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Mary and Max

Mary and Max

Mrs CannibalRabbit and I shuffled into the City a few months ago to see the Mary and Max exhibition [^] at the ACMI [^]. Mary and Max [^] is the story of a trans-Atlantic pen friendship between Melbourne girl Mary, and New Yorker, Max, which spans twenty years. The free show has many of the props, sets and characters used to make Adam Elliot’s stopmotion claymation movie. The items on display were salvaged at the end of filming, the rest being destroyed.  Also on display are making-of videos and interviews with Adam.

Even though we haven’t seen the film we both enjoyed seeing how it was made and seeing some of the behind the scenes tricks. The teasers we saw at ACMI have been good; now we just have to sit down and watch the DVD.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 6th June 2010. Coming up later in the year is a Tim Burton exhibition, covering all of his work up to Alice in Wonderland.

Rules for Time Travel

After years of reading and watching science fiction, fantasy, and other time-travelling fiction it’s nice to know that someone has had a serious think about some rules.  Discover magazine, propelled by the latest Star Trek movie, has published a list of 10+1 time travel rules [^] that should be followed to maintain current scientific accuracy. 

The first, and probably most telling rule is the rebuttal of the fiction favourite: the time travel paradox. Reality simply doesn’t allow for paradoxes. Two contradictory, mutually exclusive outcomes from one event (like the Grandfather Paradox [^]) cannot exist simultaneously.

What is really interesting is the amount of serious discussion that this article has provoked. Especially as the article notes that this is an area that is still in it’s infancy in the highly theoretical realm.

Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine as Spock and Kirk

There is one thing that I am sure of, and that is that writers will never let some new theory get in the way of a good plot!

As for Star Trek [^], well it is one of the better Star Trek movies. It’s big, noisy, and enjoyable. And it doesn’t always take itself too seriously, quite a bit of which is down to “Bones” McCoy and Simon Pegg’s “Scotty”.

The one gripe that I have about the film is the completely unexplained “Red Matter”. Come on guys couldn’t you explain that a bit – it’s like there’s five minutes of tape missing. We don’t know what it is or where it comes from even at the end of the movie, and this is a key part of the story!

The 2009 Star Trek movie seem to be a good entry point for non-Trekkies/-Trekkers, and a fantastic excuse for a spot of revision. Oh, yes there is a time-travel twist in the movie, but it might not be as good as Discover’s:

“Spock travels to the past and gets a sex change and becomes Kirk’s grandfather lover”.

Wall-E – Copyright Criminal?

There is some interesting discussion about whether or not the ‘loveable’ Wall-E robot is a copyright criminal over at SFFaudio [^].  The link does have mild spoilers, but probably nothing that you wouldn’t have guessed at from seeing the trailer. 

The case that Jesse Willis at SFFaudio make centres around the robot’s “jailbreaking” of a copy of the film “Hello Dolly”.  As they point out, in the year 2805 the film would be almost 800 years out of copyright protection and in the public domain.  But under the USA’s DMCA [^] and Canada’s about to be enacted copyright law circumventing copy protection is a crime.  So even though the 1969 film would be in the public domain, if the original media was protected by some form of Digital Rights Management [^], which video tapes and DVDs are, copying it onto another device would be a crime.  Another case of hypocrisy in this film?  Consumerism is bad, but buy our toys [BrizBunny Comments]; and don’t copy our robot, buy an original DVD of this movie. 

Despite this we here in the CannibalRabbit household are still looking forward to the movie.

Disney-Pixar’s Wall-E

Back in September I posted about the ominous sounding Buy n Large.  The Buy n Large website [^] is a promo site for the upcoming Disney-Pixar film “Wall-E”.  On engadget [^] there is a post about the sneak peak at the about to be launched merchandise to promote the film in the US.

This is the “Ultimate Wall-E” a ten motored radio controlled robot, loaded full of sensor, and capable of being programmed; all for an amazing $US 190. 

It seems as though the irony of releasing merchandise for a movie about the effects of mass consumerism has been lost on the entertainment giant.  To paraphrase: buying lots of “stuff”, just so that you can have “stuff” – bad; oh by the way come on buy the really expensive toy robot.  Enough said!

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss SunshineLMS Movie Poster

Susan got free tickets the other day to go and see “Little Miss Sunshine”.   What a fantastic movie – and the ending really makes it – because it isn’t the one that we usually get.   In movie terms we are dealing with a “normal” family!

The movie centres around Olive, a 6 year old who has managed to make it into the finals of the Little Miss Sunshine talent quest.   The family needs to get from Albuquerque to California in two days.   All of the usual Road trip movie events are there.

Wikipedia has as much detail as you could possibly want.   Go and check it out.   One thing that I couldn’t help thinking of was the classic Bugs Bunny line: “I must have taken a wrong turn at Albuquerque”.   This is one seriously laugh-out loud movie – it’s oh so good because it’s oh so wrong.