I saw "Iron Sky" tonight and thoroughly recommend it. It's been ages since I've seen a decent black comedy and this one really hit all bases - social, political, racial, gender, fashion and sexual mores all coming in for a good poking, as well as sprinkles of wit and some light dashes of situational comedy. The big 'twist' - although obvious - had myself and the rest of the audience cackling with glee. It was also worth going to see it on the big screen for the kickass battles and space effects.
A big Thumbs Up from me and I'll be buying the DVD when it's released.
ETA: In terms of stars, I'd give it 4/5.
After the much-protested single solitary showing of the film in London, the UK distributor has bent due to demand and will now be showing Iron Sky throughout the
List of screening cinemas available here
Iron Sky is a dark science fiction comedy directed by Timo Vuorensola and will feature musical score composed by Slovenian industrial musical group Laibach, and was mostly shot in in Germany and Australia.
"In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.
When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces? The Fourth Reich must act!
Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities."
Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?
Which was... Stargate Atlantis. And I only mentioned botanists David Parrish and Katie Brown.
I am so very, very fucked.
Why does it never seem to occur to them that coffee is not actually a product that is spontaneously produced, but is actually a plant that grows?
That any sensible colonist or expedition supply officer would take seeds with them?
Coffee is a bit fiddly to germinate, but I'm a certified black thumb and I managed it myself in a London climate by doing it indoors on a windowsill under a plastic Coke bottle. It even got to 2 foot high before I went away on holiday and forgot to get it watered and it died. Any half-decent biologist could grow it. Parrish or Katie could do it in their sleep.
Sure, you don't want to introduce new plants into an ecosystem, but the city would of necessity have greenhouses, and that is an enclosed ecosystem. Not a problem.
So - please, please, please - if you are about to write Atlantis fanfic that's set after the first year and reconnection with Earth - use your logic!
Definitely one of the most important seeds (along with Camellia sinensis) to add to your expedition's survival packs.
Because if you thought the genre of Japanese psychic-morphing-weapons-robot manga was weird and stupidly unrealistic? Here are Japanese bees to show you that fact really is stranger than (or in this case - the same as) fiction:
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Also, this is an awesome bathtub video. It makes me want to throw on my gold lamé and feather boa, grab a glass of champagne and go dancing...
(OK, so I don't have gold lamé - but I do have a feather boa)
Aside from being a talented composer and singer, Melody Gardot has a remarkable, if somewhat sad, backstory. Her career developed as a result of using music therapy to help her recover from a bad jeep-vs-cyclist accident that left her with multiple serious injuries, including permanent neural problems and hyper-sensitivity to both sound and light (the reason for the rather cute glasses). She continues to promote music therapy to this day.
And that's not even taking into account you got the wrong address. Idiot.
I don't usually squee about cheap jewellery here - well, not other people's at any rate ;-) - but I fell in love with the perfect necklace for a writer yesterday; a charming typewriter pendant in gold, blue and white enamel, with little keys and a fan of typebars.
It cost a whole £7 at Accessorize and is about 32mm wide by 42mm high by 8mm thick. Not sure if you can tell from the photo but the body is 3D (the 'paper' curls over the body), and a very dark blue and the paper an off-white. The chain is very long, about 22-24".
So if you feel like advertising your profession or hobby, rush off to Accessorize!
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