sci fi look

I finished @thepenumbrapodcast and all I got was these lousy feels.

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Chirrut learns not to grab Baze in certain spots (if u know what i mean)

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anonymous asked:

Draw my boy Raz being rad

You asked for Rad, but somehow my brain jumped to bring your son to work day two nerds in lab coats. I’m…so sorry;;; I hope you can still get some enjoyment out of it lol

My Alien: Covenant Review

NO SPOILERS

As some of you who followed this blog from the beginning may remember, I’m a huge Alien franchise fan and gave Prometheus a 20K word review and analysis when it came out. This one won’t be quite as long, but I have some intense feelings about it.

Simply put, this is a really good movie but not an Alien movie. The redesign of the creatures to resemble actual alleged alien encounters from the end of the 20th century is interesting, but they are no longer H.R. Giger’s design. Similarly, having them fly around in flying saucers is a divergence from the animalistic nature of the original Alien films.

I like that it’s set entirely on Earth, and I thought the human cast, especially Richard Dreyfuss, were very good. But they exuded a sense of wonder and beauty that was new to the Alien franchise. Spielberg is known for this kind of movie magic but I have to wonder if he was right to replace directors like Ridley Scott and David Fincher, who make some of the darkest movies ever. The cameo from French director François Truffaut was a welcome surprise though.

I really like the retro sci-fi look of the ships, which were clearly miniatures and not CGI like so much of cinema has become. The photography also has a 70s edge that puts it in tune with the original Alien, though being on Earth this one is much brighter and more colorful. This ignores Cameron’s more documentary look and doesn’t reach the heights that Alien 3 made in terms of look and visual tone, but I think it was a good idea.

My only real objection is that Roy leaves his family to explore his obsession with Devil’s Tower. I don’t think this was quite in character for him and though it was necessary to move the plot forward, it robbed us of what might have been had he tried to take his family into the UFO site. Still though, the scene in which we make ‘musical’ contact with the aliens for the first time is stunning and an amazing addition to the Alien world, which sets up infinite possibilities for the next films in the series.

2/5 stars as an Alien film, but 5/5 as a Spielberg film.

The truth is, everyone likes to look down on someone. If your favorites are all avant-garde writers who throw in Sanskrit and German, you can look down on everyone. If your favorites are all Oprah Book Club books, you can at least look down on mystery readers. Mystery readers have sci-fi readers. Sci-fi can look down on fantasy. And yes, fantasy readers have their own snobbishness. I’ll bet this, though: in a hundred years, people will be writing a lot more dissertations on Harry Potter than on John Updike. Look, Charles Dickens wrote popular fiction. Shakespeare wrote popular fiction—until he wrote his sonnets, desperate to show the literati of his day that he was real artist. Edgar Allan Poe tied himself in knots because no one realized he was a genius. The core of the problem is how we want to define “literature.” The Latin root simply means “letters.” Those letters are either delivered—they connect with an audience—or they don’t. For some, that audience is a few thousand college professors and some critics. For others, its twenty million women desperate for romance in their lives. Those connections happen because the books successfully communicate something real about the human experience. Sure, there are trashy books that do really well, but that’s because there are trashy facets of humanity. What people value in their books—and thus what they count as literature—really tells you more about them than it does about the book.
—  Brent Weeks
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FAB Defense AR Podium

A somewhat odd AR-15 accessory that attaches to the pistol grip and magwell and creates a sort of bipod platform. The actual bipod legs are hidden in the bottom of the podium plate. FAB Defense makes a similar product with much more success on the Tavor bullpup platform. The AR Podium does not permanently modify your AR, you can pop it on or off if you need it but I’m not sure how compatible is it with other AR-15 grips. Aesthetically it looks weird but with the right parts, maybe even a Magpul D60, you could make a futuristic sci-fi looking AR, or a stupid one. (GRH)