The Cloverfield Paradox is a paradox unto itself. scifi netflix movie

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is an extremely well done scifi adventure movie, with amazing VFX / CGI and special FX. BUT the plot and the story could have been so SO much better; it just felt like they added unnecessary scenes to cover up the gaps in the story and major plot holes. The worst part of this movie was the plot trying to connect the previous films in this series, ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane.’

Cloverfield-ParadoxSPOILERS below:

‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ movie, surprised us all by dropping it on Netflix, immediately available after the Super Bowl, on the online streaming platform, skipping theatrical release. In ‘The Cloverfield Paradox,’ the time frame is set in the future to our present 2018 (mentioning this just in case someone from the future is reading this and archiving it to unravel the on-going Cloverfield Mystery). With only 5 years remaining of Earth’s oil reserve supply, a last minute, last ditch effort to save modern civilization, a particle accelerator on a massive space station is created, with the name ‘Cloverfield.’ If it really was humanity’s last chance, why did the ship have to be so big? It literally would have taken decades to build, which would present so many technological problems, including the original parts and design would have to be replaced after 10 years. The particle accelerator itself was not that big, which would be the only reason to have such a massive ship, as current particle accelerators are miles in length, (and circular). The ship design looked amazing, but the rotating elements were off-axis, which would not create the intended artificial gravity; also not necessary and adding to the size of the ship.

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Perhaps “The Cloverfield Paradox” is that the use of alternative fuels would have negated the need for fossil fuels and deescalated any future “Oil Wars,” thus negating the need for this entire movie. Today, the military has prototype biofuel fighter jets that perform equally to fossil fuel jets. A biofuel commercial airline jet made its first transatlantic flight several years ago. Solar City solar panels, using Tesla batteries, powered an entire hospital last fall, as independent aid to Puerto Rico. Solar power plants already exist in the Nevada and Arizona deserts, not to mention countless wind farms around the world. I find it hard to believe, “humanity’s last hope” lies in an untested technological form of space particle accelerator energy generator, that feeds energy to the entire planet. And what was the plan to get the energy down to Earth? Beam it down like a satellite mobile phone signal? If so, would you have to wait for it to pass overhead to get power for your house or city? So many questions..

 

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Back to the story.. and this is the worst part of this film, Donal Logue, an author, via tv broadcast, to the Cloverfield space ship bridge command center, explains the tie-ins to all the Cloverfield movies: “the particle accelerator could open a door to another dimension and bring demons or monsters to Earth.” WHAT?! Why would you take ALL the anticipation and suspense away from the entire film? Also, why were you watching television 30 seconds before testing the device, with only fuel for three more test attempts), THE most important thing in human history? Was it for your Instagram Story?

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Well, now you know what’s going to happen and what will happen on Earth right after the accelerator fires up. Now it’s just wait and see as story unfolds, but wait, we’ll mislead you with scenes that distract from the main story like the arm scene didn’t need to be there. Unless Hamilton was going to use the arm to kill Mena at the climax of their fight scene; they even showed a close-up of the arm, eluding to it being used later in the fight scene, but it never was. Or, unless they were trying to say that that area in the ship was where the dimensions overlapped, but if so, there should have been more anomalies in that same area, like every anomaly, including the unexplained lake of water that appeared out of no where. If they were trying to say that “condensation” created the lake, then the weight of the mystery water would have thrown the station off balance long before the explosion of the magnetic/oxygen related  incident at the rotating gravity balancer. This magnetic anomaly would have made perfect sense if it was in the same location. The purpose of the oxygen scene was to get more energy to launch the particle accelerator, and was going to give them “just enough” energy to do that, but instead it just dropped the periscope thingy with blue lights, that, for some reason, needed to drop down to start the particle accelerator, instead of just being down all the time, it’s not like they needed the space, again, the ship was huge. And also somehow, the ship had tons of energy for the rest of the movie. They could have just had “weird stuff happens on the ship” and still have had it been cohesive in some way.

