Ann, Michael and Neil Fletcher were hunting in Sudbury Canada when they came across something other than prey: a Bald Eagle, caught in a trap. They freed the bird, but not before taking a picture with it.
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Matthew Callahan joined the US Marine Corps six years ago, where he now serves as a combat correspondent. Recently, he’s been working on a photography project called Galactic Warfighters, showing off the wars in Star Wars.
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For this week’s installment of Sunday Matinee, let’s take a trip back to 1952 with Radar Men From The Moon, a twelve part serial movie starring George Wallace.
The modern piano evolved rapidly in the first 150 years after its invention, but it is now so good, acoustically, that it probably won’t change much more in the future.
While I personally think the 4K Amazon Fire TV is a better deal at the same price, if you prefer a Roku, the voice-controlled Roku 3 is down to $75 on Amazon, with a free HDMI cable tossed in. [Roku 3 With Voice Search and HDMI Cable, $75]
We’ve just about reached the end of this build: the end is in sight! This week, we’re finishing up the body work, and will finally get it all ready for a proper test fit.
This is a neat commercial advertising the Star Wars films on Sky Movies that runs through the entire saga to date. It even makes the Prequels look interesting.
Shortly after Apollo 16 blasted off from Florida in 1972, the Saturn V Booster was used as an experiment in and of itself, to measure seismic activity within the moon. Now, the crash site has been found.
‘Tis the season for cheap direct to DVD Christmas movies starring people with fading careers.
|90 Minutes in Heaven|
|All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records|
|Angry Birds Toon – Season Two, Volume One|
|Angry Birds: Stella – Season 1|
|A Christmas Eve Miracle|
|A Christmas Star|
|Classic Mystery Collection|
|Comments||Blaine: It doesn’t list every title anywhere I can find, but it does have some Hitchcock in there.|
|Cohen Book to Film Bundle|
|Comments||Includes Jamaica Inn, The Skin, Farewell My Queen and Tristana.|
|Cohen History of Cinema Bundle|
|Comments||Includes The Thief of Bagdad, Intolerance, What Is Cinema?, and Magician.|
|Downhill Racer (Criterion Collection)|
|Fairy Tail: Part 18|
|Fear the Walking Dead: Season One|
|The Flash: Complete First Season|
|Grace of Monaco|
|Gunfight at Dodge City|
|Halo: The Fall of Reach|
|Lawman: The Complete Third Season|
|Let It Snow|
|Love at Large|
|Lunar Legend Tsukihime|
|Comments||Alex: Anime series based on the dating sim from the creators of “Fate/Stay Night”. Amazon has this listed as a Blu-Ray, but the packaging, and the listing on RightStuf has it listed as a DVD, so I’m going with it as a DVD.|
|Mobile Suit Gundam – Part 2|
|Comments||This is the second half of the anime series that was adapted into the manga “Gundam: The Origin”|
|Mystery Science Theatre 3000: Vol. 34|
|Comments||Includes Viking Women and the Sea Serpent, War of the Colossal Beast, The Undead, and The She-Creature.|
|Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear|
|Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult|
|One Six Right|
|Piggy Tales: Season One|
|Pillow to Post|
|Queen of Blood|
|Roger Waters The Wall|
|Some Kind of Beautiful|
|Space Brothers Pt. 6|
|Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans|
|TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends – Eleanor Powell|
|Comments||Includes Born To Dance, Broadway Melody of 1936, Broadway Melody of 1938, and Broadway Melody of 1940.|
|TCM: Greatest Classic Films Collection – That’s Entertainment|
|Comments||Includes all three That’s Entertainment films and That’s Dancing!|
|Comments||Available on physical media December 15.|
|Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Revenge!|
|Comments||Alex: Live action film based on a really weird manga (which approaches Tokyo street gangs the same way The Warriors did for New York gangs)|
|Twice Told Tales|
|The Walking Dead: Season Five|
|Zoo: Season One|
Finally, the picks of the week. Alex says, “If you already got part 1 of Mobile Suit Gundam, get Part 2. Otherwise, get the new MST3K Collection.” Blaine says, “save your pennies for next week. You’ll need them.”
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Clara gets a call for help from a friend, which leads to a street full of aliens hidden in the middle of London.
I’m still slightly behind with reviews. Heaven Sent review coming up later today.
Cast and Crew
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor
Jenna Coleman as Clara
Maisie Williams as Ashildr
Joivan Wade as Rigsy
Naomi Ackie as Jen
Simon Manyonda as Kabel
Simon Paisley Day as Rump
Letitia Wright as Anahson
Robin Soans as Chronolock Guy
Angela Clerkin as Alien woman
Caroline Boulton as Habrian woman
Jenny Lee as Elderly woman
Written by Sarah Dollard
Produced by Nikki Wilson
Directed by Justin Molotnikov
A call for help from one of Clara’s friends leads to the discovery of a hidden street full of aliens in the heart of London, the countdown to an execution and an old friend.
Clara’s development over the course of the episode, from her initial frivolity and lightheartedness to realising that she needs to take this very seriously and stepping up to the mark with pride.
