I never realize how much of a Texan I am until I get to Sundance and fill the 10-degree air on my face. The good news is most of the time I’m there, I’m in a warm theater watching some great films. Unfortunately, there was an equal lack of Science Fiction films at the festival this year.
Thorn number one, why do I have TheEmperor03 email? Who else decided they deserve the most powerful Sith Overlord’s email address? I thought we programmed these clones without a sense of humor or desire for power. There must be a glitch. Speaking of glitches, have you addressed the pitiful marksmanship of the troopers with the blaster pistol trainer? Maybe Grand Moff Tarkin took TheEmperor@Dstar.emp. Let him know, if my prophecy is correct, I will replace him with an awkward droid projection with eyes dead as the Jedi.
A few months after the inaugural 2014 festival, our team decided to pull together all the profits from the festival and send team member Kelsey Hockmuller into space to discover the true meaning of Science Fiction. The launch and first six months of the exploration went well, but then silence. We tracked the ship and it has been orbiting Saturn for the last year and a half. The great news is the Other Worlds Austin team was able to raise enough money to send a rescue mission to save Kelsey and her crew. Since we have no idea what made the ship go dark, we are planning for everything. Please keep Kelsey in your thoughts. She is screaming right now and no one can hear her.
This weekend is a very important weekend for genre film. Jordan Peele’s original Horror film GET OUT hits theaters nationwide. I was lucky enough to get into the surprise screening of it at Sundance and it delivers on so many levels. Beneath of all the tension and laughs lies some great subtext about liberal racism.
So, why is it important to see this film at the theater? Here’s a list
OMG, I’M A ROBOT?! screens at 7:00pm and 7:30pm on Friday, December 2. Click here for the full schedule.
I can remember the look on my son's face when I told him I got the promotion from Storm Trooper to Imperial Guard. My wife was proud, but more relieved. The Storm Trooper death-on-the-job rate has shot up since the rebellion found a new hope and our pensions had recently been cut to build the Death Star.
I love watching a film that has something in it that I have never seen before. Even if the idea is not executed to its full potential, I still respect it. Sometimes, the batsh*t craziness of an idea can make a bad film enjoyable. I want to share a short list of science fiction films that I like (or respect) for their unique ideas and creative new worlds.