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People freaked out on Twitter over the ending, but you knew there were going to be giant creatures beginning with Donal Logue’s tv broadcast scene. Also, when husband looks out the window and sees explosions and hears fighter jets flying to the scene (yes, this could be the start of the “Oil Wars” mentioned previously, but not after Donal Logue). And again, when you see the shadow of the monster in the smoke over the debris. And again Again, in the bomb shelter (where was this? who built it? and how did a random doctor know its location? Was it on Yelp? Hey Siri, is there an abandoned bomb shelter and or bunker near me left unlocked with plenty of supplies that also has great cell reception?), when you heard giant foot steps above; what else could have made those exact sounds? And finally, when husband actually says, “You’re having her come back here [to Earth] to these THINGS,” right before you see the giant creature at the end.

 

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Through the use of the Sheppard Gyro Compass device, The Cloverfield space station, intending on creating unlimited energy, accidentally sends the crew to an alternate dimension. The scifi aspects hold up, sort of, when weird things happen and continue to happen without explanation, in a similar vein to ‘Event Horizon.’ I believe ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ was trying to say that when the original Cloverfield ship of original Earth jumped to a new dimension, the universe was trying to correct itself, with anomalies, because the ship did not belong to this new dimension. This wasn’t explained very well, in fact nothing was explained very well. So much so, that instead of establishing rules for the Cloverfield Universe, that were desperately needed (& were promised in promotional marketing), this movie basically says, “we did some stuff and now we can do whatever we want for future films, because none of it matters.” If you want people to become fans, set up rules so we have something to grasp to. As far as I can tell, the particle accelerator opened a dimensional gateway and let out giant monsters in every dimension, at different times. I can only assume that now, ‘Cloverfield’ and ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ took place in alternate dimensions and all future movies will have no tie-ins to previous films, and if they do, and a future sequel is not popular, they can simply hit command Z and undo the previous plot, citing that happened in another dimension, and has no relevance on a continuous plot line. ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ was originally called, ‘God Particle,’ after the Higgs-Boson particle discovered at the Cern particle accelerator. Scientists have claimed the Higgs-Boson can explain the universe. Maybe they, Paramount with JJ Abrams, originally named it “God Particle,” so they could play God with the plot and never be accountable for anything that doesn’t work.

Speaking of giant monsters.. In the original ‘Cloverfiled,’ many of the monsters were just larger than human size, 8-10 feet tall(?) With the giant, “end boss” monster, half the size of New York buildings, that somehow Michael Jordon-jumped up and knocked off the head of the Statue of Liberty. Why? Because it made a great movie poster. The monsters, at the end of ’10 Cloverfield Lane’ were similar to the ones in ‘Cloverfield,’ but more like aliens, with chemical weapons and the technology to build a mothership capable of invading other planets. OR, maybe the aliens driving the mother ship were creatures we haven’t seen yet, who traveled through the dimensional gateway and unleashed the creatures on Earth in every timeline (I’ll take a story credit for the next Cloverfield movie Paramount). When you finally see the giant Cloverfield monster, at the end of ‘Cloverfield Paradox,’ it is so huge, it’s head is above the cloud layer. That is way bigger than Godzilla, in fact, according to science, the cloud layer, as depicted in that scene, ranges anywhere from 6000 to 20,000 feet, and the clouds depicted in that scene, cirrus above cumulus, form at a minimum of 20,000 feet and usually much higher. The weight of such a creature would have easily crushed the underground bunker from the previous scene.

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And in that same scene, did the giant Cloverfield monster eat the escape capsule, from Cloverfield space station, thus negating the entire struggle of every character, of the entire plot, of the entire movie? Maybe not, it was hard to tell, and maybe the creature missed the capsule and it was the same capsule that landed in that unexplained scene from the original ‘Cloverfield’ film, or maybe these two events happened in two different dimensions, and these scenes were just edited together, like Westworld timelines (which is another JJ Abrams project)? If the intention of this Paradox, a convoluted and unsupported plot line which was created merely to rub people the wrong way and get them to complain about this film online, generating enormous social media buzz, then, success.

This movie had a lot of potential. I love the actors, the acting, the incredible sets, the amazing cinematography, the flawless FX, but the story just had so many issues. I would have loved to have seen events in the future create events in the past, or something similar; just better scifi than the muddled story we were given.

