So! After a few months of rumors, the trailer for the new Judge Dredd movie that’s coming out later this year is finally floating around the internet. Here it is!
I’m theoretically optimistic, but this also looks exactly like the trailer to pretty much every action movie ever! So that could mean just about anything. Karl Urban looks like he’s doing a good job, what with the scowling and not removing his helmet, but I’m less sold on the slow-mo drug and his plucky sidekick.
Will Dredd arbitrarily kill civilians, as is his style in the comics? Probably not, but hey: at least we’ve got someone better than Stallone this time around.
Science fiction has a long and storied history of oddity. From bizarre 17th century stories of fantastic underground voyages to whatever crazy crap exists in the future, it’s a genre that’s accommodated everything from respected authors to sordid pulpmongers. And what’s more, 90% of science fiction never got famous, never made money, and quickly vanished into the memory hole. From the recently famous to the utterly forgotten, Bizarro Scifi of Yesteryear is a chronicle of all the strange crap published, filmed, or otherwise created under the diverse banner of science fiction.
That said, I’m totally phoning it in with this first entry, which isn’t particularly obscure nor overwhelmingly odd – but hey, I figure it’s best to ease into this. And I promise a super weird one next time.
Some pieces of fiction are timeless, and some ain’t. The Grapes of Wrath? Timeless (boring, but timeless). The Jungle? Still required reading, but it’s hard to argue it has the same impact it did when it was published, what with the remarkably low rat-content of modern meat. And then you’ve got stuff like Allen Chapman’s The Radio Boys mystery series, a sort of Hardy Boys where every mystery is solved with ham radio, which is so dated as to be basically incomprehensible to a modern-day 12 year old. Continue reading →