Summer of SciFi: “The Black Hole”

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This week, Farpoint Media News Director Michael Hickerson looks back at one of his favorite childhood movies, The Black Hole.

blackholeposterIn the days before every home had a VCR (or two or three), cable outlets like HBO, Showtime and the Disney Channel helped some of us discover, rediscover or memorize certain movies and television shows. One of the giants of the genre, Blade Runner gained a large, devoted audience thanks to its run on cable. But for me, the genre film that I saw about a billion times on cable was The Black Hole.

Zombie Survival Guide Scanner

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How can you be sure your friend is not a zombie? This new app is the tool that will save you from infection before they bite.

Available for FREE from iTunes, this app will let you scan ANYONE. Calculating in a matter of seconds, it will immediately tell you if someone is infected with the zombie virus or not—and if they are infected by how much.

Slice of SciFi #276: Conversation With Roger Lay, Jr (Producer, “Ray Bradbury’s Chrysalis”)

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Interview: This week, we talk to producer Roger Lay, Jr. about his new project, “Ray Bradbury’s Chrysalis.”

Shoes Inspired by Video Games

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Looking for the perfect accessory to top off your geek outfit for an upcoming con? How about a pair of shoes based on a popular video-game. The Sketchers Shape Ups Blog has a list of 12 shoes inspired by video-games with links so you can purchase your favorite. You can get shoes based on Tetris, […]

Summer of SciFi: J Men Forever

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This week, Farpoint Media’s Chuck Tomasi takes a look at the “comedy cult classic” J-Men Forever.

jmenforeverJ-Men Forever is a comedy cult classic originally released in 1979 (although Netflix will tell you 2002). The latter date is impossible since I recall watching it on the USA Network series Night Flight in the mid-80s. This was also the time my sense of humor was being shaped by content like Dr. Demento so you can see where J-Men fits in. At the time, my parents had just gotten a large VHS recorder (front load, not top load) and much like people of that era with new tape decks recorded content from the radio to play in their car, I was trying to record as many TV programs on the precious few tapes we had. J-Men Forever was one of those key items I happened to have recorded.

Slice of SciFi #275: Conversation with Thom Beers (Producer, “The Colony”)

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Interview:  This week, we talk to Thom Beers, producer of one of our new favorite shows, Discovery Channel’s “The Colony.”

Summer of SciFi: Battlestar Galactica

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“There are those who believe that life here began out there, far across the universe, with tribes of humans who may have been the forefathers of the Egyptians, or the Toltecs, or the Mayans. They may have been the architects of the great pyramids, or the lost civilizations of Lemuria or Atlantis. Some believe that there may yet be brothers of man who even now fight to survive far, far away, amongst the stars.”

Sometime during the summer between my second and third grade years, I managed to convince my mother to take me (an only child growing up on a farm) and my best friend to see the new movie that everyone was talking about. My eyes were blown open to the wonders of scifi through the spectacle that was the original Star Wars.

Slice of SciFi #274: Interview with Mark Edlitz (Director, “Jedi Junkies”)

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Interview: This week, we talk to Mark Edlitz, the director of the documentary “Jedi Junkies”. Find out more about this project about extreme “Star Wars” fans.

Summer of SciFi: The Empire Strikes Back

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This week, our favorite storm-trooper TD-0013 celebrates the 30th anniversary of and offers us his thoughts on what many consider to be the best of the Star Wars saga, The Empire Strikes Back.

When asked which of the Star Wars films their favorite is, most people choose the Empire Strikes Back, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Back in May of 1980, the second film in what would come to be known as the Star Wars saga hit theaters across the globe. I was around 10 years old at the time, and while the first film, Star Wars, had captured my imagination, it was The Empire Strikes Back that really cinched the deal for me. I was a Sci-Fi geek and there wasn’t anything anyone could do about it. What was it about this film that surpassed the first in so many regards?

Summer of SciFi: “Conan the Destroyer”

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This week, Indiana Jim explores the second of the two Schwarzenegger Conan movies, Conan the Destroyer as part of our Summer of SciFi.

conan_the_destroyerBetween the years when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the Sons of Arius, there was an age undreamed of; when shining kingdoms lay spread across the world. Hither came Conan, the Cimmerian, sword in hand. It is I, his chronicler, who knows well his saga. Now let me tell you of the days of high adventure….

Slice of SciFi #272: Interview with Jon Turteltaub (Director, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”)

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Interview: This week’s guest is director Jon Turtletaub, and he tells us all about about the upcoming feature film, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” starring Nicholas Cage and Jay Baruchel.

Summer of SciFi: “Logan’s Run”

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“Sometime in the 23rd century…the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, freed by the servo-mechanisms which provide everything. There’s just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of Carousel.”

With those words I went another step further into my love for Science Fiction.

Slice of SciFi #271: Interview With Musician Marian Call

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Interview: Musician Marian Call joins Mike and Brian for an interview. If you’ve not heard of her, you’ll love the news of her summer tour and her geeky style of music.

Think Geek Offers Retro Video Game Posters

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It may not be a movie poster for “Joust” but it could be the next best thing.

Think Geek has created a set of five propaganda posters based on popular video-games from the 80′s, including Joust, Donkey Kong, Frogger and Tron.

Summer of SciFi: Conquest of Space

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Starting today and continuing every Tuesday this summer, Slice of SciFi presents the Summer of SciFi. Inspired by the on-going meme in our Voice Mail show, this series takes a look at some of the Farpoint Media family’s favorite sci-fi and fantasy films. The movies will cover a full spectrum from established classics to forgotten favorites with one connection–they’re some of the movies that helped influence and grow our love of the genre.