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Would I recommend ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ and should you watch it? It’s better than many other movies currently on Netflix, and is even better than many films released in the theaters, despite everything I’ve just mentioned. Also, ‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ is better than anything currently on network television, so yes, I would recommend it, and yes, you should watch it (if you love scifi and don’t mind many, many unanswered questions, and major plot holes).

 

George Lucas a little upset with the direction Disney has gone with Star Wars franchise & with episode VII ‘The Force Awakens’

maxresdefault.jpgGeorge Lucas said he sold the franchise to “white slavers.” a little harsh, especially referring to Disney, but he has always referred to the characters he created in the Star Wars films, and the films themselves, as his children; he also got $4 billion for his children.. Hollywood predicts ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to top $2billion worldwide in the coming months; “Star Wars: The force Awakens’ is already the 7th highest grossing film of all time and it’s only been two weeks. Also there are 5 more films in the next five years, easily surpassing the $4 billion expenditure, which also includes the Indiana Jones franchise, yes there will be many more Indiana Jones movies, but we all know the 4th film was too heavily influence by Steven Spielberg, aliens? Indiana a CIA agent? refrigerators can stop a nuclear blast? The danger is that Disney will do a Mighty Ducks with Indiana Jones and Star Wars, an endless amount of sequels until no one wants to watch them anymore. I hope that never happens.

George Lucas talks Star Wars with Charlie Rose in this interview; look for the “white slavers” segment at 50:19 in the interview, watch the full interview here.

future Star Wars films:

Star Wars Anthology films (meaning flashbacks) & continuing on the current timeline with episode VIII & IX:

Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One     Dec 16 2016.

Star Wars: episode VII    May 26 2017.

Star Wars Anthology: young Han Solo    May 25 2018.

Star Wars: episode IX    May 2019

Star Wars Anthology: young Boba Fett   May 2020

NASA at Long Beach Comic Con! #LBCC Get your smart on Sept 12 & 13 2015. Science! @LongBeach_CC

Geek out with real science from real scientists. Mars, Pluto, new science tech & more!

columbia_mem_space_center_logo2The Columbia Memorial Space Center is partnering with Long Beach Comic Con for Space Expo 2015, an innovative and one-of-a-kind program that will connect comic book convention attendees directly with the world of scientific discovery. Space Expo 2015 will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center as part of Long Beach Comic Con on September 12 and 13, 2015 with panels featuring top aerospace industry notables discussing hot button scientific topics. As part of Space Expo 2015, there will be interactive exhibits featuring robotics, 3D printing, and even a spacesuit – all curated by Columbia Memorial Space Center, the prestigious CA-based learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

“Space, the space program and science are all a part of the same pop culture dialogue as comic books and science fiction,” said Columbia Memorial Space Center President Ben Dickow. “We want to create a fandom for science that will grow and support the next wave of space explorers and scientific progress–and there’s no better place to do that than at a comic convention.”

Panels at Space Expo 2015 at Long Beach Comic Con will include:

  • Sci-Fi Space vs. Reality. Andre Bormanis, the director of scientific research for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and the science consultant for Star Trek shows, discusses the age-old topic of just how much Science Fiction is based on actual Science.
  • Planning a Martian Roadtrip with Engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. What does it take to plan a ‘road trip’ on Mars? Experts will discuss driving from Acidalia Planitia to Schiaparelli crater, as astronaut Mark Watney does in the book The Martian.
  • The Dawn Mission.  Engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will analyze the Mars Dawn mission, discuss Ceres, the dwarf planet and the asteroid Vesta.
  • New Horizons and Pluto. Discovered in 1930, Pluto remained a tiny burry point of light until the arrival of the New Horizons spacecraft.  With this history making flyby of this dwarf planet and its moons, humans have for the first time seen their surfaces and detected their tenuous atmospheres. After a short history of Pluto observations, the latest information from this mission will be presented.
  • “Crazy Engineering.” From supersonic parachutes to electric propulsion, the engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are coming up with innovative ideas to explore our solar system and beyond. This panel will discuss current and next-generation space missions, and the technology that makes it all possible. It only looks crazy, but it’s result of reasoned engineering…Missions on the panel include: Dawn mission at Ceres, Juno mission to Jupiter, Europa mission, InSight and Mars Cube One (MarCO). Based on JPL’s web series Crazy Engineering.
  • (actual trips to Mars, Pluto or space not included with ticket price of Long Beach Con).

summer of sci-fi movies 2015 : upcoming sci fi blockbuster films ,

now playing:

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rating: not as good as the first one, but see it in theatres, watch it in 3d is optional.

