Sunday Almanac, 18 August 201318 Aug 2013 0
The walk out of the theater after seeing Elysium yesterday was not accompanied by the unselfconscious high-fiving that attended the end of Pacific Rim -- Elysium is the opposite of Del Toro's fast-paced, unpretentious monster movie. I am very sympathetic to Elysium's general thrust, but the movie is so on-the-nose and self-serious that it's distressingly hard to cheer for, even with its comically polarized good guys and bad guys.
Seeing this new movie makes Neil Blomkamp's failure to get that Halo movie project going even more disappointing, though. Elysium absolutely nails the two things that would have been essential to an authentic Halo film: fantastic CG, and a plot that isn't anywhere near as clever as it thinks it is.
We've got a review of Plants vs Zombies 2 going up tomorrow, and a really interesting contest later this week that's tied in to a game we all love.
Sunday links after the jump.
- Speaking of Elysium, the Wolfram Alpha blog has got a very nerdy breakdown of the science in the film. Big spoilers, though.
- Over at Board Game Geek, our own Neumann interviews Through The Ages & Galaxy Trucker designer Vlaada Chvátil. iOS versions of both are in the works, but there's no ETA for either.
- US government admits that Area 51 actually exists and that Brent Spiner and Jeff Goldblum are down there right now.
- Don't try to access "violent" content if you're on the British Library's wi-fi. Like Hamlet.
- How did the US end up getting stuck with the F-35?
- This Steve Cheney post about the mobile OS landscape argues that Android fragmentation is only going to get much, much worse.