Film Thoughts: Halloween September 26
This month we're discussing ["The Screwfly Solution" by James Tiptree Really depressing at the end and at the same time the closing line made there's some kind of relationship between women and whatever angels are. The novella The Screwfly Solution tells us a story of a world where men are We find out at the end of the story that an alien race had spread a virus a woman in an abusive relationship, no one really understands why they. "The Screwfly Solution" is a science fiction short story by Raccoona In the end, Anne, pursued by an entire society bent on femicide, discovers the . In biology, parasitism is a non-mutual relationship between species, where one.
In the tunnels under Winthrop House, Carter discovers he's right. Using modern science and ancient magic, he separates Alyda's innocent human half from her monstrous demonic half. Carter runs with Alyda across the Miskatonic University campus, pursued by the monster that hopes to reclaim her. Two name actors are in the cast. David Warner appears briefly as the dean of Miskatonic U. John Rhys-Davis has a sizable role as Dr. Warren, the man who accompanies Carter into the tunnels.
The film takes place in more than one location, set all across and around the college campus. We also get far more shots of the monster. The story expands into the local area a little, suggesting the Arkham authorities are aware of the weird shit happening in their town but cover it up. The link between quantum physics and Lovecraftian magic — likely inspired by " Dreams in the Witch House " — is a pretty ambitious place to take a low budget horror sequel.
C'thulhu's name is dropped regularly, as is the lore behind the Necronomicon. Once again, it becomes evident that Ouellette is a pretty big Lovecraft nerd. That knowledge invests this down-and-dirty monster flick with a little more gravitas. He gets the oddest sort of love story. After separating Alyda from the demonic Unnamable, Carter suddenly finds himself close to an attractive, naked, and child-like woman. Maria Ford plays Alyda as someone experiencing the normal world for the first time.
Even the idea of putting on clothes is a foreign concept to her, at first. She hisses and scratches like an animal when a female friend attempts to dress her. Which makes her a weirdly ideal girlfriend for the socially awkward Randolph Carter. Their romance escalates quickly but believably. By the end, when their love story inevitably ends in tragedy, you actually feel pretty sorry for Carter. Truthfully, the relationship between Carter and Alyda is actually more interesting than the monster movie antics.
First off, putting the Unnamable in more direct light was a mistake. The creature design this time is more elaborate, including fully functional wings and a cat-like face, but also more rubbery and inexpressive. Future softcore queen Julie Strain plays the creature.
Strain's shrieks are less convincing than Katrin Alexndre in the first movie and Strain shows little ability to act through the heavy make-up.
The gore is less entertaining as well. Alyda claws most of her victims too death in less than creative ways. The one scene where Alyda flies is pretty awkwardly assembled too. The conclusion, which involves the monster being fused with a chair, is pretty cool though. Once again, Ouellette does a decent job of combining Lovecraftian elements with more standard horror stuff. A sequence where the Unnamable claws at Carter while he climbs through an air vent is mildly tense.
Mostly, I like the quirky romance at the movie's center as well as the numerous references to the Mythos sprinkled throughout. The sequel is not quite as solid as the first, lacking some of the nighttime atmosphere, shadowy shots of the monster, and effectively gooey death scenes. Yet it makes up for it in other ways, creating a generally entertaining horror picture. For his season two episode, Dante's chose material that was no less political.
Occurring in a straight line around the globe, men are violently attacking and killing women. It soon becomes apparent that this is an outbreak.
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Scientist Alan Alstein, a loving father and husband, works with the government in an attempt to control the misogynistic plague. However, it quickly grows out of control, women being systematically killed across the country. Alan's wife Anne attempts to hide out while the exact origins of the epidemic are revealed as not exactly earthly. This episode was made a good decade before phrases like Men's Right Activist or Red Piller were on anyone's lips.
Though Dante linking religious fanaticism with misogyny was mistaken. Turns out that sexism is its own justification. We haven't had wide-spread violence against women yet but these ideas are frighteningly close to the mainstream these days.
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There are several shocking moments of violence. A bloodbath erupts in a strip club. On an airplane, a panicking woman has her neck snapped in a very nonchalant way. Later, a disguised Anne spots a bag made of a female breast for sale in a shop. While Anne is out with her teenage daughter, a crude construction worker catcalls her.
The girl, in response, flicks him off. Instead of leaving it at that, the man walks up to their car, continuing to harass the girl. This kind of shit actually happens every daymaking the sequence effectively chilling. Later, we see a man leave a female superior's office, covered in blood. He calmly tells a male co-worker to clean up the mess he made.
The cast, for the most part, helps sell this intensity. Jason Priestly is surprisingly good in the lead role, especially when he fights off the disease's effect to give his wife and daughter a chance to escape. Elliot Gould is extremely good in a supporting role as the gay scientist leading the cure effort. Of the cast, only Brenna O'Brien as the daughter doesn't work, as her character comes off as slightly obnoxious. Ultimately, the story is too big in scope to be done on a TV budget.
