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Special Oscar Edition!

February 27, 2011 Leave a comment

What on earth does a science/skeptical blog have to write about around Oscar time? With all the hype that surrounds the Academy Awards, which air tonight at 8:30 EST, it’s not surprising that coverage spills into areas of science, pseudoscience, technology and awesome. For example:

  • Filling the gap left by the death of Paul the psychic octopus, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum, who lives at a zoo in Leipzig, Germany, made her prediction for Best Actress on the Jimmy Kimmel show. She chose Natalie Portman for her role in ‘Black Swan’. This gave me great pleasure since I’ve had a crush on Natalie Portman ever since she was the only good thing about the Star Wars prequels.

  • The Economist wrote a short article on the science behind some speech impediments in honour of the success of ‘The King’s Speech’

  • 2 of the 5 nominated movies for Best Documentary deal with the environment. One of those films, called ‘Gasland‘, deals with hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and prompted Scientific American to write a feature article about it.

  • By monitoring social media chatter from sites like Twitter and Facebook, the Meltwater Group has made their prediction of Oscar winners based on the number of mentions of a certain movie or actor/actress. Based on this data, the favourites are ‘The King’s Speech’ for Best Picture, James Franco for Best Actor, and Natalie Portman for Best Actress. 

  • And finally, the Best Picture nominees in LEGO form. You can see them all on Gawker, but here are my favourites:

127 Hours

Inception

The Fighter

My Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies: #3 – V for Vendetta

August 6, 2010 1 comment

#3 – V for Vendetta (2005)

Now this is a movie that really polarizes people. Some love it, some hate it.

At the time of its release, our dear departed president George W. Bush was at the height of the news. And he had quite a way of polarizing people as well.

So this movie really took shots at the right-wing. It advocated gay rights, religious rights, and freedom of expression. It also didn’t try very hard to hide the fact that it was directly criticizing the US.

But all that aside, the movie is entertaining. The Wachowski brothers don’t make Oscar-calibre movies, they just make entertaining ones. V is a fantastic character. He is well spoken and can kick ass which I always admire in my action heroes (or anti-heroes).

And I’ve always had a bit of a crush on Natalie Portman (she went to Harvard!), so this movie is right up my alley.

So love it or hate it, ‘V for Vendetta’ made a big impact, and its one of my favourites. So it cracks the top 3 on my Top 10 Sci-Fi Movie list.

“You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.”

Full List:

#10 – The Terminator (1984)

#9 – Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)

#8 – The Fifth Element (1997)

#7 – Aliens (1986)

#6 – Blade Runner (1982)

#5 – E.T. (1982)

#4 – Jurassic Park (1993)

#3 – V for Vendetta (2005)

#2 – Star Wars Trilogy (1977 – 1983)

#1 – Back to the Future (1985)