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ex-machina

an engaging A.I. / robot story that is more about .. just see it.

rating: see it in theatres

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arnold zombie movie.

rating: borderline: theatres vs wait for dvd. if you love everything zombie, then yes, see it in theatres; as a movie goes, waiting for dvd/watching it at home is fine.   may 8

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 infini

everything you’d expect from a good sci-fi film, spaceships, bio weapons, rescue mission..

rating: i want to see it. a weak theatre rating or a great dvd rating. a great time to kill theatre film, fortunately for us, the sci fi fans, we get it both on itunes and in theatres, at THE SAME TIME.   may 8

Mad-Max-Fury-Road-lovely-daymad max : fury road

the apocalyptic world we have grown to love, and bonus! no crazy mel gibson! although he would be a perfect mentally unstable villain in this world.

it’s a reboot, with that awesome car, the australian ford falcon, but with a new story.

rating: see it in theatres, unless the apocalypse scares you.   may 15

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sci-fi / time travel / Ai/machine

rating: wait for dvd.   may 15

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dark star: h.r. giger’s world

h.r. giger created the ‘alien’ creature and many others.

rating: fascinating behind the scenes story about the top sci-fi creatures, but wait for dvd, not necessary to see in theatres.   may 15

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cowboys vs dinosaurs

not a sequel to ‘coboys vs aliens.’

rating: do not see in theatres. do not pay for a dvd/streaming rental, wait for netflix and only if you’re bored.   may 19

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rating: as good as it can be.. even with george clooney, but typ disney/family-friendly/non-adventurous storytelling.

rating: wait for dvd.   may 22

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not about superman & how he recharges his powers from the sun, about the father of the base jumping movement.

rating: if you love action sports, see it theatres w friends who also love action sports, otherwise, dvd rental.   may 22

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perhaps they tried to make this film a little too epic.. they failed, it looks more like ‘2012,’ a laughable disaster movie that’s too over-the-top to be believable; just add aliens, robots and godzilla, don’t pretend it’s a serious movie. also, not the sequel to ‘volcano’ (1997).

rating: the epic scenes will be best in the theatres, but as far as a movie goes, with things that make a movie good, like a good story, wait for dvd; unless you like to see california fall off into the ocean-traffic problem solved, but seriously, save your money.   may 29

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jurassic world

spoiler alert: the dinosaurs escape and eat people.

rating: wait for dvd. it will be better than jurassic park 2 & 3, but the plot is basically the same as the first one, the dinosaurs escape and eat people. the effects are definitely theatre worthy, just don’t encourage them to make 10 more of these, (they have plans to make two more right away, depending on ticket sales).   june 12

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rating: see in theatres, despite drastic story twists, and the new spelling of genesis.   july 1

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not at all related to the upcoming marvel superhero film, ‘ant-man.’

rating: it’s for kids, wait for dvd or not at all, unless you are a kid or a parent renting it for kids.   July 3

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aurora

a lower budget sci-fi with a great, but familiar story of A.I.’s deciding humans are the greatest threat to humanity/earth and “EXTERMINATE.EXTERMINATE.” 60 years later..a post apocalyptic world run by machines.

rating: wait for dvd.   july 7

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exactly what you’d expect from the title, the best part of ‘despicable me.’

rating: if love ’em, go see ’em, but for everyone else, waiting for dvd will be just fine.   july 10

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intriguing  sci fi thriller.

rating: interesting, but wait for dvd.   july 10

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ant-man

not as great as it could have been with edgar wright. also, Hank Pym is not the creator of Ultron in the movies ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ nor in ‘Ant-man,’ but does create Ultron in the comics.

