Among the few things I did while not doing the many things I should have been doing were these three movies.
9 was okay, nothing special. Â I was kind of expecting more from it. Â However, the animation was beautiful, and there were some features about it that I really liked. Â For instance, the movie was full of mechanical tinkering. Â There was a scene in which the characters try to assemble a little torch from a tiny spear shaft, a watch battery, and one of those little mini-bulbs. It was obviously geared towards generating mechanical curiosity in a child viewer, and I think that scene was particularly effective. Hell, it made me want to take things apart and put them back together! Â It sort of reminded me of this TED Talk/book (below), which I’d like to pick up one day and follow nearly to the letter when I have kids of my own.
I’ve read a number of articles that kind of lament the passing of manual tinkering from being on the center stage of childhood activities. Â And although I hate being a doomsayer, I find that I agree. Â Working with your hands is something fundamental to growth and learning, and the influence it has on our life persists until the end of that life. Â Granted, kids might learn new sorts of skills through, say, interaction with digital worlds via computers and such, but I think the ideal situation will come about when we have tactile virtual worlds that fully mimic the real experience.
Michael Jackson: This is it. Eh. Â Kind of tedious, because it was just long music sequences interspersed with clips of him interacting with his producers, musicians, and dancers. Â Now, those interstitial glimpses of the behind the stage presence were really cool, as was seeing him and his team fine tune every aspect of the show. Â But I just puttered around my computer during all the music sequences. Â Although, some of the CGI they created for the show was pretty cool.
Stargate: Continuum. This is it. Â Unless the final final SG1 movie comes out, this movie was the last of the series I’ll enjoy. Was it a great movie? Â It was a decent episode, but it definitely didn’t have that big screen quality or pacing. Â It really was just a longer episode, which I was completely satisfied with, because just a little bit more is better than no more at all. Â As for the series’s entertainment factor, the graph looks something like this:
I definitely have to give them kudos for saving the show at the end. Â My theory is that they hired back some of the older writers. Â I’m sure I could check this but I really don’t care that much. Â Anyway, since Hulu doesn’t stream all the Atlantis seasons, I’m free from TV addiction for at least a few weeks because I can’t watch SGU out of order.