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Remix Week, War of the Worlds

I’m on vacation this week, so I’m sharing five movies or properties that I would actually support seeing rebooted/prequeled/sequeled/remixed. Finally, War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds is one of my favorite sci fi stories. I’ve never read the original HG Wells version, but I’ve heard the Orson Wells radio play a bajillion times. Every year around Halloween time when NPR’s Big Broadcast replays The War of the Worlds, I’m glued to my radio.

Every few years, it gets redone as a movie or television series or something. The Spielberg version was okay, although I thought Dakota Fanning really carried that movie. But I enjoyed it as I’ve enjoyed every incarnation of the story.

I think it would be really interesting to twist it a little. Maybe you could set in the past with an invading force of foreigners attempting to take control of an indigenous population. Or maybe you could set it in space with us humans being the invading force. I think District 9 had some elements of War of the Worlds that I found really appealing. But it’s such a good story that really holds up over time. And I think there’s enough room in there for some really interesting interpretations.

So that does it for Remix Week. Hope you enjoyed it. What movies or other properties out there would you remix if you had the opportunity?

Remix Week, Buckaroo Banzai

I’m on vacation this week, so I’m sharing five movies or properties that I would actually support seeing rebooted/prequeled/sequeled/remixed. Next up, Buckaroo Banzai.

From what I’ve read, Buckaroo Banzai actually got a sequel of sorts. There was a script floating around for a sequel to the movie but it was reworked into what we now know as Big Trouble in Little China. Makes a lot of sense to me. Both films have a similar quirky style to them that just somehow works.

This is completely self-indulgent because I don’t think there’d be an audience for this, but I would love to see a proper sequel to Buckaroo Banzai. Peter Weller is a bit older now to really pull off the whole neurosurgeon/rockstar/adventurer type, but it would be really cool to see him sort of pass the torch onto a new generation of adventurers. Maybe he has a daughter who is just as much of a genius as he was in his hey day. And with his blessing, it’s her turn to save the world from absolute annihilation by creatures from another dimension. It’d be hysterical fun.

Microsoft Envisions the Future

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C Clarke

From interactive smart cards to counter tops that display recipes, Microsoft’s vision of a possible future is somewhat breathtaking. What really excites me is that many of the future tech demonstrated isn’t too far off from being reality. Though not yet as slim as a credit card, smart phones already perform many of the functions demonstrated. And Microsoft has been diligently developing their surfaces technology.

Certainly, the benefits of a smart environment are boundless. The hitch, of course, is that all this tech is fairly pricey. For it to be as ubiquitous as demonstrated, not only do the devices need to be affordable, but energy costs must be kept reasonable. The energy consumption of a smart city would overload any of our current power grids. I think sustainable energy production would be the key to making these visions a reality.

Anyway, I’m hopeful for our future. I think a smart city could enhance our daily lives in many positive ways.

I really just want to do homework with an animated polar bear.

Source: Mashable

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Taking the Week Off

This week is going to be pretty rough. The Super Art Fight crew is getting ready to head up to Boston and Connecticut at the end of the week and I’ve got some final prep for Illuminate Martial Arts before we open next week. I may not have mentioned that I’m in a Capital Fringe Fest show here, but we do martial arts in the dark with LED weapons.

It’s going to be mad busy so I’m going to take a break from AZM this week. I’ll return next Monday with more silliness and Kamen Rider stuff. Hope you all have a great week!

Super Art Fight Vs. VITAMIN WATER?!

Guys, this is fucking huge so I’m just gonna copy the post from the Super Art Fight site:

If you checked our regularly updated Twitter feed, you may have noticed we have something special planned. And folks, it’s a big one.

Next weekend, we at Super Art Fight aren’t just going to be invading Connecticut, oh no – we’ll be making it a full-on NEW ENGLAND SWING as we team up with the fine folks at vitaminwater® to present a full featured live event in Boston, Massachusetts!

Over one year ago we brought our trademark brand of artistic mayhem to Boston as a part of ROFLCon 2010. We blew minds, melted faces, rocked the house and were even a trending topic on Twitter, but on Thursday Night, July 7th we RETURN to Beantown as the exclusive kick off event for vitaminwater® uncapped LIVE, a month long series of amazing live events.

The show is for ages 21+ and will be held at 132 Brookline Avenue, in Boston, MA, Zip 02215.

We’ll be presenting 3 of our trademark bouts, featuring the following talent:

  • Super Art Fight Champion Michael “Spaghetti Kiss” Bracco
  • Former SAF Champion Jamie “Brawlin” Baldwin
  • Super Art Fight Co-Founder Jami “Angry Zen Master” Noguchi
  • SAF Idol Finalist Henry “Business Ninja” Alexander
  • And the debuting talents of Boston’s own Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb

If that wasn’t enough for an amazing evening, the event will also feature the musical talents of The Bodega Girls.

Sounds amazing, right? Right! Now, unfortunately, this is a VIP level event, however, our amazing partners at vitaminwater® have given us the opportunity to open the velvet rope for a select few of you! A limited number of tickets are available NOW at http://superartfight.eventbrite.com/ for just $15! You’ll need a password, and that password is…superartfight.

Help us kick off an amazing weekend in New England and a month of amazing entertainment at vitaminwater® uncapped LIVE on THURSDAY NIGHT, July 7th! It’s going to be an event unlike any other.

See You Next Week

I’m going out of town on a last minute business trip that will take me away from home base until Friday. I’m not sure what my internet situation will be so I think I’m going to hold off on blogging until I get back. If you absolutely must hear from me, my comic will be updating as usual every day this week (comics Monday, Wednesday, Friday with random blog posts on Tuesday and Thursday). And you can follow my twitter for updates from the road.

See you all next week!

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