Too much of the film is devoted to character reading about violence in foreign countries. Far too many scenes are devoted to people in rooms discussing the events, instead of witnessing them first hand.
It's also too big of a story to squeeze into an hour. The conclusion is overly blunt, featuring a somewhat silly appearance from some aliens. Dante shot the episode largely with handheld digital cameras, giving it a shaky, somewhat flat appearance. Lastly, the musical score from Hummie Man is melodramatic, putting too fine a point on several moments. On Halloween night, popular radio star Carson Walls premieres a new program. His story is about a Martian fleet landing on Earth and declaring war on humanity, presented as a factual news broadcast.
When seemingly regular Earth dudes, Bob and John, hear this at their Halloween party, they freak out. See, Bob and John actually are Martians. The two have been living among humans for several months, collecting data for their Martian overlords. They think the invasion has began and their cover is blown. After Bob and John begin to indiscriminately kill humans, they discover that the broadcast is actually a hoax.
The Timaeus warns men that if they live immorally they will be reincarnated as women, the Republic contains a number of comments in the same spirit, evidence of nothing so much as of contempt toward women. Even Socrates words for his bold new proposal about marriage, suggest that the women are to be held in common by men.
It was the title of a play by Menander, which we know of from seven of Strabos 17 volume Geography 7. New religious movement — NRMs can be novel in origin or part of a wider religion, in which case they are distinct from pre-existing denominations. Some NRMs deal with the challenges posed by the world by embracing individualism whereas others seek tightly knit collective means. Scholars have estimated that NRMs now number in the tens of thousands worldwide, with most of their members living in Asia, most have only a few members, some have thousands, and only very few have more than one million members.
New religions have often faced a hostile reception from established religious organisations, in Western nations, a secular anti-cult movement and a Christian countercult movement emerged during the s and s to oppose emergent groups. In the s, the field of new religions studies developed within the academic study of religion.
There are now several organisations and peer-reviewed journals devoted to the subject. Scholars continue to try to reach definitions and define boundaries, there is no singular, agreed upon criteria for defining a new religious movement. However, the term usually requires that the group be both of recent origin and different from existing religions, there is debate as to what the term new should designate in this context. According to him, NRMs constituted those religious groups that have found, from the perspective of the dominant religious community, to be not just different.
This definition would mean that which religions were regarded as NRMs would differ from country to country and would be open to change, as noted by scholars of religion Olav Hammer and Mikael Rothstein, new religions are just young religions. Melton has stated that those NRMs which were offshoots of older religious groups, tended to resemble their parent group far more than each other. One question that faces scholars of religion is when a new religious movement ceases to be new, some NRMs are strongly counter-cultural and alternative in the society they appear in, while others are far more similar to a societys established traditional religions.
There are also problems in the use of religion within the new religious movements. Since at least the early s, most sociologists of religion have used the new religious movement to avoid the pejorative undertones of terms like cult.
These are words that have used in different ways by different groups. For instance, from the nineteenth century onward a number of sociologists used the terms cult, the term cult is used in reference to devotion or dedication to a particular person or place.
For instance, within the Roman Catholic Church devotion to Mary and it is also used in non-religious contexts to refer to fandoms devoted to television shows like The Prisoner, The X-Files, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In the United States, the term began to be used in a pejorative manner to refer to Spiritualism 8.
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Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online, Hurley and Chen said that the original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service, and had been influenced by the website Hot or Not. The domain name www. The video was uploaded on April 23, and can still be viewed on the site, YouTube offered the public a beta test of the site in May The first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in November The site has million unique users a month and it is estimated that in YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in The choice of the name www.
Universal Tube has since changed the name of its website to www. In MarchYouTube began free streaming of certain content, according to YouTube, this was the first worldwide free online broadcast of a major sporting event.
On March 31, the YouTube website launched a new design, with the aim of simplifying the interface, Google product manager Shiva Rajaraman commented, We really felt like we needed to step back and remove the clutter.
In MayYouTube videos were watched more than two times per day. This increased to three billion in Mayand four billion in Januaryin Februaryone billion hours of YouTube was watched every day 9.
He was also a poet, actor in theater and films, playwright, with writers such as Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock, Leiber can be regarded as one of the fathers of sword and sorcery fantasy, having in fact created the term. Moreover, he excelled in all fields of fiction, writing award-winning work in fantasy, horror.
Fritz Leiber was born December 24, in Chicago, Illinois, to the actors Fritz Leiber, for a time, he seemed inclined to follow in his parents footsteps, the theater and actors are prominently featured in his fiction.
From tohe worked as a lay reader and studied as a candidate for the ministry at the Episcopal Church-affiliated General Theological Seminary in Chelsea, Manhattan without taking a degree.
Inhe initiated a brief yet intense correspondence with H. P, Lovecraft, who encouraged and influenced literary development before succumbing to small intestine cancer and malnutrition in March From tohe was employed by Consolidated Book Publishing as a writer for the Standard American Encyclopedia.
