The Sci-Fried Eggs are back and they are broadcasting this week from Studio B at Bathurst Manor! Doc starts with a review of the Hulu original series Deadbeat. Then Doc and Chuck discuss their new show sponsor, Rocket Helo Energy Drink along with discussing 3-D printers. Chuck reviews Patton Oswalt’s new book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. The Eggs review The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And then Doc and Chuck do some catching up on stuff they missed while they were on leave.
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 105, Segment 1
The Sci-Fried Eggs Return and Deadbeat Review
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 105, Segment 2
Rocket Helo Show and 3-D Printers
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 105, Segment 3
Zombie Spaceship Wasteland Review
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 105, Segment 4
Avengers: Age of Ultron Review
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 105, Segment 5
Catching Up on Things
This week the Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast from the Paper Mill at Bathurst Manor. The Eggs start by remembering Leonard Nimoy, the Parks and Recreation Season Finale, and a few other television shows. Chuck has a review of Kingsman: The Secret Service and the Eggs discuss the Power Rangers reboot. Chuck and Doc talk about the future of 3D printed foods. Telsa is breaking new ground with their self-driving car. And Chuck and Doc talk about the new show The Last Man on Earth.
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 97, Segment 1
Remembering Leonard Nimoy/Park and Recreation Series Finale and Other Television Shows
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 97, Segment 2
Kingsman: The Secret Service Review/Power Rangers Reboot
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 97, Segment 3
The Future of 3D Printed Foods
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 97, Segment 4
Tesla’s Self-Driving Car
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 97, Segment 5
The Last Man on Earth Review
This week the Sci-Fried Eggs broadcast from the Outdoor Amphitheater of Bathurst Manor. The Eggs start by discussing the new changes and branding of Google’s Android system and also talk about some cool 3D pens. Nestle is working on building a Star Trek style food replicator. Cher brings us another segment of her World of Weirdness. NASA has designed a faster than light speed space ship they are calling the IXS Enterprise. And the Eggs get ready for MonsterCon in Greenville with a MonsterCon Warmup interview with Chris Sarandon!
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 63, Segment 1
Google’s New Android Branding and 3D Pens
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 63, Segment 2
Nestle Food Replicator
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 63, Segment 3
Cher’s World of Weirdness #5
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 63, Segment 4
NASA’s IXS Enterprise and Space Travel
Sci-Fried Eggs: Episode 63, Segment 5
MonsterCon Warmup: Chris Sarandon Interview
Before you start, this may contain spoilers, depending on if you haven’t read the book or if you haven’t been keeping up with the hype around this movie.
Because I know some of the most awesomest people on the planet, and more importantly, because those most awesomest people know me, I attended an advanced screening of The Hobbit. I watched it in IMAX 3D, so I’m not sure of the improvement with the new HFR (High Frame Rate), if any. But I did talk with a couple people at the theater who had seen pieces of the movie in the HFR and they said the following things:
– large landscape wide shots look amazing- closeups of characters look amazing
– things with fast movement almost look like they are moving too fast
– characters walking look like they are moving too fast at times
– it looks too real at times
Remember, those are reports from other people, so I don’t know how those things really measure up. But I do know the IMAX 3D looks awesome.
Luckily, there were trailers on this film! Most importantly, the first nine minutes of Star Trek: Into Darkness! And the first nine minute are intense! In nine minutes, you laugh, you’re worried, you’re relieved, you’re amazed, and you’re scared for the future of members of the crew. Also on the trailers docket was a new Tom Cruise flick called Oblivion, and the trailer for Man of Steel. Also a couple cool 3D trailers for Jurassic Park and I-Robot both being released in Blue-Ray 3D.
Now on to The Hobbit!
You get to see a lot of familiar faces to start, Ian Holm as older Bilbo and Elijah Wood as Frodo, as Bilbo tells the back story of Smaug and the Dwarves to get everyone up to speed. You get to see pieces of Smaug, a tale, a clawed foot, a leg, a wing. It’s like a Kentucky Fried Smaug Variety Bucket.
Then we go back in time 60 years to Gandalf’s arrival to meet young Bilbo. And from there it’s all about introducing new characters. Martin Freeman is awesome as the young Bilbo. We also meet the Dwarves, thirteen in all, whose names are so similar unless you read the book and are familiar with all the names it’s not even worth trying to keep up. The only name you need to know is Thorin Oakenshield. He’s the leader. The journey begins.
Lots of beautiful landscape shots just like in LOTR. There are plenty of places that we see from LOTR, including Rivendell and The Shire obviously, but the shot of Weathertop definitely makes the film connect well with LOTR.
We get to meet Radagast the Brown, who seems annoying at first but really pulls it together later on. And some of the old favorites return as the movie goes on, including Elrond, Saruman, and Galadriel. And of course, Gollum. The riddles scene with Gollum is laugh out loud funny. Amazingly written to film and acted.
Now, as for enemies and run-ins. The first big run in is with the Trolls. A fairly funny scene and the first scene were Bilbo starts proving himself to the Dwarves. The Trolls are crass humor at best. The big mountain giant fight is cool, but seemed like it was shoehorned in. The Goblins of the mountain are pretty bad customers, except when their King shows up. It was one of the only parts I didn’t like about the film. The Goblin King is poorly rendered and his lines are called in at best. It was the weakest and worst character of the film.
Then you’ve got Azog the Orc-chieftain of Moria. He’s the big bad guy in this one. He’s like Captain Hook, to Thorin’s Peter Pan, and you’ll see why when you see the movie. He’s mean and cruel just like the Uruk Hai leader from Fellowship of the Ring.
As for Smaug, the last scene of the film is a close up of a nostril, an eyebrow, and an opening eye. But I’m sure there will be plenty of Smaug in the next film.
The film overall has a great pace, very much like the LOTR films. There’s a good mix of character and story building with just the right amount of action thrown in at just the right times. The movie is long, but never really seems that way, unless your butt starts hurting from sitting during the last 30 minutes of the film.
The big question…does it follow the book. Well, yes and no. It does, but then there are plenty of things from the additional works that go with The Hobbit. I’ll put it to you this way, and I say this about a lot of movies, don’t go into it comparing it to the book. If you like the book so much, then read the book. Take the movie for what it is, an interpretation of a book.
End result, if you like LOTR, you will love The Hobbit.
Also, did I mention I was in the theater with two of the three Tortuga Twins?! I know, total bonus feature!
Don’t know who the Tortuga Twins are? Find out at TortugaTwins.com.
Microsoft may not have got Windows Vista or 7 quite right, but that’s because they were working on far more important things like a real-life Star Trek friggin’ Holodeck!
The eventual outcome is a wall-sized 3D screen that doesn’t require any sort of glasses or goggles. The 3D effect they are creating actually beams two images directly to your eyes! Not only that, the wall is a smart wall, so it tracks your eyes and adjust the image accordingly.
That means that you can move around and the image adjust according to your movement. You don’t have to stay in one place like the technology in 3D smartphones requires you to do.
If Microsoft pulls this off, then Google can forget about winning the coolness award for the year.
Right now Microsoft is just developing all the pieces to the puzzle, but they certainly seem to be on the right track. Check the video to see what they’ve got so far in action.