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Christmas Wish 2014: I Want Mad Max: Fury Road To Be As Nuts As That Trailer

mad max fury roadWe’ve been waiting for Mad Max: Fury Road for what feels like forever. After finally getting rolling, production was delayed multiple times, including for apparent acts of some vengeful god that damn near wiped the original shooting location off the map. Principal photography wrapped up so long ago that I put it on my “Most Anticipated” list for 2013. But then there were reshoots, and when the release date was actually announced we learned that we wouldn’t see Fury Road until May of 2015. We may still have a long time to wait, that’s also a prime spot on the calendar, which indicates that the studio thinks they have something awesome on their hands.

And from what we’ve seen, that certainly looks to be the case. A crazy-ass collection of footage came out of San Diego Comic-Con back in July, which got us drooling all over ourselves, but the latest trailer upped the crazy factor exponentially. So this year, all I want Santa to bring me is a Mad Max: Fury Road that is as bonkers and insane as the most recent trailer. I get that this is a lot to ask, as the trailer is two-and-a-half minutes of absolute, total madness. But a guy can dream, right?

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Christmas Wish 2014: I Want People To Go See Predestination

PredestinationSince The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, the end of the year has been rather sparse as far as sci-fi is concerned. Fortunately for us, we won’t have to wait too far into 2015 to get our first intriguing wide release of the year, as the Spierig Brothers’ Predestination opens January 9. And if you want to get me a late Christmas present, you can go see it in the theater.

I’m afraid a lot of people are going to sit this one out and miss something really cool. January is not exactly known as a hotbed of quality film releases, and studios often use it as a dumping ground for movies that didn’t turn out as well as they hoped. But Predestination is not one of those, and my guess as to why it has this less than optimal release date is that they have zero idea how the hell to market this movie, because it’s definitely not the movie being they’re selling.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Gets An Honest Trailer Thrashing

You knew that this was coming, and that it was going to be all kinds of mean, but now that the movie is out on Blu-ray and DVD, here is the Screen Junkies’ “Honest Trailer” for the Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

To be honest, this isn’t actually quite a brutal as I expected. Sure, they do their shtick of pointing out all of the obvious flaws and problems, but the issues all so apparent that you’re already well aware of them, and they either bother you or they don’t. There are some funny moments, however, like referring to the newly designed Turtles as “roided-out nightmare versions of Shrek,” or talking about how the “nerd rage of 1000 fanboys” led to changes in the story and obvious reshoots.

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What If Luke Skywalker Accepted Darth Vader’s Offer To Rule The Galaxy?

VaderFatherIt’s one of the most iconic moments not only in science fiction, but movie history in general. (And I’m not going to put a spoiler warning for The Empire Strikes Back, if you haven’t seen it at this point, that’s on you, or your parents.) When Darth Vader reveals that he is in fact Luke Skywalker’s father and reaches out his hand to his son, whose hand he just lopped off, and says they can rule the galaxy together, Luke cries, screams, and chucks himself down what is essentially a garbage chute. Probably not the reaction Vader was hoping for, but what if this went down another way? What if Luke was like, “Sure, I’ll come run shit with you, dad”? That’s the basic idea behind this clever new web comic.

This brief comic strip comes from the fine folks over at Dorkly. It’s a pretty damn good time, and not a half bad way to spend a couple of minutes of your Christmas Eve. They have all kinds of fantastic nerdy comics and the like, but this has to be one of my favorites, just for the concept alone. It’s such a simple “What if,” but so genius at the same time. You also have to wonder how Vader would react. He didn’t really expect Luke to let it all slide, and say, “Sure, you just froze my bro in carbonite, cut off my hand, are a general evil, despotic bastard, not to mention an absentee father, but what the hell, I’ll team up with you.” Did he? I would be taken aback and startled too.

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James Gunn Doesn’t Think You Should Worry About Star-Lord’s Walkman

GotGYou’re more than likely well aware of this fact, but music plays a huge part in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Star-Lord’s “Awesome Mix Volume 1” is a key emotional piece of the protagonist’s story, and classic songs are used to great effect throughout the film. But it’s also caused a great deal of controversy among the more nitpicky fans out there. See, Peter Quill frequently listens to the tape his mother gave him on a Walkman, and people question how a set of AA batteries have managed to last 26 years in deep space and apparently show no sign of slowing down. If this gives you pause, don’t worry, director James Gunn has an explanation for you.

Even if that backpack Quill is wearing when he’s taken from Earth was stuffed full of nothing but batteries, with the frequency uses his Walkman, his stockpile would be running low. More than that, I would be more concerned about the integrity of that tape. I’ve found old cassettes of mine that were nowhere near that old or that well worn, and lets just say the sound quality is not quite what it once was. But I feel like Gunn’s answer, provided on his Facebook page, works pretty well for both of these issues.

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Scientists Use A Laser To Try And Recreate The Beginning Of Life, Here’s How

prague asterisk laser system

Prague asterisk laser system

While scientists are confident that the universe began in a big bang, they’re not sure how life actually came to Earth—likely, it arrived on a comet, asteroid, or a meteorite , perhaps even from Mars. One of the ways scientists deal with questions of the unknown is to try and simulate mysterious events or processes with computer simulations. But in this latest case, scientists used a laser to try and recreate what may have been the first life on Earth.

Given that scientists don’t have access to asteroids to hurl down into the primordial ooze, they had to try and replicate that force and energy. For this experiment scientists from the Czech Republic and from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado used a laser, which they directed at clay and a primordial chemical soup. What they ended up with seemed, at least to them, to be the origin of life on Earth.