Inthe moved to California, where Leiber served as a speech. He accepted a position with Douglas Aircraft in quality inspection, primarily working on the C Skytrain, throughout the war, thereafter, the family returned to Chicago, where Leiber served as associate editor of Science Digest from to During this decade, his output was characterized by Poul Anderson as a lot of the best science fiction, inthe Leibers returned to Los Angeles.
By this juncture, he was able to relinquish his journalistic career, Other reports suggest that Leiber preferred to live simply in the city, spending his money on dining, movies and travel. In the last years of his life, royalty checks from TSR, inthe last year of his life, Leiber married his second wife, Margo Skinner, a journalist and poet with whom he had been friends for many years.
Leibers death occurred a few weeks after a collapse while traveling from a science fiction convention in London, Ontario. Leibers own literary criticism, including essays on Lovecraft, was collected in the volume Fafhrd Theodore Sturgeon — Theodore Sturgeon was an American writer, primarily of fantasy, science fiction and horror.
Ranked by votes for all of their pre novellas, Sturgeon was second among authors, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inducted Sturgeon inits fifth class of two deceased and two living writers.
Campbell in the September issue of Astounding Science Fiction. At first he wrote short stories, primarily for genre magazines such as Astounding and Unknown. He used the pen name E. Waldo Hunter when two of his stories ran in the issue of Astounding. A few of his stories were signed Theodore H. This novel gained critical praise from critic H.
Keating, had almost finished writing Crime and Mystery, placing the book squarely in the Queen canon when he learned that it had been written by Sturgeon.
Winner of Mystery Writers of America awards, selecting his ten favorite mystery novels for the magazine Armchair Detective and he said, This book changed my life. And made a mystery fan out of me. The book must be one of the most skilful pastiches in the history of literature, an amazing piece of work, whomever did it. Sturgeon wrote the screenplays for the Star Trek episodes Shore Leave, the latter is known for its invention of pon farr, the Vulcan mating ritual, first use of the sentence Live long and prosper, and first use of the Vulcan hand symbol.
Sturgeon is also credited as having deliberately put homosexual subtext in his work, like the back-rub scene in Shore Leave. Sturgeon also wrote episodes of Star Trek that were never produced. One of these was notable for having first introduced the Prime Directive and he also wrote an episode of the Saturday morning show Land of the Lost, The Pylon Express, in Poul Anderson — Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century.
Anderson also authored works of fantasy, historical novels. He received numerous awards for his writing, including seven Hugo Awards, Poul Anderson was born on November 25, in Bristol, Pennsylvania, of Scandinavian parents. Shortly after his birth, his father, Anton Anderson, an engineer, moved the family to Texas, following Anton Andersons death, his widow took her children to Denmark.
The family returned to the United States after the outbreak of World War II, the frame story of his later novel Three Hearts and Three Lions, before the fantasy part begins, is partly set in the Denmark which the young Anderson personally experienced. Anderson married Karen Kruse in and moved with her to the San Francisco Bay area and their daughter Astrid was born in They made their home in Orinda, California, over the years Poul gave many readings at The Other Change of Hobbit bookstore in Berkeley, and his wife later donated his typewriter and desk to the store.
He died of cancer on July 31, after a month in the hospital, a few of his novels were first published posthumously. The latter was a group of Heroic Fantasy authors led by Lin Carter, originally eight in number. Anderson is probably best known for stories in which larger-than-life characters succeed gleefully or fail heroically. His characters were nonetheless thoughtful, often introspective, and well developed and his plot lines frequently involved the application of social and political issues in a speculative manner appropriate to the science fiction genre.
He also wrote some works, generally of shorter length. Much of his fiction is thoroughly grounded in science. A specialty was imagining scientifically plausible non-Earthlike planets, in many stories, Anderson commented on society and politics. This is graphically expressed in the short story Welcome. By the end of the story, rebels have established themselves at another stellar system—where their descendants, while horrified by the prospect of the Soviets winning complete rule over the Earth, Anderson was not enthusiastic about having Americans in that role either He was known for his works of fiction and popular science.
Asimov was a writer, and wrote or edited more than books. His books have published in 9 of the 10 major categories of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Asimov wrote hard science fiction and, along with Robert A. Heinlein, Clarke, he was considered one of the Big Three science fiction writers during his lifetime. Asimovs most famous work is the Foundation Series, his major series are the Galactic Empire series.
The Galactic Empire novels are set in earlier history of the same fictional universe as the Foundation series. He wrote hundreds of stories, including the social science fiction Nightfall. Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science-fiction novels using the pen name Paul French, Asimov also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as much nonfiction.
Most of his science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way. He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies, Asimov was a long-time member and vice president of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly, he described some members of that organization as brain-proud and aggressive about their IQs.
He took more joy in being president of the American Humanist Association, the asteroid Asimov, a crater on the planet Mars, a Brooklyn elementary school, and a literary award are named in his honor. His exact date of birth within that range is unknown, the family name derives from a word for winter crops, in which his great-grandfather dealt.