The movie Snowpiercer speculated about a train that contained all of the survivors of humanity. Acting as a metaphor for the rich against the poor, the further back in the train a person lived, the poorer they were, and then a violent revolution broke out.
J.G. Ballard’s novel High-Rise had a similar premise, only this time it was a luxury apartment building and the poor lived closer to ground level. Once again, violence breaks out. The biggest difference was, unlike Snowpiercer, the people living in the building are free to leave at any time.
Anyway, there’s a movie version coming out starring Geek favorite Tom Hiddleston. See the rather unique trailer after the cut.
This week the podcast came out a day early, but I got a new Kindle Fire and don’t know yet how to download the show before going to work to listen during my lunch break. And no, downloading at work isn’t an option. Because reasons. There are some, but I won’t go into them. Anyway, here’s the podcast reaction.
I don’t really have anything else to add to the discussion of The Martian. It’s a great book, and I gave a SPOILER-FREE review for it elsewhere. Like right here.
Instead, let’s talk about how to make a good villain.
You know who geeks love? Tom Hiddleston. You know who else they love? Guillermo del Toro. They’re probably indifferent to Jessica Chastain, despite stuff like Interstellar. Did you know they made a horror movie together? They did. Crimson Peak will be out in October.
Awards season. A prominent director releases a movie that garners some Oscar nominations. Controversy arises among some, though. The movie is based on the life of a man many Americans think of as a hero, but who in his own time has proven to be somewhat controversial. It seems some have found the movie has taken a few liberties with past events, and since said past events are based on real, living people, this is a cause for concern among some people.
I am speaking, of course, of Steven Spielberg’s 2012 movie Lincoln.