this video called “The Writer” which was created for Quenetin Tarantino’s Emerging Artist Contest to promote the film Django Unchained.

The Writer from Edson Oda on Vimeo.

Film Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2006)

I’ve been meaning to watch this moving for quite some time, so given I was in the mood for Anime after watching From Up On Poppy Hill yesterday I decided to give The Girl Who Leapt Through Time a watch.

This is a review of the 2006 Animated version of the film, the film is based on a 1967 book by  Yasutaka Tsutsui and there have been a number of adaptations of it (TV series, TV drama, live action movies and manga). Given that it’s been adapted so many times I’m going to assume the source material is pretty good and will have to look the original book up.

This film centres on 17 year old Makoto Konno who lives with her family and accidentally gains the ability to travel back in time. Her time travel takes the form of her rewinding the clock rather than her physically travelling back in time. This gives her the opportunity to relive events that have happened and in doing so alter their out come by behaving differently. If you seen “The Butterfly Effect” it’s a bit like that.

To start with this has comical effect Makoto goes back and has the “Perfect Day” having seen everything that went wrong with her day and fixing it, but of course events don’t happen in isolation and inevitably Makoto finds herself having to back track to “re-correct” the changes she’s made to get a better outcome as the net result of her time travelling escapades wreaks havoc on the lives of the people around her.

The characters in this are amazing, Makoto is brilliantly done and you will find yourself really connecting with her, less so with her slightly distant friends but they are still well written and well played and you learn that there is a reason that they are slightly distant.

I really enjoyed this movie, I’d happily watch it again and I’d even debate looking up some of the previous incarnations of the story. In the west you will probably find this film sorted among the Studio Ghibli films, and although it’s not a Ghibli Film if you like Ghibli you will probably like this film too.

 

Y: The Last Man Movie Gets Director

According to The Mary Sue the film adaptation of Y: The Last Man has a director attached to it. Dan Trachtenberg directed a Portal fan film called “Portal: No Escape” (See below).

Y: The Last Man is a graphic novel by Brian K Vaughan and covers the story of Yorrik the only man left standing when every mammal with a Y Chromosome on the planet suddenly dies. That is every mammal except for his pet monkey “Ampersand”.

It’s a beautifully done comic and I’ve had the fourth volume sitting on my to read stack for far to long. I think I know what I’m spending my evening doing…

The Rule

The Rule

I don’t pretend to be as choosy about my film watching choice, I’ll watch almost anything.

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Except “Brides Maids” Annabel and I started watching that movie a couple of weeks ago and we had to stop watching it after half an hour because it was so bad. The horrible thing is that in a way Brides Maids fits this rule, the women discuss each other, dresses, food, farting, getting along.

Sure there is talk of men in the film but it’s in the back ground. And yet it’s still an absolutely awful movie. The characters are:

  • The bride to be, whose defining feature is that she is getting married.
  • The main character who is unlucky in life and love and everything. Also she’s jealous that her bestest friend in the whole wide world has other friends.
  • The annoying one who’s only just married.
  • The annoying one who’s married with kids.
  • The one who is a female version of Zach Galifianakis’ character from the Hangover.
The movie had no redeeming features what so ever, which is a shame because it was hyped up to me as being better than The Hangover a movie I didn’t think I’d like but ended up really enjoying.

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Game of Thrones Meets US Politics

This image is probably fairly accurate, especially the last one… I can’t actually remember where I found this though, It was just open in a browser tab. Probably posted by someone one Twitter or Facebook.