rating: will not be another ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ but will try to replicate that style. will not be epic, but will be entertaining. see it in theatres.   july 17

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mr holmes

ian mckellen has to do something now that they gave magneto to michael fassbender 😦

an alternate take on sherlock holmes, well acted, good story.

rating: a great dvd rental.   july 17

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i used to like adam sandler movies..

 it’s ‘grown-ups’ ruining your favorite 80s retro video games.

rating: dvd (but only to see it for a giant pac-man eating san francisco), i would rather see ‘hot tub time machine 2,’ than this.   july 24

mission-impossible-rogue-nation-teaser-trailer-and-poster-is-out-mission-impossible-rog-317255mission impossible : rogue nation

tom cruise, jeremy renner. hopefully not like ‘jason born 4’ w jeremy renner.

rating: as with any great action film, seeing it in the theatre is always best. i really want this to be the best mission impossible yet, but i am not convinced : see it in theatres.   july 31

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another fox film with marvel characters. too soon for a reboot.

rating: will be good, but not great. wait for dvd. (if you must see every superhero movie in theatres, go for it, seeing the negative zone and anilhilus will be interesting. i will be seeing it in theatres).   aug 8

COSPLAY YouTube Music Awards 2013 the nominees

Cosplay YouTube Music Video Awards 2013
VOTE HERE:
https://www.facebook.com/scifielements1/app_403834839671843

welcome to the
Cosplay YouTube Music Video Awards 2013 !
sponsored by SIRI, that’s me.

yes, with the YouTube Music Awards voting going on this week, we noticed they left out one very important category:, COSPLAY. the most awesome thing ever, not just for the hot costumes, but the video direction, compilation, and of course, the music. ,

everyone is just a little geeky inside, and sometimes a lot, like me, and everyone can appreciate a good costume, and of course, good music.

so, without further adieu,
for the best COSPLAY music video from 2013
for the Cosplay YouTube Music Video Awards

..the nominees are:

Deadpool vs Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke Parody
by D Piddy
featuring music by:
re-recorded with original lyrics by D Piddy
to Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines

anime expo AX 2013
by spendthriftMonk
featuring music by:
“Ardor” by Dexter Britain
licensed by: the music bed

Comic Con 2013 (Montreal) – Cosplay Music Video
by Le Groupe Orange
(Le Group O Ranjsh)
featuring music by:
“If There’s Time” by ODESZA

Katsucon 2013 cosplay showcase
by OTL Productions
featuring music by:
“Chemicals Collide” by Boys Like Girls

Comicpalooza 2013 Zedd “Clarity” Cosplay Music Video Houston
by RealTDragon
featuring music by:
“Clarity” by Zedd (Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider Cover)

C2E2 2013 Cosplay Music Video
by Aggressive Comix
featuring music by:
“Party Rock” by LMFAO

Fanime 2013 Cosplay Music Video
by nerd reactor
featuring music by:
“I Need Your Love (New-N Remix by borisnewn)”
by , Robot Ellie Goulding

Geek Week: San Diego Comic Con – I Just Want to be a Superhero
by sneakyzebra
featuring music by:
“I just want to be a superhero”
by Tim McMorris

Animazement 2013 – Epic Cosplay
by beatdownboogie
featuring music by:
“space” by j.l.t.
“get ur tequila” by fissunix
“lost” by pogo

DragonCon 2013 COSPLAY music Video – Revolution Love
by Minh Nhat Bui
featuring music by : “Revolution Love (K-391 remix)” Anton Wick (Featuring: Mod Martin)

so VOTE now:
https://www.facebook.com/scifielements1/app_403834839671843

if we missed one, shout it out directly at us and tell us why it should be considered.

the COSPLAY YouTube Music Awards 2013 are on November 3rd, and the voting ends on November 3rd, at noon o’clock. we will announce the winner at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013, Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday afternoon, November 3rd.
so hurry 😀

tell us why you think cosplay is awesome in the comments, or you can comment on the COSPLAY YouTube Music Awards, or pringles, whichever..