The Pirate Movie – Background and Commentary

The Pirate Movie

Background: The Pirate Movie is a modern interpretation of Gilbert’s and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, one of their better know works. The Movie is told in a dream sequence by the unconscious Mabel, played here by Kristy McNichol. The original light opera was mainly told, like most operas by G&S, through the point of view of the lead male character, Frederic. The shift of focus to Mabel, and her more independent characterization was a consequence of cultural changes of the 60’s and 70’s.
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What for August 2011

What is Science Fiction?

A science fiction story is a story built around human beings, with a human problem, and a human solution, which would not have happened at all without its scientific content.

-Theodore Sturgeon

Science fiction is anything published as science fiction.

-Norman Spinrad

The truth is somewhere between these two positions. The first is probably the view held by most writers and all fans of Science Fiction. Everyone likes to place what they do, or what the love, above that of the works of others. This is not necessarily hubris, but human nature. Science Fiction can and often does bring out the best in its readers by showing them what humans, or aliens, are capable of under extraordinary circumstances.

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When update for August 2011

Updated tentative schedule for next month:

Aug. 05 the new planet of the apes opens, hope to have a quick review up shortly after…
Aug. 06 what – what is science fiction, which came first and why it is important…
Aug. 13 Mahabharata – the indian epic that could be the oldest example of science fiction…
Aug. 19 fright night, conan the barbarian, double remake double feature, 0% originality 50% worst doctor 50% worst chekov, hopes are not high…
Aug. 20 The Birds – aristophanes comedic play could also be a strong contender for the beginning of science fiction
Aug. 26 don’t be afraid of the dark, this actually looks like a cool sorta movie, a bit like the others, which was surprisingly good, could redeem the whole month for movies…
Aug. 27 Ramayana – a return to india to finish out the month and mark the winner
Aug. 29 when – another schedule update…
Sep. 03 Metamorphoses – ovid’s history (sort of) of the world part one…

…this is, mostly, wishful thinking on my part, but as schedules go the hardest part is getting through Mahabharata (it’s really long…) the rest should be easy.

The Point, maybe

What is the point?

My inner rationalist asks as I try to type out this first post of what should be a very straight forward blog.

The premise is simple if not entirely easy to explain: Science Fiction was bad, then good, is bad again (kinda), and will be great again (probably).

See, simple. But, how do you explain why someone would want to spend time reading that, much less writing about it? Hell, I’m not even posting the first real entry.

What is the point? Well, whatever your opinion of the current state of science fiction on tv, in movies or in print, science fiction was dreadful in the past and got better. It is, by and large, dreadful now, and it will get better.

We can get through this, we will get through this, but it won’t be easy.

As with everything, you start from the beginning…

let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.

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