Home is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated science-fiction buddy comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is loosely based on Adam Rex’s 2007 children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday and starring the voices of Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Matt Jones. Tim Johnson is the director of the film, Chris Jenkins and Suzanne Buirgy are its producers, and the screenplay is by Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember. The story takes place on planet Earth, where an alien race called the Boov invade the planet. However, a girl named Gratuity “Tip” Tucci manages to avoid capture, and goes on the run with Oh, a fugitive Boov.
It is rather silly, in a fun Science Fiction way and Jim Parsons is good as the main character Boov.
Despite is low score on Rotten Tomatoes (47%) it was popular, making a Box Office of $386 million on a $135 million dollar film.
Callsign: King 3 – Blackout
by Jeremy Robinson (2012)
Twice before, Jack Sigler has stopped the mysterious ‘Brainstorm’ from destroying all life on earth. Twice before, he’s survived Brainstorm’s assassins. So when the mastermind behind Brainstorm surfaces in Paris, King goes on the offensive.
As the final showdown unfolds in the legendary City of Lights, the villain’s scheme to plunge the world into literal darkness is revealed. But even Brainstorm isn’t ready for the destructive force that has been unleashed…an entity of darkness imprisoned for more than a thousand years, set free now to devour…everything.
Even more intense and thrilling than the last King story. This mashes together everything from crazy megalomaniacs to black holes (not that different ?). Forget every thing you already knew about physics !.
Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy comedy adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 56th Disney animated feature film. The film was directed by Ron Clements and John Musker, and co-directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams. The film features music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.
- Auli’i Cravalho as Moana Waialiki, the sixteen-year-old daughter of village chief Tui.
- Louise Bush as a younger Moana
- Dwayne Johnson as Maui, a legendary
Shapeshifting Demigod who sets off with Moana on her journey.
- Rachel House as Gramma Tala Waialiki, Moana’s grandmother. Like Moana, Tala shares a passion for the ocean.
- Temuera Morrison as Chief Tui Waialiki, Moana’s overprotective father and chief of Motunui Island.
- Christopher Jackson as Tui’s singing voice
- Jemaine Clement as Tamatoa, a giant treasure-hoarding coconut crab from Lalotai, the Realm of Monsters.
- Nicole Scherzinger as Sina Waialiki, Moana’s mother and Tui’s wife.
- Alan Tudyk as Heihei, Moana’s pet rooster, described by director Ron Clements as “the dumbest character in the history of Disney animation.”
- Tudyk also provided the voice of a character credited as Villager #3
- Oscar Kightley as Fisherman
- Troy Polamalu as Villager #1
This Disney film is really as good as the reviews indicate. It’s fun, scary with great characters and a solid story.
Sometimes an artist makes an immediate impact. This was the case with Valley Queen. I first heard them on the All Songs Considered podcast. The band comes from Los Angeles, California and plays a rockier version of Americana music. But best of all is the vocals of Natalie Carol.
In My Place Video
The New Rebellion
(Star Wars Universe)
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (1997)
Somewhere in the galaxy, millions suddenly perish–a disruption of the Force so shocking it is felt by Luke at his Jedi academy and by Leia on Coruscant. While Leia must deal with an assassination attempt, a rumored plot against the New Republic, and allegations that Han Solo is involved, Luke seeks out a former Jedi student who may hold the key to the mass destruction. But Brakiss is only the bait in a deadly trap set by a master of the dark side who is determined to rule as emperor. He’s targeted Luke, Leia, and Leia’s Jedi children to die. Then billions will follow, in a holocaust unequaled in galactic history.
One of the better Star Wars books. Rusch brings her usual quality to the story with interesting characters and a good plot. There were a few points where things were not as clear as they could be, notably during one of the later space battles. Otherwise a good read.
by T. Rae Mitchell
This re-telling of the Beauty and Beast story is brilliantly told. It’s from the Beast’s point of view and gradually reveals the world and situation of both characters. I was immediately impressed
by the prose style, it’s direct, clear and has a well developed rhythm and flow.
This short story was written for a Jack Vance ‘Dying Earth’ compilation.
It’s not clear who all the characters are as I have not read any of Vance’s novels. It’s a simple story of a person of status, his indulgences and a group of followers intending to rob him. While Silverberg writes in the introduction of being a fan of Vance and pleased to be in the collection, this isn’t his best work. These are too many made up name places and people and the prose is vert stilted. There are better works by Silverberg.
M. Persson: Sounds is another artist in the ambient, space, soundscape genres. This time from Sweden. The music has a very soft, organic feel rarely emphasizing the beat. Good stuff for relaxing.