There’s a post-credits scene and it’s utterly perfect.
I’m a little tired of people concocting schemes that involve sentencing people to death.
If the street is meant to hide itself in the expectations of its surroundings, why is it Victorian and not early 21st-century London?
Trying not to be too explicit if people haven’t seen it, but there’s a character who dies and gets a big scream and we get to hear it. Then there’s another character who dies in the same way and there’s a big scream and we just get music, not the screaming noise. Given who these two characters are I wonder what the reasoning is here, and some of the options I’m coming up with I don’t like.
Originality: Sadly the core action which brings our protagonists into the situation is a bit of a tired old saw. “I never wanted anybody to get hurt” is all very well but when you start messing around with lethal weaponry that does tend to happen. Especially when humans are involved. On the other hand, this might be the most original way for a character to bow out in the show’s history. 4/6.
Effects: Ashildur’s tattoos are beautiful things when in motion, as is the raven. There’s some good particle effects software at work here in the hands of someone or someones who really know how to use it. The glitchy visuals of something not being right get a bit tiresome after last episode beat us over the head with them though. 5/6.
The story is difficult to judge in a multi-part episode until you know how the elements left hanging in this part are going to be resolved, because sometimes something looks good but ultimately disappoints when it doesn’t get carried through in a satisfactory manner. However, that is something to deduct marks from the conclusion for, not for this episode. So: in pacing terms it’s a standard introductory part, everything ends being utterly terrible, the heroes are doomed, oh no what shall we do. But gets there not so much through driving plot and interesting storytelling as through character development. Very rapid, very compressed character development brought on in what’s actually a believable manner by the imminent threat of death and the desperate need to find a way to avoid it. Again we see Clara coming to the fore as a competent, confident companion for the Doctor, although pride comes before many a fall… 5/6.
The acting is back to mostly top notch, although Williams is getting a bit one-note in her role as Me. She’s trying to be arch and superior and aged and wise, but she’s only ever arch and superior except for a slight glimpse now and again of almost childish vulnerability. Maybe this is deliberate, but something is not quite right here for me. Capaldi, fortunately, is back on form, and Coleman gives us a fantastic dose of Clara, from her playfulness to her love of life to her absolute concern for her friends and ultimately her willingness to sacrifice and face the consequences of her choices. 5/6.
The emotional response is something I hope the next part doesn’t mess up, because I really cared. I’m not sure why, because a supporting character I barely remember from a previous appearance shouldn’t interest me this much, but he does. Good job. 5/6.
Production: the street looks exactly like one of the indoor Victorian street sets you see at museums. It’s not a very convincing disguise, both because of its evident fakeness and because of the anachronistic nature of the thing it’s not doing a very good job of imitating. 4/6.
Overall: A strong episode which hopefully will be continued through to a strong conclusion to this series. 6/6.
In total, Face the Raven receives 34/42.
Warning: If you haven’t seen tonight’s new episode of Doctor Who, it’s pretty heartbreaking. And kind of grueling. Remember “Midnight,” the scary-weird David Tennant bottle episode? This is sort of Peter Capaldi’s version of that. Goosebumps!
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Tonight’s Elementary was a reason to like the show: untangling a ridiculously convoluted mystery where everyone has a motive, exploring a non-traditional lifestyle without it immediately condemning the participants, and Joan kicking ass. The only thing missing? Clyde.
In the early morning hours on July 4th, 1986, 21-year-old Lance Corporal Howard A. Foote Jr. climbed a ladder leading into the cockpit of an A-4M Skyhawk. He started the jet up, taxied to one of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro’s runways—which was unlit at the time—and pushed the throttles forward. Moments later, the Lance Corporal would realize his dream to fly a tactical military jet, albeit just once and illegally.
The interior of a Cambridge chapel comes alive with light in an eye-popping immersive project art installation. It’s the creation of artist Miguel Chevalier, and the installation was commissioned by the University of Cambridge for a fundraiser last month — the first time the university has invited an artist to do such a project in its famed King’s College Chapel.
First Skylanders, then Disney Infinity and now LEGO—the video game sections of major retailers everywhere are slowly being taken over by toys. Which plastic portal of power should you be plugging into your game console? Let’s see if we can help.
A new short featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens focuses on Rey, and what actress Daisey Ridley thinks people will be drawn to in her character. The clip shows off a couple of new clips along with it.
In case you needed a laugh this afternoon, author Susan Jane Bigelow took to Twitter with a short fanfic about the lives of Fred, Velma and Daphne long after they were teenagers.
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Graphene, everybody’s favorite wonder material, has yet another trick up its sleeve. The ultra-strong, highly conductive carbon lattice is extraordinarily good at detecting faint and high frequency sound waves.
She’s the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, and this illustration of the Millennium Falcon absolutely blows us away.
With the end of the year coming up fast, two awards have started up their annual ‘recommended reading lists’ to look back on the year’s released works.
Starting later this month, the world’s nations will convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that use little or no fossil fuel.
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There’s a little droid that’s appeared in Star Wars in the last couple of years, R2-KT. She’s an astromech with a special purpose: memorializing a little girl who passed away in 2005. Now, it looks like she’ll appear in bigger things.
