Science Fiction related school holiday events in Canberra

For anyone with children or grandchildren, or those of us with an enjoyment of science fiction aimed at a younger audience, the following events are happening in Canberra through the current school holidays.

Jurassic World Exhibit – model dinosaurs and related items from the Jurassic World movies. This exhibition is on now and closes Wednesday 17th October, in the Centre Court at South Point Tuggeranong (formerly Tuggeranong Hyperdome). There are also children’s craft events at 11am to 2pm each day up to Friday 12th October – which may be a good time each day to avoid the exhibit if you’re child-free.

The National Film and Sound Archives are screening “action, adventure and gaming” movies at 10am on the following days, with the entry price of $5 a person.

Tuesday October 2 Queen of Katwe
Wednesday October 3 Zathura: A Space Adventure
Thursday October 4 Jumanji
Friday October 5 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Monday October 8 War Games
Tuesday October 9 Tron
Wednesday October 10 Tron: Legacy
Thursday October 11 Dungeons and Dragons
Friday October 12 Ready Player One



Incredibles 2 (2018)

Incredibles 2 is a rare thing – a sequel to a popular animated movie that captures much of what made the original movie such a success.

The story begins soon after The Incredibles movie finished with the Parr family living in a cheap motel room and surviving on takeaway. Having had a taste of using their superpowers, the Parrs are unsure of what to do with their powers and their futures in a world where its illegal to use superpowers.

The movie gives us more of the banter, sixties flair, and action of the original; with fun action scenes provided by the super-toddler Jack-Jack and a script with plenty of nuanced humour for adult viewers.

Highly recommended, especially for a Wintery matinee session.

Replicants and RUSes and flying elephants

As a part of their Cult Classics movie series, Dendy is screening two very different ’80s classic movies.

9 May will be the day for “The Princess Bride” and rodents of unusual size and on 15 May “Blade Runner” will be screening.

While on the other side of town, Limelight is screening classic Disney animated fantasy movies starting with “Dumbo”.

Back to the Future Arrival

Today’s date, 21 October 2015, is the future date the characters travelled to in ‘Back to the Future 2’.

Did they get anything right about the future? Is there anything you wanted that they predicted?

I’m glad we don’t have flying cars … all those rooftop accidents.

The BBC website has a detailed article analysing the future shown in the movie, and which predictions came close to our real 21 October 2015.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary to be the world’s largest drama simulcast

If you’ve missed the news that’s flooding the SF parts of the internet … the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who is called The Day of the Doctor as the BBC will be “conquering the Earth” on november 23 (UK time).

75 countries across six continents will simulcast the tv show with the BBC. So, as UK audiences are watching it on the evening of Saturday 23 November, fans in Australia can watch ABC1’s broadcast early morning on Sunday 24 November (the same time as the UK).

‘The Day of the Doctor’ will also be screened in 3D in cinemas across the world. In Canberra, the following cinemas are already selling tickets very quickly for the 3D screenings on Sunday 24 November:
Dendy, Civic
Greater Union, Manuka
Hoyts, Belconnen

The BBC has an interactive map which shows all the 3D cinemas across the world that will be screening “The Day of the Doctor”.

Hugo Awards Winners Announced

The 2013 Hugo (World Science Fiction) Awards and the John Campbell Award have been announced.

The awards were announced and presented at Lonestar 3, the World SF Convention, in Texas and broadcast online. A full list of the winners can be found on Lonestar’s website.

Some of the winners are:

Best Novel – Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella – “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) – The Avengers,
Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) – Game of Thrones episode “Blackwater”.
Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)

Movie Review – Elysium

Elysium is an action science fiction movie set in the mid-twenty second century, written and directed by Neill Blomkamp who also gave us the movie District 9.

Earth has become a polluted, over-populated mess. Rather than attempting to fix the problem, the Earth’s wealthiest people instead moved to a space station called Elysium. Elysium is the ultimate ‘gated community’ where the rich live in opulence with near-miraculous medical care, a clean environment and pristine homes and gardens.

Elysium is so huge that it’s visible in the daytime sky. And reaching the space station is the daydream of most of Earth’s inhabitants.

The story follows Max, played by Matt Damon, who dreams of getting to the space station someday, until fate changes his priorities from dreams to action.

Elysium is a well-written science fiction movie with a believable plot, plenty of internal consistency and an array of characters from different cultures and background. A few science nitpicks could be made about some things but frankly they’re minor compared with the overall success of the story as a science fiction tale.

The acting is excellent with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Alice Braga, Wagner Moura and Sharlto Copley all being extremely believable in the main roles. I barely recognised Sharlto Copley who plays a hard-bitten military character, Kruger, so different from the submissive public servant Wilkus he played in District 9.

Very highly recommended, especially for fans of action SF with a message.

Reviewed by Katrina