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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
My Morning in ExileBefore we get to the posts, take a look at some amazing pictures of that Utah salt flat NASA tried to sucker us into believing was the moon forty years ago.
I wish the photo at the link would have focused more on the West Crater so we could see the Monolith. Wait -- It's buried 40 feet below the lunar surface near the crater Tycho. Forget I said anything.
UPDATE: The 2001 reference got me surfing, and I made it over to the "memorable quotes" section of the IMDB page for the sequel, "2010." This passage stood out:
Heywood Floyd: I'd love a hot dog.
It's not quite 2010, and neither of those stadiums exist anymore. I can't help but think the writers of the flick, back in 1984, thought "well, the Astrodome is totally futuristic, so it'll still be around 25 years from now. And Yankee Stadium is freakin' Yankee Stadium. Let's go with those references.!"
And while I'm rambling, allow me to go on record as absolutely loving "2010." No, 2001 didn't call out for a sequel -- quite the opposite actually -- and it's not as good as 2001, not does it even attempt to be. But it works on its own merits, and has a bunch of nifty performances by actors I really like. Lithgow and Scheider mostly, but the always welcome Bob Balaban as well. I probably watched that flick on HBO 100 times when I was a kid, and if it's ever on now -- usually SciFi or some other low rent channel -- I'll watch it all the way through again.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 11:20am
The Astrodome is vacant, but still standing.
I’ve had 2010 in my player for the last few months—yes, it is a good film—and it gets played, at least partially, about once a fortnight. The cast is terrific.
And, obviously, the actual year 2010 is almost upon us, so there’s probably a special edition coming soon.
Posted 11/10 at 12:43 PM
1) “2010” is an amazing film, but it suffers from a significant problem vs. 2001, in that Stanley Kubrick didn’t make it.
2) If you’ve never read either book, I suggest you do so. Neither of them are long, but they helped me enjoy both films a lot more.
Posted 11/10 at 01:11 PM
You chide 2010 for thinking that the Astrodome and Yankee Stadium would still be in business, but let the whole Soviet Union thing slide?
Posted 11/10 at 01:12 PM
Craig Calcaterra said...
Good point on the USSR, Will. Details, schmetails.
Re: Kukrick: I think his fastball was gone by the mid 80s. First half of Full Metal Jacket was interesting, second half sucked, and the less said about Eyes Wide Shut the better. If he had taken a run at 2010, I’m not sure what we would have gotten. Not that he would have ever wanted to take a run.
Posted 11/10 at 01:15 PM
Royce is right, read the books. Start with the original short story “The Sentinel.” That inspired the movie, which led to the book.
Posted 11/10 at 01:15 PM
Pete Toms said...
I read somewhere today (Olney IIRC?) that Cuban isn’t that interested at all in owning the Dodgers, that his comments were misconstrued a bit to make for an eye catching headline. (or somethin like that)
Bottom line seemed to be that he has thrown cold water on the speculation.
Posted 11/10 at 02:06 PM
Haven’t seen it in awhile, but I like 2010 very much, too, not least of all for the presence of Helen Mirren.
Posted 11/10 at 02:45 PM
I like 2010 in general as well, but come on… Bob Balaban as “Dr. Chandra”??? They couldn’t hire an Indian actor?
Posted 11/10 at 03:02 PM
Greg Simons said...
Sadly, the “SciFi” Network has gone the way of so much of pop culture and decided to intentionally mispell its name, so now it’s “SyFy.” Monumentally lame.
Posted 11/10 at 03:03 PM
Simon DelMonte said...
Count me and my wife among the fans of 2010. Though I am that loneliest of heretics, the man who thinks 2010 is better than the long, ponderous 2001. We traded in Kubrick for Hyams, true, but also traded a movie all about “look at what we can do with special effects” for “look, a story!”
Will add that I am a huge Sir Arthur C. Clarke fan.
And yes, the darker mustard. If I ran MLB, I’d ban the yellow kind.
Posted 11/10 at 03:42 PM
Richard Dansky said...
Greg - They apparently couldn’t copyright “SciFi”. With “SyFy”, they can.
Though really, if they’re going to be honest they should call it “Cheap-Ass Giant Monster Movie Network”.
Posted 11/10 at 03:54 PM
Greg Simons said...
Yeah, I know it’s all about copyrighting, which leads to stupid names like Xzibit and Ludacris. I’m sure I’m being old-fashioned and stodgy and that this has been going on for more than just the time since I got out of school - y’know, back when things were cool - but it still seems lame to me.
Posted 11/10 at 04:55 PM
Tony A said...
Anyone remember where the title “2001” came from?
Posted 11/10 at 05:29 PM
Joe L said...
No love for Helen Mirren as the Soviet commander whose heart is warmed by Schneider’s Yankee can-do spirit and enthusiasm? Come on!
Posted 11/10 at 06:15 PM
With bjones about the Chandra casting, Yates dropped the ball on that big time. ACC was way ahead of his time regarding racial/ cultural diversity in the tech field. Did love the sense of humor in 2010—most SF treatments seem to lack a sense of humor by design and consequently take themselves waaayyyy too seriously.
Posted 11/11 at 02:44 PM
oops, Hyams, not Yates, my mistake.
and yes, the darker kind of mustard.
Posted 11/11 at 02:47 PM