If you’ve watched any modern action movies, you’ve probably got a pretty good mental picture of what happens when a person hemorrhages blood. But this, my friends, is the first scientific visualization of the splatterfest. Squeamish viewers, look away.
When LOST showed up with its 10-second opening credits, we really lost something: minute or so introduction we got to a television show. MTV just released their credits for The Shannara Chronicles and it shows off just how that world transformed.
Rolls-Royce Holdings has just released this cool factory photograph of their newest large turbofan aircraft engine, the Trent 7000. It’s the seventh generation of their Trent family, and built exclusively for the upcoming Airbus airliner, the A330neo.
When the trailer for Gods of Egypt came out earlier this month, everyone noticed a couple of things: it’s cast was predominantly Caucasian, which is weird, considering where and when it was set. Now, the studio and director have admitted that they could have done better there.
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A quick survey of any big-box store will show you that Americans devote far too much real estate to the parking of their vehicles. But wait, argue businesses, we need that parking for our customers! Yet even today, on the biggest shopping day of the year, chances are the parking lots near you are nowhere near full. Take a look.
The upcoming rare cameras auctions at Bonhams will feature rare photography equipment and accessories crafted by iconic manufacturers (Hasselblad, Leica, Nikon, Rolleiflex just to name a few). But for those who are fond of the history of spying, the real stars of the event on December 3 in Hong Kong) will be these spy-worthy clandestine cameras.
Han, Leia, Luke! Practical effects! X-Wings and TIE Fighters! All that classic music! Empires and Rebels! A lot of the impetus of The Force Awakens’s marketing has been the emphasis on nostalgia for the three movies of the original trilogy. Now there are three new amazing retro posters to add to that nostalgia.
The National Security Agency is finally shutting down one of its spying programs this weekend. I do not recommend screaming I LOVE ISIS JIHAD into your phone to celebrate.
In past centuries, birdsong experts tried to distinguish mockingbirds from thrashers by keeping their ears peeled. These days, they’re better served by eagle eyes.
This is not exactly a spoiler, but not a lot happens in the first issue of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. Like many first issues in Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” universe, it spends a lot of time setting up the tone of the book going forward. And Moon Girl’s tone is so unrepentantly joyful, it doesn’t matter.
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When Charles Stross isn’t writing mind-blowing space opera about the future of banking , he’s the ultra-prolific author of two long-running series. And one of those, the Laundry Files, has won praise (and a Best Novella Hugo) for its look at a spy agency that deals with other-worldly threats.
The holiday season has officially begun, and of course the holidays are a time for families. But science fiction and fantasy readers know that families come in all shapes and configurations. Here are 30 of the most wonderfully alternative families in science fiction and fantasy.
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Good news for khaki-clad men plagued by speckled staining of their trousers from urine splash back: physicists may have found the optimal splash-suppressing design for a urinal insert, thereby creating a “urine black hole.” Urine gets in, but it can’t get back out.
Here in the wake of Thanksgiving, there’s a tremendous marketing push by retailers who implore us to buy more things. Frankly, our entire economy depends upon people buying stuff they don’t need. But Americans have a tendency to romanticize the Before Times™ — an era when consumerism wasn’t so rampant. This longing for the days of old is misguided at best. One need only look at the board games of the 19th and 20th centuries for evidence.
Two weeks ago, we surveyed 3,670 people online about how they communicate. We discovered a remarkable difference between people over 41, who say they often talk on email more than they do in real life, and younger people who love in-person meetings and use a variety of apps. Is this our first digital generation gap?
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It’s official: Clara Oswald has left the building , and Clara’s final season of Doctor Who is coming to a close—making her, depending on how you chart it, one of the longest-running companions in history. But even with all that time on the show, it never felt like Doctor Who knew how to solve a problem like Clara.
What goes into preparing a spacecraft for a cargo run to the space station? Take a peek behind the scenes with this gallery of photos from preparing the Cygnus spacecraft for its first cargo run since the last attempt ended in explosion last year.
Hoo boy. Ridley Scott has announced that Alien: Covenant isn’t the only Alien prequel he hasin the works. The director says he’s making two additional movies which will link up 2012’s Prometheus to the original Alien film, which he made in 1979.
Google crunched its data on store traffic patterns and came up some tips on how to reduce the horror of Black Friday shopping madness, should you dare to hit the mall on Friday.
We’re mere weeks from a new Star Wars movie, and excitement is in the air. Although it’s easy to romanticize the humble origins of one of the most iconic movie franchises in history, what people thinking in the run up to the original Star Wars film? Well, reading this recently discovered Fox studio memo might help you find out.
Global warming. Overpopulation. Dwindling resources. A Trump candidacy. There are countless reasons to fear the future, but today, there may also be a reason to have hope: Coca-Cola has re-registered the trademark for Ecto-Cooler.
Astronaut Fred Gregory is the front-runner for Worst Thanksgiving Ever. His tale of a plumbing failure while on the zero-g toilet resulting in a very personal depressurization under a gushing torrent of freezing oxygen still makes us cringe over a decade later.
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