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Films such as Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Insterstellar are really a bit glib to me.
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Films such as Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Insterstellar are really a bit glib to me.
As the 1066 and all that authors would say 'expand and expound but do not attempt to write on both sides of the paper at the same time'
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Films such as Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Insterstellar are really a bit glib to me.
They're preachy, whiney politically correct nonsense about a near future apocalypse based on pseudoscience. That's what made them terrible sci-fi movies.
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Another sci fi film I hate would be Deep Impact. I was bad if not worse than the films I mentioned earlier. It was too sappy. Now compared with Armageddon which totally kicked butt it wasn't very sappy or drawn out as Deep Impact. The thing that makes Armageddon great was the fact that the Earth was saved in Armageddon despite New York, Shanghai , and Paris getting hit whereas in Deep Impact the Earth got hit by half a comet. By all rights Morgan Freeman's character should be impeached.
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They're preachy, whiney politically correct nonsense about a near future apocalypse based on pseudoscience. That's what made them terrible sci-fi movies.
I'd rate Interstellar as one of the best sci-fi films ever, boy am I weird..
The only pol-correct bit I spotted was when McConaughey was told off by his daughter's schoolteachers for telling her that the Apollo landings were NOT faked! Script excerpt-

Teacher- "..the Apollo missions were faked to bankrupt the Soviet Union."
McConaughey- "You don't believe we went to the moon?"
Teacher- "It was a brilliant piece of propaganda. The Soviets bankrupted themselves pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines."


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Another sci fi film I hate would be Deep Impact. I was bad if not worse than the films I mentioned earlier. It was too sappy. Now compared with Armageddon which totally kicked butt it wasn't very sappy or drawn out as Deep Impact. The thing that makes Armageddon great was the fact that the Earth was saved in Armageddon despite New York, Shanghai , and Paris getting hit whereas in Deep Impact the Earth got hit by half a comet. By all rights Morgan Freeman's character should be impeached.
That's a problem of modern audience expectations. Big heroically drawn characters pull out all the stops and save the human race by shear will. Exciting but probably wrong.

Deep Impact was, with a few exceptions, reasonably accurate in it's portrayals of physics. Armageddon was a space opera, almost nothing it portrayed was even reasonable, much less feasible.

One pet peeve I have with this entire genre is the writers' insistence on using a "tactical nuclear weapon" to destroy the problem. "Hello!" TACTICAL nukes are the LITTLE ONES! If the Earth is at risk you better haul out the closest thing to TSAR BOMBA that you can wire together!

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You have to admit that Armageddon was great because it kept the "mushiness" to a minimum.
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That's a problem of modern audience expectations. Big heroically drawn characters pull out all the stops and save the human race by shear will. Exciting but probably wrong.

Deep Impact was, with a few exceptions, reasonably accurate in it's portrayals of physics. Armageddon was a space opera, almost nothing it portrayed was even reasonable, much less feasible.

One pet peeve I have with this entire genre is the writers' insistence on using a "tactical nuclear weapon" to destroy the problem. "Hello!" TACTICAL nukes are the LITTLE ONES! If the Earth is at risk you better haul out the closest thing to TSAR BOMBA that you can wire together!

Repped you too soon on another post, but this is "right on". "Deep Impact" is the more realistic and scientific accurate of the two. Here's a dated (nearly 20 years ago) article that touches upon the topic of "impacts" and discusses these movies as part of its content. Presented because it also discusses what is a recurring hazard in this regard, the Taurid Meteor Stream;
http://enterprisemission.com/oh_my_god.htm

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You have to admit that Armageddon was great because it kept the "mushiness" to a minimum.
Nope, can't agree. Hope you meant to use this
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